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Streambox® Announces their “As You Like It” Modular Add-ons for the AVENIRMicro™ & AVENIRDrone™ Family of Video Encoders

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Streambox® Announces their “As You Like It” Modular Add-ons for the AVENIRMicro & AVENIRDrone Family of Video Encoders

 New, small footprint Add-on modules provide complete mobility and connectivity for bonded video streaming over 3G/4G/LTE, WiFi, LAN, and Satellite Networks     

Seattle, WA– April 12, 2016 – Streambox, an industry leading pioneer delivering low latency, bonded video streaming solutions, today announced new Add-on modules for the AVENIRMicro and AVENIRDrone family of video encoders that offer greater means of connectivity, increased mobility options, and support for industry standard battery types. The Streambox modular “As You Like It” design allows the user to compose the ideal video encoder solution for their video streaming needs.

The Add-on Modules Include:

  • Embedded Modem Module – Includes 4 embedded 3G/4G/LTE mobile modems with an adjustable antenna sleeve, and is ideal for work in areas with consistent mobile network coverage.
  • Embedded Modem Module for Industrial Applications, the  embedded modem module with 4 embedded 3G/4G/LTE modems features four external SMA’s to connect four remote antennas for signal improvements.
  • USB Modem Module – Provides an enclosure for 4 USB, 3G/4G/LTE mobile modems plus integrated, hot-swappable, Canon LP-E6 battery support. Ideal for work in multiple regions, each with varying mobile network coverage. Just plug in the USB modems that are ideal for that region.
  • H-Clip Module with Shoulder Strap  –  Allows the user to attach a shoulder strap to and provide a power source for the main unit. Supports up to 2 hot-swappable Canon LP-E6 batteries, providing 2+ hours of non-stop video streaming.
  • T-Clip with Shoulder Strap  –  Enables attaching a shoulder strap to the main unit, making it ideal for minimal profile and high mobility.
  • Breakout Cable – Provides 4 USB extension cables to support 4 USB mobile modems plus a power-in connector. Ideal for cases where you want to mount the main unit with the USB modems mounted at various positions. For example, mounting directly to a drone UAV, mounting in a helicopter, or in a first-responder vehicle.
  • V-Mount & G-Mount Battery Mount Plate – The custom encoder top plate with wired connections to support IDX and Anton Bauer compatible batteries, providing up to 8 hours of continuous operation.  

This offering includes new features for the  AVENIRMicro and  AVENIRDrone Encoders, a new and improved LCD interface, and a new simplified mobile app including automated LDMP, making these encoders easier than ever for use in the field. In addition, this recent upgrade provides video compression improvements and full HD video bitrates up to 18Mbps.

“The new “As You Like It”  Add-on modules extends on our vision of Mobile Video Everywhere  with mobility, connectivity and powering options¨ said Bob Hildeman, CEO & Co-Founder Streambox Inc.  “The Avenir Micro and Drone Encoders offers the flexibility as a stand alone encoder or fully mobile with add-on modules to stream many hours of high quality live video by bonding all available wireless or wired IP networks at the same time.”

 

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About Streambox

Founded in 1999, Streambox is an industry leading pioneer developing ultra-efficient IP based video streaming solutions and cloud based streaming services. Streambox delivers mobile video everywhere, allowing companies and organizations to broadcast, share, and stream video from anywhere with unlimited scalability. The Streambox family of professional live and file-based HD/SD software and hardware for video transport, management, and playout streamlines the workflow for all broadcasting and streaming needs. Streambox technology is based on the ACT-L3™ proprietary video compression which allows faster encoding with low-latency and adaptive bitrate streaming over public and private networks.

Learn more at  www.streambox.com

Streambox Partnership Enhancing Live Streaming Capabilities

By | AVENIR Micro, Cloud, Apps & Software, Events & Media Coverage, Press Release, Streambox Partners | No Comments

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Streambox Partnership Enhancing Live Streaming Capabilities

Streambox Cloud is expanding with ENEX and in LATAM region with many Latin American Broadcasters able to receive live news contributions from ENEX. Streambox is  excited about growing its partnership with ENEX (European News Exchange) and BCE (Broadcasting Center Europe). Together, we are now deploying new live newsgathering capabilities to the ENEX Partner stations around the globe using an enhanced the NewsLink Platform with integrated Streambox Cloud software.

