Eventually those expensive satellite trucks will be history. The York Dial Record/ Sunday News already streams many games on gametimepa.com and some live news events using 3G modems.
From a Verizon press release:
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., VANCOUVER, British Columbia, and LAS VEGAS — From the 2011 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, Verizon Wireless and LiveCast Media today announced that they have teamed up to deliver a complementary option to traditional satellite and microwave delivery for high-quality video transmissions from field to live on-air broadcasts via the new 4G Mobile Reporter.
Field crews can use the 4G Mobile Reporter with existing camera equipment to deliver near real-time video feeds with low-latency transmission to the station without the need for satellite trucks. It also embeds GPS data continuously throughout the stream, tracking locations dynamically and allowing a map display next to the video playback window.
The 4G Mobile Reporter is easy to install and use and includes LiveCast’s Duo software for PC and a compact converter device that connects a professional camera to a laptop, if an HDMI input isn’t available. Using Verizon’s 4G LTE wireless modem, live streams are transmitted through the LiveCast platform and seamlessly integrated into the broadcast workflow. Additionally, the technology is backwards compatible to the 3G network allowing news directors and other authorized personnel to view the live stream from a Verizon Wireless laptop, tablet or mobile phone when away from the studio.
The 4G Mobile Reporter integrates with the entire suite of LiveCast video solutions, including streaming to and from mobile phones, tablets and laptops; integration with metadata, GPS location and telemetry; tools for web publishing and social networking. This flexibility enables mobile reporters and camera crews to be more productive at the station and in the field.
- At the station, the LiveCast SDI application allows low latency monitoring of multiple live streams simultaneously, with the ability to switch between streams in real-time. LiveCast uniquely requires only a single ingest point at the station’s video router to service the multiple streams.
- In the field, reporters can select a live return feed from the station to monitor, while simultaneously streaming. LiveCast Duo supports Live Chat, so producers can cue and prompt talent with directions or questions, a useful feature in noisy environments or when silence is required.