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GatesAir Drives Over-The-Air Efficiencies for National Radio Upgrade in Sweden

Network operator Teracom cites high performance, low operating costs of GatesAir FM transmitters as key differentiators from competitive solutions

CINCINNATI, August 26, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air wireless broadcast solutions for radio and television, announces that Teracom, a national network operator distributing all over-the-air radio and TV channels across Sweden, has engaged with GatesAir for a network-wide FM upgrade. The initial rollout phase will conclude in the first quarter of 2015, with installations scheduled for one dozen of its 30-plus FM stations. The remaining installations will conclude in 2016, ultimately reducing costs and improving efficiencies across the entire network.

Teracom selected GatesAir Flexiva™ transmitters following an evaluation process that proved superior modularity, reliability and serviceability against competitive products. For Teracom, these overall efficiency gains will minimize network-wide costs associated with labor and utilities over the lifecycle of the transmitters—ensuring a clear return on investment due to low total cost of ownership.

“The proven innovation of Flexiva transmitters will introduce increased efficiency and reliability in the Teracom FM network for many years to come,” says Per G Borgå, Product Manager Radio, Teracom. “We expect the operational benefits of deploying GatesAir across our FM network will deliver high-quality radio broadcasts to listeners nationwide, thereby strengthening our customers in their operative goals.”

GatesAir is streamlining the delivery and installation process through integrated and pre-tested transmitter systems, simplifying transport across Sweden and accelerating the pace at which Teracom engineers can install and deploy the transmitters. The intelligent PowerSmart® 3D architecture of Flexiva transmitters also minimizes ongoing maintenance, featuring a broadband design that enables hot-swappable modules and power supplies while reducing spare parts. Lighter module and power supply weights additionally contribute to a reduction in labor costs, requiring only a single engineer to conduct service requirements. This also allows Teracom to more effectively allocate engineering resources across its operation.

“The replacement of Teracom’s current FM transmitters with our higher-efficiency Flexiva models will ensure high performance and low total cost of ownership for years to come across Sweden,” said Alain Pecot, vice president of sales, Europe, Africa. Middle East and Asia-Pacific, GatesAir. “We’re delighted to support Teracom as the company transitions to a new generation of over-the-air technology that will surely protect its long-term investment and accelerate its ROI.”

About Teracom
Teracom offers various technical infrastructures and network solutions for the distribution of media and communication between people and companies – anywhere, anytime. Our main product areas are radio and TV broadcasting, Pay-TV offerings, transmission capacity for data connections as well as co-location and service. Teracom distributes radio and TV to households nationwide in Sweden. The terrestrial radio and TV broadcasts cover 99.8 percent of households. In the Pay-TV segment, services are offered through the subsidiary Boxer TV-Access.

About GatesAir
GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

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GatesAir Showcases Intelligent Networking, Interoperability for Reliable IP Signal Transport at IBC2014

Over-the-air leader’s IBC debut includes Intraplex® LiveLook to strengthen visibility into IP network performance

CINCINNATI, August 12, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for radio and television, will showcase intelligent networking and signal transport reliability as a key part of its over-the-air efficiency and innovation message at IBC2014 (RAI Convention Center, Amsterdam, September 12-16, Booth 8.B10). GatesAir will help broadcasters better comprehend and improve network performance with the launch of Intraplex® LiveLook, a dynamic software solution that improves analysis and troubleshooting for IP transport. GatesAir will also demonstrate new interoperability features that enhance audio contribution and distribution opportunities for over-the-air broadcasters.

LiveLook is a real-time interactive monitoring solution that works in conjunction with Intraplex® IP Link codecs, optimizing performance for mission-critical audio contribution and distribution networks. LiveLook provides time-based graphical analysis of network statistics, including burst packets and other performance-related measurements that adversely affect IP signal transport. Built-in data mining algorithms automate packet analysis and subsequent report generation, recommending optimal techniques for error mitigation. This streamlines the setup, configuration and optimization of IP networks to reduce complexity and improve overall network performance.

