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Puzzled About How To Improve Live Shot Reliability? Increase Productivity? And Add

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If live news coverage of local stories is a major component of your strategy to compete, we have a handful of solutions you'll want to explore.

Immediately available satellite access for breaking news or to backup cellular and microwave

Virtually eliminate requirements for technical expertise in the field and let photographers operate your automated satellite systems

Flexible, IP based solutions that let you use existing equipment or streaming video applications to deliver high quality video with minimal additional investment.


On Call Communications is the satellite solutions provider specializing in creative SNG solutions for the news media. Our QuickSPOT IP Satellite Network was designed to help you increase ratings with the most extensive live coverage in your market. We aim to

Expand your capability to cover stories anywhere

Make the News Director's job easier with better live shot reliability

Reduce headaches in your Operations and Engineering departments

Would it be worth your time to explore the value of these solutions to your organization?

Rav4_IP_LIVE_EYE_driver_side.jpg12 Ways Owning a QuickSPOT Satellite News Gathering Systems Make Your Job Easier

1. Know you'll always get your video on time by delivering it live via satellite uplink direct to your station.

2. Expand the geographic range from which you can cover live & breaking news stories.

3. Have the capability of going live at a moments notice, every day of the month.

4. Reduce the lead time and expense of scheduling truck rentals.

5. Save crew time. Automated operation makes setting up the SNG system amazingly fast and easy, even for non-technical personnel.

6. Avoid technical errors in the field. Bring newsroom control to the field through remote control over video encoders, AV levels, camera tilt, focus & zoom.

7. Add mobile office capabilities to the field including internet access, video conferencing and phones.


8. Plug & play compatibility with any device that takes an IP address.

9. Enables you to purchase an SD system now and upgrade to HD in the future without replacing equipment.

10. Standing behind you with 24/7/365 network monitoring and technical support including remote monitoring!

11. Giving you a single point of contact for all hardware and service issues. No passing the buck between vendors and service providers!

12. Keeping your operations on budget with the same flat fee every month no matter how many live shots you do and with very competitive satellite space rates.

The Flexibility of IP Systems Gives You Lots of Options to Deliver News Your Way

  • Fully automated antenna operation and automated login into the QuickSPOT On Demand satellite network.QuickSPOT satellite newsgathering system at the oscars
  • Go live about 5 minutes after arrival on scene.
  • Top quality HD or SD MPEG-4 Video.
  • Wireless camera compatibility.
  • Integrate TVU, LiveU, Dejero or Teradek systems with the satellite system.
  • Remotely control the vehicle electronics such as video encoders.
  • Create an off premises extension of your office phone system in the vehicle. IFB compatible.
  • Access internet services or secure intranet services from the vehicle. Write, research or transfer files.
  • Get phone and internet services on demand.
  • Cover live breaking news stories without having to pre-book satellite time.
  • Stream web video live.
  • Deliver video directly to any other QuickSPOT site around the country.
  • Ask On Call to remotely make changes in your configurations with no downtime.
  • Ask On Call to monitor video or satellite links for you.
  • From purchase through ongoing technical support you have a single, reliable point of contact to meet all your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the automated systems reliable? What if the automated system doesn't work?


Reliability is a tremendous concern, especially in live news where time is critical and there are no second chances. Our own old school engineers were skeptical at first, thinking automated systems couldn't be as reliable or accurate as they were. Now they are the biggest supporters of automation. Why?

  • QuickSPOT systems start with top quality, well known manufacturers you know and trust. Manufacturers such as Wavestream, AVL, Fujitsu, Cisco.
  • Extensive field testing under harsh conditions has proven the durability and reliability of the mobile systems. After over 7 years and 250+ systems in the field we can say with confidence that the automated systems are no more likely to fail than manual systems and can report that our own experience has shownvery very few problems which aren't related to operator error.
  • If a problem should occur On Call's technical support team is available to assist you 24/7/365 with any questions, troubleshooting or concerns related to hardware or satellite service. We know in live news that problems need to be addressed quickly and our team is available for immediate support. You'll develop relationships with your support team who will familiarize themselves with your operations. Tier 2 and Tier 3 support are available 24/7.

Can I get the IP features and transmit video over DVB?

Almost. QuickSPOT systems are now available with a DVB transmission option as well. You can enjoy all the features of IP systems and have the option to switch to DVB when necessary. However, you will need to choose whether you want to operate DVB or IP.


Is IP as reliable as DVB for video?

Great question. Internet Protocol (IP) frequently gets a bad rap because people associate IP with the unstable Internet connections they experience at their home and office.  IP is just another method of packaging information for transmission and is no more or less reliable that DVB, ASI or other transmission protocols. What matters is the quality of the link. On Call gives you private, dedicated satellite space which means unlike public or shared internet connections there is never any problem with network congestion which can disrupt your video transmission.

How can you help me meet my budget needs?

We understand that you want new equipment and so we have come up with lots of ways to make sure you can get the equipment you need with the financing plan that makes sense for your situation. We offer long term rentals, leases and equipment financing plans; whether you need a plan that fits your operational budget or your capital expense budget, we can accomodate your needs.


Bandwidth can be purchased only as you need it with no minimum commitments or you can opt for a monthly package with volume pricing. 

WEAU-TV (Eau Claire, WI) Showcases their new QuickSPOT system to SBE Chapter December-16-2013 December-16-2013

Society of Broadcast Engineers Picnic featuring QuickSPOT SNG satellite system
On September 3rd, Todd Ritchie and Ron Viste of WEAU (Eau Claire, WI) hosted Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) Chapter 112 of Western Wisconsin for their annual steak picnic, which provided a great opportunity for the station to showcase their new QuickSPOT vehicle.  

Tim Jackson from On Call Communications was on hand to describe the system and provide an overview of the On Call QuickSPOT product, which greatly simplifies the process and increases affordability for satellite news gathering.  SBE members representing other stations from the LaCrosse/Eau Claire DMA were able to see for the first time how a hybrid TVU/satellite on-demand system can increase news coverage capabilities at a fraction of the cost of a traditional satellite news gathering vehicle.Get reliable, dedicated  high speed satellite Internet uplinks anywhere with QuickSPOT  

“We are thrilled to have recently rolled out our new QuickSPOT vehicle and look forward to getting our news crews comfortable with the simplicity and flexibility of the hybrid TVU/satellite system.  We are the only station in the market that won’t be limited by cellular and microwave limitations,” says Ron Viste of WEAU.  

Society Broadcast Engineers learns how to use their bonded cellular backpack over an IP satellite linkOn Call’s Tim Jackson states, “we were pleased to be part of SBE Chapter 112’s meeting and to show others in the market the features, benefits and simplicity of the QuickSPOT system.  We’re proud to support WEAU as the market leader in the LaCrosse-Eau Claire market as they greatly expand their newsgathering capabilities.”

On Call Supports CBS News Teams Live in Haiti Using QuickSPOT Satellite News Gathering Systems June-15-2010

On Call Communications sprung into action again in support of CBS News in Haiti providing live and taped video feeds, internet access and phone lines for their news teams covering the earthquake using the QuickSPOT satellite news gathering system.


 CBS News In Haiti uses QuickSPOT satellite news gathering system



On Call used the very portable QuickSPOT 96 centimeter fly and drive satellite news gathering antenna to establish a high speed internet pipe which CBS News crews used for their video and communications needs. The system transmitted both live and edited standard definition MPEG-4 video feeds for the producers in addition to establishing a mobile office complete with direct dial in/out phone lines and wireless internet access for email, web browsing and corporate communications .