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April 7, 2008
On Call Communications Debuts $10 Per Minute Hd Satellite News Gathering At Nab 2008
April 7, 2008 - Irvine, CA - On Call Communications, a leading provider of automated, mobile satellite solutions, will debut its QuickSPOTTM High Definition IP Satellite News Gathering system at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas, April 14 - 17. Featuring Envivio's new 4Caster HD30TM MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) high definition video encoder, the system will transmit high quality 720p and 1080i formatted video content in data streams as low as 5.25 Mb/s. On Call's integrated hardware and satellite service enables broadcasters to contribute HD news at tremendous cost savings compared with conventional HD satellite transmissions.

 

 

Flexible bandwidth options are the hallmark of QuickSPOT services. HD customers will be able to choose from on demand, space segment billed per minute or take advantage of pre-scheduled service to save even more. HD access is as low as $10 per minute.

 

 

On Call selected Envivio for its excellent video quality with very low latency. The ultra-efficient compression algorithms in the new Envivio HD30 enable the system to send high quality HD feeds at rates similar to current MPEG-2 based SD service. Extremely low latency of 300 milliseconds over DVB-ASI interfaces makes the HD30 a solid choice for interactive news applications such as studio anchors interviewing reporters in the field. This efficiency and performance make HD news contribution practical in almost any sized market. It also provides local broadcasters with an economically attractive model for introducing HD coverage of local sports.

 

 

QuickSPOT HD operates on the same basic platform as SD allowing broadcasters to operate both SD and HD on the same system. An Envivio 4Caster HD30 can be added to new or existing QuickSPOT systems offering an easy migration path from SD systems for those who aren't ready to make an immediate jump to HD. HD systems provide the automated deployment features and easy mobile operation QuickSPOT is known for.

 

 

"At $150 for a 15 minute HD feed, QuickSPOT makes HD broadcasting affordable for even the smallest stations. The low rates combined with the easy mobile operation of our automated system are a winning combination for broadcasters," said James Gilbert, CEO of On Call Communications.

 

 

On Call will offer live demonstrations of both QuickSPOT HD and SD video over satellite at the NAB Show in the Intelsat Outdoor Media booth OE346 under the QuickSPOT balloon. The Envivio 4Caster HD30 will also be on display at the Envivio booth SU13205.

 

About On Call Communications, Inc

 

On Call Communications, headquartered in Orange County, CA provides rapid-deployment satellite systems for broadcasting, disaster recovery, commercial and government clients. Specializing in mobile communications systems and complex network solutions, On Call offers an array of portable, auto-deploy antennas to fit virtually any situation. Conveniently packaged, pre-configured baseband electronics allow users to enjoy all the conveniences of their office communications from their field locations. On Call is a strategic partner with Intelsat in providing the QuickSpot OnDemand bandwidth service.

 

Contact: Erin Ludden, Director of Marketing 949-707-4729 x 25 erin@occsat.com

 

About Envivio

 

Envivio Inc. is the leading technology provider of IP video convergence encoding solutions for telcos and broadcasters. Envivio is the only company to offer convergence solutions supporting the "Three Screens" of consumer video - TVs, PCs and mobile phones - making IP video a reality over any type of network and to any multimedia device from mobile to HD. Envivio solutions deliver industry leading AVC (H.264), AVS, and Windows Media Video (VC-1) compressed video quality at the lowest bit rate for mobile TV, Internet TV, IPTV, and broadcast applications. Service providers worldwide use Envivio solutions to reduce their operational costs while offering subscribers the most compelling and highest quality video services anytime and anywhere. Visit www.envivio.com for more information.

Envivio is a registered trademark of Envivio Inc. All trademarks used herein, whether recognized or not, are the properties of their respective companies.

 

Contact: Evan Sirof, MarComm-On-Call for Envivio, Inc. 845-255-1909, evan@marcomm-on-call.com

 

 




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WEAU-TV (Eau Claire, WI) Showcases their new QuickSPOT system to SBE Chapter December-16-2013 December-16-2013

Society of Broadcast Engineers Picnic featuring QuickSPOT SNG satellite system
On September 3rd, Todd Ritchie and Ron Viste of WEAU (Eau Claire, WI) hosted Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) Chapter 112 of Western Wisconsin for their annual steak picnic, which provided a great opportunity for the station to showcase their new QuickSPOT vehicle.  


Tim Jackson from On Call Communications was on hand to describe the system and provide an overview of the On Call QuickSPOT product, which greatly simplifies the process and increases affordability for satellite news gathering.  SBE members representing other stations from the LaCrosse/Eau Claire DMA were able to see for the first time how a hybrid TVU/satellite on-demand system can increase news coverage capabilities at a fraction of the cost of a traditional satellite news gathering vehicle.Get reliable, dedicated  high speed satellite Internet uplinks anywhere with QuickSPOT  



“We are thrilled to have recently rolled out our new QuickSPOT vehicle and look forward to getting our news crews comfortable with the simplicity and flexibility of the hybrid TVU/satellite system.  We are the only station in the market that won’t be limited by cellular and microwave limitations,” says Ron Viste of WEAU.  


Society Broadcast Engineers learns how to use their bonded cellular backpack over an IP satellite linkOn Call’s Tim Jackson states, “we were pleased to be part of SBE Chapter 112’s meeting and to show others in the market the features, benefits and simplicity of the QuickSPOT system.  We’re proud to support WEAU as the market leader in the LaCrosse-Eau Claire market as they greatly expand their newsgathering capabilities.”

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On Call Supports CBS News Teams Live in Haiti Using QuickSPOT Satellite News Gathering Systems June-15-2010

On Call Communications sprung into action again in support of CBS News in Haiti providing live and taped video feeds, internet access and phone lines for their news teams covering the earthquake using the QuickSPOT satellite news gathering system.

 

 CBS News In Haiti uses QuickSPOT satellite news gathering system

 

 

On Call used the very portable QuickSPOT 96 centimeter fly and drive satellite news gathering antenna to establish a high speed internet pipe which CBS News crews used for their video and communications needs. The system transmitted both live and edited standard definition MPEG-4 video feeds for the producers in addition to establishing a mobile office complete with direct dial in/out phone lines and wireless internet access for email, web browsing and corporate communications .


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