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Phone Call During Live Streaming

Imagine you are a reporter broadcasting from the field using an iPad.

Say you want to interview a guest over the phone during your live streaming. How would you do that? Put the phone on speakerphone? That may work, but quality is terrible. Now you can use RECAP C to get better sound quality.

Check out this email from one of our customers:


Let me tell you about our setup. I don’t if you heard of this, there’s a massive public protest happening right now in Kyiv, Ukraine and corporate-owned media weren’t covering events very well. So Hromadske TV was created to serve public interest. It broadcasts through Youtube Live ( often from the field using streaming from iPad.

A lot of people are calling during the broadcast to express their opinions and quick 1-5 min interviews are done live. At the moment, however there’s no connection between phone and tablet so the sound transmits just over the air which, of course, results in terrible quality. This is okay, because everyone understands that this is an amauter broadcast, not professional TV, but we’d like to get better. We’ll support your project to improve our quality. As the events uncover right now, I’d really like to get your devices sooner to serve our audience. Would definitely appreciate if you can help us.

– Sergii Kauk, Hromadske TV, Ukraine


If you’re a professional or amauter reporter and use RECAP C, let’s know! We’d love to hear from you.

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Is it legal to record phone calls?

Recording phone conversations is legal in all of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Federal law permits electronically recording a phone conversation with the consent of only one person involved in the conversation. This “one-party” rule requires the consent of at least one person in the conversation. The law deals primarily with wiretapping and law enforcement –- recording conversations to which the recorder is not a party. But for journalists, this means that only the reporter herself is required to know that the conversation is being recorded.” [1]

Rule of thumb: “you are always better off having the permission of the person you’re recording.”

“That’s the rule of thumb,” said Lucy Dalglish, executive director of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which publishes “‘Can We Tape?’: A Practical Guide to Taping Phone Calls and In-Person Conversations in the 50 States and D.C.” “And that’s the ethical thing to do anyway. You always have to know what the law is, and you are always better off having the permission of the person you’re recording.”



[1] Think Before You Record –

[2] Reporter’s Recording Guide –