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Case Study: Gospel Channel

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Gospel Channel, a Christian TV station in Iceland, needed to send high quality video between its US and Scandinavian studios via a 4 Mbps connection. Using a Streambox AVENIRMicro, with it’s low bandwidth consumption, reliable point-to-point connections, high quality image, and low cost transmissions over Streambox Cloud Services was the perfect solution.

Gospel Channel was the first station in Scandinavia to broadcast Christian content. Now, after 24 years on air, from their studios in Iceland, Norway, and Florida, Gospel Channel can reach 80% of Iceland’s population through terrestrial transmitters and cable systems as well as 12 million homes in the UK, Ireland, and Scotland through satellite.

gospel1At first, being constrained to 4 Mbps bandwidth, Gospel Channel struggled to establish good connectivity for their studio in Orlando, Florida. Instead of resorting to costly ways to improve their network, Gospel Channel used Streambox to deliver the high quality video they needed at a lower bandwidth using the AVENIRMirco mobile encoder and Streambox Cloud Services.

The AVENIRMirco video encoder compresses incoming video with a proprietary codec: Advanced Compression Technology – Level 3 (ACT-L3). ACT-L3 is optimized for efficiency, low bandwidth, and high video fidelity. In addition, Streambox employs Low Delay Multi-Path technology (LDMP) which automatically maintains the best possible bandwidth, latency, and resolution over multiple IP networks. The combination of ACT-L3 and LDMP in the small AVENIRMicro footprint provided Gospel Channel a method to deliver its ministries, talks shows, and music programs even where network bandwidth was not optimal.

gospel2Gospel Channel uses Streambox Cloud for stream management as well. The Streambox Cloud management capabilities have been very important in coordinating the time differences between Florida, Norway, and Iceland. Gospel Channel also uses point-to-point Cloud Encoder software whenever they need an extra video stream, keeping their system robust and malleable to changing needs.

Since Gospel Channel uses the NewTek Tricaster they implemented the free Streambox TriCaster add-on to simplify their operations. With the TriCaster add-on, Gospel Channel can stream live HD/SD video at resolutions up to 1080p directly from Streambox encoders into the TriCaster production system. The TriCaster add-on is ideal for Gospel Channel as they stream live multi-cam productions from Florida, Iceland, and Norway over 3G/4G/WiFi/ethernet networks.

gospel3Gospel Channel looked for a solution that worked for their present needs and that would be sustainable in the future. Currently, Gospel Channel has no video on demand, but this is something that it wants to implement in the near future as well as move to all HD content (which is currently not practical due to satellite restrictions).

Gospel Channel has been a Streambox customer since 2010 owing to the value and reliability of Streambox streaming technologies. Streambox support has assisted the Gospel Channel throughout the entire process: all information and presets were provided, which Gospel Channel said made implementation “a plug and live solution.” Gospel Channel has been kept up to date with all the newest Streambox developments; they were the first Scandinavian company to deploy AVENIRMirco in 2015 and will soon start streaming live to YouTube and Facebook. Streambox’s simple operations and low cost has enabled Gospel Channel the ability to produce more live content and engage with more viewers, providing a great return on investment.

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Streambox Partnership Enhancing Live Streaming Capabilities

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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

Celebro Media, Streambox Production Partner in Central London, to Expand Their Facility

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Central London, UK, February 12, 2016  – Celebro Media, the first 4K studio in Central London is celebrating their first year with an expansion of their facility. After just a year of opening their state-of-the art TV studio in Oxford Circus, Celebro has reached its full capacity. Now, with their expansion, they are tripling the size of their studios, including all that is needed for live TV production, with a focus on news, sports and entertainment programming.

Celebro Studios is equipped with Streambox Live video transport technology, for 4K, HD and SD transmissions – technology they chose from the beginning as pioneers in providing IP based video connectivity worldwide. As a result, Celebro Media can provide live newsgathering services throughout London using Streambox mobile encoders. The Streambox Platform allows the Studio to easily collaborate with Streambox Users worldwide, both on the contribution and distribution ends.

By occupying 2 additional floors of Celebro’s current building right by Oxford Circus, they will be able to offer a large set with an audience of 150 and a renewed chroma (green-screen) facility, and an inject studio for down the line contribution. Celebro’s expansion also allows for the addition of dedicated edit suites, filming kitchen, audience holding areas, green rooms and make-up studios.

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For transmission, Celebro as one of the major Streambox Worldwide Production Partners, is also growing by enhancing their Platform with the new Streambox Enterprise Server Xtreme. This allows them to manage all Streambox signals in an easy interface and distribute them to their new transmissions paths, which include SDI connectivity with BT tower, HD lines through Tata communications and Antenna Farm for Satellite Transmission, reception and turn around.

Streambox Customers benefit from a state-of-the art studio in central London powered with the latest Streambox technologies, allowing them an easy and cost effective worldwide connectivity. A significant reduction in the structure cost for remote bureaus and studios video contribution can be reached by working with Celebro Studios for special events deployments and establishing fixed studio locations abroad.

 

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

 

About Celbro Media

Celebro Media are world leaders in broadcast consultancy and produce content for some of the best-known broadcasters. Their state-of-the-art studio facility is purpose built for live TV production and is located in central London. The studio uses Blackmagic 4K studio cameras mounted to super-smooth robotic camera heads purpose built by the UK’s leading robotics company – MRMC. Celebro offers a full 4K workflow from capture through to vision mixing as well as recording in a variety of formats and live playout.

Learn more at www.celebrostudios.co.uk

 

Media Contacts

 

Streambox

Name: Allison Gates

Title: Marketing Manager

Phone: +1 206.956.0544 ext. 181

Email address: marketing@streambox.com

 

Celebro Media

Name: Simon Ray

Title: Sales & Business Manager

Phone: +44 207.580.8270

Email address: simon@celebromedia.co.uk

Coming Soon! NewTek TriCaster Add-On for Streambox Encoder Users

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The soon to be released Streambox Add-on for TriCaster allows users of Streambox encoders and Streambox Cloud to stream live HD/SD video at resolutions up to 1080p via the TriCaster production system. The Streambox add-on will provide the best live streaming quality for news, live entertainment, aerial/drone imaging, sports broadcast, church production, and more.  

The fully integrated add-on will be compatible with all Streambox encoder devices, Streambox Cloud Services and Enterprise Server. In addition, users will have the flexibility of three modes to acquire multiple, ACT-L3, low latency video streams directly from Streambox encoders, Streambox Cloud servers, or via a local multicast.