NAB Show Media Partner Spotlight

Broadcast Beat & NAB Show Live

For eight hours during each day of the 2023 NAB Show in Las Vegas, a complex live Remote Production broadcast of the events will be aired internationally over the internet.

This IT-enabled broadcast in itself will be a major showcase of the latest television technology.

NAB Show LIVE will combine several cutting-edge technologies to connect events on the show floor in Las Vegas with a central control room 2,500 miles away at Broadcast Beat Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Broadcast Beat Studios and Broadcast Beat Magazine are both partners with NAB Show for the broadcast.

Behind-the-Scenes of NAB Show LIVE

Ryan Salazar, Founder of Broadcast Beat and Executive Producer of NAB Show LIVE, said this year’s marathon broadcast will be different since it will not come from a central stage, but from throughout the venue using six LiveU LU600-equipped mobile crews and two LiveU LU800 portable ENG units to carry several other live camera feeds from throughout the venue.

All of the LiveU signals, which include the company’s cloud service, are decoded using multiple LiveU LU2000–SMPTE 2110 Bonded Video Decoders located at Broadcast Beat Studios in South Florida. This system makes all the signals compliant with SMPTE 2110.

The LiveU LU600, which is in the form of 3.6-pound backpack with a four-hour battery, is the company’s sixth generation bonded cellular system. It was designed for global newsgathering, live sports and events coverage. Combined with an HEVC video card, it can provide the same video quality as H.264 while using about half the bandwidth.

“Our coverage of NAB Show will cover every aspect of the event, from the various pavilions to interviews with notable figures attending the show. Using advanced bonded cellular and IP technology, we will be totally mobile and live from anywhere in Las Vegas.”

— Ryan Salazar, EP of NAB Show LIVE

Also being used for the show are two LiveU LU800 production field units. The LU800, operating on 5G cellular networks, will handle four simultaneous video feeds from various cameras at NAB and feed them via bonded cellular back to Broadcast Beat Studios in Florida. A second unit will be used to send the same signals simultaneously for redundancy purposes.

Everyone who has been to a previous NAB Show probably knows it can be difficult to get good cellular coverage at the Convention Center. That won’t happen with these LiveU mobile units, since each has cards for special, uncrowded networks from multiple cellular providers.

Each LU600 can handle up to 12 network links. This includes six to eight carriers (bonded), one integrated LTE cellular modem, internal Wi-Fi and two Ethernet ports.

“We’re returning to NAB for the 14th year to share tangible ways that customers can reduce production costs, meet the increased demand for quality content and optimize the monetization of their content assets by leveraging cloud-based workflows. We’re excited for Broadcast Beat, in collaboration with NAB, to demonstrate our technology during several live stage productions planned for NAB 2023.”

— Ronen Artman, VP of Global Marketing, LiveU


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