Digital Rapids Expands StreamZ Live Encoder Family

Digital Rapids (Booth SL5624) is unveiling new models in its StreamZ Live family of live encoders, building on the multiformat flexibility, quality, and reliability of the series: StreamZ Live 4000EX for premium multiscreen applications, StreamZ Live 6000EX for dedicated broadcast applications, and StreamZ Live 8000EX for converged broadcast and multiscreen deployments.

The new StreamZ Live 4000EX multiscreen encoder combines the benefits of existing models with increased fault-tolerant redundancy and expanded control capabilities for premium live and linear multiscreen encoding applications from IPTV and over-the-top services to high-profile and mission-critical live-streaming deployments. It features rich adaptive streaming format support for providing viewers with high-quality experiences on the broadest range of devices, from smart TVs and desktop computers to tablets, game consoles, and mobile phones.

Leveraging the flexible software architecture of the Kayak technology platform, the StreamZ Live 4000EX can be easily upgraded to support new features, formats, and technologies as they emerge. Streams can be output in multiple formats simultaneously, with independent management of each output for exceptional control. Output profiles can be started, stopped, and reconfigured separately without interrupting other concurrent outputs — even those from the same input.

The StreamZ Live 4000EX can be managed and controlled through an intuitive Web interface, optional touchscreen front-panel controls, or a new version of the scalable Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager multi-encoder management software for multichannel automation, scheduling, monitoring, and failover. Its robust new hardware platform bolsters fault tolerance with features including redundant inputs and outputs, multiple network interfaces, and redundant, hot-swappable power supplies.

Existing StreamZ Live models also continue to be available for professional live streaming and multiscreen applications not requiring the advanced redundancy and control capabilities of the 4000EX.

The StreamZ Live 8000EX integrated broadcast/multiscreen encoder combines the capabilities of the StreamZ Live 4000EX with robust features for the unique demands of broadcast, cable, telco, and satellite television operations. It features simultaneous encoding for broadcast television (H.264 or MPEG-2) and adaptive-bitrate streaming for multiscreen distribution — all in a single 1RU encoder.

The StreamZ Live 6000EX delivers the same robust, premium-quality broadcast encoding capabilities as its sibling 8000EX in a tailored configuration for dedicated broadcast, cable, and satellite television applications.

 All three new models offer configuration options to match customer and project requirements. Units are available in single, dual, and quad-channel input densities with input options including SDI, IP and ASI interfaces. The StreamZ Live 4000EX features IP outputs; IP and ASI output options are available for the StreamZ Live 6000EX and 8000EX. The units are also field-upgradable with expansion options including single-channel to dual-channel, SD-only to HD and more.

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