"We attended the excellent Focus London event at Islington Design Centre on behalf of Drylab. It is a yearly meeting place for international media content production. The event was full of exciting meetings with national film commissions and producers. In addition some very interesting talks and workshops were on offer. It was a great success for the team"
Left: The main hall at Focus London
Middle: Ken with the Swedish film commissioner Maria Uddgren
Right: The Drylab team
As part of the new agreement with Anchorage Studios, Kickoff TV Productions will now be able to offer their customers an excellent studio deal in London. With the three separate broadcast studios with up to five cameras, we can also offer live transmission via fibre, sat uplink and LiveU from UK to anywhere. The facility, which is based in Chiswick Park in west London, can offer an extremely affordable package to any broadcaster or media organisation needing live or pre recorded production in London. The Anchorage studio unit is especially well suited for its proximity to many Nordic broadcasters play-out centres also based in Chiswick Park. The studio/live link combination can offer an additional content resource especially well suited for football related productions.
Left: Studio A
Right: Chiswick Park Studios building
Kickoff TV Productions will as usual be at the International Broadcast Convention in Amsterdam. This time supporting the Drylab team.
A fully sold out Ullevaal stadium and 27,000 excited fans saw Manchester Utd under Ole Gunnar Solskjær beat Kristiansund BK, the Norwegian team from his home town. MUTV had a blinder of a show, which was carefully set up with multiple uplinks and fibre delivery from Oslo to Old Trafford. The production went like a dream , says Kickoff TV Productions CEO Ken Skaarbrevik. ‘We are very grateful for all the help from the host broadcaster TV2 Norway, our technical add-on supplier NEC Norway and the excellent stadium team. All in all a wonderful experience'.
Top Left: Trucks and crews at pre-match planning
Top Right: MUTV’s presenters being counted in on air
Bottom Left: Full stadium
Bottom Right: Post match press conference
As part of Manchester United’s pre-season friendlies, BT Media & Broadcast the technical provider for the club’s summer games, has picked Kickoff TV Productions to handle the team’s match in Oslo, Norway. There they will meet the Norwegian team Kristiansund BK at the Norwegian national stadium on the 30th of July.
In addition to finding production partners, local crews and production managing the event; Kickoff TV’s CEO Ken Skaarbrevik set up and took part in the recce this week with Manchester United’s producer, the Norwegian host broadcaster and stadium officials. All ready for the big match!
Left: Krister Skaatun from NEC and MUTV producer Lee Mageean at stadium recce
Right: Ken with the group at the recce
The launch of Drylab in the UK took place at the Media Production Show where the Norwegian start up company had a stand exhibiting as part of the launch in the British market. The event was a huge success with a large number of cinematographers, directors and producers visiting the stand during the two days. Drylab’s merited cinematographer John Christian Rosenlund also had a talk, presenting the system's advantages for creative people in film and television. All had been organised with the help of Kickoff TV’s contact network and expertise.
Left: Audun and John Christian with a client
Centre: Ken at the Drylab stand
Right: Audun with an interested director
Den Norske Klub (DNK) is the oldest private members club of its kind in London, founded in 1887. Also known as the Norwegian Club it has been a home from home for many Norwegians in London through many years. In the past the Club was based in Norway House in Trafalgar Square, but since 1999 DNK has been housed at No 4 St James’ Square, the building also known as In & Out.
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of its move to its current premises, the Board of DNK decided to have a film made to promote the Club. Kickoff TV Productions was given the assignment and the film will be shown at the Anniversary celebrations on the 9th of May.
As new and exciting digital media workflow systems appear for the media industry, some stand out more than others. One of them is the Drylab viewer system, a revolutionary way of making all dailies/rushes immediately available to all that need them wherever they are, on set or anywhere in the world. Drylab is giving directors and other creatives access at any time and place to view anything that has been filmed in a production on laptop, IPod or Iphone.
The Drylab viewer has been enthusiastically taken up by film and TV companies in Scandinavia, with over 80% of them now using Drylab in their day-to-day productions. The system is now being launched in other countries.
Finding Drylab unique and very exciting, Kickoff TV Production’s CEO Ken Skaarbrevik has joined the Drylab team to launch it in the UK media market. “The Drylab viewer is a tremendously exciting product and will no doubt be taken up by all media creatives who want to keep a full overview of their filmed content. I am proud to be involved in the UK launch of this excellent new media tool.”
For more information visit the Drylab website www.drylab.io
As every year for the last five years, Kickoff TV Productions is attending the British Video Expo in London Docklands. Working closely with our colleagues at Omnistream and using their stand for meetings and presentation of the Feedstation system during the event.
