The world of outside broadcasts have been radically transformed by the availability of 3G networks now that all of the major news agencies have acquired multi-SIM 3G devices from Mobile Viewpoint that enables high bandwidth video streams to be routed over 3G and/or WiFi networks replacing the need for a live outside broadcaster to bring with them an expensive satelite equiped van.
Up until now we’ve seen these deployed at trouble flash spots such as the London riots (where it was obviously much easier and less risky to carry this battery powered low cost equipment in a back pack than to take out a £500k+ equipped van) or when a crew need to travel abroad quickly to cover a breaking international news story so I think it’s an interesting sign of maturity of the technology that we’re now seeing it being used by the BBC for this global spectacle.
For one thing the helicopter TV shots of Britain are going to be so much better when the landscape isn’t littered with all those unnecessary TV crew vans!
Still can’t wait until a smartphone app maker hacks a dual (or triple!) SIM 3G smartphone so that I can run this technology over the new multiflow networks to start making 3G HD Video Calls everywhere!