LiveU technology used to stream speed skating race live

Simulation game of the International Skating Union (ISU) Championships in Beijing

Following the International Skating Union (ISU)’s postponement of the 2020 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in South Korea, the China Short Track Speed Skating team decided to go ahead and organize a ‘Simulation Game of the ISU Championships’ in Beijing. Tencent Sports, the main broadcaster responsible for the live production and public broadcast, turned to LiveU to implement a remote production solution, deploying only the necessary equipment on site, including the cameras and wireless transmission units. All the rest, including production, contribution and distribution, was handled by Tencent personnel back in the studio in Tencent’s technical center.

Source: LiveU

This was challenging work within the strict limitations of the COVID-19 outbreak. The event organizer closed the stadium, didn’t allow an audience to minimize the risk of people gathering in one place, and limited the number of essential staff onsite. 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.

According to Tencent, the live coverage and production workflow was fully enhanced, comparing favorably with previous remote productions. Just like the Simulation Game itself reached real-world Championship levels, Tencent Sports accomplished the same high-quality production standards with its comparatively ‘light’ infrastructure.

The Simulation Game enabled the skaters to sustain their performance levels and continue their preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympic. The Game was organized in a way, which strictly followed the rules and regulations of the ISU World Championship.

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