LiveU, which delivers portable video-over-cellular solutions, signed an agreement with Sprint to include LiveU’s HD live video transmission solutions as part of Sprint’s Machine to Machine (M2M) solutions portfolio.

Using LiveU’s technology, Sprint says it will bring to market a mobile video transmission solution that delivers HD video quality, and combines multiple 3G and 4G air cards for “one resilient uplink.” The deal incorporates the LiveU LU60 professional-grade backpack solution and the LU40i handheld live video solution.

The LU60 product is “the industry’s first bonded 3G/4G LTE backpack with proprietary RF technology for superior resiliency, up to 1080 HD video and sub-second latency for a satellite-like experience,” LiveU says, adding the LU40i uplink solution weighs less than 1.5 pounds, and includes SDI, analog and HDMI outputs. With as many as six network connections, the bonded LU40i offers 4G LTE/3G, WiMAX, Wi-Fi and LAN video transmission in a substantially smaller form factor.

However, Sprint probably won’t make much use of the WiMAX function, just announcing it won’t be releasing any 4G WiMAX smartphones in the future, choosing to put all of its eggs in the Long Term Evolution (LTE) basket.??

LiveU and Sprint were working together on other projects prior to this new deal, facilitating “thousands of live broadcast hours, by major U.S. media companies, which benefited from this new cellular-based solution as an alternative to costly satellite or microwave transmission options.” Moving forward, the partners will target TV networks, news media, enterprise, transportation, surveillance, security, governmental and medical markets for 24/7 live video from any location. ??

Comments Wayne Ward, vice president/Sprint Emerging Solutions Group, “With the LiveU technology, we can showcase the use of our 3G and 4G networks for a demanding application and generate new revenues for our companies. We can also strengthen our edge over the satellite industry and other competitors with a unique video offering, allowing us to offer an even richer product portfolio.”?

Both companies will be showcasing the uplink solution in their respective booths at the NAB Show, April 16-19, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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