Broadcasters further benefit from analysis of both live and logged data. The graphical nature of LiveLook, in conjunction with log clock association, gives users better insight into performance trends over periods of time. Additionally, the continuous logging of IP packets ensures that broadcasters can easily pinpoint and analyze statistics from a specific time window to review and troubleshoot known performance issues.

Ultimately, Intraplex LiveLook is a value-added complement to reliability techniques already built into IP Link codecs, including dynamic stream splicing, an application that provides hitless recovery of dropped packets via seamless convergence of main and backup streams. These and other integrated redundancy measures ensure IP Link codecs match the performance reliability of traditional T1/E1 circuits, while significant lowering total cost of ownership.

“Many broadcasters have already transitioned to IP signal transport as its reliability is well established, but to date have lacked tools that provide true visibility into network performance,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir. “It’s just as critical to understand how well live streams and recovery techniques are performing, especially in large contribution and distribution networks. LiveLook introduces another layer to the IP transport reliability story by adding true performance visibility, allowing broadcasters to understand how and why performance issues from random to heavy burst packet losses are happening — and how to improve their network architectures to prevent future occurrences.”

GatesAir will additionally showcase initiatives surrounding standards-based interoperability initiatives, including support for the EBU 3362 specification. The EBU 3362 specification in part covers the use of standard SIP and RTP protocols to establish audio streams. This compatibility allows IP Link codecs to seamlessly mix with other hardware codec vendors across large broadcast networks, as well as software codecs used on various smartphones and tablets — a clear indicator of the company’s forward-looking interoperability strategy.

Support for SIP, or the Session Internet Protocol, is especially attractive for remote broadcasts and similar contribution applications. Instead of requiring a remote encoder, a broadcaster can call into an IP Link receiver at a radio station using an iOS or Android phone, for example, to contribute an on-air feed. Additionally, a listener or guest with a SIP phone or application can similarly contribute to a live or recorded broadcast call using a common mobile device.

GatesAir’s innovations for intelligent networking and interoperability integrate hardware and software into a single, complete solution that accelerates IP transitions and simplifies how broadcasters transport professional, high-quality on-air content.

About GatesAir
GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

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Praise Network Upgrades Two FM Stations with GatesAir Transmitters

Broadcaster selects GatesAir for agility and responsiveness in emergency situations, and establishes path toward network-wide, solid-state transition

CINCINNATI, July 22, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for radio and television, today announced that Midwestern U.S. broadcaster Praise Network has successfully transitioned its over-the-air operations to GatesAir Flexiva™ FM transmitters at KPRD-FM and KGCR-FM in Hays and Brewster, Kansas, respectively, setting the religious broadcaster on the path toward a network-wide, solid-state transmitter upgrade that to date has improved quality and enhanced operational efficiencies at two of its 10 stations.

The installations were set in motion in late 2013, following on-air emergencies that amplified the broadcaster’s need to modernize its transmission facilities. After evaluating multiple suppliers, Praise Network selected GatesAir, citing its agility and responsiveness in a challenging situation.

“We lost two full-power transmitters in succession from another supplier, with no spare parts available,” said Alex McKenzie, technical engineer at Praise Network. “GatesAir immediately made it clear that they could quickly accommodate our delivery needs while living up to their reputation for quality and reliability. The Flexiva transmitter design provides the redundancy we need to remain on the air at all times, while drastically reducing maintenance requirements. With its consistent performance and remote monitoring tools, there is rarely a need to visit the transmitter sites.”

Praise Network plans to transition all of its FM stations to efficient solid-state transmitters to improve performance and simplify maintenance. The broadcaster is particularly pleased with the on-air sound quality, which is further enhanced by integrated Orban audio processing. This innovative, built-in technology replaced aging standalone processors, further streamlining maintenance procedures. The integration of Orban technology also allows customers to export their processing settings and quickly recover from transmitter downtime — a key differentiator from transmitters offering the same built-in processing option.

