We are Big Jet TV. The first dedicated LIVE stream team in the aviation industry. We currently LIVE stream, for free, on facebook & YouTube to our followers in un-beatable high-quality Full-HD. We also stream to airlive.net for their viewers to enjoy. We combine our passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for aviation to give high quality, exciting ‘shows’ each week. This is not just plane ‘spotting’, this is, as we like to call it, ‘Jet Scoping’: Commentary, Banter, Audience participation, building the community, bringing people together, and above all: Capturing BIG JETS LIVE!
Help us and support Big Jet TV
From London Heathrow International Airport, we bring high-quality, entertaining ‘shows’ twice a week, including our ‘Saturday Show LIVE’. Our analytics tell us that after a weekend show, we ‘reach’ up to 400,000 facebook users, and up to 800,000 across platforms with airlive.net. Generally, we receive between 20-50,000 views per feed.
When we first started live streaming, we used a simple smartphone set-up to capture the action of aviation, which proved to be very popular with the added commentary and relationship we had with the viewers through the comments. However, we understood that if we are going to provide a truly first-class broadcast, then we must be able to record the aviation action at 1080p, from a video camera more powerful than a smartphone. This means the viewers get to see the captain adjusting his headset before takeoff, the air traffic controllers in the tower, the serial number on the nose wheel and close-up direct shots of aircraft cruising. Therefore, we moved to a laptop and video converter set-up. However, with the data and signal required to stream, this set-up was not powerful. This is where things start to get pricey £££.
We have now fully upgraded to a first-class set-up. We integrate a high-powered video camera through a highly-advanced, purpose built broadcasting unit control our broadcasts through a subscribed software. To do this, we use 6 (yes, 6!!) mobile data dongles. We have 6 data only contracts (total of 150GB available each month) plugged into the broadcasting unit which allows an uninterrupted, highly efficient, quality live stream from anywhere in the world at any time. And our viewers love it. If you look across the internet, we really are the only team doing this kind of work. However, it comes with its big costs, which are outlined below.
With your help from our previous Go-Fund me Campaign, which raised £700, which covered us for public liability insurance, which is a requirement by LHR to film on their land. As you know, BIG JET TV have on-going mothly running costs, namely, hardware and software and our Service Provider costs (Modems).
As it stands, our costs of running are at approx £521 per month, so if we’re able to get some donations in from our fans, then we can continue bringing you the shows.
Below is a breakdown of our current costs we pay each month to bring you Big Jet TV:
- £161.64 data only packages per month (Vodafone, 3 & O2).
- £77.60 Subscription charge for the package to our streaming software. (This allows us to stream without interruptions or ‘broadcast interrupted’.)
- £184.91 monthly finance charge for ‘Broadcast Unit’ over 2 years.
- £97.00 monthly finance charge for Video Camera & laptop (originally for streaming without broadcast unit and now used for post editing and controlling the streams & administration)
TOTAL COST PER MONTH = £521.15
We thank you very much for your generous support in advance. AND REMEMBER, donations of £4 or more get a free sticker (includes P&P).
Big Jet TV