TVU Networks has been selected as Remote Interaction Production Solution Provider for Astro Malaysia, one of the leading content and consumer companies across TV, radio, digital and commerce platforms in Malaysia.
Astro Malaysia wanted to develop a new reality TV singing competition program for its viewers. Suara Viral was to be a unique weekly show featuring popular singing personalities trending on social media because of their incredible singing talents competing against each other. Celebrity judges would be invited to evaluate the different singing talent in each episode culminating in the selection of a Suara Viral Grand Champion. However, with the restrictions of COVID-19, Astro Malaysia had to find a way for judges and contestants to participate live virtually since they would not be together in the same studio.
After researching potential remote production solutions, Astro Malaysia selected TVU Networks to provide the broadcast technology needed for the live program. The media company decided to have the contestants perform at the TV studio where all of the show’s production takes place while the celebrity judges evaluate each live performance remotely from their homes. The eight judges use the TVU Anywhere mobile app on their laptop computers connected to a camera for live transmission back to the TV studio over the internet, allowing Astro Malaysia to share a view of the judges with their viewers. The producers at the TV studio rely on TVU Overwatch as a separate remote live monitoring tool for each of the judges and TVU Command Center for redundancy as needed. All of the remote live feeds from the judges are decoded and produced also using TVU solutions including a rack-mounted TVU Transceiver.
TVU Anywhere mobile app enables a user to instantly capture and transmit live footage from anywhere at any time with robust built-in features such as PIP, Split Screen, IFB and Return Video Feed. TVU Anywhere is easy to use – just download the app to your smartphone or laptop, open the application and start transmitting video. If a WiFi connection is available, TVU Anywhere can use it together with the smart phone’s cellular connection for even more reliable transmission. TVU Anywhere also features patented IS+ for transmission reliability and HEVC encoding for improved video compression efficiency.
TVU Overwatch allows for the monitoring of live feeds remotely without having to be in a studio. Live video can be delivered to specific users who need to have access to that video wherever they are and with sub-second latency. Feeds can be accessed using an internet connection and a standard web browser.
Suara Viral began airing in June 2020 and has already successfully completed several shows with help of TVU solutions.