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Case Study: Colorado Springs School District 11

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Colorado Springs School District 11 needed a way to broadcast their sports and events live in high definition. They chose the Streambox 9300 series rackmount system because of its quality video, reliable stream, and support of standard definition and HD video. A District team member said that the integration with Streambox gives them a, “quicker setup and better action video.”

The District was an early adopter that has been broadcasting since 1968 when cable was just being introduced. In 2002 the District purchased a production truck to broadcast (tape delayed) varsity sports and other academic events. The District installed a fiber optic backbone for the network between all schools and facilities (50+buildings) in 2006. They immediately began taking advantage of the fiber optics for live productions without a tape delay, but they still were using the standard definition MPEG2. As the District prepared for a full switch to HD they replaced equipment that was capable of handling both standard definition for the current cable and high definition for the future.

The school district upgraded their transmission system with single channel Streambox 9300 series encoder and decoder units. The Streambox 9300 HD/SD 1-RU rackmount system encodes, transmits, and plays out live and file-based HD or SD video streams. Each individual unit can be set to either encode or decode to build a flexible system (from one encoder and decoder for point-to-point transmission or multiple encoders and decoders for multiple source gathering and playout with the addition of an Enterprise Server). Video is compressed using proprietary ACT-L3: providing higher-quality encoding with low latency and for consistent, reliable streaming, and transmitted with LDMP (Low Delay Multi-Path) technology that monitors and adjusts to changing network conditions for the fastest delivery possible (over any IP network including: WiFi, 3G, 4G LTE, wireless Internet, and wired Internet).

The Streambox 9300 system went online at the beginning of the school year in 2014 and they immediately saw an improvement to the live signal, especially in basketball. The Streambox support team helped with remote configuration and adjusting the LDMP settings for optimal transmission for the units to work perfectly together. Now the District uses their Streambox every time they do a remote production. Last school year they successfully ran 110 productions total, 77 of which were done live using the Streambox 9300, covering all types of events, from kindergarten musicals to varsity sports.

Overall, the Colorado Springs District School 11 was very happy with the decision to use Streambox solutions. One team member said, “I have been quite happy with the Streambox 9300 units we have been using for a year now. We had one issue during the year and the solution was to reboot the decoder over the network from the encoder; took all of about 2 minutes to solve.”

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Streambox® Expands Cloud Services for Multi-Location Live Video Playouts for Broadcast, Live Events and Web Video Streaming

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Streambox® Expands Cloud Services for Multi-Location Live Video Playouts for Broadcast, Live Events and Web Video Streaming

The new capabilities include low-latency, multi-location, global video distribution of live and file-based videos with realtime transcoding of HD videos for the web

Seattle, WA – April 13, 2016 – Streambox®, an industry leading pioneer delivering unique video streaming solutions, today announced its Streambox® Cloud upgrade. The new server software features enhances the user experience locally, remotely and globally with low-latency, multi-location HD and 4K video distribution, playout and streaming of those videos to connected mobile devices. To service these new capabilities, all servers on AWS have been upgraded globally for increased performance for transcoding, reliable LDMP video transport and additional server locations.

The Streambox Cloud team has been working diligently to expand the presence of the Streambox servers geographically as well. As a result, the offering is now available in US West, US Midwest, US East, Ireland, Germany, Singapore, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sidney and Sau Paulo. With an automated and simplified workflow, Streambox Cloud provides users with their own Channel page, ideal for sharing live and archived video.

The key Streambox Cloud upgrade features include the following:

  • Geo IP with Google Maps integration: See and locate where video streams are originating from for location awareness and asset tracking
  • Avenir, Micro and Drone dashboard: The assets management tab on the Streambox Cloud web page provides a complete real-time list of deployed systems, including Avenir Encoders asset management, notifications of live streaming, last activity and location, GPS location integration with Google Maps, remote unit access for control, configuration and management, and real-time readout of streaming data rate and device information
  • HD web and mobile video transcoding and CDN distribution: Multi-bitrate h.264 Transcoding and streaming
  • 4K/HD video file time shift playout for multi-location delayed video playout
  • Live video cue-once video location marking for multi-location video playout

Streambox Cloud is a reliable, cloud-based, live video management solution delivering the highest quality low-latency video over any public/private IP network. Streambox customers can capture, manage, and stream SD, HD, and 4K video easier than ever before. Streambox Cloud is designed for video professionals in broadcast, web streaming, post-production, house of worship, enterprise, education, medical, government and military industries.

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About Streambox

Founded in 1999, Streambox is an industry-leading pioneer developing unique 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 at lower costs. The Streambox platform 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 bit-rate streaming over public/private networks.

