SMG broadcasts one of China’s largest archaeological finds relying on TVU Networks solutions

Shanghai Media Group (SMG) recently covered one of China’s underwater archaeological excavations. To transmit their signals, the broadcaster relied in TVU Networks solutions. The archaeological find was the largest ancient wooden sailing ship. It was submerged for more than 150 years on the seabed of the Yangtze River, it is also the best preserved, with more than 600 relics recovered from it.

The particular challenges associated to this broadcast were associated with the specific location. The teams faced no communication or network signals on site and difficulty capturing the subject and key images underwater.

SMG developed a container-style temporary studio with microwave transmission equipment inside. Drones and on-site cameras were set up, with the multi-camera signals received at the container studio, switched by the project’s director, and microwave transmission equipment in the studio transmit the live signal to an OB vehicle parked on the nearest embankment.

To ensure the return from the OB van, SMG adopted the TVU G-Link and TVU Router which provided transmission of the main and backup signals from the van to SMG’s studio in Shanghai for final production and broadcast. A TVU Transceiver server in the Shanghai studio received the live signal. The transmission solutions aggregated 5G and 4G networks from multiple operators.

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