Ubiquity Broadcasting Corporation has developed a broadcasting platform to deliver a live high definition (HD) broadcast while using an IP backhaul to screens big and small. Ubiquity Broadcasting’s IP Backhaul technology, which includes a WiFi connection, motion graphics, commercials, replays, and a telestrator, was demonstrated live in June 2010 at the Sponsor Me Ala Moana Bowls contest in Honolulu, Hawaii. The surf contest was broadcast and distributed by Ubiquity over the Internet, on Time Warner Oceanic Cable, on the iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices simultaneously.
Ubiquity uses a telestrator to stream real-time replays to the iPhone and iPad. Ubiquity currently has 8 broadcasting patents for the next generation of broadcasting, termed an IP backhaul. The surfing broadcast has now set the stage for Ubiquity to license its intellectual property and its patented IP backhaul technology.
Ubiquity CEO Chris Carmichael said in a statement, "No other broadcast in history has used an IP backhaul in-laid with motion graphics, streaming commercials, and a telestrator for real-time replays."
During the contest Carmichael showed the IP backhaul streaming live on both the iPad and iPhone, simultaneously during Time Warner Oceanic Cable’s broadcast to their station.
Dean Luke, Time Warner Oceanic broadcast coordinator said in a statement, "I was originally reluctant to use Ubiquity’s technology since it had never been done before, but we went with it because there was no fiber in the broadcast area. I am happy we did. This was a great broadcasting experience, and has truly opened doors for us and others in the future."
Ubiquity’s IP backhaul technology provides a direct IP stream to broadcasters eliminating the need for expensive satellite trucks, production equipment, and costly fixed fiber drops. The technology also allows for further distribution on all digital media screens (mobile, television, digital cinema, and Internet) simultaneously, and gives ease of use to the end user.