Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today launched a new 176kbps streaming rate for its award-winning BGAN service. The new mid-range streaming capability is suitable for talking head shots, low movement and relatively static backgrounds. It is compatible with existing video codec solutions and accessible through the existing BGAN hardware that many news crews are already equipped with: the Hughes HNS9201 and the Thrane & Thrane Explorer 700. “The 176kbps streaming rate is an entry-level service for broadcasters who want to try live video streaming,” said Drew Brandy, Director of Land Mobile Services at Inmarsat. “It provides smaller broadcasters with similar broadcast capabilities to those enjoyed by the major international networks. With 176kbps streaming, the more budget-conscious broadcaster can still deliver decent quality video to their viewers at a lower price point. “It offers an additional choice to broadcasters who don’t want to use BGAN X-Stream or our 256kbps streaming rate,” he said. Launched last year, BGAN X-Stream™ is the world’s fastest on-demand streaming service. It offers a streaming IP data rate of at least 384kbps, with an estimated top end of 450kbps. The enhanced video quality of BGAN X-Stream has enabled broadcasters to defer, or even avoid, the need to use SNG trucks. It has been used for hundreds of live video reports in the harshest and most remote locations on the planet; from the depths of the Amazon to the top of Everest. “Local broadcasters and network affiliates tell us that they love the BGAN X-Stream service, but it’s not suitable for their needs, either because they’re unlikely to get full use from a streaming service, or they are constrained by budget, or because their technology infrastructure is not capable of supporting a service like BGAN X-Stream,” said Brandy. “So, in addition to our new 176kbps streaming rate, we are introducing new and innovative ways to access streaming on BGAN”.