The Daily Telegraph Betting on Live Video

The Telegraph Media Group has redesigned its studio to handle live streaming, struck a content deal with the AP Video Hub and hooked itself up to London’s communication hub, the BT Tower, in an effort to bring live video to its audience during breaking news events.

However, the Telegraph won’t just be a live streaming studio affair.

Various reports mention that journalists will have a “backpack device allowing high-quality live video to be sent over 3G networks.” In other words, this traditional print publication will soon have video reporters out in the field streaming back to the mothership.

I don’t know what the Telegraph is using but I’ve used one of these “backpack devices” from LiveU.

They basically work like this: you connect your camera to the broadcast device via Firewire. Inside the device are multiple 3G cellular uplinks from different providers (eg., Sprint, AT&T, Verizon) and a software layer that disaggregates your video among them. That way, each of the multiple cellular uplinks handle just parts of the video instead of all of it. Having multiple carriers means that if any one has a weak signal, more video is pushed toward the others.

On the receiving end of the signal is a server that reconstructs the disaggregated video and pushes it back out for Web, mobile and tablet audiences to view.

It’s all very neat stuff and has been used by media outlets to cover events ranging from the Grammy’s to the World Cup to this year’s presidential election race. — Michael

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