On Call Communication's QuickSPOT Enables KKTV to Deliver Unprecedented Live Coverage of the Historic Waldo Fire

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KKTV delivers extended live coverage of the firestorms from areas thanks to a new mobile satellite solution package from On Call Communications.

The automated satellite system helps us break the stories faster. Within minutes of arrival on scene our photographers can already be sending live streaming video.

KKTV was the first news station on scene at the Waldo Fires in Colorado Springs and offered live streaming coverage of the battle against what Colorado Springs Fire Chief called an "epic firestorm". In the midst of the worst fire to ever impact the city of Colorado Springs, KKTV delivered 130 hours live, continuous coverage to the community from areas where they typically would not be able to get a signal out. The fires present a particular challenge to report as the firefighting efforts are concentrated in the hills and canyons around Colorado Springs making it challenging to deliver live signals.

An automated satellite solution from On Call Communications gave KKTV a unique advantage over their competition with their ability to deliver live coverage from the hard to reach areas. KKTV is using 3G/4G aggregation packs and combining them with QuickSPOT, a mobile, automated satellite solution that gives them on demand satellite Internet service. The service provides a dedicated satellite link that delivers high quality, stable video streams when microwave is unavailable or 3G coverage is unreliable. The combination creates a very simple to use and efficient solution that allows the station's photographers to cover stories.

"The automated satellite system helps us break the stories faster. Within minutes of arrival on scene our photographers can already be sending live streaming video. " said Nick Matesi, VP/General Manager of KKTV.

James Ocon, Vice President-Technology for Gray Television, says "We wanted to design a really efficient system to streamline our field operations to deliver more live video. The new system is working great as we've seen with the live coverage of the fires."

KKTV recently acquired the QuickSPOT system so the timing was perfect; the fires have allowed the news team to provide the community with vital coverage that previously would not have been possible to deliver live. As a result, the team has decided to make the system a permanent part of the station's live news coverage. Jim Gilbert, On Call’s CEO, “We are pleased to be able to assist KTTV in deploying technology that allows them immediate access to the blaze. Gray Television, KTTV’s parent, is very progressive, and has done a great job integrating new and cutting edge technologies to help modernize their newsgathering operations.”

About On Call Communications
On Call Communications specializes in managed Internet Protocol based satellite networks. The QuickSPOT on demand network provides all the benefits of full time, dedicated satellite space, IP connectivity and dedicated links, available on demand and without the high cost of full time space commitments. It is a leading provider of rapid-deployment satellite systems and satellite bandwidth for satellite newsgathering, business continuity, disaster recovery, commercial and governmental clients.

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Erin Ludden
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