TVU Networks Corporation
is a company that manufactures live mobile television broadcasting equipment and offers an Internet television broadcasting platform that uses P2PTV
The term P2PTV refers to peer-to-peer software applications designed to redistribute video streams in real time on a P2P network; the distributed video streams are typically TV channels from all over the world but may also come from other sources...
technology. Founded in 2005, the company is based in Mountain View, California
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As of 2010, TVU has shifted the focus of its business from online broadcasting to selling the TVUPack. The TVUPack is a mobile broadcasting device that transmits a live HDTV signal over 3G/4G, WiFi, WiMax, or BGAN networks. Television broadcasting companies should be interested in the TVUPack because it condenses all the functions of a news van into a backpack.
TVU Broadcast software
TVU networks also distributes software which allows users to broadcast content off "mms://" servers, and from computer disks. (http://pages.tvunetworks.com/broadcast/platform.html)
TVU provides a downloadable application to use to broadcast to their servers. (http://pages.tvunetworks.com/downloads/broadcast.html)
The TVUbroadcaster however, would not let users stream video files. Instead, an encoder was required (usually Expression Encoder).
Users download a freeware
Freeware is computer software that is available for use at no cost or for an optional fee, but usually with one or more restricted usage rights. Freeware is in contrast to commercial software, which is typically sold for profit, but might be distributed for a business or commercial purpose in the...
software application for Windows or Mac OSX called TVUPlayer
and can then watch several dozen TV channels over the internet. TVU does not broadcast these channels, but provides a platform for broadcasters to distribute content online. It is the responsibility of the individual who broadcasts a particular channel on TVU to keep the channel running and ensure that the content can be legally transmitted. It is unknown to the viewer who the broadcaster is. Broadcasts originate from either a large broadcasting company itself, which chooses to provide viewers with its broadcast, or individual broadcasters who create their own content or capture public broadcasts and rebroadcast them on TVU.
There is a beta version of TVUPlayer for Mac OS X
Mac OS X is a series of Unix-based operating systems and graphical user interfaces developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. Since 2002, has been included with all new Macintosh computer systems...
TVUplayer on PSP
By exploiting a hack through the PSP 2 firmware and by hacking the PSP, the user can place and watch TVU channels off their own PSP.