KPRD-FM installed a Flexiva FAX30 (30kW) transmitter, with KGCR-FM adding a FAX20 (20kW) model. Both transmitters offer a quick, cost-effective path to digital via an exciter upgrade and some additional minor adjustments — a benefit the broadcaster carefully considered in choosing Flexiva transmitters.

Above all, Praise Network points to customer service as the key deciding factor in choosing GatesAir over the competition.

“GatesAir prides itself on being a customer-first organization, helping broadcasters with everything from quick, reliable disaster recovery systems to digital radio transitions and advanced network architectures — all while producing the high-efficiency, high-quality products and solutions that is the hallmark of our long legacy in over-the-air broadcasting,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir.

About GatesAir

GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.
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Vermont Public Radio Ignites HD Radio™ Broadcasts with GatesAir Solution

End-to-end architecture reliably transports high-quality on-air services to high-efficiency Flexiva™ solid-state transmitter

CINCINNATI, July 9, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for radio and television, today announced it is supporting Vermont Public Radio’s HD Radio™ broadcasts with a complete architecture to reliably transport and transmit three digital channels and a main FM signal. The installation includes a new GatesAir Flexiva™ transmitter to support higher HD Radio and analog power levels, improving over-the-air coverage while minimizing operational costs.

The end-to-end solution transports on-air program audio (and all program-associated data) over IP to the broadcaster’s transmitter site — retaining exceptional quality across the chain. At the transmitter site, a Flexiva 10kW transmitter is running 6kW at -14dB power injection levels for HD Radio, helping Vermont Public Radio deliver its unique programming to a wider audience with exceptional audio quality.

The GatesAir solution gives Vermont Public Radio a complete architecture to support analog and digital radio services, with substantial efficiency improvements at the transmitter site that reduce maintenance, cooling and power costs. This allows the public broadcaster to keep costs manageable while operating high-quality digital radio services.

“We were all initially very impressed with the physical construction of the Flexiva transmitter,” said Joe Tymecki, director of engineering, Vermont Public Radio. “Its ability to maintain normal rated power through module changes and other maintenance procedures keeps our signal consistent for listeners, and its simple layout offers an easy learning curve for any engineer. Overall, the ease of serviceability and maintenance is a big cost benefit as it reduces our labor requirements. We also air condition our transmitter sites, and the Flexiva offers an efficiency advantage over other transmitters that will lower our power bills.”

GatesAir can support any digital radio transport method, including multiple generations of the HD Radio Exgine architecture. Vermont Public Radio houses its GatesAir HDE-200 Program Exporter at the transmitter site, with a direct connection to its GatesAir Flexiva exciter – an exciter that keeps the station’s over-the-air signals sharp, stable and in mask compliance per FCC regulations. At the studio, the GatesAir HDI-200 Importer prepares HD Radio program audio and data for delivery over IP to the transmitter site, alongside uncompressed audio for the FM broadcast.

“GatesAir’s legacy of HD Radio innovation focuses on end-to-architectures that help broadcasters support engaging digital services for the purpose of enticing a new generation of over-the-air listeners,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir. “We are proud to call Vermont Public Radio a long-time GatesAir customer, trusting our complete solutions to create, transport and transmit high-quality and forward-looking over-the-air services.”

About GatesAir
GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.
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GatesAir Transmitters Power National Over-The-Air Radio Services in Pakistan

Flexiva™ AM transmitters balance consistent, reliable coverage over large areas with low total cost of ownership

CINCINNATI, June 11, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for radio and television, is helping Radio Pakistan (the Pakistan Broadcasting Corp.) deliver news, information and entertainment over the air to residents across the country with its reliable, efficient AM radio solutions. GatesAir supplied its high-power Flexiva™ DX® and 3DX® series of AM over-the-air transmitters to ensure reliable and consistent coverage across the large country.

The power-efficient Flexiva transmitters yield typical efficiencies approaching 90 percent, delivering the industry’s lowest operating costs for AM radio transmitters.

