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Zoo Livestreams Are Taking Over Unused Gaps in the Broadcast Spectrum

The BBC reports that the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is working Google and regulators at Ofcom to stream live video of meerkats, Galapagos tortoises, and oriental short-clawed otters to YouTube. […] there’s also a more technical purpose to the trial; it uses TV “white spaces.” These white spaces are parts of the broadcast spectrum that remain unused—the gaps in the airwaves used for TV broadcasting. Ofcom has been conducting pilot trials to test how these white spaces could be put to use, of which the zoo collaboration is the latest. […] ZSL explains that using white space is perfect for their project—better than alternatives like wifi—because the low frequency signals are able to penetrate obstacles and travel longer distances. As a result, a camera surrounded by rocks, shrubs, and buildings can transmit without a problem. – Victoria Turk,MOTHERBOARD 
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