Live video service – for breaking news and rolling news coverage
Direct is a premium live video service supplying breaking news as it happens.
AP was the first news agency to launch a live news service in 2003, covering the invasion of Iraq in real time. Today, more than 200 broadcasters worldwide use it regularly as a live video source, benefiting from AP's expertise in providing coverage of key breaking news and scheduled news events.
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What is Direct and why should I subscribe?
How will I know what Direct is covering?
What is the Desktop Ticker and what are the system requirements?
How and when do I receive Direct?
I want to subscribe to Direct, who do I need to speak to?
What is Direct?
Direct is the award-winning premium LIVE video news service, which offers incoming LIVE video news from AP's fixed and mobile links from around the world.
- LIVE, on-demand video of breaking news and events.
- Content is raw, unbranded and unedited.
- Can be licensed on either a subscription or ad-hoc basis (for specific events, eg, royal wedding, 9/11 anniversary, etc).
Events covered by Direct include:
- Statements and press conferences.
- Summits and conferences.
- Natural and man-made disasters.
- Riots and protests.
- Key worldwide events
Why should I subscribe to Direct?
Direct gives you access to news video, as it happens.
Direct has consistently proven its value to subscribers whenever there is a need for LIVE video news pictures on-demand.
The LIVE nature of Direct means your newsroom is always up to speed on the latest breaking news and events.
Direct Online provides constantly updated information on the footage being transmitted and the ability to communicate and request coverage directly with Direct’s Content Managers.
Direct Online gives you access to content information, planned coverage, and a message board that provides interactive communication with AP Direct's dedicated content managers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
A LIVE stream of Direct's coverage is also available to view online.
You can also download a Desktop Ticker that automatically highlights and updates information on content coming through on Direct. Any late changes, or notifications of breaking news are communicated via an 'Alerts' function – which also displays on the Desktop Ticker.
What is the Desktop Ticker?
The Desktop Ticker is available to all Direct clients.
The Desktop Ticker automatically updates content information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Imminent changes and announcements from the Direct content managers will also be communicated via 'Alerts', which are visible once you have downloaded the Desktop Ticker.
Access to the message board, giving you a direct line of communication with the Direct content managers - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, can also be launched via the Desktop Ticker.
Click here to view the Desktop Ticker's functionality
What are the system requirements?
2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor or Intel® Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home, Professional, or Tablet PC Edition with Service Pack 3; Windows Server® 2003; Windows Server® 2008; Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise (including 64-bit editions) with Service Pack 2; or Windows 7
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
Mac OS X v10.6 or v10.7
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Adobe Air is required.
Please select 'Run' when installing the Desktop Ticker, Adobe Air will then automatically install during the download process (if you do not already have this installed).
Alternatively, you can download Adobe Air via: get.adobe.com/air
How do I receive Direct?
You will need an HD-compatible IRD (Integrated Receiver Decoder) to receive Direct.
to view suggested HD-compatible IRDs.
The IRD should be able to decode:
• MPEG4 AVC 4:2:0 HD
• MPEG4 AVC 4:2:0 SD
If SD output is required, the IRD should have a built-in HD to SD down-converter, or have a suitable HS/SDI output for connection to an external HD to SD down-converter.
The IRD should also have a DVB Common Interface to support a Conditional Access Module (CAM). The CAM and Smart Card will be provided by AP to enable the decryption.
The satellite transmission will be:
• 8PSK modulation
• Rate 2/3 FEC
• Sym Rate 18.400Mb
and the IRD should be licenced for this reception.
Satellite coordinates for Direct are as follows:
AsiaSat 5: Transponder C13, Freq 4.1135GHz
Eutelsat 10A: Transponder F4, Freq 12.63666GHz
Intelsat 805: Transponder 11, Freq 3.7594GHz
SES-2: Transponder 9C, Freq 3.8865GHz
When do I receive Direct?
Direct's satellite channels operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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