Newsspotter’s satellite broadband helps Newsplash cover Donald Trump protests

20th July 2018

When Newsplash needed broadband capability to provide live streaming facilities for coverage of the Women’s ‘Bring the Noise’ March they turned to bigblu’s Newsspotter service through our satellite broadband.

On Friday 13, over 70,000 protesters marched through the streets of London, from the BBC’s Broadcasting House at Portland Place all the way down through Trafalgar Square and ended up at a rally at Parliament Square.

Newsplash used bigblu's satellite services to broadcast Donald Trump's visit to London

Newsplash used bigblu’s satellite services to broadcast Donald Trump’s visit to London

Ron Kennedy’s Newsplash journalist and cameraman team used a lightweight camera and a Live 200 to follow the protesters. Hot on the heels of their coverage of this year’s Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Newsplash provided immersive footage and snap en-route interviews as feeds to several CNDs (Content Delivery Networks).

It was as the crowds began to grow that having bigblu’s satellite broadband-supplied Newspotter service as Ron’s fall-back option looked like an inspired idea – and ensured that Friday 13 would not be unlucky for Newsplash. With more and more people and their smartphones competing for network bandwidth in order to stream their own versions online and over social media, Newsplash began losing their feed.

Bigblu’s Newsspotter fall-back option looked like an inspired idea

And that’s when the bigblu fall-back plan kicked into gear. Newsplash switched to their fixed camera at the end rally point in Parliament Square, which was connected to the KA-SAT satellite with the necessary satellite air time being supplied by bigblu.

Once the march turned up at Parliament Square, Newsplash covered all the on-stage events including speeches by Stella Creasy MP, Dawn Butler MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Jack Monroe and Aisha Gill, from the End Violence Against Women Coalition and performances from Moving Memory Theatre and the Lips Choir.

Newsplash streamed live footage for over two hours with absolutely no degradation in signal quality. And as well as the live streaming, thanks to bigblu’s KA-SAT satellite air time, Newsplash were able to supply a feed to the stage’s video wall.

Overall, Newsplash’s work at the Women’s ‘Bring the Noise’ March provides a perfect case study to demonstrate the capability of bigblu’s Newsspotter service when your news teams need to deliver live footage from mass-attended events that drain available bandwidth.

To find out more about our Newsspotter and IPTV Broadcast services contact Selwyn Petterson on +44 (0)1869 222 900 or or email him at