When the news broke that Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjær had been appointed temporary manager of Manchester United, the Premier League rights holder in Norway TV2 got in touch with Kickoff TV Productions to help out. TV2 wanted live coverage of the lead up to his first match in charge only two days later at Cardiff FC. As TV2 flew in two presenters/commentators from Norway, Kickoff’s production team was already in Cardiff and ready.
A number of stand ups were delivered the evening before the match and on the match day itself live to TV2’s News, TV2 Sport and PL channel. All in all a very successful production put together at very short notice.
Kickoff TV takes part in the event at Stamford Bridge; “The LiveU Sports Forum and Workshop”
Kickoff TV Production CEO Ken Skaarbrevik was invited to take part in the IBC Focus Group, arranged by the IBC organisers in London. The event was part of IBC’s revue of their annual event with industry experts and to discuss what can be improved for next year’s show. The twelve attendees were from a number of different backgrounds and representing companies like BBC, Discovery, Timeline Television, Warner Brothers including other media organisations and where given the opportunity to give their views about IBC 2018 and suggest improvements for next year’s event.
“It was an honour and good fun to take part and also to have the opportunity to meet up with one’s peers”, says Kickoff CEO Ken Skaarbrevik. “Hopefully our suggestions can help IBC to improve what is one of the most important industry events every year.”
IBC’s Data Insight Manager, Alec Evans was in charge of the event together with B2B International. “The initial feedback has been very positive and there were some very interesting discussions. I am grateful for all attendees help with this.”
All this is making the cost of each territory output much less than if it was produced in the territory. And more importantly, coming from the heart of English football!
‘IBC Focus Group meeting’
The Football Fan Hub is a London based media and streaming hub set up as an origination point for a ‘streaming FanSite’, specifically aimed at international fans of English football.
The FFH stakeholders are a group of companies that have come together especially for this joint venture and have a background in video streaming, technology solutions, football show productions, sports rights management, and media agencies; with connections to different segments of the international media market where English football has a big viewership.
The Football Fan Hub is specially set up in London to be a multi version production unit, combining studios, production facilities and our multi-channel streaming output unit in such a way that the core elements of the production workflow are shared. Video content like some reportages, interviews, live stream cameras, news items and in some cases also guests - are shared. Each individual version is then put together and sent out.
All this is making the cost of each territory output much less than if it was produced in the territory. And more importantly, coming from the heart of English football!
Quine’s CEO Mr G. Groven took part in IBC, showing the company’s latest version of its amazing QuineBox IoT unit. Kickoff TV CEO Ken Skaarbrevik says ”We are proud to have given our support to Quine during IBC, a wonderful Norwegian company with a fantastic product”.
For more information go to Quine’s website www.quine.no
The Quine Box Iot unit connected to a Red camera
CEO Groven (centre) demoing the amazing QuineBox IoT unit to clients
Kickoff TV Productions will again this year be attending the IBC in Amsterdam.
The growing market for live sport content from UK in both the Nordic market and the sub-Saharan African market, has been the reason for Kickoff TV’s recent involvement in a joint venture with Africa's Sport Content (ASC) to share a combined production and studio unit.
Apart from the share of English football content and production output facilities in the planned operational unit based in the Docklands, the two companies will carry on the development of the Feedstation IP content streaming technology, setting up a “digital streaming hub” to supply a regular secure content streaming service of live football products to their markets. The joint venture, which also involves a UK based technology partner, has been named “The Anchorage Group”.
The Anchorage Group, set up to supply football fan news from London
The Nigerian Football Federation made use of Kickoff TV Production to help with the coverage of the pre and post match events in connection with England vs Nigeria at Wembley Stadium. The match was the last friendly both nations played before the start of the World Cup in Russia. It was a huge occation for the many Nigerians living in London and also for all those who flew in for the match from Nigeria. The coverage filmed in and around Wembley Stadium and at the post match event which included the official send off of the Nigerian team, was part of the Nigerian Football Federation’s media build up before the start of the World Cup.
England vs Nigeria sign
England vs Nigeria at Wembley
Kickoff TV takes part in SVGs Sport Tech event held at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea FC.
SVG Sport Tech event logo
The Norwegian publisher and production company Logos Media Ltd sets up an agreement with Kickoff TV Productions, as part of the company’s aim to connect up with the UK market. Logos Media owns and operates among other things Norway’s news leading website covering national and international security and defence issues.
Logo Media Ltd logo
Kickoff TV attended the SVG Football Production Summit held at Stad de France stadium in Paris. An excellent event with many of the important players in the football production sphere.
