Satellite transmission is known for its robust signal while cellular is prized for its mobility and price, so when both technologies have such great advantages, why settle for just one?
As innovators in cellular bonding transmission, here at LiveU, we recognize the virtues of traditional satellite uplink as well as the benefits of cellular technology. We've developed several product solutions that are complementary to satellite technology in electronic newsgathering vehicles and often find that hybrid satellite/cellular vehicles are the best option for the most versatile newsgathering experience. Here are 4 of the top reasons to invest in a hybrid ENG vehicle.
1. Broadcast in Motion
With typical satellite transmission, the dish needs to be stationary in order to achieve and maintain a connection with the satellite. If you're in the field following a moving story, such as severe weather or rapidly developing events, then this type of transmission severely limits the depth of coverage you're able to give your viewers. With a hybrid vehicle however, it's easy to switch to cellular transmission and follow your story as it develops.
2. Weather Interference
Remember the last time you were reporting in a storm with biting wind. Those conditions don't just make the news team uncomfortable, but can cause major damage to your costly satellite dish and vehicle. Considering that one of the most commonly reported on phenomena is severe weather, this can be catastrophic to a live broadcast. By using a hybrid satellite/cellular vehicle you can easily mitigate the detrimental effects of high winds. In a situation when you can't use satellite at all, you can switch to cellular uplink and still broadcast the entire segment in HD.
3. Broadcast Flexibility
News events are often unpredictable; when reporters covered the aftermath of hurricane Sandy in 2012, they faced ongoing floods that closed many roads to vehicles. Only those with portable cellular units were able to get close to the center of the damage. Recently protests in Ferguson, MO forced news trucks to move farther away from the unfolding events, leaving those without an alternate form of broadcast stranded blocks from the hub of the activity. By using portable cellular units in conjunction with satellite technology, you're able to get to the center of the action of any unfolding story.
4. Ensured Signal
Despite the vast improvements made to cellular coverage over the last few years, some areas still might be "cellular dead zones" and satellite certainly remains the strongest method of transmission (though not by such a wide margin). By creating a vehicle in which you pair powerful cellular solutions with new KA-Band satellite, you ensure that you'll always have the best possible signal in any given situation.
Despite the continued debate about the merits of each method of transmission, these uplink technologies complement each other, for the best possible broadcast, in the most challenging situations.