“Our national services are absolutely vital to Radio Pakistan, keeping the people informed and up to date,” said Mrs. Samina Parvez, director general, Radio Pakistan. “We want to focus our efforts on delivering the right programs, so our top requirement was for a supplier who could undertake the complete project and provide continuing support in the shape of essential spare parts to keep the transmission smooth. GatesAir has an excellent reputation in transmitters, and met all our criteria.”

All GatesAir AM radio transmitters leverage modern technology to run exceptionally cool and provide high reliability in harsh environmental conditions, with design efficiencies that ease ongoing maintenance. Specifically, DX transmitters use redundant circuit designs that, together with modular construction and off-the-shelf components, make them extremely easy to maintain. The 3DX line of digital, solid-state AM transmitters features Direct Digital Drive technology, which eliminates traditional RF driver designs. This enhancement results in a simpler design, greater efficiency and improved reliability, ultimately reducing operational costs.

“When considering very high-power transmitters, efficiency is one of the most critical factors, as is the huge impact on cost of ownership,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir. “We have invested in unique and market leading technology to ensure superior efficiency and the exceptional reliability operators expect.”

The new transmitter networks are now on air. While Radio Pakistan is broadcasting analog radio on medium wave, the transmitter platforms can be converted in the field to provide digital radio broadcasting in the future.

About GatesAir

GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

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Alpha Broadcasting Boosts Over-The-Air Efficiency with GatesAir

Flexiva™ solid-state transmitter reduces maintenance and energy use for FM station while improving on-air quality

CINCINNATI, June 5, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for radio and television, today announced it has improved operational efficiency and on-air signal quality for Alpha Broadcasting’s KUPL-FM with a new high-power Flexiva™ FM transmitter. Alpha Broadcasting selected the Flexiva FAX20 (20kW) transmitter following an evaluation period that included several competitive transmitters, with GatesAir winning on total cost of ownership, performance and exceptional customer service.

Alpha Broadcasting expects an improvement in operating costs based on the efficient Flexiva design, emphasizing high labor savings associated with streamlined maintenance.

“The Flexiva is a forward-looking confluence of innovative design, compact footprint, price point and ease of installation that is ahead of the efficiency curve,” said Michael Everhart, director of engineering at Alpha Broadcasting. “However, we see the maintenance aspect as the biggest benefit for us in terms of operating costs. It’s a lightweight transmitter, and it was very simple to install the power supplies and amplifier modules. That makes for a sensible design that is easy to navigate and maintain over the long run.”

KUPL listeners have enjoyed a “distinct improvement in sound quality” since deploying the transmitter. This is in part due to the integrated Flexiva FAX exciter, which provides a stable and consistent signal and requires virtually no readjusting to maintain premium quality. The FAX exciter also gives the station a clear path to HD Radio™ broadcasting should the station upgrade in the future.

Alpha Broadcasting also emphasizes that the attentive customer service from GatesAir throughout the process, from pre-sales to post-installation support, has enabled a smooth transition.

“GatesAir’s emphasis on customer service is as much a part of our entrepreneurial spirit as our ongoing innovations in highly efficient, complete over-the-air solutions for radio and television broadcasters,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir. “Our customer-first approach looks beyond delivering products to helping our customers architect complete solutions that reduce operating costs over many years, and create new opportunities to monetize their over-the-air services.”

About GatesAir
GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.
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StreamGuys and Orban Bring Internet Radio Ecosystem to Life

Complete suite of services gives radio broadcasters an affordable multiplatform alternative

Bayside, California, April 14, 2014StreamGuys and Orban have joined forces to bring an affordable turnkey streaming service to market that addresses the complete internet radio ecosystem. The service will help broadcasters cover the entire media landscape of where audiences exist today — and effectively monetize streams to accelerate return on investment.

The new StreamGuys/Orban solution allows broadcasters to use the entire turnkey package, or choose the elements they need today with options to scale moving forward. The overall solution emphasizes reliable content delivery and business growth regardless of how many services a particular broadcast requires — ensuring that independent radio stations and large network operators receive equal attention while establishing and growing an online identity.

