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LiveU technology was used within the strict COVID-19 limitations

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The Challenge

Streaming the Simulation Game live in Beijing within the strict health and safety limitations of the COVID-19 outbreak posed a logistical challenge. The Tencent Sports crew needed to be limited to only essential staff and the necessary equipment on site, including the cameras and wireless transmission units. All the rest, including production, contribution and distribution, had to be handled off site.

The Solution

Tencent Sports used four LiveU LU600 HEVC bonding units, which provided solid high-quality live video streams with low delay. All the streaming came to a single high-density LiveU server, with the same delay, optimizing LiveU’s Precision Timing™ in its at-home production solution. With support from China Unicom, 5G signal was also available in the field – all the LiveU units combined both 4G and 5G connectivity to ensure optimal streaming conditions. Tencent accomplished the same high-quality production standards as previously.

“Remote production with fewer facilities and lower costs will undoubtedly become a major trend in sports production in the future. During this difficult virus period, it has showed unique advantage under circumstances which didn’t allow us to use the traditional ways of production. Looking ahead, we are keen to cooperate with world-leading technology providers like LiveU to deliver creative sports production solutions.”

Ding Yi,Chief Director, Tencent Sports

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