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IPTV 101 for Universities, Technical Colleges and E-Learning

From hosting your own e-learning content to providing entertainment for students, IPTV is an extremely versatile technology that has numerous benefits for universities, technical colleges, and other educational organizations.

Over the last decade, universities around the world have embraced IPTV technology as a way to deliver educational content to students using a more flexible, scalable platform than typical classrooms and lecture theaters.

If you’re involved in managing an educational organization, IPTV should be at the top of your tech-related priority list. Below, we’ve explained how universities and other institutes of higher education can use IPTV to deliver better service and better results for their students.

Create e-learning programs for remote study

One of the biggest advantages of IPTV is that it allows your organization to create its very own e-learning platform.

E-learning, or online learning, lets your students participate in lessons and view lectures using their computer or mobile device, all without having to physically visit the classroom to take part in a lesson.

This means students can participate in your class on their own schedule, eliminating scheduling conflicts that are common for busy students. It can also ease the strain on your classrooms for popular classes that result in overcrowding.

Because e-learning content can be streamed or viewed later in the day, your students can also rewatch lectures and lessons to catch up on missed classes or refresh their memory before an exam or assessment.

If your school has multiple campuses, e-learning content delivered using IPTV can also help you create a “bridge” between locations, saving your students from commuting between campuses just to participate in one class.

The end result is a higher quality, more convenient experience for your students that also help you offer a wider range of classes without scheduling or overcrowding problems, with the help of HDMI wireless video technology.

Provide entertaining content in dorms and residences

Living on campus should be a fun, fulfilling experience for students. One of the easiest ways to make on-campus life more fun for residents is to use IPTV to provide on-demand entertainment in dorm rooms and on-campus residences.

IPTV can be used to provide on-demand entertainment, with the latest television shows, movies and other content available for students and employees at any time.

Instead of relying on regular TV to access engaging content, students can tune in to your own campus IPTV channels or access entertainment on demand. This is an easy, effective way to make your school or university more appealing to students considering on-campus living.

On-demand entertainment can also be a great source of revenue for your school. By paying to access content, your students can contribute money for important things like facility repairs and maintenance, community events and more.

Deliver important messages and announcements

IPTV also makes it easy to deliver announcements across your entire campus. Instead of using a traditional announcement system, your campus staff can use IPTV to deliver audio and video messages to hundreds of classrooms, offices and public areas at once.

This makes IPTV a great tool for alerting students and staff to safety issues on campus, events that are ongoing or soon to begin, changes to normal scheduling and other issues that students and staff members should be aware of.

Schools and universities can also use IPTV in emergencies to deliver important information on a mass scale.

Since IPTV scales extremely well, using it as a public announcement platform can cost far less than traditional technology, helping your campus deliver important information faster at a lower cost than the alternatives

Start using IPTV on your campus

From schools and universities to businesses of all sizes, we specialize in helping organizations use IPTV to deliver content and operate more efficiently. To learn more, please view our range of IPTV equipment online or contact our expert team.

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4 Essentials for Broadcasting and Recording Your Live Event

Filming and broadcasting live events can be, put it mildly, somewhat difficult. From missed shots to issues with cables and other broadcasting equipment, even a single small error can often be all it takes to affect the entire broadcast.

Luckily, recording and broadcasting a live event is a skill. Like other skills, once you’ve gained an understanding of the basics, shooting events from weddings to local festivals becomes far easier.

Below, we’ve listed four essentials for shooting and broadcasting any live event, whether it’s a local production or a business conference. If you’re just getting started with live broadcasting, read on to discover four things you absolutely need before you record your first event.

A complete event shooting plan

Shooting live events can be a serious challenge. Like all challenging tasks, the more prepared you are before you begin, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to enjoy a smooth, stress-free shoot that doesn’t run into any problems.

Before the event, prepare a complete plan so that you know where you need to be and what you need to do at every moment. If you have multiple cameras, assign positions for each one, reducing the risk of multiple camera operators focusing on the same thing.

Make sure all of your equipment is fully charged and that you have enough battery power for a full event. You should even prepare a rough map of the area so that every person knows their role.

With the right plan, you’ll be able to move ahead on event day with confidence while avoiding the most common issues that can affect live video production.

Reliable equipment, plus extras

Not all event shoots go smoothly. While some events run perfectly and require little more than your camera pointed at the action, others can run into problems when equipment you rely on just doesn’t work as it should.

The best way to avoid this problem is to have spares of everything. From cameras and lenses, tripods and adaptors to broadcasting equipment, cables and more, make sure you have at least one backup for every item you use during the event shoot.

