Irish national broadcaster RTÉ has chosen cellular uplinking technology from LiveU to play a central newsgathering role. RTÉ News has already deployed LiveU’s LU500 portable uplink solution and has ordered a LU200 for use with its Ka-band flyaway kit. It is also using LU-Smart smartphone app licenses.
“We began testing systems with the arrival of 4G, which in turn has improved 3G availability. That led us to choose LiveU for several reasons, specifically for its superior performance and the range of products,” said Piotr Kaszynski, technology manager with RTÉ. “We wanted a small, very portable solution that could fit on the back of a camera. The LU500 does exactly this and overcomes the issue of cameramen having to carry a heavy backpack. The LU-Smart app also attracted us. We can see varied applications for this and we are training all our journalists to be flexible in what they use and how they can take advantage of LiveU technology.”
RTÉ has covered a range of stories using LiveU’s technology, the vast majority live, including: a two-hour Morning Ireland outside broadcast for RTÉ News Now from the 10th anniversary of the workplace smoking ban in Ireland; St. Patrick’s Parade Dublin city centre and Dublin Castle; and the Electric Picnic Music Festival.
Kaszynski continued, “We are training staff so that when there is a breaking story we have the flexibility to cover it from as many angles as possible. The rise of news on the internet and its immediacy has changed the way that we have to work. It is not always possible to use satellite trucks in some locations and they take more time and money to deploy – though of course they have their place - compared to this technology.”
Zion Eilam, LiveU’s head of business operations Europe, added, “Newsgathering is changing and we are at the vanguard of that change, providing broadcasters with the speed of deployment and mobility that they need to lead the newsgathering market. We’re glad that RTÉ has chosen LiveU for its next newsgathering expansion.”