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Streambox Announces StreamboxME Video Encoder For Android-Based Smartphones

At IBC 2010, Streambox will unveil StreamboxME (Mobile Encoder) for Android, a new version of the company's smartphone video-encoding application that supports Android-based mobile devices.
StreamboxME offers a groundbreaking approach to field newsgathering and video capture that enables Android phone users to upload high-quality video over 3G mobile networks to the Streambox Live broadband video contribution service, where it may be accessed by broadcasters, news organisations, government agencies and enterprises.
Bob Hildeman, Chairman and CEO of Streambox, said: "The market for Android mobile devices is experiencing tremendous growth and consumers now have a wide range of powerful phones from which to choose. We wanted to give these users, as well as corporate customers who have contracted with Android mobile providers, the same ability to send high-quality live video as our iPhone customers already enjoy.
"With Streambox Live now supporting the two top mobile operating system, users have their choice of devices with which they can quickly and economically record, encode and transmit live video over 3G/4G networks from field locations or those lacking high-bandwidth networking services. All they need is a smartphone and a low-bandwidth IP connection."
Soon to be available for free download from Android market sites, as well as the Streambox website, StreamboxME adds Android phones to a growing list of mobile devices - including iPhones, other 3G and 4G mobile phones, and Wi-Fi-connected laptops - that can be turned into tools for cost-effective, easy-to-use and highly flexible field newsgathering.
By subscribing to the cloud-based Streambox Live service, news and media companies and other organisations can utilise low-bandwidth networks to enable many-to-many real-time and file-based video acquisition. After downloading the free encoding software to their mobile devices, video contributors, journalists, citizen reporters and enterprise communicators can file breaking news stories from field locations that are difficult for satellite newsgathering trucks to reach. Once the compressed video streams are uploaded to the studio, they can be decoded and broadcast live, streamed to a website, or archived via the Streambox Live data centre.
Based on Streambox's award-winning ACT-L3 codec, StreamboxME offers low latency, high video quality, and extremely reliable transport at any data rate. Designed with broadcasters and professionals in mind, the application is easy-to-use and offers an innovative many-to-many video rights management system, video geotagging and text-based IFB talk back.
Video sent to a Streambox Live server can be routed simultaneously to one of many destinations, including Streambox hardware decoders for baseband or SDI video playout, the Streambox Media Player for viewing on a computer monitor, or the Web via a CDN network.

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