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RTÉ signs deal with Europasat for Eutelsat’s newsgathering service

Ireland’s national service broadcaster to use the NewsSpotter satellite newsgathering service from Eutelsat Broadband

Ireland’s national public service broadcaster, RTÉ, will use Eutelsat Broadband’s NewsSpotter satellite newsgathering service after signing a two-year deal with Europasat, the independent satellite broadband internet service provider.

The new service, provided via Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellite, will be used for live satellite transmissions of news and recorded video and audio content from areas with limited or no access to high-speed terrestrial broadband.

Piotr Kaszynski, technology manager at RTÉ News and Current Affairs, said, “The NewsSpotter service allows our teams to become more effective in the field than ever before. This technology is transforming the ease and economy of delivering content. RTÉ News Ka SNG units are fully HD capable and provide the facility for multi-camera production. Availability of reliable high speed internet access via NewsSpotter enables future expansion of remote editing workflows directly to reporters working on stories in remote locations.”

RTÉ will use three NewsSpotter systems with content routed directly from Eutelsat’s Turin teleport to London Telehouse North, where it will be handed off to the RTÉ network. Europasat’s broadcast specialist partner, Auriga Networks, will manage the operation, using its dedicated fibre cross-connect between the two hubs.