The Norwegian start up Quine (www.quine.no) has approached Kickoff TV Prods to help promote their QuineBox™ IoT unit in the UK, which records conformable files and metadata in more than one codec in realtime and pushes the files to any destination of preference, locally or in the cloud.
The files from QuineBox™IoT are optimised for editing and preview for high-end productions, making any supported camera a connected device, and you can push files and metadata to any API or ftp/sftp destination.
For more information about the Quine system, email: ken [@] kickofftvproductions.com
Like last year Kickoff TV Productions will be attending BVE at ExCel in London
Kickoff TV Productions and MediaLab are again offering, just like for the UEFA Football Championship in Paris in 2016, an onsite studio position in Square/Moscow in connection with the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The 6 x 6 m studio pod, perfect for a 3 or 4 camera presentation studio, will be available unkitted with power generator, full security, onsite manager and if with Feedstation IP live delivery system available on request. In addition one will have access to an outside stand up position and a live camera feed position a distance away showing the studio and Red Square.
For any enquiries contact Ken Skaarbrevik, email: ken [@] kickofftvproductions.com
Studio Pod in Moscow for 2018 FIFA World Cup
View from Studio Pod position in Moscow
The much awaited finalised 1.10 version of the FeedStation IP content delivery system is now available. Apart from delivery of live video or recorded files over the international internet backbone as an IP only stream, the new version also now makes a full SDI video output available at the same time as the IP stream. This major upgrade thus include in-the-box transcoding to a full grade TV image ready to be broadcast in SD, HD and UHD (4K). The Feedstation system incorporates industry standard stream management tehcnologies from Zixy and Wowza. The new version can deliver optimum quality even over poor networks with up to 40% IP packet loss with no discernible impact on quality. Latency is also kept very low and bandwidth requirment is very moderate:
Standard Definition - 2.5 Mbps
High Definition – 5 Mbps
UHD (4) – 20 Mbps
All Feedstation hardware units can be configured to send and reecive (aquire) content, even at the same time through different channels. The hardware units come with either two or four channels.
2 channel Feedstation, 1U rack unit
Rear interfaces on Feedstation 1U unit
Kickoff TV Production attended the OTT World Summit for the first time. The event which is an annual event in London, reflects the “shifting boundaries of the connected entertainment industry, with a primary focus on how traditional broadcasters, telcos and content aggregators can work more closely with media organisations, content owners and big brands to drive consumer interaction with video in a meaningful and seamless way.”
As part of the agreement between Liquid Media Hub and Kickoff TV Productions with partners, the Feedstation IP to IP contribution system was installed and went live at Liquid’s headquarters in Leighton Buzzard. The set up connects Liquid straight into the Feedstation hub in the London Docklands, making it possible for live and pre-recorded video content to be delivered straight into Liquid’s media server.
A log testing programme will now take place to optimize the system in readiness to be rolled out to Liquid’s clients across the world.
Feedstation dual stream unit installed
Technical area at Liquid Media Hub
Kickoff TV Production will attend IBC this year in partnership with MCDS. The two companies are working together to develop the Feedstation IP system in partnership with Hastingwood Securities.
Feedstation v1.0 has just been launched and is ready for deployment for live streaming content across the world.
As part of the filming of the TV series “Nina’s Vineyard”, we covered the amazing moment when Nina Viddal meet the world renowned MIT professor Bill Aulet. Bill Aulet is the Managing Director of the Martin Trust Centre for MIT Entrepreneurship and senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is an award-winning author and educator and as such Aulet held a three day course at the Norwegian University NTNU covering his world famous Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP).
The participants where business people wanting to hear his lectures and also budding entrepreneurs who where handpicked based on their projects. One of these where Nina Viddal with her Vineyard project.
The filming covered the last and most important day of the conference and also the meeting between the two afterwards. Nina was thrilled in Aulet’s interest in her idea of starting a vineyard in her part of Norway, gave her some input regarding how she should aim to run her new business and wished her all the best.
The filming which is now in its third year, has so far been material for the series proper which will start filming in the spring 2018 and follow her first season as her plants have matured as a vineyard owner.
Bill Aulet with Nina Viddal
Just like for the live coverage of the Brexit vote, the News Channel i24 got in touch with Kickoff to help out with their live coverage of the General Election.
Liquid Media Hub and Kickoff TV Productions have agreed to work together to enhance the service of 4K content delivery for Liquid customers. There is a growing need for 4K content owners to find an efficient and safe way to deliver content to their clients broadcast and streaming platforms. The contribution signal size of a 4K asset is a challenge when one wants to send it out. Liquid, who is one of the leading companies in handling content, has become experts in QC work on 4K video material. The challenge has though often been to get the 4K content through to the facility for processing.
