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This page provides a summary of LiveU’s presence in the “Sky 250”, 2017 UK General Election coverage, including usage figures and a general overview of where and how the technology was deployed.

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Sky News – Election Day (June 8th 2017)

Sky News reaches over 100 million homes on multiple platforms across 118 countries with its combination of breaking news and analysis.

Situation

Following their outstanding success in delivering 150 simultaneous live feeds during the 2015 UK General Election, Sky News turned to LiveU once more to provide a live broadcasting solution.

Challenge

Sky News would be offering the most in-depth and complete coverage in its history by placing equal significance on all media platforms, including television, digital, and social media. As part of its television and digital coverage, Sky News planned to broadcast continuous live streams from the 250 constituencies most likely to influence the outcome of the election.

To simultaneously broadcast live from 250 locations, spread across the UK, Sky News needed a flexible, cost-effective live streaming solution based on proven, state of the art technology.


 Solution

Sky News MCR 2017Sky News chose LiveU as a key technology partner, using multiple units including the small formfactor LU200, as well as its existing LU500 lightweight backpacks. LiveU designed a solution to accommodate 250 live feeds coming from different sites and sources and provided over 150 additional units.

Student broadcasters operated the LiveU unit at each polling station. The user-friendly interface on these units allowed the students to easily operate the equipment after watching a short training video and receiving a quick briefing by the LiveU support team. LiveU also provided in-studio support in conjunction with Garland Partners, LiveU’s UK distributor.

LiveU developed a solution capable of:

  • Live streaming all feeds, primary and backup, continuously on the Sky News YouTube channel 
  • Delivering 250 streams to the Sky News studio
  • Previewing all 250 streams on the LiveU Central platform at a rate of 350 kbps per stream
  • Concurrent delivery of high res HD version of select streams to Sky News studio for use in their broadcast chain

 

 Sky News Aggregated Stats 2017


 Results

 

All 150 LiveU feeds were routed over IP to Osterley, Sky News Broadcast Center, in what Sky says was the largest IP OB of its kind. Each stream was sent to Google cloud servers to be streamed live to YouTube. Simultaneously, an SD proxy was sent to Sky’s News Operations Control (NOC) room in Studio B and displayed on ten 4K monitors. Throughout the night, Sky News was able to broadcast key declarations live from any of its 150 locations.


Each of the 250 total streams was live on the Sky website on its designated constituency page, allowing viewers to watch their local feed while Sky News was covering the others. The “Sky 250” giant video wall played a central role in the rolling election coverage.

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