With LiveU technology, broadcasters including CNN, NBC, FOX, CBS, The Weather Channel, Univision, and BBC (among others) were able to share live feeds with stations around the globe – from helicopters, drone, and camera operators on the ground, right from the eye of the storm. The simultaneous use of reporters in multiple locations was also unique.
It is unprecedented being able to cover a storm like this from the epicenter – both in terms of being able to afford to have so many reporters and because there would have been no way to cover it with traditional SAT. But this past week, we saw networks deploying crews in multiple cities giving up-to-the-minute live updates on what they were seeing and experiencing, more live transmissions overall, and longer live transmissions. The cellular infrastructure (cell towers) and cellular bonded technology (LiveU) proved stable in the most extreme conditions.
When the Reporter Becomes the News Story
When LiveU customer and freelance videographer, Joe Vasquez of Vasquez Productions in Texas traveled to Florida to cover Hurricane Irma after covering Hurricane Harvey, he couldn’t imagine the on-camera talent being part of the news. But this week, NBC Correspondent, Kerry Sanders helped rescue two baby dolphins off the coast while on air! Joe Vasquez was able to capture those compelling moments and transmit the feed to NBC Today Show hosts in the studio in New York using LiveU technology.