Streambox demonstrates breakthrough DVD quality real-time video transport for broadcast, cable & satellite at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas | Streambox Inc

Streambox demonstrates breakthrough DVD quality real-time video transport for broadcast, cable & satellite at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas

Streambox® ACT-L3™ Video Transport™ takes advantage of Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor based workstations with Hyper-Threading Technology1 Quality Interlaced Video Encoding for IP, Ethernet and ATM Networks.

April 10, 2003 Las Vegas, NV – Streambox Inc. announced today the industry’s first software upgradeable, DVD quality video transport solution able to deliver full resolution interlaced video at 3 mbps for packet-based networks. Intel Pentium 4 processor based workstations offer enough power to combine with the new ACT-L3™ Video Transport system and deliver high quality interlaced video in real time over dual T1 lines for television broadcasting, educational, medical imaging and video trunking.

ACT-L3™ Video Transport’s compression engine is next generation video codec that surpasses all other codecs in delivering the highest quality videos, with sharp images, and superb rendition of high motion sports videos.

ACT-L3™ video encoder was specifically optimized for the Intel Pentium 4 processor with Hyper-Threading Technology1

ACT-L3™ Video Transport delivers true MPEG-2 quality videos (which require 6-12mbps) yet does not compromise video quality. Now, broadcasters can exploit the economical, reliable and time proven T1/ATM/IP infrastructure to transport wide range of broadcast network feeds such as news, movies, drama, shows and sports.

ACT-L3™ Video Transport provides build in multiplexing of video and audio over dual-T1 lines and doesn’t require external routers. The advantages of ACT-L3™ Video Transport are:

  • DVD quality video live encoding 30fps w/60 fields – DVD quality over Dual T1 (3 Mbps) / E1 (2.0 Mbps) or Ethernet
  • Closed Caption (Line-21) Support – encoding, transmitting and decoding, while delivering crisp, clean text
  • Software upgradeable – higher return on investment with industries only upgradeable solution
  • Lower deliver costs – new video compression technology delivers higher video quality at lower bitrate (lower bandwidth consumption).
  • High reliability for unattended use – 24/7 up time with continuous monitoring, automatic application and system reboot
  • Easy to use – just plug and connect and let it run.
  • Support interlaced NTSC and PAL video
  • Network ready for Ethernet/IP, ATM T1 & E1
  • QoS – packetizer and depacketizer for smooth video delivery
  • Automatic video and audio signal reconnections
  • Automated reboot and automated system restart

“Workstations based on the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor with HT Technology gives digital broadcasting devices enhanced strength to transport digital video in realtime while delivering truly high quality real time solutions,” said David L Brown, General Manager, Intel’s Software Enabling Division. Intel is pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Streambox through Intel’s Early Access Program.

“ACT-L3™ Full D1 system does not compromise on the interlaced video quality top tiered broadcasters demand, delivering same-quality video streams at a much lower data rate than MPEG-2. This breakthrough upgradeable software video transport solution allows continuous improvements, longer life cycles and higher ROI, said Bob Hildeman, CEO of Streambox. “Our advancements in compression efficiencies combined with Intel Pentium 4 processors give Broadcasters, Cable and telecommunications operators a powerful solution for network-based distribution of video feeds.”

Streambox Inc. will demonstrate at the NAB 2003 in Las Vegas, the ½ D1 Broadcast quality, Full D1 DVD quality and preview of HDTV ACT-L3™ Video Transport Solutions.

Additional Product Comments:

Streambox ACTL-3 transport system is built to meet industry standards and requirements, including: closed captioning, true interlaced NTSC, ITU-R BT.656, and balanced audio, providing the very best video quality possible over single T-1 connection. Built-in T-1 interface and specialized Video DSP components allow cost effective, high quality, Plug-and-Use deployment.

Single T-1 ACT-L3™ transport solutions are available upon request.

1 Hyper-Threading Technology requires a computer system with an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor at 3.06 GHz or higher, a chipset and BIOS that utilize this technology, and an operating system that includes optimizations for this technology. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software you use. See for information.