“Broadcasters need to provide online and mobile audiences with a high-quality user experience while generating new revenue streams and controlling costs,” said Kiriki Delany, president, StreamGuys. “StreamGuys and Orban are combining historical strengths to ensure a robust and revenue-generating streaming service customized to each broadcaster’s requirements.”

The complete collection of services address the entire content lifecycle, including front-end processing and multiplatform content delivery to ensure quality of service; as well as business software and playout tools to build audiences and drive revenue opportunities.

Process: Orban’s highly efficient audio processing products prepare broadcast signals for multi-platform delivery, retaining optimal signal integrity while encoding metadata-rich streams into multiple formats – making an exceptional user experience possible across any consumer device.
Deliver: StreamGuys’ cloud-based streaming architecture reliably streams live and on-demand content to the web, mobile and in-car devices, internet radios and OTT media players.
Monetize: Dynamic, server-side ad insertion technologies help broadcasters reliably target audiences without complex integrations, while subscription services from StreamGuys enable broadcasters to generate revenue through special content — with rock-solid conditional access protection.
Play: The latest HTML5 and Flash player options ensure audiences can tune in from anywhere — including tablets and smartphones — while rich mobile apps drive deeper engagement with listeners.

The complete solution also ensures compatibility with industry-leading automation systems to enhance content management and reporting across multiple streams. Additionally, the solution incorporates a variety of reporting and analytics tools to help broadcasters understand global audiences, research trends and pinpoint potential growth opportunities.

“Collectively, the Orban and StreamGuys turnkey streaming service brings world-class broadcast technology into the streaming media universe, ensuring that broadcasters achieve the same premium quality and business opportunities they do with their over-the-air services,” said C. Jayson Brentlinger, president and CEO, Orban.

About StreamGuys, Inc.
In business since 2000, StreamGuys is a provider of audio and video streaming toolsets and services. The company has a reputation for outstanding customer service, a robust and reliable network, and competitive rates. More than 600 clients worldwide, across many industries, depend on their mission-critical service. Projects include serving as the technology backbone for live streaming/podcasting for top public broadcasters such as New York Public Radio, WAMU Washington D.C., KQED San Francisco and WXPN Philadelphia; live video events for major auto racing circuits and the British Royal Wedding; audio streaming for government entities such as D.C. Court of Appeals, U.S. Army, and the National Science Foundation; mobile video content for Cisco Systems; and IPTV content for international broadcaster ABS-CBN.

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StreamGuys, Inc – info@streamguys.com – www.streamguys.com – 707.667.9479
P.O. Box 828 Arcata, California 95518 – fax 707.516.0009

GatesAir AES-192 Solution Breaks New Ground in Signal Transport over IP for Radio Broadcasters

IP Link is industry’s first IP Audio codec to support AES-192 standard from studio to transmitter, adapting to all leading on-air processors

CINCINNATI, April 2, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for television and radio, today announced a continuation of its legacy of innovation in over-the-air broadcasting with the industry’s first end-to-end, interoperable solution for transporting AES-192 signals over IP. The transformative solution, to be on display at the 2014 NAB Show (Las Vegas Convention Center, April 7-10, Booth N609) gives broadcasters the first truly reliable, cost-reducing way to move program audio — and all program-associated data — as a digital composite stereo signal, allowing a seamless migration from legacy analog connections.

“Broadcasters are interested in the higher quality audio signals that AES-192 transport can achieve, as it eliminates analog conversion processes that can degrade signals as they pass through the air chain,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer GatesAir. “The GatesAir customer-first approach ensures that broadcasters will save a lot of money by requiring less conversion equipment, while maintaining the best possible signal integrity. We maximize opportunities for customers with the industry’s only solution to reliably carry a complete bit stream coming out of the on-air processor and packetizing it via IP, all while applying forward error correction and redundant streams.”

