ViewCast Niagara Streaming Media Encoders and Adobe Flash Media Server Power HarperCollins’ New Digital Conference Center

Posted by Derrick on July 30, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

ViewCast Corporation, a developer of industry-leading solutions for the transformation, management and delivery of digital media over enterprise, broadband, and mobile networks, announced that venerable book and digital content publisher HarperCollins has selected advanced streaming media solutions from ViewCast and Adobe Systems Incorporated to power the company’s live streaming and video on demand (VOD) media programming. With ViewCast Niagara streaming media encoders and Adobe Flash Media Server software at the heart of HarperCollins’ new digital conference center, the company is equipped with a feature-rich, easy to use streaming media platform for real-time and pre-recorded corporate communication and events.

Constructed at HarperCollins’ corporate headquarters in New York, the company’s new digital conference center was designed to facilitate live and on-demand broadcasting of executive addresses, guest speaker presentations, company meetings and corporate training programs to company employees. To ensure optimal streaming performance, reliability and manageability, HarperCollins implemented ViewCast Niagara streaming media encoders – including the Niagara 2120 and a Niagara GoStream SURF – networked to two servers running Adobe Flash Media Server software.

“HarperCollins is at the forefront of leveraging online video to improve business communications and collaboration between their employees and stakeholders across the enterprise,” said Scott Wellwood, director of business development for Rich Media at Adobe. “It’s exciting to see the combination of the Adobe Flash Platform and ViewCast Niagara encoders, bringing cutting-edge technology that meets critical business needs. With the leading Web design and development platform, Adobe helps partners create expressive applications, content, and video that runs consistently across operating systems and devices, and reaches more than 98 percent of Internet-enabled desktops in the Enterprise.”

“HarperCollins’ innovative implementation of ViewCast Niagara encoders and Adobe Flash Media Server underscores the value and operational agility that streaming media can bring to any business, and reaffirms the strength of ViewCast’s technology integration with the Adobe Flash Platform,” said ViewCast president and CEO Dave Stoner. “For corporate communication applications, emails and memos can never match the immediacy and impact enabled via online video streaming. Even for a centuries-old company born of the printing press, digital media has the power to transform the scope and effectiveness of key business initiatives.”

“With ViewCast, we were assured proven, professional-grade streaming media systems that were easy to deploy and intuitive to use, complemented with excellent service and support,” said Steve Leiterstein, Senior Director, Desktop Services, HarperCollins. “The Adobe Flash Platform provides a rich, bandwidth-optimized viewing experience across all of our supported operating systems.”

Streaming to Mobile Devices Training Launches in September

Posted by Derrick on July 29, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Streaming to Mobile Devices Training launches in September.  There has been great interest in streaming video and especially the desire to add another delivery outside of desktop video playback. Streaming to mobile devices is much more challenging than delivering to the desktop.  This new class will cover tools for mobile video encoding, video compression techniques, streaming server delivery, and other items.   If you need to stream video content to iPhone,  iPod Touch, Blackberry, Nokia, Samsung or other Smartphones this class is for you. Look for the class on our Video Streaming and Compression Training Schedule in September 2010.

Wowza Media Server Provides Multi-bitrate Video On Demand Streaming for iPhone

Posted by Derrick on July 28, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Wowza Media Server 2 Provides Multi-bitrate Video On Demand Streaming for iPhone.  This is just another item that can be added to this streaming server’s repertoire.  Whether iPhone users are using Edge or 3G the appropriate datarate streaming video can be delivered to the end users.  In addition, the switch between various datarates, if needed, happens very smoothly.  Today, many content providers are really pushing for some type of dynamic streaming or multi-bitrate option, which is a great thing.  There’s also an increased desire to delivery video to the iPhone. With the Apple iPhone being the ‘Killer App’, providing better experiences to this device will benefit many media outlets and content providers targeting streaming video for mobile devices

Mirror Image Internet and Wowza Media Systems Support High Capacity CDN Streaming to iPad, iPhone, Wii, PS3 and Other Entertainment Platforms

Posted by Derrick on July 27, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Mirror Image Internet, a leading provider of content delivery solutions, announced expanded streaming capabilities with partner, Wowza Media Systems, boosting per-server performance to 10 Gbps for high capacity video streaming. Since the companies began working together in 2009, the partnership has enabled organizations to take advantage of video streaming to the latest and most popular devices and platforms including Apple iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, with hundreds of customers streaming content on Mirror Image’s network through Wowza servers.

Video streaming, on the Web and to mobile devices, has quickly become one of the leading content strategies, with growth only expected to continue. According to results of Cisco’s annual Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast, global Internet video traffic will surge past P2P traffic by the end of this year, emerging as the Internet’s largest growth driver. By 2014 Cisco anticipates the Internet video traffic will equate to two years of video every second. Given these numbers, content providers and organizations need more delivery support than ever, at minimal infrastructure cost. Mirror Image and Wowza offer a compelling range of high-capacity services to its customers, including streaming video, without requiring them to encode content in multiple formats for each destination client.

“Building on our core content delivery capabilities — streaming and media management — working with Wowza over the last year has further set us apart from our competition in so many ways,” said James G. Hart, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Mirror Image Internet. “Whether our customers are streaming to mobile devices, incorporating new platforms and media formats into their content delivery strategy, or they are on a tight budget, Wowza has allowed us to deliver a unique streaming service to our customers each and every time.”

Over the last year, Mirror Image has continued to expand its client base by offering CDN services that meet the increasingly bandwidth-heavy requirements of organizations today. This includes focusing on mobile video streaming and expanding the capabilities of its Media Management Platform (MMP).

Mirror Image and the Wowza Media Server 2 software provide high-performance content delivery to a growing roster of customers including Streamquik, WBRC-TV, Vingo.tv, Internet Video Archive among many others. Additionally, the Wowza Media Server 2’s unified capability that enables streaming to Adobe Flash, iPhone/iPad, Microsoft Silverlight and other clients from a single encode continues to distinguish Mirror Image from other CDN providers.

“Mirror Image’s ability to stay nimble and respond to customer needs quickly, including providing scalable CDN services for a growing number of devices and platforms has made the company a natural fit for our server software,” said David Stubenvoll, CEO and Co-founder, Wowza Media Systems. “Wowza is committed to providing customers with options and partnering with Mirror Image has allowed us to extend those options to a new crop of customers.”

The Mirror Image global network provides a wide range of platforms including Wowza Media, Adobe Flash, Microsoft Windows Media/Silverlight, Apple QuickTime, RealNetworks RealVideo and others to meet the growing demands of the company’s client base.