Learn more at  www.streambox.com

WHAT’S NEW AT NAB 2016?

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micronewAVENIRMicro & AVENIRDrone encoders: Expanding and adding to their unique modular and stackable design. The next generation mobile encoder for bonded cellular video transmissions for streaming and newsgathering now comes with many add-on options to increase mobility and connectivity.

AVENIRMicro and AVENIRDrone are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, Streambox ACT-L3 Video compression and automated LDMP Video transport for video contribution over 3G, 4G, Wifi, SNG and DNG networks.

New add-ons available:

  • Embedded modem module with four 3G/4G LTE modems with innovative retractable antenna design.
  • Embedded modem module supporting external antennas for industrial video streaming applications.
  • New LCD UI for easy operations and simple menu navigation for non-technical users. Easy access for IFB channel and volume selection.       
  • New simplified web and mobile UI for remote access via Wi-Fi for system controls, monitoring and use.
  • Newly optimized  ACT-L3 video encoder for improved video quality with encoding bitrate increased up to 18 mbps HD encoding.
  • H-Clip and T- Clip carrying clips with integrated Canon battery support.
  • Support for public Wi-Fi hotspot usage.
  • G-mount & V-mount battery support: Custom top plate options to support IDX, Anton Bauer and similar batteries for 4-8 hours of continuous operation.

MicroIn Signal Extender: Hybrid cellular bonding backpack device integrated with the AVENIRMicro inside of an amplified signal extender. This integration provides bonded video transmissions from congested areas with heavy cellular use or in areas where cellular signal is very poor. Integrated with either five or ten embedded modems with V/G-mount batteries for 3-6 hours of continuous operations.


Cloud-Icon-New-BlueStreambox Cloud: Expanding cloud services with many new features and improvements to globally deployed cloud servers.

Streambox Cloud is deployed in 14 locations around the world offering professional services for end-to-end global video routing and transport, live and file-based video acquisition and management, and video transcoding service for tripleplay web and mobile video streaming. Easily capture, manage, and stream SD, HD, and 4K video from multiple sources around the world for multi-location video acquisition while simultaneously streaming videos to web and mobile clients. Streambox Cloud is designed for video professionals in broadcast, web streaming, post-production, house of worship, enterprise, government and military industries.

 

New Streambox Cloud features:

  • Geo IP with Google Maps Integration: See and locate where video streams are originating from for location awareness and asset tracking.
  • Avenir Dashboard: The Dashboard tab on the Streambox Cloud web page provides a complete list of deployed encoders with asset information as follows:
  1. Add and view encoder assets
  2. Notifications when live streaming, last activity and location
  3. GPS location on Google Maps
  4. Remote access encoders for control and configuration
  5. Real-time data on streaming data rate and device information
  • HD web and mobile video distribution: H264 multi-bitrate transcoding and streaming
  • Video file time shift playout for remote multi-location delayed video playout
  • Live video cue-once video location marking for remote multi-location video playout

 

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Streambox NODE: A low-cost, small form factor HDMI video playout device for connected TVs.

 

  • Receive and playout ACT-L3 HD & SD video directly from any Streambox encoder and video from Streambox Cloud
  • Supports LDMP 2.0 Reliable Transport and UDP networking protocols
  • Video Formats:  HD: 1080i/59.94, 1080i50, 720p/59.94, 720p/50;  SD: (NTSC): 525i/59.94, (PAL): 576i/50
  • Audio Formats: AAC Stereo and Mono, CELP, GSM 1­channel
  • Connectors: HDMI output, 2 x USB 3.0, RJ 45,
  • User Interface: 4 LED beacons for status of video, network, streaming and alert. Remote control via local or Internet IP. Control via WiFi hotspot (optional USB-WiFi)
  • Operation: Front panel buttons for Start/Stop function & Remote control via Web
  • Physical: 116mmW x 121mmD x30mmH (4.57”D x4.76”W x1.81”H) 900g(0.4lb)
  • Low power consumption DC 5V, 10 W

 

HDSD-Hybrid-Software-Encoder-Streambox Hybrid Software Encoder for OSX Update: The key new feature added to the Hybrid Software encoder update is Automated LDMP transport for reliable video transmission over wireless, wired and Internet networks. The automated LDMP detects network conditions as changes occur dynamically and adjusts pack redundancy, packet recovery to amount of packet  loss to overcome network changes for reliable, high quality video playout. The Hybrid encoder continues to be a workhorse for many broadcasters, post-production houses, enterprises and live video production professionals for video contribution and streaming over 3G,4G, Wi-Fi, SNG, DNG and internet networks.

 

 

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® 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

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