The complete solution utilizes the Intraplex® IP Link™ and Flexiva™ FAX exciter at its core, giving broadcasters a transformational end-to-end architecture to leverage next-generation digital signal transport techniques. The IP Link, regarded for its robust and feature-rich transport capabilities, is the first codec in the industry to support AES-192 transport over the network. IP Link uses all available networks to ensure audio and data reach their destination intact and without interruption, feeding AES-192 streams directly into the FAX exciter for over-the-air delivery. This eliminates additional processing stages at the transmitter site, allowing broadcasters to safely move those components back to the studio.

The GatesAir solution works across any of three leading on-air processor brands (Omnia, Orban and Wheatstone) and is equipped to deliver stereo composite baseband over AES-192. This flexibility ensures that broadcasters aren’t locked into using a specific solution, freeing them to use their preferred processing platform to maintain a high-quality digital signal across the entire transport chain.

The robust, reliable end-to-end connectivity of the entire solution means that broadcasters interested in using AES-192 to establish a high-quality digital link can safely rely on the IP network for transport. The high-speed nature of AES-192 transport — typically 4.5MB/s per stream — requires a robust solution to ensure successful delivery of these signals.

Visitors to 2014 NAB Show Booth N609 can see a complete, interoperable GatesAir AES-192 transport demonstration using the IP Link with Flexiva exciters and over-the-air transmitters.

About GatesAir

GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

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Barix Targets Private Radio Networks and Content Providers at 2014 NAB Show

New in-store radio solutions cover the spectrum for live retail radio, scheduled program playback

ZURICH/ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, March 25, 2014
Barix comes to the 2014 NAB Show with a new strategy to create more efficient operations for private radio networks and content providers: fewer separate pieces, and more complete solutions.

At its NAB booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, April 7-10, Booth C1139), Barix will unveil two new complete solutions for in-store radio deployments that eliminate the device-centric philosophy of its previous-generation solutions, while delivering new operational efficiencies and revenue generating opportunities:
• Store & Play, a complete hardware and software solution for scheduled playout of music and advertising with automatic content updates
SoundScape, a complete live streaming and stored playback solution that enables simple, centralized management across large networks via a portal to control users, content, scheduling and monitoring

Store & Play
The next-generation Barix Store and Play solution receives its debut at the 2014 NAB Show. Store & Play gives private radio networks a flexible application for retailers and other businesses that want dynamic in-store radio programming without using too many network resources. While live streaming audio typically doesn’t require a large amount of network space, many businesses have limited network bandwidth to begin with – or otherwise want more control over what they are playing at what time.

Like previous generations, the new Barix Store & Play allows customers to download music and advertising content off the network, and reliably play out that programming on schedule with excellent audio quality. Unlike previous generations, the new Store & Play is a complete hardware and software solution as opposed to a device-centric system. Overall, the new Store & Play delivers much download speeds approaching 100 times faster, as well as improved system memory to preserve quality of playback through demanding processing actions. Additionally, a built-in MicroSD card eliminates theft of monetized content, while built-in precision clock timing ensures that playback schedules remain intact in the event of network outages. Overall, the new Store & Play solution vastly increases flexibility for content providers with a need for scheduled playback of in-store content.

SoundScape
SoundScape, unveiled in February, allows private radio networks to comprehensively manage audio distribution over IP networks, offering a centralized management portal and audio players at multiple locations. Users can manage, configure and group SoundScape audio players, schedule content and monitor device status network-wide.

SoundScape adds in-store radio flexibility through support of live streams and stored content playback over the same network, with seamless switching between the two applications. Both options support targeted, location-based advertising insertions that seamlessly fade in and out of music programs.

The network-wide management capabilities of SoundScape further reduces costs and complexity by enabling private radio networks to remotely deliver firmware updates, create and monitor logs, and track play reports for sponsors. This takes the onus off private radio networks who previously used in-house or third-party monitoring solutions to perform such services.

SoundScape additionally provides value through an ability to target content across the network. The end-to-end architecture ensures that businesses can group devices to receive specific ads, other languages or completely different programs – whether by location, by department or otherwise.

