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During a recent breaking story where LAPD had closed down an entire school campus looking for a shooting suspect, I could hear the News Directors from all the other stations screaming" Why aren't we live from where KTTV is live from!!"

Cell streaming technology has revolutionized where we are able to broadcast live especially during breaking News events.  Camera crews are not tethered to a large micro van and limited to the length of a cable.  This versatility has allowed for photographers to be able to provide live pictures instantaneously from almost anywhere you can make a cell call. This was the case where photographer Ken Moore and reporter Phil Shuman were able to stream live from a recent fire threatening hundreds of homes in Camarillo CA.

Technology has allowed our lives to change in ways that were unimaginable not too long ago.  Applications like Face Time on iPhones, and Skype on your desktops are just a couple of examples. During this Holiday season grandparents across the country will be enjoying their loved ones, live, on their phones and iPads. This was not possible not so long ago.

Reporter, Gina Silva and photographer Armando Hernandez, were able to stream live from USC Keck Medical center on Thursday, reporting at a press conference on the world's first surgical implant for epilepsy.  Our technology of choice is LiveU which is one of many companies that provide equipment that can stream live video using cellular connections.  Since the press conference was held deep inside the hallways of USC Medical Center, running a cable from a large micro van parked somewhere outside of the hospital (good luck finding a parking spot for that) was not possible.  Also, and very importantly, they were able to stream the press conference back to the studio so our producers could have a sound bite or two for a live hit from Gina Silva inside the press conference area.  All this with just a reporter, photographer, and a backpack sized device carried into the building.

As with all computer technology, this equipment will continue to get smaller, lighter and provide better reliability as we move forward with the ever changing world of News coverage and need for additional content to quench our thirst for an instantaneous look at what's happening around us locally, or worldwide.

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