TVU Networks Helps KMBC Deliver Remote Live News Special

TVU Networks, a vendor of cloud and IP-based live video technology, this summer helped KMBC, the Hearst Television ABC affiliate in Kansas City, overcome technical challenges associated with producing a live, local news special on race and policing.

This came at a time the COVID-19 pandemic was restricting in-studio production and helped by bringing in guests remotely and enabling them to interact with one another via TVU’s cloud services.

Two packages, TVU Producer, the company’s live cloud-based production platform, and TVU Partyline, its cloud-based video conferencing system for live production, enabled the station to provide two return video and audio feeds to the remote guests. This meant they could watch pre-produced segments and see each other during live interview segments, making it possible for them to react to the facial expressions of one another almost as if they were together in the studio.

“I don’t know that we could have delivered the return video needed to make it possible for guests to have a more natural interaction using traditional means because there were two return paths,” says Neeley Schmitz, director of news operations at KMBC. “You’re talking two satellite shots, and then there would have been a huge delay on the satellite return video. Without TVU, this would have been very difficult to do.”

TVU Networks’ cloud-based low-latency alternative also proved more cost-effective and less technically challenging than traditional satellite or microwave feeds to deliver the return video, Schmitz added.

The program, “Project CommUNITY: The People and the Police,” hosted by KMBC anchor Lara Moritz, examined the demands local advocates of police reform have made to the city to change policing policies and address the bigger issue of local control over the police force. Four guests, including Kansas City, MO, Mayor Quinton Lucas; Kansas City, MO, Police Chief Richard Smith; local filmmaker Khalid Abdulqaadir and Lora McDonald, executive director of MORE Squared, a faith-based organization focused on racial equality, joined the show remotely. Three came in via TVU One cellular transmitters and one via TVU Anywhere, the company’s mobile broadcast smartphone app.

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