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What’s New for Broadcasters at NAB 2017

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Avenir Mini 4

Designed for broadcasters, the new Streambox Avenir Mini 4 camera-mountable bonded cellular mobile encoder is an upgrade of Avenir Mini 3 in both hardware and software for improved performance, usability, and extended battery operations.

Streambox NODE

NODE is a small form factor low cost media player device with HDMI output supporting ten video channels which will automatically “pull” live video from Streambox Cloud and Enterprise Server or directly from an encoder for live video playout to connected TVs & monitors.

Avenir Micro Add-on Modules

New add-on modules for Avenir Micro mobile encoder increase connectivity, battery capacity, and portability.

Streambox Cloud

Cloud for Broadcast
Streambox Broadcast Cloud services offer broadcasters a global video infrastructure for live newsgathering, video program contribution, sharing, and distribution for scalable lower cost broadcast operations versus traditional methods. The service includes free software encoders for macOS, Windows, iOS and Android devices.

Cloud for Social Media HD and 360 Streaming
Use any Streambox encoders to stream live HD and 360 videos in real-time anywhere in the world with multi format video transcoding to web/mobile devices or directly livestream to Twitter/Periscope, YouTube and Facebook.

Cloud for 360 Video Stitching
Streambox Cloud now supports 360 video stitching enabling all Streambox encoders to stream live 360 videos and allow for easy mobile 360 streaming.

Rackmounts

V-ANC
Streambox rackmount encoders now have improved support for capture, encoding, and transmission of vertical ancillary data, also known as V-ANC (non-video information such as closed captions and advertisement insertion triggers).

Encryption
Streambox offers an AES-128 encryption add-on for rackmount encoders/decoders and the macOS Media Player that encrypts every video, audio, and V-ANC packet without adding latency to the video stream and ensures only users with an authorized key can playout an encrypted video stream.

Encoder Frame Sync
Streambox has added a frame synchronizer to its 9200, 9300, 9400, and 3D-IMAG rackmount encoders to support multi camera switching when the video switcher does not have one built-in.

 

What’s New for NAB 2017

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Avenir Mini 4

Designed for broadcasters, the new Streambox Avenir Mini 4 camera-mountable bonded cellular mobile encoder is an upgrade of Avenir Mini 3 in both hardware and software for improved performance, usability, and extended battery operations.

Streambox NODE

NODE is a small form factor low cost media player device with HDMI output supporting ten video channels which will automatically “pull” live video from Streambox Cloud and Enterprise Server or directly from an encoder for live video playout to connected TVs & monitors.

Avenir Micro Add-on Modules

New add-on modules for Avenir Micro mobile encoder increase connectivity, battery capacity, and portability.

Streambox Cloud

Vertical Market Cloud Portals
Streambox Cloud now provides vertical markets with unique portals for industry specific use and workflow requirements.

Cloud for Social Media HD and 360 Streaming
Use any Streambox encoders to stream live HD and 360 videos in real-time anywhere in the world with multi format video transcoding to web/mobile devices or directly livestream to Twitter/Periscope, YouTube and Facebook.

Cloud for 360 Video Stitching
Streambox Cloud now supports 360 video stitching enabling all Streambox encoders to stream live 360 videos and allow for easy mobile 360 streaming.

Time Shifting
Streambox Cloud and Enterprise Servicers support time shifted playout of archived, file-based videos. Users can either set a cue during live encoding or enter a timecode.

Rackmounts

V-ANC
Streambox rackmount encoders now have improved support for capture, encoding, and transmission of vertical ancillary data, also known as V-ANC (non-video information such as closed captions and advertisement insertion triggers).

Encryption
Streambox offers an AES-128 encryption add-on for rackmount encoders/decoders and the macOS Media Player that encrypts every video, audio, and V-ANC packet without adding latency to the video stream and ensures only users with an authorized key can playout an encrypted video stream.

Encoder Frame Sync
Streambox has added a frame synchronizer to its 9200, 9300, 9400, and 3D-IMAG rackmount encoders to support multi camera switching when the video switcher does not have one built-in.

