|Headquarters||Mountain View, California, USA|
|Key people||Paul Shen, Chief Executive Officer|
|Products||TVUPlayer, TVU Broadcast Software, TVUPack|
TVU Networks Corporation is a company that manufactures live mobile television broadcasting equipment and offers an Internet television broadcasting system using P2PTV technology. Founded in 2005, the company's headquarters are in Mountain View, California and also has offices in Shanghai, Boston, New York and Raleigh, North Carolina.
The TVUPack is a mobile broadcasting device that transmits a live HDTV signal over cellular telephone, Wi-Fi, WiMax, or Broadband Global Area Network networks. It was used by TV for outdoor live broadcasting by station KKTV and others.
TVU networks distributed TVUBroadcast software which allows users to broadcast content off "mms://" servers, and from computer disks. TVU provided a downloadable application through early 2013. The TVUbroadcaster however, would not let users stream video files. Instead, an encoder was required.
TVUPlayer was freeware software application for Windows and Mac OS X to watch several dozen TV channels over the Internet. TVU does not broadcast these channels, but provided 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.
It was been debated whether TVU Networks operated an illegal service by knowingly providing users with an opportunity to watch copyrighted content without the permission of content owners. However, the company did not provide the illegal content itself due the fact that is the responsibility of the user who provides the content to verify its legality.
TVU Networks shut down service to the TVUPlayer on February 25, 2013.
- "TVUPack Enables KKTV to Deliver Over 131 Straight Hours of Live Coverage of Colorado Springs Fire". Press release. July 17, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
- Joan Masip. "TVU Networks Makes News Feeds Easy January 3, 2012". TV Technology. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
- "Download the Free TVUBroadcast Software". Company web site. Archived from the original on February 15, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
- Greg Sandoval (November 6, 2006). "TVU chief grapples with copyright questions". CNET News. Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
- "TVU Networks shut down service to the TVU Player on February 25, 2013.". Company web site. Retrieved November 27, 2013.