If this is cost prohibitive — for example, cameras and lenses — just focus on having extras for all of the small, inexpensive items that can often malfunction during a shoot. Trust us — you really will appreciate having spare cables, batteries and other items available when you need them.

Reliable AV staff and equipment

Unless you want to rely on your own sound equipment, it’s important to have a reliable AV team with a soundboard. This prevents the alarmingly common “great video, poor audio” problem that is often seen in small local productions.

Good sound makes your footage far easier for viewers to enjoy, especially for sound-heavy live events such as concerts, plays, and presentations. Without a crisp and clear sound, few viewers are likely to be able to enjoy your live broadcast.

Reliable AV staff and equipment are also important if you plan on displaying your camera feed on screen during the event, as well as for post-event production where access to extra footage and other supporting media is a priority.

Great broadcasting gear

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One of the most common small-scale live video production mistakes is investing heavily in high-quality camera and audio equipment, only to take a less thorough approach to building out your live broadcasting rig.

From bonded cellular to IPTV, it’s important that you have high quality, reliable broadcasting and live video equipment to transmit your content to your target audience through video over IP without any audio, video or other issues.

Do you have the broadcasting equipment you need to showcase your next event? We specialize in live broadcasting equipment and can help you learn more about the exact equipment you can use for a professional quality live broadcast.

For more information, contact us today to speak to our expert staff about our range of live video, bonded cellular, HDMI wireless transmitter, wireless and IPTV equipment.

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How IPTV Solutions Can Benefit Hotel and Resort Operators

Do you run a hotel or resort? While businesses in all industries can benefit from using IPTV, the benefits are particularly large for hotels, resorts and other accommodation businesses that need to provide entertainment and useful information to guests.

From movies on demand to local and international TV, IPTV lets you expand your hotel’s range of entertainment options. It can also be used to deliver important information about your hotel to guests, from facilities and dining options to transportation, nearby attractions and more.

You can even use IPTV to deliver content to your digital signage and displays, helping you show guests promotions and more.

Below, we’ve gone into more detail on the key ways in which hotels, resorts, and accommodation businesses can benefit from IPTV:

Deliver movies and TV shows on demand

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Entertainment plays a huge role in the customer experience, and there’s no better way to offer a wide range of entertainment options to your guests than by using IPTV.

IPTV technology lets you display movies and TV shows on demand, letting your guests decide exactly what they’d like to watch when they want to watch it. Without having to worry about the scheduling of broadcast TV, your guests are free to consume content as they choose.

By offering a range of movies and enterprise TV shows for your guests, you can provide a higher quality experience that helps your accommodation business earn higher review scores and win back guests for a stronger retention rate.

You can also use IPTV as an additional source of revenue by offering content as an upsell to increase your business’s average earnings per booking.

Showcase your facilities, amenities and more

Does your hotel have an impressive swimming pool, fitness center, spa or other facilities you’d like guests to know about? IPTV is the perfect tool for showcasing your hotel’s amenities and attracting the attention of guests.

Using IPTV, you can automatically display information about your hotel facilities on TVs inside guest rooms and public areas, helping your guests learn more about your hotel and advertise your optional extras and upgrades.

Just like you can upsell content via IPTV, you can also market your additional services. From spas and care packages to guided tours and more, IPTV can be a great marketing platform for your hotel’s top optional extras.

Share useful information with your guests

Another great way to use IPTV is a way to inform your guests about nearby attractions and things to do. By broadcasting informational IPTV content, you can let guests know about your hotel’s nearest attractions and provide helpful directions and advice.

You can also use IPTV to teach your guests about transportation options, help them avoid the most common scams and problems in your city, share information about your local currency or convenient payment options (for international hotels) and more.

Instead of requiring your guests to reach brochures and other content, IPTV lets you put useful information right in front of your guests, letting them familiarize themselves with the area or city in a fraction of the usual amount of time and enhancing the customer experience.

Promote your city’s top attractions

What are your city’s top tourist attractions? From historical buildings to theme parks, museums and more, you can promote your city’s top tourist sights using IPTV to quickly give your guests an understanding of what they need to see while they’re in town.

IPTV gives your hotel or resorts its own tourism channel for showcasing specific attractions and tourists sights. You can display a photo slideshow or offer a more in-depth look at the sights you think are worth visiting via wireless video transmitter, all in beautiful HD.

If your hotel offers a tour service, you can market it via IPTV and encourage customers to make bookings, increasing your revenue per customer and providing a more convenient experience for your hotel guests.

Does your hotel use IPTV?

From small accommodation providers to large hotels, IPTV can be a powerful tool for any type of accommodation business. If you’re interested in learning more about IPTV, view our range of products online or contact our team today.

