Finding a cost effective solution for wirelessly linking news feeds from the field has always been a challenge for news stations. News gatherers traditionally had to rely on expensive satellite or microwave equipped ENG vans. More recently, broadcast backpacks that aggregate the video stream over multiple mobile data networks have become a popular alternative.
With the release of Teradek's Cube™ video encoder, ENG crews finally have an elegant solution for streaming HD video back to the station over a single IP network connection. Cube™ is the world's first camera-top, H.264 HD video encoder. Cube™ mounts easily to any camera using a 1/4-20 screw or hotshoe mount and streams HD video up to 1080p over IP. The unit is tiny (about the size of a deck of cards) and uses only 3 watts of 9-24V DC, so it doesn't impede in the mobility of even the smallest camera rigs. The unit features both wired Ethernet outputs and WiFi, and buyers can choose between HD-SDI or HDMI inputs.
Getting video onto and off-of the public Internet presents challenges, but with Cube™ the solution is simple. The unit features RTSP Announce to easily broadcast from behind firewalls. On the receiving end, the station has several choices. One option is to simply host a computer with a public IP address (which most stations likely already have installed) and direct the video stream to it. Another option is to use Cube™'s native Livestream integration. Users with a Livestream account can simply logon to the unit's web user interface and enter a user name and password to begin broadcasting via their Livestream channel. Livestream users can choose between public webcasting, or making the channel private, so that the in-the-field news can stream privately and discreetly back to the station for broadcast distribution.