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25/07/2008

ABS-CBN Uses Streambox Technology

Streambox Inc has announced that ABS-CBN, a large television network in the Philippines, has deployed the Streambox ACT-L3TM newsgathering solution in order to expand and enhance coverage of breaking news in the region.
The IP-based solution comprising a Streambox portable encoder, an IFB server, and a decoder facilitates cost-effective video coverage while simplifying live and file-based reporting across the Philippines.
"In a country consisting of more than 7,000 islands, news logistics are a challenge," said Maria Ressa, Senior Vice President for ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. "The Streambox newsgathering solution enables us to deploy smaller teams to cover breaking news and deliver stories faster. In addition, the scalability of the software-based solution will help us expand easily and deliver content across multiple platforms simultaneously. As a result, we can deliver high-quality news more efficiently today and grow our operations as demand increases."
ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs provides news to viewers across the Philippines, as well as to major news agencies around the world. Rather than rely on costly and less-flexible microwave-, satellite-, and FTP-based solutions, the broadcaster now uses the Streambox solution to capture and stream video reports from a variety of locations at a fraction of the cost incurred when it used less-flexible systems and equipment.
The newsgathering solution deployed by ABS-CBN is part of the Streambox platform, which helps broadcasters streamline their operations while cutting costs and delivering high-quality live and file-based video over low-data-rate connections, such as BGAN, 3G networks, and other IP networks. Streambox's IP-centric solutions 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.
Newsgathering operations at ABS-CBN service all media, including print, broadcast, broadband, and mobile delivery. To significantly reduce the high cost of satellite transmission, camera operators and reporters are trained to capture video, edit, and transmit the video via broadband, HSDPA, and BGAN networks.
"The Streambox solution is a plug-and-connect system that's easy to set up and use, and it integrates seamlessly with ABS-CBN's existing SNG/ENG tools," Ressa continued. "Deploying Streambox to our mobile reporting teams helps us deliver high-quality news quickly, reliably, and at a lower cost."
"With its deployment of Streambox, ABS-CBN is setting the standard for live and file-based newsgathering in the Philippines and beyond," said Bob Hildeman, chairman and CEO at Streambox. "We are pleased that Streambox's IP-centric solutions enable the broadcaster to enhance its news distribution over a variety of broadcast and broadband platforms."
Further information is available at: www.streambox.com.
(KMcA)
VMI.TV Ltd

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