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The Telegraph has announced that it has made "a substantial new investment" in live video streaming, enabling the news outlet to broadcast live video online and to its iPad and iPhone apps.

The news outlet will be able to livestream from the Telegraph's existing three-camera studio as a story breaks, plus a reporter on the ground can wear a backpack device that allows high-quality live video to be sent over 3G networks.

As part of the move the Telegraph has signed deal with Associated Press and will take live feeds of footage from the 'AP video hub', which was announced in April. It will use AP for "quality world news, entertainment, sport and lifestyles video", according to a release.

The Telegraph Media Group declined to give details of the amount of money invested; in the release the group said new facilities include a permanent circuit from BT Tower.

James Weeks, former Sky News producer who was appointed head of video at the Telegraph Media Group in February, said in a statement: "Digital consumers expect a first class video service, and the Telegraph is leading the field. We’ve been quick to recognise the opportunities that new technology presents. Now, we can follow developing stories like never before. 

"The changes we have made to our studio will enable us to augment live video with expert analysis and informed opinion from the finest team of journalists and commentators in the business."

Sue Brooks, director of video business transformation at AP added: "Video news is no longer the sole preserve of terrestrial and satellite broadcasters and AP video hub addresses this with an offering tailored to the way news organisations like the Telegraph are using video content."

The release adds that "the new streaming strategy is part of TMG’s increasing commitment to video - with an increased emphasis on in-house production".

"Whether it’s the US Presidential race, British party politics, or unfolding UK news – TMG will be able to bring customers the details first."

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