At IBC2009, Streambox demonstrated its Streambox Live IP-based contribution service. The service enables remote reporters and citizen reporters to upload compressed live video streams to broadcast studios through Internet-based Streambox Live Data Centers. The Streambox Live service interoperates seamlessly with Streambox's platform of SD and HD broadcast-quality video encoders and decoders, as well as its complete line of broadcast and distribution servers.
Streambox Live enables broadcasters to deploy free encoding software to remote reporters and citizen reporters and pay only for videos that are decoded. The service enables broadcasters to cost-effectively aggregate large volumes of live- and file-based videos. Streambox Live encoders will be made available through Streambox's Web site at no charge. Broadcasters will be charged a small fee for downloading content on demand from Streambox Live Data Centers.
Based on Streambox's ACT-L3 technology, Streambox Live enables 512Kb/s video feeds for broadcast-quality SD video, supporting automated and ad hoc live video routing for playout on Streambox decoders and Streambox media players. In addition, the service includes free, easy-to-use and consumer-friendly mobile encoding software for mobile phones and Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh computers.
All incoming live videos and archived videos contain thumbnail views and associated metadata for routing or downloading, with metadata support provided for Slug, Broadcast Network, Location and Reporter. The service's digital rights management features enable contributors and broadcasters to set video rights for control and video access for live and archived video. Servers for the Streambox Live service reside in Streambox Live Data Centers on a high-bandwidth Internet backbone, which hosts all live and archived video. The data centers provide 24/7 access and backup as well as account and file-level security.