“We have clients based abroad who’s 4K material has taken up to 18 hours to be sent through overnight to us”, says Liquid Director David Maglio. “It can be a problem serious if the content needs to go through quality control quickly on its way to a broadcaster. We have had cases where the client has been forced to send the 4K material through via international couriers or even had their staff fly it in”.
In search for a quicker alternative the Kickoff Feedstation service will make delivery via internet possible, which will reduce the contribution time to a fraction of what it takes now. The agreement between Liquid and Kickoff means that testing of this system now can start.
Liquid Media Hub
Pooling sports production delivery know how and a background in managing sport rights, Kickoff TV Productions and the UK based African Sports Content Syndicate (ASC) have agreed to set up a joint venture together.
The new company, which also will have a technical partner involved, will be set up to offer high end IP delivery of live sports content across the world using very advanced new hardware and software.
Tests of the new service will be carried out in the ensuing months, with a launch in May 2017.
Following on the partnership in delivering a Paris studio for last summers EURO 2016 football finals, Kickoff TV Productions and MediaLab are again joining forces, this time for the IAAF Athletics World Championships - London 2017. The event on the 4th to the 13th of August is the only major international sporting event in the UK this summer and will be based in the London stadium, formally 2012 Olympic Stadium and home ground of West Ham United.
The studio site will offer broadcasters an exclusive presentation position with a wonderful view of the stadium behind. The location is within a very short walk from the stadium and offers not only accredited international broadcasters but also any unaccredited broadcasters and sport news organisations an attainable perfect position for live sport news updates and interviews. More information and pictures will follow.
Logo of IAAF London 2017
Following tests of both data lines and onsite streaming encoders over some time, Kickoff TV Productions has signed an agreement with BT Media for use of BT’s ultra fast data network in delivering live video streams from many sporting venues in the UK. This makes it possible for Kickoff’s FeedStation service to offer our clients live contribution video feeds for example from British football grounds to anywhere in the world. Primarily for presentation use, commentators, reporters and presenters on camera can now be transmitted live and securely using streaming over robust data networks with bookable variable bandwidth. This is for the first time making SDI video delivered via streaming at much lower cost a real alternative to highly expensive fibre solutions or satellite uplink trucks onsite which are costly and facing parking restrictions at club grounds during Premier League, UEFA Championship and FA Cup matches.
We have thus solved the problem of delivering secure, reliable bandwidth at stadiums. No more unreliable weak local wifi connection or use of cellular units prone to going down as the large crowds block the connection. We can now offer our clients secure streaming with bookable bandwidth from 10 Mbps all the way up to 1 Gig if needed, with low laterncy. The feeds will be monitored as they pass through BTs OU unit at BT Tower.
Kickoff will also offer LiveU encoders onsite, which will be housed safely and securely in BT technical vans onsite during transmission. Please get in touch for our FeedStation stadium streaming rate card.
Monitoring feeds at British Telecom’s OB MCR
As previous years, London Film school (LFS) has picked Kickoff TV Productions to handle the live streaming of their annual Screenwriters' Showcase. This time they were able to use the new LiveU Solo unit, which streamed the multi camera production run by the students, directly to the LFS You Tube channel. For the whole duration of the Screenwriters Showcase, the event could be seen by the schools students and other interested parties live online anywhere in the world.
New ultra small LiveU units have recently been developed by LiveU from. One of these, the LiveU Solo is now part of Kickoff LiveU inventory. At around only 500 grams it is a small, easy-to-use encoder which streams live directly to online platforms. It can deliver live video automatically to Facebook, YouTube, Wowza Streaming Cloud, as well as other popular CDNs and OVPs. The unit can be managed and controlled remotely via a web interface or Smartphone. Our clients with needs to deliver live directly to their online platforms, is finding this a perfect solution.
In addition the similar looking LU200 streaming encoder, also available, is like the other bigger encoder units and streams to a LiveU decoder.
As part of a new joint streaming project, Kickoff TV Productions and BT Media set up and ran a live streaming test from Watford FCs Vicarage Road stadium.
A live camera feed from inside the stadium was delivered via local tie lines to Kickoff’s LU70 LiveU streaming unit placed in a BT Media van outside the venue.
Making use of BT’s new data lines onsite, the live stream from the camera was sent via BT tower and onwards to the Norwegian broadcaster TV2 during the test feed.
The test is part of a future working relationship between BT Media and Kickoff providing live contribution video from presentation positions at sports venues.
Connecting securely onsite to BTs data network
Testing at Watford’s Vicarage Road stadium
The New Zealand channel TV3 used streaming equipment from KOTV for their coverage of the Italian Earthquake.