“Businesses of all kinds, including many private radio networks, have long used Barix in-store radio solutions to deliver live streams and file-based playlists to stores and locations,” said Ronni Guggenheim, CEO, Barix. “SoundScape and Store & Play retain the core Barix competency of efficiently and reliably moving audio across IP networks with outstanding audio quality, while introducing new features that will ultimately enable private radio networks and content providers to help their customers create better brand awareness and improve in-store experiences – with added flexibility and cost-efficiency.”

Barix: We Move Audio (www.barix.com)
Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide. We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide. Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions. Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

Whisperings Solo Piano Radio First to Deploy New StreamGuys Interactive HTML5 Multimedia Player

StreamGuys’ unique player design gives “free stream” listeners a richer broadcast experience

BAYSIDE, CALIFORNIA, January 13, 2014StreamGuys announces that Whisperings Solo Piano Radio is its first customer to deploy the company’s new interactive HTML5 player. The player gives mobile listeners without a Flash player a simple way to access the free Whisperings stream, while also delivering a much richer broadcast experience through integrated metadata support.

The integrated metadata gives free stream listeners a synchronized stream with high-quality music and visual information including artist names, song titles and album titles — as well as live links to purchase music through artist sites. Site owner and independent musician David Nevue notes that this richer experience, along with simpler playback on mobile devices, is important to attracting new listeners and retaining audiences in an increasingly crowded and fragmented marketplace.

“Whisperings launched at a time when there was no other online listening option for solo piano music,” said Nevue, himself a solo pianist and composer. “There are many more options today and it is important that new listeners are greeted with a live stream rather than a message to download an app or a plug-in. The HTML5 player works across all devices so visitors don’t have to work to access our stream, while also offering a modern Pandora or iTunes Radio-like experience with artwork, details and buy links.”

Nevue also sees this enhanced experience as an opportunity to interest more listeners in Whisperings PureStream, his commercial-free subscription service that offers an expanded artist roster, customizable playlists and more. Whisperings has long used StreamGuys’ RevenueStream software platform for secure, password-protected subscription controls and conditional access that ensures only subscribers can access the stream. His long-term satisfaction with StreamGuys for content delivery and stream protection played a significant role in his decision to integrate the new HTML5 player.

“I have always thought of StreamGuys as more of a partner than just another company I work with. They provide outstanding customer service and a willingness to find solutions to obstacles,” he said. “StreamGuys has also offered flexible, affordable services to meet my changing bandwidth needs over the years, and they have been receptive and responsive to my requests regarding capabilities of the HTML5 player. They have delivered a multiformat streaming solution with this player that also offers new ways to explore revenue generation for the free stream.”

Nevue’s above reference is to live dynamic advertising insertion, which StreamGuys supports within its HTML5 player via pre-rolls, mid-rolls and post-rolls. He also expects to use the player as an alternative choice for his ad-free PureStream service at a later date.

StreamGuys launched its HTML5 player last month as part of its strategy to ensure that broadcasters, audio publishers and service providers can reach consumers across many fixed and mobile devices. The company is in the process of rolling out its HTML5 player for other customers in the US and abroad.

About StreamGuys, Inc.
In business since 2000, StreamGuys is a provider of audio and video streaming toolsets and services. The company has a reputation for outstanding customer service, a robust and reliable network, and competitive rates. More than 600 clients worldwide, across many industries, depend on their mission-critical service. Projects include serving as the technology backbone for live streaming/podcasting for top public broadcasters such as New York Public Radio, WAMU Washington D.C., KQED San Francisco and WXPN Philadelphia; live video events for major auto racing circuits and the British Royal Wedding; audio streaming for government entities such as D.C. Court of Appeals, U.S. Army, and the National Science Foundation; mobile video content for Cisco Systems; and IPTV content for international broadcaster ABS-CBN.

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StreamGuys, Inc – info@streamguys.com – www.streamguys.com – 707.667.9479
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The Radio magazine The Wire provides information from manufacturers and associations about industry news, products, technology and business announcements. The information shown here is posted by companies and their representatives and are not edited or previewed by the Radio magazine staff. The content providers are solely responsible for the content of their posts. If you would like your company's news and information to appear here, contact us.

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