Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Kyte Releases Kyte LivePro Unwired, Live Mobile Broadcasting Backpack

Online video, mobile and social platform Kyte has announced the upcoming release of a new product today called Kyte LivePro Unwired that enables high quality live video streaming from a battery-operated wireless backpack. The San Francisco-based company has teamed up with LiveU, makers of hand-held video uplink devices, to offer this as an add-on component to the Kyte Platform. The product is identical to the Livepack which was launched by Livestream last September also through a partnership with LiveU – aimed at replacing expensive satellite trucks with a mobile broadcast solution.

Kyte LivePro Unwired is a portable device small enough to fit into a backpack and includes six load-balanced 3G/EVDO modems for redundancy over three carriers (AT&T, Verizon and Sprint) with data plans are that covered within the price. It allows you to go anywhere with a complete roaming camera setup with data rates at 700-1000 Kbps. Any video camera with a FireWire (IEEE 1394) output can be used and video can be live-streamed directly to any online Kyte Player and also available for on-demand online and mobile viewing.

In this video, Kyte CEO Daniel Graf demonstrates the new product to Techcrunch editor Erick Schonfeld. Kyte will be debuting Kyte LivePro Unwired at SXSW this weekend and in conjunction with the launch, SPIN Magazine will be using the technology for live coverage and behind the scenes from SXSW music. Graf says that most mobile video solutions can only acheive 200 Kbps and Kyte LivePro Unwired offers TV quailty with streams up to 1 Mbps.

In the press release Graf added:
“As we’ve seen with a number of recent news events, the cycle of reporting is getting smaller and the public is thirsty for footage from places that would be impossible or costly to access through traditional broadcast means. Kyte LivePro Unwired gives content producers an edge over the competition by making it easy and cost effective to broadcast high quality live video to online audiences."

Graf added that the product ideal for for brands, agencies and media companies.

No release of costs yet, but Livestream's similar offering has a month-to-month rental without commitment of $2,500 per month, and yearly rental is $1,500 per month plus shipping.

About Kyte
Kyte is the online, mobile and social video platform for live and on-demand content. The Kyte Platform enables media companies, brands and organizations to deeply engage audiences through 360 degree social video experiences. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with offices in New York, London, Hamburg and Zurich. Customers include ABC, Armani Exchange, Clear Channel, ESPN, Fox News, HomeAway, MTV, Monster Energy, NATO, NBA Digital, Nokia, Tyra Banks, and others