A TV3 NZ news team based in the UK was supplied with the sending kit within the hour of request and a unit was delivered directly to Heathrow airport before their hasty departure.
During the following days, the news team on site went live on air eight times and delivered in addition several video packages.
Cameraman Simon Morrow summed up the new experience of using the LU70 unit, following some minor initial hiccups. "It did work well for us and I am happy with it considering it was my first experience of a LiveU."
TV3 New Zealand broadcasts nationally in digital fee-to-air on terrestrial and satellite.
DIRECTV of USA hired studio, cameras, gear and LiveUs for their presentation of the EURO 2016 football finals. Their Spanish language channel had all the rights for the EURO 2016, and wanted a studio based in France to present the programmes, before and after the matches. The studio in Paris, organised by Kickoff's partner MediaLab, was partly outside with positions offering beautiful background views of both the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysées.
The technical set up included separate LiveU streams from each camera, using Kickoff's powerful LU70e LiveU units. With a low latency of only 1.2 seconds the streams were transmitted
straight to DIRECTV's US based LiveU receivers via a high end internet connection. No SIM cards were in use. The different camera stream were then possible to cut between offering the different views. "We are very proud to have supplied such an important client as DIRECTV with a excellent solution for their EURO 2016 coverage", says Kickoff TV Production's director Ken Skaarbrevik.
Studio and stand up positions with the Eiffel Tower in the background and also overlooking Champs-Elysées with the Arc de Triomphe in the distance.
Kickoff was picked by News channel i24 to supply a full production package covering the Brexit vote and result on the 23rd and 24th of June in London.
It turned out to be two long days based in and around Westminster, using two main positions in Parliament Square and Westminster Bridge.
All in all i24 was live every hour between 0600 and 2200 UK time for 15-20 minutes over both days following the developments.
The Kickoff LU70L LiveU unit ran off power and used six SIM cards, providing a solid and continuos coverage over the two days.
Jonathan Sacedoti, reporting live for i24 from London during Brexit
The documentary series under production by Kickoff TV Productions, "Nina's Vineyard", carried on filming in Western Norway in May.
As the snow barely had left the ground in her remote valley, Nina, helped by her friends and the international vine expert, Stephen Skelton, put the first vine plants into the ground on her farm.
The event was captured by our TV crew, which also involved a local a drone production company working closely with Kickoff. In the stunning landscape we were able to cover the event as the first of the 550 vine plants were put in the ground, by Nina herself. The venture, which is supported by Innovation Norway and supervised by Stephen Skelton, could if all turns out as hoped to be the worlds most Northerly vineyard.
The filming carried on the the following week in Brighton, UK, where Nina attended the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium (ICCWS).
Nina digs in what will be her vineyard
Stephen Skelton helping Nina to put 550 vine plants in the ground on her farm
Directv of El Segundo, California, and a subsidiary of AT&T, will be one of the main clients using the the European 2016 studio in Paris set up by Mediabroadcast 2014 and supported by Kickoff TV Productions. The spanish language TV company will show all the major football matches from the event live and will use the studio for their main onsite presentation.
Middle East TV channel i24 went live over three days from Brussels covering the terrorist attacks. The broadcasts were delivered over LiveU with a Kickoff LU70E unit providing a full HD stream during the whole period.
Kickoff TV Productions Ltd joins Mediabroadcast 2014 Ltd in providing studio solutions and facilities for this summers EURO 2016 in Paris and for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Head of Mediabroadcast, Heidi Gromann, has delivered studio solutions to broadcasters in connection with past World Cups, European Championships and Olympic Games for many years. The joint venture follows Kickoff's involvement with Mediabroadcast's studio solution in Rio last summer in connection with the World Cup. CEO of Kickoff, Ken Skaarbrevik; "It is a great honour to be involved with Heidi and Mediabroadcast again. We look specifically forward to provide secure IP solutions for Mediabroadcast's clients from both the studio venue in Paris and in Rio."
Views from EURO 2016 Studio
Rio 2016 Olympic studio
Live streaming specialists Groovy Gecko picks Kickoff TV Productions to supply them with LiveU equipment for some of their big streaming projects in January and February.
The English promo for the documentary series Nina's Vineyard. This is the story of a woman's dream to set up and run a vineyard to produce wine in the beautiful fjord country of western Norway. If her dream comes true this would be the most northerly vineyard in the world.
London International Filmschool (LIFS) made use of LiveU equipment from Kickoff for the streaming of their annual Screenwriters' Showcase event. The requirement was to provide live streaming of the multi camera coverage of the event, to be shown on the film school's You Tube channel.
