Associated Press journalists on every continent can now stream real-time video content back to its London production hub in full, broadcast-quality high definition.
The international news agency has confirmed an expanded deal with portable live video-over-cellular specialists LiveU to deploy a range of professional broadcast technology devices globally. The agreement builds on AP’s strategy of being first to meet the increasing demand for live news from broadcasters and high-end digital publishers. AP also recently announced it had taken a stake in Swedish technology start-up firm, Bambuser, which specialises in streaming live video over smartphones.
The LiveU deal includes a backpack uplink unit with full high-definition capability, a smaller unit which can be clipped to a belt and technology to convert a laptop computer into a live video transmission unit. The small, lightweight devices allow a single professional camera operator to film and stream live footage. The investment in LiveU technology means AP can now routinely deploy more than one unit on the same story, providing a multi-camera environment and therefore a fuller picture of events as they unfold.