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SEATTLE -- Jan. 15, 2008 -- Streambox, Inc. is among the key partners behind a CNN digital newsgathering project that has won a Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). CNN received the Emmy for “development and implementation of an integrated and portable IP-based live, edit, and store-and-forward digital newsgathering system.” The 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards were presented Jan. 7 on the opening night of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.


The Streambox® ACT-L3™ newsgathering solution has played a key role in CNN‘s groundbreaking digital newsgathering project, enabling the network to deliver high-quality breaking news reports from around the world. The CNN system has been recognized as the first complete newsgathering tool that works over any existing IP infrastructure, affording reporters ultimate flexibility in terms of live and store-and-forward transmission, real-time content editing and monitoring, and voice communication. One example of the application of this technology is CNN‘s remote coverage of the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict in July 2006. Utilizing Streambox‘s sophisticated encoding technology and video management systems, journalists were able to file hundreds of live reports with portable IP transmission gear that fit neatly into a backpack and yielded images delivered over IP-based networks in tandem with satellite uplinks, which proved significantly better than earlier technologies.


The Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards honor science, engineering, and technology achievements for broadcast, broadband, and personal television. Specifically, the awards recognize excellence and advances in the use, creativity, and adaptation of technology that enhances or improves the consumer experience with media across multiple platforms.


“CNN‘s Emmy Award is well deserved because the digital newsgathering project showcases today‘s most innovative technologies for newsgathering and video transport,” said Bob Hildeman, chairman and CEO at Streambox. “We‘re pleased that our broadcast and broadband solutions contributed to the on-the-ground success of the project and the resulting live news coverage. CNN‘s Emmy is a validation of Streambox‘s success in meeting the real-world needs of broadcasters and their digital newsgathering requirements.”


The Streambox® ACT-L3™ newsgathering solution enables broadcasters to deliver high-quality live and stored broadcast video over low-data-rate connections such as BGAN, 3G networks, and other IP and satellite networks. Typically used for mobile newsgathering, Streambox‘s real-time portable video transport systems and encoding software are ideal when mobility, flexibility, and a low power requirement are needed. Performance, reliability, and low end-to-end latency are hallmarks of Streambox solutions. These features, along with robust error correction technologies, ensure unrivaled video quality at low data rates.


More information about the ACT-L3™ newsgathering solution and other Streambox products is available online at www.streambox.com.


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About the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award for News and Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts and Entertainment, Public and Community Service, Technology and Engineering, and Business and Financial Reporting. Excellence in Primetime programming and international programming is recognized by NATAS‘ affiliate, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Regional Emmys are given in 19 regions across the United States. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including National Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public. More information is available at www.emmyonline.tv.


About Streambox, Inc.

Streambox is a market leader in newsgathering and video transport solutions for all real-time and store-and-forward broadcast and broadband applications. The company provides best-of-class encoding, decoding, and transmission over IP and satellite networks. Streambox® ACT-L3™ solutions have been specifically developed to meet the performance, reliability, and quality requirements of a diverse range of customers, such as broadcasters, government agencies, enterprises, and individuals worldwide. The robust family of ACT-L3™ solutions provides unrivaled video quality at low data rates. Streambox‘s innovative error correction and bandwidth shaping technologies enable users to manage, control, and mitigate packet loss and correct irregularities common to video delivery over satellite and IP/T1/E1 networks. More information is available at www.streambox.com.

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