VidOvation Provides AVIWEST Bonded Cellular for First Live Reality Cop Show
Bonded Cellular Equipment Guide Feb 2017 TV Technology Magazine
NEW YORK—Premiering last October on A&E, “Live PD” offers viewers a live, unfettered and unfiltered look inside America’s busiest police departments and the communities they patrol. “Live PD” is the first show of its kind to capture and stream live video of police officers on patrol, using bonded cellular technology with dash cams as well as fixed-rig and handheld cameras. As the creators and the production company behind “Live PD,” we at Big Fish Entertainment faced challenges in developing the show. One of the biggest hurdles—the whole premise of “Live PD”—was the ability to capture high-quality live HD video from multiple cameras and stream it in real time to air.
VidOvation provides Bonded Cellular for First Live Reality Cop Show
CAPTURING MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
On a typical episode, “Live PD” covers officers in six cities, with as many 40 live video feeds coming into a New York-based control room at A&E headquarters. With this large quantity of feeds, traditional satellite or microwave links were not only cost-prohibitive, but did not give us the mobility and flexibility needed to execute the show’s vision.
WPSD Deploys AVIWEST Bonded Cellular System with DMNG PRO180 and DMNG APP for iOS and Android
When WPSD Local 6 needed to expand its field newsgathering capabilities, it turned to
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VidOvation’s AVIWEST DMNG PRO 180 3G/4G bonded cellular video transmission system. An ultra-compact and highly portable camera-mounted device, the DMNG PRO enables WPSD news teams to transmit live, high-quality video from the source of breaking news and other live events without having to deploy bulky and costly microwave equipment. In addition, WPSD has deployed the AVIWEST DMNG APP iOS to news team members, enabling them to use their iOS®-based smartphones to transmit video content instantly from the phone’s front or rear camera.
Covering More With Less
As the NBC affiliate station based in Paducah, Kentucky, WPSD serves a broad viewing area that includes portions of Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee as well as western Kentucky.
“Like any family-owned, medium-sized TV station, we have to be budget-conscious,” notes Mike Spissinger, WPSD’s Chief Photographer. “That means our news staff sometimes has to travel long distances to reach breaking news stories.”
WPSD had traditionally relied on microwave transmitters for live shots from remote locations, an approach that wasn’t always practical or feasible. “We recently experienced a technical glitch with our microwave receiver that brings in the live shots from Southern Illinois,” Spissinger explains. “We are at the mercy of scheduling tower climbers to fix problems like this, but that’s not an easy or quick task — especially in the winter months.”
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“Even with my 33 years of experience, I have never seen anything to compare with the DMNG PRO and the new flexibility we have in covering breaking news. Without having to deploy a truck, we can be much more spontaneous since we don’t have to look for high ground that’s free of trees or power lines, With just a couple of button pushes, we can be up and running to transmit a live shot from anywhere… The DMNG PRO has opened up a world of new possibilities for live shots not just for breaking news, but also for sports and local events.” (Click for Press Release)
Mike Spissinger, Chief Photographer, WPSD
As the U.S. master distributor for AVIWEST we’re in the process of setting up TV2 Norway to broadcast the 2015 UCI Road World Championships using an AVIWEST DMNG PRO180 system.
The UCI Road World Championships is an event held annually and internationally, covered by more than 500 media outlets from around the world and is broadcast live to a global audience of more than 300 million fans! This nine day event, features 12 Championship races. The athletes compete for their country just as they do during the Olympic Games. Each athlete masters three different disciplines including the traditional Road Race, the Individual Time Trial and the Team Time Trial.
The AVIWEST DMNG PRO180 is the best option for this broadcast. TV2’s need to quickly deploy a system and follow the high-pace action is a must. The consistently inconsistent environment often encountered in an event like this is best handled by a system capable of auto-detecting the surrounding wireless networks and making intelligent decisions to best handle the video without bothering the user. A broadcast-grade cellular bonding video transmission system such as AVIWEST’s aggregates the bandwidth available amongst its various connections (some being 3G/4G connections) and transmits an HD video feed back to Norway live with just a few seconds of delay.
Ad hoc overseas events like these often lead foreign European broadcasters to choose a one time rental fee as there is no easier, simpler way to reliably broadcast live video halfway back around the world. However, it is not uncommon for large or small TV stations to be inclined to purchase an AVIWEST bonded cellular video uplink system to have in their arsenal once the frequency of use tips in their favor.