Digital Rapids’ Integrated Broadcast and Multiscreen Encoder Wins STAR Award

Digital Rapids’ StreamZ Live 8000EX integrated broadcast and multiscreen encoder has been honored with the prestigious 2013 STAR (Superior Technology Award Recipient) Award. Designed to simplify the convergence of broadcast television and multiscreen streaming operations, the StreamZ Live 8000EX combines the proven multi-format flexibility and output quality of the StreamZ Live encoder family with robust features for the unique demands of broadcast, cable, telco, and satellite television deployments.

Reducing operational complexity and costs, the StreamZ Live 8000EX features simultaneous encoding for broadcast television (H.264 or MPEG-2) and adaptive bit rate streaming for multiscreen distribution to devices from ‘smart TVs’ and desktop computers to tablets, game consoles and mobile phones. Streams can be output in multiple formats simultaneously, with independent management of each output for exceptional control. Output profiles can be started, stopped, added or removed independently without interrupting other concurrent outputs — even those from the same input. In addition to live transmission, the StreamZ Live 8000EX can simultaneously encode to files for archive or on-demand distribution.

The StreamZ Live 8000EX can encode from uncompressed baseband inputs or transcode from compressed sources, and is offered in a broad range of configuration options to match customer and project requirements. Units are available in single, dual and quad-channel input densities. Input options include SDI, IP and ASI signals, with IP and ASI output configurations and features including redundant inputs and outputs, multiple network interfaces and redundant, hot-swappable power supplies for fault tolerance. The StreamZ Live 8000EX can easily be upgraded to support enhanced capabilities, new formats and new technologies as they emerge.

“To be to be selected for the STAR Award among the vast number of new products introduced at the NAB Show is truly an honor. As live and linear multiscreen delivery continue to increase in importance for media enterprises’ business strategies and customer offerings, simplifying the convergence of their core television and multiscreen operations is critical to maximizing their efficiency and reducing their costs,” said Tony Huang, Senior Product Manager, Broadcast and Live at Digital Rapids. “Meanwhile, as multiscreen viewing platforms and technology rapidly evolve, flexibility and easy upgradability are essential to enable media organizations to respond quickly to market changes. The STAR Award and tremendous response we received from attendees at the show are testament to StreamZ Live 8000EX’s ability to directly address these market needs.”

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