The NFL Draft picks up TVU for its live video distribution
TVU Networks was in charge of the NFL Draft cloud-based video distribution. All of the NFL teams used the company´s remote production solution and TVU Grid, a cloud-based video distribution network, for this event.
Furthermore, TVE supported the live video feeds of 50 off-site player prospects for the broadcast production. Celebrated in Cleveland during the last weekend of April, the Draft marks where the future stars of American football will play. Top prospects that chose not to attend the draft in person were sent all-in-one camera kits that included a webcam, lighting, and a Mac mini preloaded with TVU Anywhere.
The camera feeds were sent to a bank of 25 TVU Servers in Cleveland, which provided up to 50 SDI outputs for use during the live broadcasts. The servers were also networked through TVU Grid, allowing authorized personnel to monitor all live video feeds online, even on mobile devices, using the company’s TVU GridLink.
A separate bank of 17 TVU Servers (providing 34 SDI outputs) in Cleveland was assigned to manage behind-the-scenes video feeds from all 32 teams. The feeds provided live footage of team personnel as they reacted to draft picks and conducted business during the draft.
“TVU’s solutions worked very well for us during the NFL Draft,” said Nate McCoart, director of technical operations, Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment. “They made it easy to manage live video from dozens of locations across the country for the broadcast, and they were able to manage secure Draft room feeds for both our production and NFL officials.”
“Over the years, the NFL Draft has become an incredibly popular event. We’re proud to be part of the team that helped support the in-person production with remote video content,” said Greg Doggett, director of sports and entertainment and strategic partnerships, TVU Networks. “TVU’s data-centric approach to the media workflow for the NFL Draft simplified the capture and distribution of an enormous amount of content without sacrificing quality or security.”