Media Crossroads’ new technology connects KU experts live to national media


LAWRENCE — When “PBS NewsHour” contacted the University of Kansas last week looking for an expert to interview live about student loan debt, Social Welfare Associate Professor William Elliott III fit the bill. Elliott headed to Media Crossroads at the Kansas Union, put on a mic and spoke on camera with anchor Judy Woodruff in a national broadcast.

Elliott was the first KU expert to use the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications’ new video technology at the Media Crossroads, which allows KU experts on the Lawrence campus to interview live with media outlets anywhere in the world.

The technology, LTN Video Transport Service, also put another KU professor in the national spotlight last week. Al-Jazeera America interviewed Professor Don Haider-Markel, chair of the Department of Political Science, about public attitudes toward gay politicians for a “Real Money With Ali Velshi” news program.

Ross Mobile Productions: New Kid on the Block Ramps Up Quickly

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Posted By Jason Dachman, Managing Editor On January 9, 2015 @ 12:43 pm

In October 2013, Ross Video charted out a new strategic roadmap by acquiring South Florida-based Mobile Content Providers (MCP) and, in doing so, officially entered the remote-production market. Just over a year later, Ross Mobile Productions (RMP) has already experienced tremendous growth, increasing its fleet from two to five trucks and gaining a foothold in the linear-TV market after primarily serving streaming shows in the past.

“To say we’ve grown quickly is an understatement,” says MCP founder Mitch Rubenstein, now president of RMP. “We now have an office in New York, and, in Florida, we moved into a new office that is twice the size of [our previous location], partially in order to build more trucks.

The new trucks have stayed plenty busy in the mid-market niche that Ross is looking to serve, working college-basketball packages with the America East Conference [1], ESPNU, and NBCSN. RMP has also inked a deal to produce all games for the new FXFL development football league and is working with Alliance Productions on a Conference USA football package (RMP is packaging, but Alliance is sole mobile-unit provider).

RMP also played an integral role in the production of the Kentucky Wildcats’ Big Blue Bahamas Tour telecasts – three games on ESPNU and the first-ever live event on SEC Network. For the Kentucky Big Blue Tour in the Bahamas, LTN was the primary transmission path, making for a cost-effective way to broadcast the games. The expense for “shipping” an uplink truck from the US was prohibitive so that would have made it unreasonable to broadcast the six games. Ross Mobile Productions secured a dedicated ethernet connection at the arena (50Mbps) which enabled the transmission to the proprietary, fully managed LTN backbone. Ross used an LTN Fly Pack with an LTN Appliance, Adtec En91 encoder, and Sencore 4400 decoder for the return feed. The feed was encoded at 20Mbps 720p  MPEG-4. From the LTN Network, the feed was dropped to the Encompass Waterfront facility, where it was handed off to a fiber connection into ESPN Bristol.

Telluride station linked to world

Against mountain backdrop, former CIA agent weighs in on national issues

Photo by: Courtesy of Karen James

Bob Baer, a CNN analyst and area resident, appeared on the network several times this week while sitting in front of a green screen in Telluride. A new media center allows Telluride TV to provide fast, live feeds to network stations.

By Dale Rodebaugh, Herald staff writer

Telluride, a mountain town of 2,400 known for its winter sports and summer festivals, has been a destination for outsiders.

But since last week, it has been the point of origin of world-news commentary that keeps outsiders glued to the local Telluride TV media center.

Denver Turns Olympic Sports Into RSN Gold With Altitude, LTN Global Communications

Regional sports networks are always looking for quality, local, live programming to fill out their massive calendars. College content is a natural fit, but smaller viewing audiences (for Olympic sports) make the business model for building a production a tough sell. Even with many Division I schools capable of producing their own live events these days, there still remains a significant obstacle to linear-network distribution: transmission technology and costs.

DenverLogoThe University of Denver is working with Colorado-based RSN Altitude Sports to get around those challenges via technology developed by LTN Global Communications. LTN’s Video Transport Service enables Denver’s Pioneer Vision to access the company’s cloud-based, proprietary network, which makes transmitting the signal to Altitude’s master control a fraction of the cost of traditional satellite transmission or even a direct fiber line, which the two entities used to connect last spring to broadcast DU’s lacrosse games.

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