The roll-out of new Streambox Cloud video infrastructure allows ENEX Partners to more easily contribute and receive live news content through networked NewsLink devices. ENEX expects to provide more than 1600 live transmissions in 2016 as well as over 40,000 video items through the platform.

The Streambox Cloud integration allows ENEX Partners Worldwide to receive and contribute  low cost live video transmissions from the field, as they can now easily contribute to ENEX using mobile bonded cellular encoding  solutions like the Avenir Micro or from Streambox Software and hardware encoders. The Streambox Avenir Micro is a modular, stackable lightweight mobile video encoder capable of network bonding 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Ethernet & Internet connectivity at same time with higher video quality, HD & SD encoding capabilities  for live streaming. Designed for easy integration and outstanding lower bandwidth HD Video, Streambox encoders automatically select the best possible bandwidth, latency, and resolution over multiple bonded cellular networks. It is this world class solution that enables and streamlines network bandwidth fluctuations with reliable video transport over the Internet.

“In the past, global news contribution was complicated and expensive. With the Newslink Live Tab powered by Streambox, it has turned into something instant, easy, always available and almost costless“    – says Emilio Aranda, LATAM&EMEA Sales Manager at Streambox
This March, the Latin American Informative Alliance (AIL) Members have met at their tenth yearly Assembly to discuss the technical innovations available in the field of global news exchange. The assembly allows allies channels to join forces to cover major events worldwide, now, also through ENEX. Thanks to the Partnership between AIL and ENEX, the Members who share both platforms will be able to receive live content though the globally deployed NewsLink system integrated  with Streambox Cloud Service.  

 

About ENEX 

Enex is a global news provider, founded in 1994 as a cooperative of leading commercial broadcasters. It has 53 full members, including Europe’s largest commercial broadcaster, RTL Group, Sky News in Great Britain, CBS in the United States and 11 broadcasters in Latin America. The organization organises the sharing of news packages with accompanying editorial information, live transmissions from big events and breaking news spots and location services for its members.

More information on: http://www.enex.cl/

About BCE 

BCE is a European leader in technical services in the areas of television, radio, production and postproduction, telecommunication and IT. With its extensive experience on the media market, our team provides high-quality services and will always find the solution that matches your project and budget. With more than 200 highly qualified and motivated personnel, BCE serves about 400 clients in various sectors, such as TV channels, radio stations, film distributors, producers, advertising companies, telecommunications operators and public services.

BCE – Your projects. The technology. Our solutions.

More information on: www.bce.lu

About AIL

Alianza Informativa Latinoamericana (literally: Latin American Informative  Alliance) -AIL-, is a non-profit organization created in 2005, currently composed by twenty-two private television networks in Latin America and the Caribbean.  This alliance, along with the cooperation agreement among the AIL members, has facilitated the smooth integration of both the technical and qualified staff resources of all its integrants. Throughout its ten years in operation, the AIL has been sound support for the production and coverage of events of particular interest and international importance in the different fields of politics, culture, sports, and entertainment.

More information on: http://www.ailnews.tv/en

About Streambox 

Streambox delivers mobile video everywhere, allowing companies to broadcast from anywhere with unlimited scalability and lower costs. Using the Streambox mobile app or compact mobile encoders coupled with cloud-based streaming, broadcasters can deliver live, HD video to viewers immediately.

Mobile Video Everywhere

Learn more at www.streambox.com

Streambox® Add On for NewTek™ TriCaster® Now Available

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World-class integration delivering high quality video acquisition, production and distribution

Seattle, WA – March 22nd , 2016 – Streambox®, an industry leading pioneer delivering unique video streaming solutions, today announced its new Streambox® Add-On for NewTek™ TriCaster®. This new offering integrates a full featured multi-camera, multi-resource, production system with world-class streaming video technology, offering an unprecedented user experience.

With this add-on Streambox users can now directly stream live HD/SD video at resolutions up to 1080p directly from Streambox Encoders into a TriCaster multi-camera video production system. Users have the flexibility of three modes to acquire multiple, ACT-L3, low latency video streams straight from Streambox Encoders, Streambox Cloud servers, or via a local multicast. This opportunity for enhanced production workflows provides high quality video acquisition, and cost effective live video production from mobile cameras, such as moving cars, helicopters, UAVs, boats or wearable cameras for example, all with the free Streambox Add-on for TriCaster.

