Thanks to the cellular video multiplexing system; delivering and sharing videos from remote locations does not require a satellite truck anymore. However, Quicklink, a broadcast solutions company, and global cellular communications services company, Inmarsat (News - Alert), offer an even easier and faster alternative to mobile video multiplexing services.
Using advanced technologies from both Inmarsat and Quicklink, countless media sites can now stream live video directly from a mobile phone device without the need of any technician or a camera operator. One of the video streaming technologies allows a reporter to shoot a live video from any remote location with his/her smartphone, or upload any recorded clip, then connect directly to the Inmarsat BGAN network that provides faster and easier video streaming instantly. No need of a camera operator or an expert technician; the remote reporter can directly connect to the Inmarsat network via smartphone device.
The live video is then streamed directly to popular video sites like YouTube (News - Alert), Bambuser, or Qik. The output video is then directed to the Web to SDI application of Quicklink, where it is being converted into an industry standard SDI for effective use by Quicklink Playout server. From the server, the video is then streamed to be watched by the viewers.
Quicklink has also introduced an effective iOS app known as Quicklink LNG, which is available for free on iTunes Store. With this innovative and unique app, a reporter located at a remote location with a low signal can send live video wirelessly to the Inmarsat BGAN network. Inmarsat will then hand over the video streaming to the Quicklink QMM Lite application. This high-performance and effective app can accept five incoming live videos at the same time. QMM Lite application will then convert the streaming video to SDI for use by Quicklink Playout server, after which the video can be easily viewed by people globally on popular video sites.
By joining hands, Inmarsat and Quicklink promise to make it exceptionally easier and faster for media companies to stream live video wirelessly via smartphone device. The video streaming facility can also be accessed by the media companies even in low-signal, remote locations.
Inmarsat also announced its plans to redefine its mobile satellite services, with the launch of two powerful satellites and higher streaming speed in 2013. Their upcoming Alphasat I-XL satellite will enhance Inmarsat’s L-band service capabilities across the entire region of Africa, offering even faster and easier video streaming performance to the media companies. This much-awaited launch will be followed by rollout of its innovative Global Xpress network that will deliver superfast broadband speed globally.
In the year 2013, Inmarsat’s higher BGAN network will provide streaming speed of more than 600kbps, with a new and innovative BGAN terminal to be launched by the second half of the year.
Edited by Brooke Neuman