LiveU recently posted a recap of this year in live video to their news page. We're going to take a look at some of the finer points in that article.
LiveU bases their yearly "State of Live" report on data collected from their customer base around the world. One of the most noteworthy points from their data shows substantial growth in IP news and sports broadcasting.
In fact, LiveU reports a 50% increase in the number of LiveU units used to stream live events. They also found a 250% increase to 20 million live sessions overall.
HEVC also played a huge role this year in live transmission. This codec is pivotal for live sports production due to higher quality video performance and bandwidth efficiency. LiveU found a 65% growth in HEVC units used worldwide. This is an over 400% growth in HEVC based sessions and nearly 50% of field units used to stream sports. They also found 80% of sports to be transmitted in HD.
There is also evident spreading of cellular bonding technology worldwide. The FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 utilized this technology for it's stream.
“We always get energized if there is a huge buzz at home and this World Cup surpassed all our expectations with the success of the US Women’s soccer team. LiveU’s LU600 HEVC portable transmission unit provided the backbone for our ENG shoots that were not at the stadium, enabling us to increase the number of live feeds. We also sent content to multiple locations simultaneously using LiveU’s Matrix IP cloud video management platform, making the content available to Fox TV stations that wanted to integrate live shots into their newscasts.”Kevin Callahan, VP, Field Operations & Engineering, Fox Sports