The Weather Channel, weather.com and Twitter teamed to live stream the United States’ Aug. 21 solar eclipse in real time as the event moved from coast to coast. The “Chasing Eclipse 2017” live stream immersed viewers in totalities from 10 locations along the eclipse path, from the ground and from space.
Eclipse programming integrated material including high-resolution and aerial drone footage from Weather’s network of storm trackers as the eclipse moved along the path of totality, user-generated content from Twitter, live updates from eclipse viewing parties with weather.com field reporters, local eclipse footage from TEGNA partner stations, and real-time eclipse footage from NASA.
Weather relied on NewTek’s NDI standard for video production over IP to manage the live stream. “We had live correspondents in several locations across the eclipse path, as well as feeds from NASA and telescope companies,” explains Jim Robinson, supervising producer, manager of digital studios for The Weather Company, an IBM Business. “Their video signals were converted to NDI at our home base in Atlanta, where they were all shared bi-directionally everywhere on our network.”