“The Streambox Add-on for TriCaster gives us capabilities we’ve never had before. Previously a dedicated Streambox decoder and a dedicated input into TriCaster was required for each feed.  Now we have the ability to select from multiple Streambox sources right inside the TriCaster interface without needing separate decoders or additional TriCaster inputs.” – Jonathan Crowe, Huntsville.

Key features of the add-on include:

  •  Stream from any Streambox Encoder including Avenir Micro
  •  Stream live multi-cam productions from many locations
  •  Receive live video source over 3G/4G/WiFi/Ethernet networks
  •  Live stream integrated into TriCaster interface as a video source
  •  Use low-cost Streambox Cloud with free encoder for video source
  •  Seamlessly works with all Streambox Encoder products – Avenir Micro, Drone, Mini 3 & 3c, mobile apps, rack mounts and more.

“Streambox will be spotlighting its new relationship with NewTek, with an integration of its Avenir Micro with TriCaster,” says Bob Hildeman, Streambox co-founder and CEO. “Now Streambox video will appear as a video/camera source for production [on the TriCaster production system],” he says.

“As one of the newest members of the NewTek Developer Network, Streambox technology will be a tremendous benefit to current and future TriCaster customers looking to distribute their network style content over 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and Internet networks,” said Michael Kornet, executive vice president of Business Development for NewTek. “The integration is accessed right from the TriCaster interface, and gives Streambox customers a seamless way to expand and enhance their production quality with a TriCaster.”

The integration expands on the Streambox mobile video everywhere vision by relying on IP transport and the cloud to bridge a gap of hundreds, or even thousands, of miles that separate a remote venue where cameras cover an event from a centralized production control room.

“Our TriCaster plug-in will allow broadcasters to send video anywhere across the globe over 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and Internet networks. So this will widen their contribution as well as near close-area contribution,” Hildeman says.

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About Streambox

Streambox leads the video over IP industry with complete end-to-end newsgathering solutions and contribution streaming service. The Streambox platform of professional live and file-based HD/SD software and hardware for video transport, management, and play out streamlines the workflow for any broadcasting and streaming need. Streambox technology is based on the ACT-L3™ proprietary video compression which allows faster encoding with low-latency and adaptive bit-rate streaming over public/private networks.

Learn more at  www.streambox.com

Wild Touch’s first live broadcast from Antarctica via Dual BGAN HDR & Streambox Cloud

By | Broadcast, Cloud, Apps & Software, Events & Media Coverage, Live Events, Streambox Cloud Services, Streambox Platform Solutions, Success Stories | No Comments

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Luc Jacquet & Wild Touch

Luc Jacquet is an Academy Award Winner and French wildlife film director known for his 2005 documentary, March of the Penguins. In 2010 he founded Wild Touch, a non-profit organization aiming to showcase the fundamental importance of protecting the planet and its resources.

Wild Touch Expedition to Antarctica

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Wild Touch decided to launch a 45-day expedition to Antarctica to showcase the beauty and fragility of the emperor penguin, the ambassador of Antarctica, while raising awareness about the climate changes affecting this unique ecosystem. Wild Touch organized various activities designed to alert the community about the current situation in Antarctica and engage viewers in the fight against the climate change. Wild Touch organized various activities, around the COP21 conferences, designed to alert the community about the current situation in Antarctica and engage viewers in the fight against the climate change.

Challenge
Wild Touch approached E-SAT to provide reliable solutions that could bring satellite connectivity for the Expeditors Team. The Expeditors wanted to communicate to viewers exactly what they were seeing and experiencing, to share the wildlife pictures and videos with people worldwide and more precisely, have an impact on the COP21 conferences.

Due to the context, E-SAT suggested to use Cobham Explorer 710, a robust and reliable modem. The Explorer 710 offers the possibilities to separate the antenna from the transceiver and can be mounted on an external pole mount, up to 100 meters away with the optional antenna cable. This setup is ideal in the context of Antarctica due to the very low temperatures. Furthermore, Explorer 710 is an ultra-portable and easy to use satellite terminal which includes features such as High Data Rate, bonding, Wi-Fi and high-speed.

This service offered a good capacity at an affordable price. Later in 2015, the Wild Touch Team decided that they would like to achieve live broadcasts as well. Unfortunately, Inmarsat BGAN Link is not compatible with Streaming IP which is compulsory for doing Live. The offer moved forward towards an Inmarsat BGAN HDR service.

