When the Seven Network wanted a viable alternative that would help them reduce their SNG costs they turned to the TVUPack mobile 3G/4G solution supplied by Magna Systems and Engineering.
The TVUPack solution, rapidly growing in popularity with broadcasters around the world due to its versatility and cost effectiveness, was demonstrated to the team from Seven by Magna Systems Product Specialist David Clemesha. After a series of rigorous tests the feedback from the network was that the TVUPack was very much the solution they had been looking for.
The Seven Network’s requirements included a reliable front line mobile uplink solution that their news crews could operate easily and effectively without having to use a traditional SNG truck. The TVUPack TM8100 was ideal for this and the fact that it efficiently used 4G networks was also a big plus for the network.
David Clemesha said, “The Seven Network were impressed with the TVUPack’s quality, efficient 4G bandwidth usage and the stability of the connection. The pictures were good and the delivery was fast.”
Seven also included their LA Bureau in the assessment and evaluation process using the TVUPack for live crosses of high profile court cases in both California and Hawaii with great success.
Back in Australia the Seven Network’s Engineering Manager Dave Watts and Operations Manager Albert Babazogli having been impressed with both the local demos and those in the US, ordered six TVUPack TM8100 backpacks and two TR3100 receivers from Magna Systems.
Albert Babazogli said, “We paired the LA-based TVUPacks into Australia which meant all eight were linked to receivers for ultimate redundancy. With the training our operations, engineering and master control room teams received from Magna Systems our TVUPacks and receivers were fully operational in no time at all and we immediately put them to work side by side with an SNG link. Throughout the demos, sale and installation Magna and TVUNetworks really helped with excellent support and service making the whole process a very efficient one and as a result of this we went on to purchase an additional two TVUPacks bringing our total to eight in Australia.”