As Discop Africa is under way, Africa's main media event in 2015, ADN is onsite as LiveU's local partner in Africa.
LiveU stand at the Innovation Zone
Our stand which is based in the Innovation Zone of the event (location IZ40 near the Restaurants at the first floor) is getting a lot of attention as this award winning technology is presented for the first time in Africa. Kickoff, being part of the ADN consortium, is delivering live streams via our Feedstation hub to the stand during the event.
Discop Africa Johannesburg is on November 4-6 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg S.A.
The ADN LiveU partner in Africa
Loft London has approached Kickoff to set up and run their new IP network, via Kickoff's Feedstation IP hub. This will give Loft London the ability to receive live feeds into their facility and also deliver content out on behalf of their many clients. Loft London, one of UK's principle digital media and Post Production providers which offers content managing, will this way be able to improve their OTT and VOD distribution services.
CSMO of Loft London, Davide Maglio says; " We believe that our partnership with Kickoff TV's Feedstation, offers our clients a flexible, rapid and cost effective solution that can scale to meet their challenges at short notice.'
Read the full press release here.
(Loft London & Kickoff TV Productions / Feedstation press release 16.09.15)
Kickoff TV and ManRay Media has set up a co-production agreement to make the documentary TV series 'Nina's Vineyard". Shot mainly in the fjord country of Western Norway it follows Nina, a local Norwegian woman's, attempts to set up and run a working vineyard to produce local sparkling wine, which could be the most northern in the world of its kind. The challenges of being based so far north, with a short summer and a dark long winter, has made wine experts around the world interested in following the project. Several of these will be involved i the shoot, which is also supported by the local tourist-board and sponsors.
Shooting 'Nina's Vineyard' in Norway
Kickoff TV Productions will with the help of a local Norwegian partner, supply the crew and kit for what will be a long shoot, planned for the rest of this and next year. ManRay Media, which is a renowned UK based production company, will provide the director and post production facilities in the co-production.
'The fantastic location for 'Nina's Vineyard' in western Norway. Nina's village can be seen on the right'
LiveU picks Kickoff TV Productions and it’s partners in the African Digital Network consortium (ADN) to set up and run its LiveU Multipoint IP distribution network and LiveU equipment dealership in all South Saharan African territories.
"This is a great opportunity for content owners, rights holders of live sports and entertainment events to find a secure and cost effective way to reach their African customers, says Ken Skaarbrevik, Director of Kickoff TV. Our IP hub FeedStation, set up in cooperation with the Norwegian Telco Telenor, will have a central point in this new network delivering live broadcast feeds and channels to South Saharan Africa. In addition we are very proud to soon be able to offer African broadcasters the chance to work with LiveU equipment in their own territories. LiveU is the market leader in the world and leads the way in IP-based live video services and broadcast solutions for acquisition, management and distribution. Now this award-winning technology will also be rolled out properly in Africa."
In connection with ITVs popular daytime show, Loose Women going on the road with their latest Book Club launch, ITV got in touch with Kickoff TV Productions with the request to provide the live broadcast feed, via LiveU link. The production was on location at a wonderful farm near Ashorne, Warwick.
When the band Blur was having their launch event for their first new album in 12 years, Kickoff TV provided the LiveU service for the Live Streaming done by Groovy Gecco. The LU400 unit was delivering a 7.3 Mbps live stream, transmitting the multi camera coverage of the event from Chinatown in central London.
LU400 unit bottom left
Telenor Satellite Broadcasting, in partnership with Kickoff TV Productions, has recently introduced a new IP/LiveU feed for its customers. Feedstation is a service which allows any live feed available from the BT Tower in London or from an international satellite signal received by TSBc’s UK teleport, to be delivered over IP/cloud as an SDI signal to its customers’ LiveU decoders, anywhere in the world.
Feedstation is an excellent offer for anyone wanting to get TV contribution signals into their broadcast architecture without the need for expensive point-to-point fibre or satellite downlink equipment. Additionally, the service also reduces the latency time on any feed, making it an excellent alternative for those occasions when the lowest possible feed delay is required.
"The Feedstation is a bold new step for Kickoff in delivering occasional use (OU) feeds to customers”, says CEO Ken Skaarbrevik of Kickoff TV Prods Ltd. “We are incredibly happy to have the support of LiveU in setting up the service, opening a new delivery model to the broadcast market via a 100% LAN-based LiveU system, as well as the support of TSBc which had the vision to see the potential this delivers to their customers as well. We believe that the service will be a success as it is a cost-effective and secure alternative to fibre and satellite downlinking."
