J Sports acquires LiveU’s remote production solution for this baseball season

Japanese broadcaster J Sports has recently announced its acquisition of LiveU’s multi-camera, remote production solution for all of Yokohama DeNA BayStars’ baseball home games. J Sports On Demand, will show over 70 matches where LiveU’s technology will play a key role. J Sports’ OTT platform has increased its amount of content since a year ago in its association with Express. Following this objective, moving to remote production was also a long-standing ambition of Express and J Sports. And they have relied on LiveU solutions.

The on-air clean feed is sent from an OB unit at the ground via an LU800 along with two additional feeds. Commentary for this service is then added remotely at J Sports’ studio, while graphics and audio mixing is carried out by Express at its Tokyo studio. Additionally, a video return feed with graphics is sent back to the commentors so that they can see the ball, strike and out counts and can check the slow-motion effects.

Yojiro Tomihisa, Technical Manager of J Sports, said, “one of the main advantages of remote production is that we don’t have to send a big production crew to the site and it’s the same in terms of equipment. This is all done using IP, which was crucial for us. We are looking forward to deploying this very dependable LiveU technology on other productions and increasing the complexity of them. We are ready for the future!”.

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