Coventry University, located in the heart of Coventry City Centre, now allows its journalism students the experience of working in a live news environment using professional broadcast equipment. With two radio studios and one TV broadcast studio already equipped, deploying Teracue DVB gateways, multiple news channels off Freeview (DVB-S) are brought straight into the news press rooms. These DVB-to-IP gateways also provide the means to bring in radio broadcasts and outputting over IP infrastructure. The gateways are housed in fanless chassis with no moving parts and that is said to make them very quiet.
The live video content shot by the Coventry students in their broadcast studio provide an input to the Teracue ENC-200 compact low-cost hardware encoder to convert to high-quality H264-encoded video and output over IP. Typical bitrates used are 2Mbps for streaming around the campus. The budding journalists are able to switch between the various live feeds and simulate a live news production facility. Seven live streams are available from which they can choose.
Live video and audio streams can be viewed on multiple end platforms around the campus, including desktops, MACs, and iOS devices. With three Amino 130 IP Set Top Boxes (STBs), which allow channel selection to be made through the Amino infrared remote control unit, the streams are also played out onto large screens.