BTV, pioneer in broadcasting live TV news produced using smartphones and 4G exclusively. Lavinia manages the news and technical services of BTV.

BTVMobile: live TV news program produced using smartphones exclusively

Barcelona TV became for four days the first TV station in the world to make their news programs exclusively using smartphones, an experiment that was carried during the Mobile World Congress. BTVMobile tested the ability of journalists and technical staff to produce a live TV program with mobiles and 4G, including all the process of recording and editing news and also the final broadcast.


From March 2 to 5 BTV moved part of its news team in the premises of the Mobile World Congress to undertake the coverage of the fair using only wireless technology. The 20 minutes news program BTVMobile was live broadcast daily at 2 p.m. from the stand of the Mobile World Capital, having Vodafone supplying mobile and 4G coverage and TVU Networks supplying TV signal connectivity.

Three ENG teams changed their daily equipment for iPhones 6 Plus, microphones and chargers that were used to record and edit the pieces of video news that they would send afterwards to a portable computer, located also within the MWC premises. Instead of the cameras in the regular set, three iPhones 6 were connected via 4G to the same computer that would send de TV signal to the studios of BTV in the 22@ District of Barcelona. The culmination of the project was a live connection from the waterfront broadcast with the help of a drone and a smartphone.

As the company that manages news and technical services of BTV, Lavinia contributed to the project with the technical and production experience in order to face challenges that had never been faced before.

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