A traditional microwave truck isn’t always the best solution for breaking news — especially if you can’t get the truck to where the story is taking place.
Irvine, Calif.-based StreamQuik, a mobile ENG company, is gearing up to deploy a new portable streaming microwave solution that essentially cuts the cord between the microwave truck and the journalist gathering the news.
The solution uses a receive dish that can be mounted on the ENG vehicle and connects to the vehicle’s microwave, satellite or broadband system via Ethernet. A news crew can travel up to 2,500 feet, the company says, and relay that signal from a send dish, that would be mounted on a tripod, and powered by StreamQuik’s StreamCell live streaming case.
Ken Lee, founder of StreamQuik, says the solution would have come in handy during the Boston Marathon bombing, when news trucks had to clear out from the scene of the bombings. “That made it difficult,” he says. “This is another option to still leverage live trucks.”
The needed StreamCell live streaming case ranges from $10,995 to $14,995; the portable streaming microwave solution costs $3,995.