NHK Deploys New Streambox HD/SD Encoder for IP-Based News Contribution

New Hybrid Encoder Is Designed for High-Quality, High-Volume Live and File-Based Video Over Low-Cost IP Networks

SEATTLE — Feb. 4, 2009 — Streambox, Inc. today announced the launch of the portable Streambox® SBT3-9500 Video Transport Encoder, the latest in the company’s family of next-generation solutions for integrated HD/SD newsgathering and video transport. The SBT3-9500 encoder enables broadcasters to get more HD and SD video back to the studio over a variety of low data rate networks, including 3G, WiFi, WIMAX, the Internet, and satellite networks. The SBT3-9500 encoder’s dual networking facilitates multiplexing and de-multiplexing of a single video stream over two lower-cost, lower data rate IP networks instead of utilizing more costly higher-bandwidth options. The video can be used for insertion into scheduled broadcasts or even live-to-air shots, depending on broadcaster requirements.

Like all Streambox solutions, the SBT3-9500 is based on the industry-leading ACT-L3™ codec, enabling fast transmission and play-out of high-quality HD and SD video streams over low-latency, low data rate IP networks. The solution encodes stunning full-frame 1080i/720p HD video and NTSC/PAL SD video and audio. For live HD newsgathering, Streambox users will typically select encoding rates between 512 Kbps and 6 Mbps. For live SD newsgathering, data rates ranging from 256 Kbps to 4 Mbps are the norm.

Among the first to deploy the SBT3-9500 solution is Japanese broadcaster NHK. The deployment targets IP-based newsgathering from a number of locations around the world that have traditionally proved challenging for contribution of high-quality video due to network limitations. NHK has deployed the small-form-factor hybrid HD/SD encoders, equipped with ACT-L3™ software, to its field reporters and foreign bureaus along with video management and play-out systems at its Tokyo-based headquarters.

The SBT3-9500 incorporates advanced networking features into a single solution that field reporters can take on location for coverage of breaking news. Encoder presets enable users to set transmission speed, forward error correction, latency, HD or SD mode, and other parameters based on network conditions in the field. In addition, the compact encoder can be battery operated for up to 2½ hours on an external battery pack or run on a car battery. The SBT3-9500 integrates with the entire suite of Streambox client/server products, including video management and play-out solutions such as the Streambox® Store and Forward Server and the Streambox® Media Station.

“We are committed to helping broadcasters increase content ownership and reduce costs by developing solutions that are designed to deliver high-quality, high-volume video over low-bandwidth IP networks such as 3G, WiFi, WIMAX, and the Internet,” said Bob Hildeman, chairman and CEO of Streambox. “The SBT3-9500’s ability to provide reliable HD and SD video from challenging locations sets it apart from other encoding solutions and makes it possible for users to contribute mission critical video without overextending resources and budgets.”

More information about the Streambox® SBT3-9500 HD/SD encoder and other Streambox products and solutions is available online at

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About Streambox, Inc.

Streambox provides a single software-based platform for live and file-based video transport and acquisition over IP. The platform comprises clients — from small form-factor mobile devices and laptops — to rule-based video management and play-out systems. The company's scalable, end-to-end solutions can be integrated into all IP-centric broadcast and broadband operations.

Streambox solutions are based on the industry-leading ACT-L3™ codec, which provides unrivaled performance, reliability, and quality over low data rate IP networks for fast transmission and play-out of video streams in HD and SD. The company's platform enables broadcasters, government agencies, enterprises, and other users to enhance content ownership, simplify operations, and increase operational efficiencies.

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