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U Oklahoma Boosts Bandwidth from Sports Venues

University of Oklahoma (OU) is adding a new device to its broadcasting toolkit that will enable the institution to better transmit video from congested and remote locations.

OU has been using LU70 backpacks, from LiveU, to broadcast video of sporting events from locations lacking uplink connectivity as well as to produce news and commentary from remote sites, such as restaurants and other similar venues. OU will now add LiveU's LU-Xtender external antenna to the mix, in an effort to increase cellular bandwidth and range and improve video coverage in these types of areas.

"LiveU has enabled us to easily and reliably go live from places we couldn't have in the past, and allowed us to provide live coverage for the first time of many sports, in a way that seamlessly integrates with our existing video partners and workflows," said Brandon Meier, assistant athletics director for broadcast operations at the university, in a prepared statement. "We look forward to even better performance from highly congested or remote venues with the new Xtender external antenna."

OU produces more than 1,500 hours of sports programming each year. The programs air on local TV, ESPN, Fox Sports, and on the institution's Web channels, SoonerVision and www.soonersports.com.

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