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CVskcBAW4AAn3AJThe question of a dedicated solution to realize the live broadcast was asked. Streambox® was offered as the ideal tool to answer this need, with both software and hardware options. Wild Touch chose the software encoders for practicality, as no additional equipment was needed and Streambox Hybrid Software Encoder could run on a laptop the team was already using for communications.

Streambox proved high-quality performance with BGAN terminals provides unrivaled video compression and quality at low data rates. To ensure a high video quality with a low delay, the connection bitrates were doubled (900kbps instead of 450kbps for one Explorer 710) by bonding two BGANs together. As the tests of the Streambox Hybrid Software encoder with the dual BGAN HDR systems were very successful, the decision to increase the amount of live broadcasts was made.

Before going to Antarctica, several tests had been made at E-SAT’s office with the Wild Touch technical team. It consisted on computers settings, using BGANs, validate quality control tests and optimizing transmission settings over Streambox software. Thanks to these preparations, the team in Antarctica had everything ready when needed. There was a risk but thanks to the team’s efforts, Wild Touch succeeded in broadcasting Live from Antarctica.

Solution
To meet the project’s requirements, Wild Touch was well-equipped for satellite communications:

● 3 Cobham Explorer 710

● 3 Inmarsat BGAN LINK 30GB

● 2 Inmarsat Asymmetrical BGAN Full HDR

In the end, Wild Touch took 5 SIM cards and 3 Explorer 710 units. One Explorer (with a BGAN Link 30 GB SIM card) was used by the Team and stayed in the local technical room, the second Explorer 710 was a travelling one, equipped with a Full HDR SIM card. The latter was to ensure the Live broadcast and allow the Team to permute the 3 other SIM cards.

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“We were extremely pleased to see the strength, reliability and broadcast quality of our bonded BGAN HDR service demonstrated during this live broadcast from Antarctica – the first ever from the region to use the service. Pairing our services with the Streambox software encoder makes a powerful end-to-end broadcasting solution that’s robust enough to perform well even in the most remote and challenging of environments”

-Daniel Cooper, Head of Media, Inmarsat Enterprise

For Broadcast Solutions

In regards to broadcast solutions, two Streambox Hybrid Software encoders running on OSX MacBook’s that the Team took to the expedition – one for travelling and another as a backup solution, if needed. Without a dual BGAN HDR and Streambox Technology, the live broadcasts wouldn’t be possible at all, as the Team was located in a very low connectivity area.

Wild Touch was also able to pass by locked connections and avoid other technical challenges during this project. Redirecting the transmission through the Streambox Cloud to the Media Player Pro software decoder, allowed to output HDMI/SDI in closed networks. Streambox Cloud Service is a reliable cloud-based live video management solution that delivers the highest-quality and low latency video over any public or private IP network. Its easy routing features allowed to simplify the workflow and achieve an exceptional video quality for the conditions that were faced.

The Expedition and Social Media
wildtouchWild Touch and its partners have also been highly active on social media through the hashtag #RejoinsLaColonie to engage people worldwide to support their fight against climate changes. This social engagement enabled people from all over the world to see images of Antarctica’s wildlife displayed at the building’s facade. Another successful social media conversation occurred through the hashtag #LiveAntarctica, which enabled followers to ask questions which the Expedition team answered Live on the Wild Touch website.

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Results
In total, nine live broadcasts were scheduled around December’s Climate Conference. On Friday, December 11, Wild Touch produced a live session on their website engaging directly with their followers on Twitter. Thanks to the satellite and video solutions that have been deployed, Wild Touch succeeded and was the first one to do a successful live broadcast from Antarctica using Inmarsat’s BGAN HDR and Streambox encoders.


“Our goal was to share with all the communities our work and what we were able to do. What we realized from Antarctica with those devices has shown our expertise, sometimes better than big productions,”

– Rossi, Wild Touch’s Director of Communications.

 

VIDEO: Wild Touch streaming live from Antarctica using Streambox over bonded BGAN HDR

 

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Visit Streambox at NAB 2016!

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Join Streambox Inc at NAB 2016 — the largest state event covering film entertainment and development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. We would love to see you there!

Meet with us to see NEW Modularized next generation cellular bonding encoder with add on modules, see the quality and performance of the NEW ACT-L4 compression and Cloud solutions for video contribution, transport and streaming.
Discuss and learn how you could use Streambox software, hardware and Cloud for Broadcast, Post Production, Education, HOW, Enterprise, Government, Military and Public Safety applications.

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