The service marries the use of award-winning LiveU technology and TSBc’s UK-based hub, with access to BT Tower signal as well as from any other European satellite feed.
Kickoff TV Productions joins with Loft London and the Belgian company The Production Room in a new joint venture called the African Digital Network or ADN, to provide content delivery to the African market. Kickoff's cheap and efficient live feed delivery over it's IP FeedStation network, Loft London's vast content handling knowledge and The Production Room's sales and contact network in Africa will come together to offerAfrican platform owners and rights-holders access to valuable content.
Kickoff TV Productions Ltd was invited to join the LiveU Community platform, a cloud-based network connecting freelancers, production houses and other service providers with hundreds of top broadcasters around the world.
LiveU has by doing this created an online news exchange platform, making it simpler and cheaper for LiveU customers to offer or request newsgathering services for breaking news and events anywhere, at any time. Kickoff is only one of 18 Production Houses worldwide (at time of press) to be invited in the platform. Several customers have been booked London and UK based coverage of events via this service from Kickoff. See also more information from SVG here:
In partnership with our Telco partner Telenor TSBc, Kickoff TV has set up a new IP/LiveU service to our customers. The FeedStation is a service where any line feed available at BT Tower or as an international satellite signal available in Europe can be accessed on behalf of a client and delivered as an IP signal to your LiveU or IP enabled decoder anywhere in the world. The FeedStation service is an excellent offer to anyone wanting to get TV contribution signals in without the need for expensive point to point fibre or satellite downlink equipment.
This service also reduces the latency time on any feed making it an excellent alternative for when lowest possible feed delay is wanted. Our rates are extreamly competative and will in most cases be cheaper than both fibre and satellite. Please get in touch with us for a quote!
Any satellite or BT Tower signal delivered to your LiveU/IP decoder.
It has been a tremendous start of the Premier League season 2014/15. New exciting players, some established teams not doing well, while others visiting the top of the table where they have never been before.
All of this has been discussed and analysed on TV2 Norway's Live PL shows with reporters and commentators taking part live from outside the stadiums. The Kickoff TV Production's LiveU LU400 units used by TV2, have been running on four 3G and 4G card with an additional mobile wifi on 4G connection. This has provided the live feeds not only with solid HD delivery but also short delay between the studio and on site. All in all TV2 Norway has been able to use this set up for all their Premier League matchweeks from the start of the season.
TV2 presenters live outside Emirates Stadium, before the Arsenal v Tottenham match.
The start of the English football season 2014/15 started as usual with The Charity Shield. Arsenal v Manchester City took part and TV2 Norway had their first stand up in front of Wembley Stadion to lead up to this new season, with KOTV covering. Let's hope this will be another great season of football.
The three hour live coverage of the Call of Duty boxing event at York Hall, London on Saturday the 2nd of August was delivered flawlessly over one of our LiveU LU400 units (on left of vision mixer in picture), feeding via Media Exel to our partners Boxing Evolution/TV pay-per-view site. The live stream was set up and supported as usual by the excellent Garland Partners/LiveU UK team.
The LiveU stream was solid around 8-8.2Mbps all through the night.
This full HD production was the first in a number of boxing shows that Kickoff TV Productions will produce and deliver to Boxing Evolution as part of our new agreement.
Boxing Evolution TV approached Kickoff TV to be their production partner for their pay per view boxing channel. The partnership will mean that Kickoff will take care of the Boxing Evolutions live multi camera productions and provide secure delivery of the feed from the venues via LiveU. The first live event will be Call of Duty at York Hall, London on Saturday the 2nd of August, headlined by Marks Prince v Jiri. Svacina fight for the MBC International Cruiserweight Title.
Deutsche Welle doing their morning stand up at our facility in Rio
Aberdeen House chose Kickoff TV Productions to deliver the LiveU feed services from their central broadcast facility in Rio de Janeiro. Live streaming, delivery of packages and general upload is made available to any interested broadcasters/LiveU users. The facility is based in the Rio beachfront neighborhood of Botafogo and has a magnificent view of downtown Rio, Sugar Loaf mountain and the beaches.
As the Premier League season finished, Kickoff TV Productions had delivered LiveU units to customers going live from outside 14 of the 20 Premier League stadiums and training grounds. From the first match days in August to the last day of the season we were able to deliver the units to where they were needed.
The LiveU units onsite gave the broadcasters the ability to build up to the matches by having reporters on site and showing the fans and the atmosphere around the stadium before the game started. PL rights holder TV2 Norway in particular made use of the KOTV units to deliver live presentation, pre-filmed packages and teasers to several of their main, news and sports channels.
