Al Jazeera International, the 24-hour news and current affairs channel headquartered in Doha, is equipping its journalists with Quicklink’s laptop video transmission system.
The software technology will enable the station’s journalists to transmit live and edited reports over any IP network, including Inmarsat’s new BGAN satellite system. Additionally, it will also offer the potential for anyone with a 3G cameraphone – TV correspondents and even members of the public – to transmit ‘live’ to Al Jazeera International.
“This is one of the most powerful newsgathering tools on the market today,” said Quicklink’s managing director, Richard Bolton. “And we’re very pleased that Al Jazeera International has opted to invest in it.”
He added: “Television newsgathering is undergoing fundamental changes insofar as journalists can transmit their reports back to the studio using an increasing variety of networks and software tools. At Quicklink we pride ourselves on keeping in front of these technological advances and having solutions ready for when broadcasters decide to migrate to the latest technology.”
Nigel Parsons, Al Jazeera International’s MD said: “This partnership is our latest step in setting technical as well as journalistic standards. Al Jazeera International is leading the way, using tomorrow’s technology to bring the world a uniquely fresh perspective on world news” Quicklink’s encoding and transmission system has been adopted by many of the world’s leading broadcasters in Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. The software solution is designed so that it’s easy to use; it gives TV correspondents the freedom to transmit from where the story is and its superior compression engine ensures that visual quality on playout is excellent.