Irvine, California - (February 26, 2008) - From day one of the
Primary Elections SKYTG24, the Italian all news channel, covered the US
political landscape on a road trip from New Hampshire to Florida.
Sending daily live news shots and interviews from locations around the
US for broadcast in Italy, they gave Italian viewers an inside look at
SKY.it selected On Call Communications
96cm QuickSPOTTM Fly and Drive Automated SNG system to carry their
content from the field locations to the studio. The MPEG-4 video feeds
broadcast from the mobile unit were turned around at Intelsat's
teleport in Atlanta, GA and sent to Italy over Intelsat's GXS network.
SKY.it chose the QuickSPOTTM Fly and Drive system for the ease of use
provided by the automated system. A single button deploys the system to
find the satellite and login to the OnDemand satellite Network; in
about five minutes the system is ready for transmission of live MPEG 4
video. Mounted on top of a rental SUV, the system was installed in
about half an hour and after a brief training session, the crew was on
their way covering the primaries live.
Flavio Maspes, Foreign Desk Supervisor
for SkyTG24 describes the project; "We followed all the primaries until
Super Tuesday. In 40 days we covered more than 9000 KM, producing and
transmitting live and transferring at least one story package a day
using store and forward. QuickSPOTTM offered us a good and reliable
service with On Call reacting very quickly when we had the only problem
during this production."
SkyTG24 also used the QuickSPOTTM
OnDemand satellite service. The service is ideally suited for the brief
news pieces produced on the road since it requires no advance
scheduling and usage is billed by the minute.
View SkyTG24 election coverage on the web at http://www.skylife.it/html/skylife/tg24/speciale.html
About On Call Communications
On Call Communications, headquartered in Orange County, CA provides
rapid-deployment satellite systems for broadcasting, disaster recovery,
commercial and governmental clients. Specializing in mobile
communications systems, On Call offers an array of portable,
auto-deploy antennas to fit virtually any situation. Conveniently
packaged, pre-configured baseband electronics allow users to connect
video, phone and data applications within minutes of deployment.
Contact: Erin Ludden 949-707-4729 x 25