All in all a great Premier League season.
On site for client with a LU400 at the Champions League Quarter final between Man Utd and Bayern Munich, we took readings of the bandwidth we were sending on. Previously it has been a challenge with smaller units to pull enough bandwidth for decent HD delivery. But with the LU400 we had 7.2 Mbps in front of Old Trafford with 65,000+ supporters passing by. Very impressive especially as we only used the four SIM cards in the unit and with 1.4 seconds delay setting.
This is a definite game changer for delivery of live HD stand ups outside stadiums with large crowds, something Kickoff TV Productions specialize in.
Breaking News. We have now upgraded our LiveU field units to the latest generation, LU400. Incredibly powerful for its size, the LU400 delivers full HD live feeds at around 8Mbps. Weighing 700g (25oz), it represents a highly cost-effective, portable and robust HD video uplink device. The LU400 units offers up to 7 bonded connections, including four internal cellular modems, WiFi, a LAN connection and one external USB port. It is available in various configurations including belt-clip or camera-mount.
Tested with amazing results outside Premier League football stadiums on match days: "Its feed was rock solid at 8 Mbps." Get in touch with us for a demonstration and occasional use rate card.
Kickoff TV Productions joins with Aberdeen House (AH) in setting up a media hub in Rio, Brazil with LiveU and broadcast facilities hire, in connection with the Football World Cup 2014!
Aberdeen House is a specialist independent organisation providing for worldwide TV stations locations, based studio, broadcast facilities and logistics at major international sports events. We are very proud to have been given the chance to work with AH on this venture. Rio here we come!
The Norwegian broadcaster TV2 News needed a live feed of newly elected Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg visiting David Cameron at Downing Street for the first time. This was provided via our LiveU LU400. The unit was also involved in filing the TV2 reporter's edited feature by connecting the LU400 directly to his laptop and playing out the material.
As Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joined Cardiff City Kickoff TVProductions was on hand to cover his three first press conferences for three different broadcasters, TV2 Norway, NRK Norway and Viasat Sport Sweden.
TV2 Norway was live over the first three days via KOTVs LiveU unit.From outside Arsenal's Emirate Stadium when Cardiff played there and Solskjaer was onsite, at the Cardiff City stadium when he was announced as the new manager and from the club's training ground when he was at his first training with the team.
Viasat Sport Sweden hired kameraman from Kickoff TV Productions to film an interview with Matt Le Tissier the former Southampton footballer. The feature was aired on Viasat's Premier League Sports channel.
VGTV News of Norway hired a LiveU unit to cover the story of three women held as slaves in London for 30 years. Coverage included live feed from police press conference, live stand ups and sending back other material connected to this news story.
For the Nike event 1948 Feel London, Hellicar & Lewis delivered among other things a live and interactive web and Twitter broadcast. As part of this they needed to broadcast live feeds from runners and a cyclist with live cameras attached. This was achieved using our LiveU LU400 units with excellent results.
A very interesting way to expand event broadcasting which points to other and exciting ways of using LiveU mobile uplink units.
From the start of the Premier League season, broadcaster TV2 of Norway has engaged Kickoff TV Productions to help them improve their live pre-match coverage. Hiring a LU400, their cameramen are now able with the use of this to feed live reporter and commentator stand ups anywhere they like. Where before a cabled camera inside the stadium just before match start often was the only option, the LiveU LU400 mobile uplink unit has made it possible to deliver additional live feeds from outside stadiums and in city locations around London, Manchester and other locations of interest. This has made it possible to deliver live promo stand ups, paper rounds, pre match interviews, live feeds of the football crowds and has generally increased the feeling of presence on site in the TV2 football shows.
It has also made it possible to deliver HD rushes and finished features at top quality instead of having to compress content and send via ftp.
As the Charity Shield marked the start of the English football season Kickoff supplied a cameraman and camera to support TV2's reporter on site at Wembley Stadium. A package of beauty shots of the stadium from several angles was filmed pre match for TV2's live studio production. Vox pops of Manchester United and Wigan fans were delivered included post match interviews.
As we have a network of great cameraman across the country, we can set up hire of these on short notice, as we also have done for other broadcasters like for Viasat Sport Sweden.
When VGTV of Norway wanted to cover the Royal Baby story, they came to Kickoff TV Productions and hired crew and a LiveU LU400 for their live coverage.
Over two days leading up to the birth of Prince George, their reporter was live on camera with stand ups, interviews, paper rounds and generally covering the media scrum and festive feelings of the crowds. Over two days 12 hours of live feeds were delivered to VGTV's website platform which attracted a lot of interest from Norwegian viewers.