Whitepaper: Live cellular uplinking for television and the web – LiveU

The live coverage of outside broadcast events for TV and web content has traditionally been an expensive and logistically cumbersome business. Investing in specialist satellite trucks, or using satellite service providers, is beyond the reach of many media outlets, putting the ability to service live news and sports contracts, for example, beyond the economy of the largest suppliers. Even the live presentation of a single camera from field-to-studio typically requires an uplink to satellite, which necessitates booking costly transponder space.

What’s more, the steep cost and complex challenges of deploying satellite trucks or using fibre transmission can limit the coverage of live events. While producers may want to get the audience as close to the action as possible, the need to site RF cameras within a certain radius of a receiving station restricts the editorial options.

In addition, many personal stories surrounding global news events from war zones, urban areas or remote locations go untold because of the impracticality of access with conventional microwave trucks, or the sheer expense of BGAN operation.

However, widening cellular networks and new video uplink technology can now bridge the divide. Technology in this field has advanced to the extent that broadcasters and online video professionals no longer have to rely on the expense or logistical headache of a satellite OB to achieve broadcast-quality video and audio.

This white paper will take a detailed look at cellular uplink technology and will explore the key issues and solutions in utilising mobile networks.

Download the paper here: Cellular uplinking white paper – LiveU

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