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“Live PD” Producers Rely on VidOvation AVIWEST DMNG PRO180 Bonded Cellular Transmitters

Systems Enable Reliable, Low-Latency, Synchronous Video and Audio Transmission on Multicamera and Multilocation Live Police Docuseries

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VidOvation Live PD Control Room

IRVINE, Calif. March 27, 2017 — VidOvation today announced that Big Fish Entertainment, the creator and production company behind groundbreaking A&E docuseries “Live PD,” is using VidOvation’s AVIWEST DMNG PRO180 bonded cellular systems on the multicamera, multilocation production for reliable, synchronous, and low-latency transmission of broadcast-quality video and audio.

“‘Live PD’ is the first show of its kind to capture and stream live video of police officers on patrol and, to our knowledge, the first primetime entertainment television program to push the capabilities of bonded cellular technology well beyond that of a typical stationary news report. Every episode represents a phenomenal technical achievement, the perfect blend of technology and editorial content to deliver a transparency in police work never seen before on television,” said Dan Cesareo, founder and president of Big Fish Entertainment. “AVIWEST was the only bonded cellular solution we tested that could help us accomplish our creative goals for the show. The VidOvation-AVIWEST team really went the extra mile to help meet our technical requirements and make ‘Live PD’ a resounding success.”

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Each “Live PD” episode offers viewers a live, unfiltered look inside some of America’s busiest police departments and the communities they patrol. One of the biggest production hurdles was capturing high-quality live HD video from multiple cameras and streaming it to air in real time. On a typical Friday night, “Live PD” covers officers on patrol in six cities, with as many as 40 live video feeds coming into a New York-based control room at A&E headquarters. With such a large quantity of feeds, traditional satellite or microwave links would not only be cost-prohibitive, but would not provide the necessary mobility and flexibility. The solution was bonded cellular technology, which bonds any available combination of network interfaces including local cellular and Wi-Fi networks, Ethernet, and satellite for high-quality and reliable video transmission links.

The “Live PD” crew uses 41 AVIWEST DMNG PRO180-RA bonded cellular transmitters, including one for each of two HD cameras in every patrol car and two additional camera operators as well as an overhead drone to cover the action outside the vehicle. Additionally, the team has installed four AVIWEST QUAD external antenna units to each patrol car for even faster network acquisition and greater signal resilience. Throughout the three-hour show, the DMNG PROs feed up to four video channels and eight audio channels of live, high-quality video back to the control room in New York from every patrol car in all six cities. In the control room, an AVIWEST DMNG StreamHub receiver, decoder, and distribution platform receives the live video feeds and delivers them to air for the live broadcast.

“We tested several bonded cellular systems, but none of them could handle the multicamera and multilocation format of the show — except one,” said Larry Barbatsoulis, the show’s technical supervisor. “The AVIWEST DMNG system proved its ability to transmit video and audio from up to five cameras in close proximity and with perfect lip sync and video synchronization between all cameras.”

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 About Big Fish Entertainment

Big Fish Entertainment is a full service production company that creates multi-platform, visually driven content that compels and entertains audiences with the “unexpected.” Founded in 2006 by President Dan Cesareo, Big Fish has since produced hundreds of hours of award-winning and top-rated programming in the unscripted reality, lifestyle and documentary space. Current Big Fish series include groundbreaking docu-series Live PD for A&E, offering viewers unfiltered live access inside policing in America; mega-hit franchise Black Ink Crew with editions in New York and Chicago for VH1; Tattoo Girls for TLC and recent premiere Hustle & Soul for WE tv. With other breakthrough credits including Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan and the Gates Foundation Reality PD public schools project, Big Fish captures and relates extraordinary worlds, characters and stories for such networks as Discovery, VH1, A&E, TLC, MTV, WE tv, E!, National Geographic, Oxygen, Planet Green, Travel Channel, Spike, Smithsonian Channel and G4. For more information, visit bigfishusa.com.

About VidOvation

VidOvation — Moving Video Forward — is a leading manufacturer of video, audio, and data communications systems for the broadcast television and sports, corporate AV, and government markets, offering 50 years of combined experience. Encompassing wireless video, bonded cellular, video streaming, video networking, IPTV, and fiber optic communications systems, VidOvation solutions improve video transmissions by removing the frustrations of dropouts, latency, interference, noise, and security issues. VidOvation excels in helping its clients integrate custom solutions into existing infrastructure, with the ability to meet almost any application or budget. The company applies proven expertise on the complete project lifecycle — from project consulting and management, to engineering and design, to warranty and support. Learn more at vidovation.com or call +1 949-777-5435.

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Photo Credit: Scott Gries / A&E Network

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