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Streambox Launches Hybrid HD-SD Software Encoder for Apple Mac OS X (19/3/2010)

Solution Is First of Its Kind to Enable High-Quality HD Video Transmission Over Bonded 3G/IP Networks, Offering a Powerful Tool for Field Newsgathering and Live Event Broadcasting

Streambox today announced a hybrid HD-SD version of the award-winning Streambox(R) ACT-L3(TM) Software Encoder, the first of its kind to provide high-quality HD video streaming over low data rate IP connections. Initially available for Apple(R) Mac OS(R) X platforms, the solution enables broadcasters, government agencies, and enterprises to transmit live or stored 720p/1080i, as well as SD video, with powerful new capabilities, such as cellular 3G/4G bonding, that maximize network bandwidth for the highest possible HD video quality.

"The ability to transmit high-quality HD video reliably over a low-cost 3G/4G wireless IP connection, even from challenging locations, gives field reporters and other users unprecedented flexibility when delivering news and intelligence," said Bob Hildeman, chairman and CEO of Streambox. "In today's highly competitive television news environment, this solution will give our broadcasting customers a powerful advantage by extending both the reach and quality of their breaking news."

Based on the award-winning ACT-L3(TM) codec, the Streambox Hybrid HD-SD Software Encoder features integrations with SDI video capture devices such as Matrox's MXO2, AJA, and Black Magic to capture SDI video streaming for higher picture quality. Armed with only a Mac laptop running the Streambox encoder, a camera, and the portable SDI device, mobile reporters can gather, edit, and stream live, high-quality HD-SDI video from remote locations over low data rate connections such as 3G/4G, WiFi, VSAT, and other IP networks. Exclusive to the new encoder is its multiplexing capabilities, which enable the system to accommodate dual BGAN terminals, T1 lines, and 3G/4G air cards for increased bandwidth. This includes support for mobile 3G/4G bonding, which enables clients to bond two air cards for wireless IP access -- effectively increasing the available bandwidth for streaming broadcast-quality HD video in 720p or 1080i format.

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