Decoder Video On Demand
The new Video on Demand (VOD) feature for Streambox decoders provides a cost-effective way for users to receive video from Streambox encoders and to adjust the starting position of the playout.

 

Facebook

Publishers Clearing House uses Streambox for Facebook Streams

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Publishers Clearing House is an American interactive media company best known for its Prize Patrol. The famous Prize Patrol began surprising winners with oversized checks on live TV in 1988. The memorable, real-life reactions of stunned sweepstakes winners became a cultural phenomenon, entertaining audiences and spawning a number of good-natured skits on such TV shows such as Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show. With individual sweepstakes winners taking home up to $10 million, Publishers Clearing House has awarded over $315 million in total prize money and was looking to give out even more using Facebook Live.

Streambox “enabled us to go live on Facebook, adding credibility to our process. There are still some who doubt whether we are really giving away money or not and this was a big part of helping confirm our legitimacy.”

Publishers Clearing House needed to be able to stream broadcast quality video live to its Facebook page using professional HD-SDI cameras and could not worry about having available WiFi or ethernet networks. Production trucks are one way to deliver live video without WiFi or ethernet, but can cost over a million dollars each and these production costs stopped Publishers Clearing House from doing live Prize Patrol feeds for several decades. In 2016, Publishers Clearing House purchased a Streambox Avenir Mini 3, a mobile bonded cellular encoder with five embedded 3G/4G/LTE  modems, and a Streambox Cloud subscription because of Streambox’s unbeatable reliability and cost to own and operate. With its new Streambox equipment the Prize Patrol resumed its professional quality live productions and now Publishers Clearing House does about ten livestreamed awards a year and that number will likely increase in the near future.

Prior to Streambox Publishers Clearing House would record and run back to the hotel to edit and deliver through a web transfer to headquarters for posting on social media. Kenny Ringgold, Senior Manager of Video and Photography at Publishers Clearing House said that Streambox, “enabled us to go live on Facebook, adding credibility to our process. There are still some who doubt whether we are really giving away money or not and this was a big part of helping confirm our legitimacy.”

Publishers Clearing House films with one of its Canon C300 or Sony FS7 cameras connected to Avenir Mini 3. Avenir Mini 3 encodes the video into Streambox’s ACT-L3 format for reliable video transport via five embedded cellular modems to Streambox Cloud. From Streambox Cloud the video is transcoded and sent live to Facebook.

The Avenir Mini 3 is designed for maximum portability with broadcasters’ needs in mind. It has a small form factor, weighs only 3.6 lbs, has a 1-2 hr battery life (depending on battery type), attaches to many cameras, and holds 5 embedded 3G/4G/LTE modems (expandable to 15 total by adding a Streambox Signal Extender module) that are all be bonded using Streambox technology.

“There has been nothing but positive reaction to our live feeds, the quality of the audio and the video is a huge step up from what we were doing before.”

Workflow

Streaming to Facebook Live using only cellular networks is critical to Publishers Clearing House’s workflow. Publishers Clearing House works in demanding production conditions without the luxury of pre-production testing. Its various remote and untested locations are not even determined until two days before shooting and are not available to test until literally minutes before going live (the genuine surprise of the winner is essential and bandwidth testing would betray the secret). Facebook advises users to only use WiFi when streaming live as a 3G/4G/LTE connection will not offer enough bandwidth to deliver quality video without buffering, but that would be impossible for Publishers Clearing House and its production demands if not for Streambox. Streambox untethers Publishers Clearing House from the WiFi restriction by bonding multiple networks (including 3G/4G/WiFi/internet) to build enough bandwidth to stream high-quality, uninterrupted video.

