RTL Nieuws gets set for live election coverage

RTL Nieuws live US election coverae
Neal Romanek
November 8th 2016 at 4:52PM : By Neal Romanek

Dutch broadcaster RTL Nieuws LIVE+ EnGo for its live US election coverage

Dutch broadcaster RTL Nieuws will be covering the US elections results live from New York in a special four-hour show. RTL is employing Dejero's LIVE+ EnGo to transmite audio and video back to the Netherlands.

Dejero has been supporting RTL Nieuws' coverage through the election. Short RTL Nieuws reports from New York have been transmitted live from the roof of its affiliate station in Manhattan throughout the election campaign using LIVE+ EnGo, but tonight's election results coverage, will be the first time that RTL uses the Dejero unit to transmit a full live show from a studio. LIVE+ EnGo encodes IP video and bonds all available networks, including cellular, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and satellite, to deliver HD video back to RTL in the Netherlands.

Freek Herberts, cameraman and editor at Storicam, has been capturing and editing reports for RTL Nieuws throughout its US campaign coverage, from the Republican and Democrat conventions and rallies all over the USA.

“We’re curiously confident about how the EnGo will perform on the night and would not have considered a 4-hour long live show using any other mobile transmitter,” said Herberts.

LIVE+ EnGo is a compact camera-mounted or wearable transmitter for remote video acquisition. LIVE+ EnGo encodes H.264 video and transmits it over multiple IP networks with extremely low latency. Swappable wireless modules permit customisation of LIVE+ EnGo to the locally available wireless network infrastructure.

RTL Nieuws employs Dejero’s LIVE+ Control cloud management system at its headquarters to simplify the management of its EnGo transmitters in the field. LIVE+ Control gives studio technicians the ability to locate, monitor performance, and remotely control transmitters from a web browser. They can also preview incoming feeds and route both live and recorded content to on-air playout and online distribution workflows.

“The EnGo gives us so much flexibility and freedom,” explains Herberts. “On our way to the airport in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago, when some controversial video/audio of one of the presidential candidates was released; we were able to set up a live shot within ten minutes of the request from RTL, without having to move to one of RTL’s affiliate news stations or reschedule our flights. The amount of time and cost we’ve saved because of the EnGo’s smart connectivity is phenomenal – we now have the capability to deliver high quality footage to RTL quicker and more efficiently than ever before.”