Eutelsat Communications has officially launched its newsgathering service called ‘NewsSpotter’. The service expands the range of professional services provided through Eutelsat’s high-performance KA-SAT satellite and is provided by its Skylogic affiliate. Using a new generation of lightweight equipment, NewsSpotter broadens opportunities for newsgathering by offering broadcasters and service providers the ability to transmit High Definition and/or Standard Definition live video from the field in a fast and highly cost efficient manner. The service is also ideal for fast transmission of film rushes and proxy file transfer from the field.
The compact NewsSpotter device can instantly connect mobile news crews to studios for transmission of live recordings, images and data. Providing native IP connectivity, NewsSpotter is available across KA-SAT’s footprint that covers Europe, North Africa and large parts of the Middle East.
Offering a fast link from scene to screen, the NewsSpotter satellite dish and terminal can be set up in two minutes, including deployment, auto pointing, and connection. Bandwidth can be reserved online by news crews, using a self-booking application or pre-booked for planned use and guaranteed reservations. Users simply log-on to the Skylogic OSS portal, enter their user terminal number, location, time slots and bit rate required on return and forward links.