Livepack Could Retire TV News's Satellite Truck

Livestream's backpack-sized device provides high-definition live broadcasts

By Leslie Shapiro
|  Monday, Sep 28, 2009  |  Updated 3:10 PM CDT
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Livepack Could Retire TV News's Satellite Truck

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So, you've got this amazing event coming up. Your band's big concert, a 24-hour urban alleycat bike race, or just your best friend's location wedding. How do you share it with everyone who can't make it?

Simple. Rent Livestream's new streaming HD video Livepack system that sends the HD signal wirelessly, even from a moving vehicle. It works anywhere — even when you don't have a decent Internet connection.

Livepack is a complete system; it includes six 3G modems to carry the HD signal, HD camera, FireWire cable and all other hardware, packed into a single backpack. All data is recorded on the Livestream server.

The system could, in theory, replace broadcast operations' expensive satellite trucks. Livepack is available for a monthy rental for $2,500, or you can get it for one year for $18,000, with 30 hours of streaming 1Mbps connectivity per month.

Livepack's maker, Livestream, was formerly known as Mogulus. It bought the Livestream.com domain name for $100,000. The catchy domain name and high-end offerings like Livepack could help the startup distinguish itself from popular livestreaming competitors like Justin.tv, Ustream.tv, and Qik.

Via Electronista

NBC Bay Area contributed to this report.

For more gadget news, check out DVICE.com.

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