The Meredith Fox affiliate in Portland, Ore., is using Nomad Innovations’ LiveEdge unit to send coverage from the field back to the station via 3G and 4G WiMAX networks.
Nomad Innovations has made its first U.S. sale of LiveEdge to KPTV, Meredith’s Fox affiliate in Portland, Ore. (DMA 22), that will let the station provide live news coverage via WiMAX. The camera-mounted unit can replace microwave and satellite trucks.
The 1.5 pound LiveEdge unit attaches to news cameras and enables live coverage for broadcast, cable or the Web via high-bandwidth wireless and/or wired broadband networks like WiMAX, all without using a live truck or microwave network.
Nomad Innovations will deliver multiple LiveEdge2.0 field and studio units to KPTV. Last month, Nomad Innovations announced its first international sale to C5N, a 24-hour television news network in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
KPTV General Manager Patrick McCreery said: “This technology is going to revolutionize the way we do business and will fundamentally change how we collect and distribute live news. This is a more effective and affordable way to ‘Go Live’ with breaking news as well as a unique and innovative way for us to create new revenue generating services.”
By utilizing available 4G and 3G networks, the station said that LiveEdge technology will significantly reduce KPTV’s operating expenses when compared to its current usage of legacy microwave and satellite technology.
According to Nomad Innovations, LiveEdge sets up in seconds and requires no engineering support. News crews can be on the air with breaking news in a fraction of the time required for setting up microwave shots. Live events can be covered without deploying production units.
LiveEdge provides secure connectivity to iNews, ENPS, non-linear editing and other production systems. A return path provides IFB and Intercom via a Bluetooth interface as well as confidence video or teleprompter.
LiveEdge can transmit video via 3G and 4G networks in NTSC, PAL, SDI and HD formats. Nomad Innovations has 11 patent applications pending for its hardware and software.