Avenir Mini 3 compresses video from Publishers Clearing House’s cameras using Streambox’s Advanced Compression Technology – Level 3 (ACT-L3) codec, optimized for efficiency, low bandwidth, and high video fidelity. ACT-L3 works in conjunction with Low Delay Multi-Path technology (LDMP) for seamless video delivery. LDMP automatically bonds all available networks and maintains the best possible bandwidth, latency, and resolution over the networks. LDMP works with 3G/4G/LTE, WiFi, BGAN and other IP networks, but Publishers Clearing House needs to be fully mobile so it uses 2 Verizon modems, 2 AT&T, and a T-Mobile modem. LDMP automatically selects the best network path for Publishers Clearing House’s stream. If one modem/carrier has connectivity issues, has its network bogged down, or drops out altogether LDMP will adjust in real time to move the delivery to the other modems/carriers and adjust latency or quality if necessary to ensure that the video is delivered to Streambox Cloud. LDMP assures Publishers Clearing House does not have to worry about a congested cell tower eating into its available bandwidth while live on air and interrupting its stream.

“Streambox has given us the ability to broadcast our winning moments to our more than 2 million Facebook fans live!”

The video captured by Avenir Mini 3 is sent to Streambox Cloud where it is archived, transcoded, and played out in real time on Facebook Live. Streambox Cloud’s transcoding enables multiple viewings at once without losing video quality or delivery speed. Along with feed management, security, and delivery reliability, Streambox provides the ability to add post-production effects with live team contribution via third party software. Without Streambox, Facebook Live is a mobile app limited by a phone’s camera and connectivity, but as part of a Streambox Solution, Facebook Live is the publishing platform of a professional quality production with broadcast cameras and not bound by a single cellular network or WiFi connection. “There has been nothing but positive reaction to our live feeds, the quality of the audio and the video is a huge step up from what we were doing before,” said Ringgold.

Using its Streambox solution has given Publishers Clearing House the ability to implement reliable remote streaming for its live events which has positively impacted its social media views and brand credibility all for a reasonable price. Ringgold said, “Streambox has given us the ability to broadcast our winning moments to our more than 2 million Facebook fans live! This has a tremendous impact on our brand credibility, and helps people see that Publishers Clearing House really does give away millions of dollars.”

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Broadcasts Live with Streambox

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Mayor Ed Murray delivers a special presentation of the 2017 State of the City address from Idris Mosque using Streambox, highlighting how Seattle is moving forward as a welcoming city that is building greater affordability, opportunity and equity for all residents.

The city of Seattle used AVENIR Mini to broadcast live footage of Ed Murrays city address. Designed for broadcasters, the Streambox Avenir Mini is a small form factor, lightweight encoder with integrated network bonding that replaces the need for microwave and satellite trucks at a fraction of the cost.

Using proprietary technology, the device continuously monitors and selects the best possible pathway from all available networks, including 3G/4G/LTE, Wi-Fi and other IP networks, so you get consistent SD and HD streaming with outstanding quality.

The stream was then decoded by Streambox 9200 RackmountThe scalable encoder lets you encode, transport reliable video over public internet and play out live video at a fraction of the cost vs competing encoders requiring higher cost MPLS or dedicated networks for reliable video contribution.

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Deutsche Welle and Channels Television Daily Live Broadcast Using Streambox

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Channels Television and Deutsche Welle Video Transport via Streambox

CHANNELS-1-1024x640Channels Television, the largest privately owned Nigerian Broadcaster, and     Deutsche Welle, the German International TV Broadcaster have recently signed  an agreement for the advancement of quality content and collaboration in  coverage of African and European news using Streambox Solutions. Streambox, a long time IP broadcast video solutions provider for Channels TV, offers reliable video transport solutions to provide content contribution between both broadcasters. The project has been deployed by Otus Systems Nigeria in collaboration with NEWSBOX Frankfurt. NEWSBOX transmits daily live reports from the Frankfurt Stock Exchange contributing to  Channels TV evening news show, The World Today, using Streambox 9200 Video Transport Encoder for on air broadcasts from 17:30 until 18:00 hrs local time Monday to Friday.

