RTÉ signs news deal with Europasat

RTÉ, Ireland’s national public service broadcaster has signed a two-year agreement with Europasat to use the NewsSpotter newsgathering service provided by Eutelsat Broadband. RTÉ will use NewsSpotter for live satellite transmissions of news and recorded video and audio content from areas with limited or no access to high-speed terrestrial broadband.

RTÉ will be using three NewsSpotter systems with autopointing antenna for live news inserts. Content will be routed directly from Eutelsat’s Turin teleport to London Telehouse North, where it will be handed off to the RTE network.  Europasat’s broadcast specialist partner, Auriga Networks, will manage this operation. Using the firm’s dedicated fibre cross-connect between the two hubs, IP content can be transferred quickly, reliably and efficiently from the field to the broadcaster or internationally, via BT Tower.

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.”

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