 

The Project: From Frankfurt, Germany to Lagos, Nigeria – LIVE

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Channels Television and Deutsche Welle’s agreement is designed to facilitate and enhance content sharing and transmission across Africa and Europe.


By working with DW, Channels Television can provide its target audience of Nigerian business and opinion leaders a direct link to business and economic news coming from Europe. Daily live broadcasts from the Frankfurt Stock Exchange are deployed by NEWSBOX and Otus Systems using Streambox Video Transport Solutions.

NEWSBOX, the provider for DW has deployed the Streambox 9200 half duplex Rackmount Encoder/Decoder solution for live video transport from Frankfurt Stock Exchange to Channels TV’s Streambox Enterprise Server where the video is automatically routed to decoder for playout.

 

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Channels TV Deploys  Streambox Video Transport Solutions

Channels TV has chosen Streambox because of its unique system and platform offering a wide range of solutions to cover various video transport needs. Content collaboration between DW and Channels TV  is driven by the need to further advance the strengths and opportunities inherent by the broadcasters in Africa and Europe and to bring the African story to Europe and the rest of the world. Otus Systems has implemented a complete end-to-end Streambox workflow at Channels Television for national and global live and file based video acquisition, contribution, management and distribution. This workflow includes Steambox Avenir Mini mobile network bonding encoders and Streambox 9300/9200 decoder series. The end-to-end solution also incorporates Streambox Enterprise Server for video management, routing, archiving and playout between locations.

Streambox Video Transport Solutions allow this content exchange with minimal delays and no need for dedicated lines, providing a significant cost reduction in operations. Streambox’s proprietary ACT-L3 video compression and reliable LDMP protocol allow high quality video with reliable streaming over the public Internet using low bandwidths available in the area. As a half-duplex model, the Streambox 9200 deployed for this project, works as encoder or decoder and provides organizations with  the capabilities to either capture, send or recieve playout video. This allows users to  get unrivaled HD quality at 512 Kbps to 35 Mbps and outstanding SD quality at 64 Kbps to 25 Mbps. For consistent reliable streaming, the Streambox 9200 uses proprietary LDMP video transprot technology to continuously monitor and select the best possible pathway from all available networks, including 3G/4G, Wi-Fi and other IP. Advanced ACT-L3 compression provides higher-quality encoding with low latency. Thanks to Streambox’s LDMP protocol, Channels TV receives the signal from Frankfurt Stock Exchange at 1.8 MB with zero packet loss at minimal latency. With the Steambox workflow, Channels Television could now receive news and video contribution from around the globe using  Streambox Cloud.  

 

About Streambox

Streambox is pioneer and a leader in IP-based video acquisitions, contribution and delivery. Streambox products and solutions deliver mobile video everywhere, allowing companies and organizations to broadcast, share, and stream video from anywhere with unlimited scalability and lower costs. Using the Streambox mobile apps, hardware encoders or compact mobile encoders coupled with cloud-based video management, broadcasters and streaming organizations can deliver live and files, HD/4K video to viewers immediately.

Learn more at www.streambox.com

 

About Otus Systems

Otus Systems Limited is an information technology solution provider that specializes at improving processes of organizations. Otus is the certified Partner of Streambox in Nigeria and has designed and implemented multiple projects in the area for Video Transport, Video Surveillance, Digital Video play out and post production for broadcasters, House of Worship and Enterprise organisations.

Learn more at www.otussystems.com

 

About NEWSBOX

NEWSBOX GmbH is a TV-production company in Frankfurt Main founded in 1997 by the two managing directors, Joachim Knab and Claudia Saala. A team of experienced media specialists and journalists takes care of the production, post-production & transmission of film footage for German and international broadcasting channels as well as listed companies and various trade associations. With their own on-site TV studio with a Bluebox at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and a reporter spot on the trading floor, NEWSBOX is the largest private playout-center in the Frankfurt area.

Learn more at www.newsbox.de

 

 

Media Contact:

Allison Gates

Marketing Manager

+1 206.956.0544 ext. 183

marketing@streambox.com