Archive of the IP Audio Category

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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Flux releases IRCAM SPAT v3 for AAX/AU/VST

Flux completes migration to v3 with the release of SPAT v3 adding support for AVID AAX and 64 bit systems.

Oceanside, California, USA – Flux Sound and Picture Development of Orleans, France is proud to announce the release of SPAT v3, a positional audio plug-in combining three independently definable surround reverbs in a single plug-in with the ability to position and animate, with full automation, mono and stereo sound sources within these reverberant spaces.

SPAT may also be used to position and animate sources with all reverbs disengaged. This advanced feature set makes SPAT an indispensable tool for post-production professionals for ADR.

SPAT has been embraced by many within the community of orchestral composers as a tool for placing instruments on a virtual performance stage for position-correct and convincing orchestral emulations.

SPAT v3 adds support for AVID’s new AAX Native plug-in format. In addition to AAX, Audio Units and VST remain supported on both Mac and Windows. SPAT v1 remains available for users of RTAS systems.

All Flux v3 audio tools support both 64 and 32 bit systems with sample rates up to 384K. The Flux v3 platform delivers exceptionally rich, informative and responsive metering with near zero CPU cost by distributing UI processing to your systems’ GPU. All Flux audio tools are 8-channel ready for surround applications up to 7.1. The only exception is the distinctly named Stereo Tool freeware.

SPAT v3 is available to current SPAT users for no charge. Download SPAT v3 here: www.fluxhome.com/download

In celebration of both the release of SPAT and the completion of the Flux migration to v3, Flux is offering SPAT, the IRCAM TOOLS bundle containing SPAT and all upgrades to SPAT at a 30% discount, effective immediately.

Locate an authorized dealer for Flux and IRCAM Tools by visiting the exclusive Flux US distributor: www.AudioSage.com.

About Flux
Flux Sound and Picture Development of Orleans, France are developers of advanced software audio tools compatible with all major DAWs. Flux specializes in advanced dynamic control, rich real time analysis and EQ. Flux produces the IRCAM Tools line of psychoacoustic post-production tools in collaboration with the prestigious IRCAM Institute of Paris.

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 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

Jünger Audio Incorporates Audinate’s Dante IP Technology

Jünger Audio has announced a partnership with Audinate (www.audinate.com) that will allow the company to incorporate Audinate’s Dante digital media networking solution into its Award-winning range of audio processing solutions.

Built on existing networking protocols and standards, Audinate’s Dante technology is a plug-and-play networking solution which delivers ultra-low latency, tightly synchronized media, while simplifying installation and configuration of digital media networks. Dante is the leading digital media networking solution and has been adopted by more than 120 OEMs to date, with hundreds of partner’s products to choose from. Applications using Dante can be found across broadcast, pro AV, commercial installation and live sound entertainment markets.

Jünger Audio’s first device to feature Audinate’s Dante technology will be the V*AP two channel voice processor. With its high-end algorithms and simple to use interface, it is specifically designed to make life easier for engineers working in radio stations and TV production voice-over studios. Adding audio network capabilities to the V*AP complements its consequent network approach on control, measurement and administration. In combination with a Dante computer interface or the DVS Dante Virtual Soundcard software, the V*AP can act as a sophisticated frontend for any digital audio workstation (DAW) or video editing system. The Dante interface solution will be released for the V*AP in the first quarter of 2014 and subsequently become available for all other Jünger Audio boxed products.

Peter Poers, CEO of Jünger Audio says: “We looked at all the audio over IP network solutions and found that the efficiency, ease of use, seamless integration and growing range of manufacturers supporting Dante made it the ideal choice for Jünger Audio. As customers continue to demand and expect interoperability between devices, we believe that the adoption of Dante will allow us to provide all the functionality and flexibility that the Pro Audio community needs now, and positions us well for developing and introducing next generation audio products.”

“Jünger Audio is known for their unique range of digital processors which are designed to meet the precise needs of the professional audio broadcast market,” Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate adds. “Dante is already the leading interoperable network solution for the professional audio and broadcast markets. Jünger Audio’s V*AP voice processor with Dante networking simplifies how audio can be distributed for TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities.”

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities. www.junger-audio.com

Barix IP Audio Solutions Help Soma FM Grow Radio Footprint

Multichannel internet broadcaster specifies Barix Exstreamer 500 devices for reliable, cost-efficient and high-quality HD2 broadcasts at radio stations nationwide

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, November 21, 2013
— IP audio and control specialist Barix is helping multichannel internet radio broadcaster Soma FM grow its presence in the over-the-air broadcast space, with Soma FM specifying reliable, affordable Barix IP Audio solutions for radio stations receiving its programs.

Soma FM is a multichannel internet radio broadcaster offering 27 channels of indie-leaning programs exploring rock, electronic and other music formats. The listener-supported, commercial-free service streams its programs on its website and via a Roku streaming app in addition to supporting over-the-air HD Radio side channels, otherwise known as HD2 feeds.

Soma FM owner and president Rusty Hodge says that Barix helps to minimize costs for his over-the-air radio clients, which include KPBS-FM in San Diego, while providing radio stations with reliable, high-quality audio streams.

“The only other solution we considered for signal decoding and playout were desktop-class machines with professional grade audio cards, and these were three times the cost of Barix,” said Hodge. “Barix eliminates the need to worry about problems like software upgrades and security issues. They are compact, and don’t consume much power. Foremost, they are extremely reliable.”

The last point is the most tangible benefit for Hodge, as he also employs Barix Instreamer audio encoders for remote broadcasts. One recent remote project focused on encoding live broadcast feeds from the Kennedy Space Center to cover space shuttle launches. Soma FM also recently produced live broadcasts from the DEFCON hacker conference in Las Vegas.

Additionally, Soma FM encodes police scanner feeds to enhance certain electronic music programs heard on its website. “Think of it as using Barix as a mixer,” said Hodge. “We connect the scanner to the Instreamer, which injects a priority stream over the music feed. It allows us to do something that you often hear in live or recorded electronic music but is unique for radio broadcasting.”

Hodge also acts as a consultant for large commercial radio networks, and he often specifies Barix solutions for these stations based on his experience. He especially likes the Exstreamer 500, which offers broadcast-quality inputs and outputs among other professional features. Reliability aside, Hodge points out that Barix produces excellent audio quality, with flexible format and bitrate options to meet various network and bandwidth requirements.

“We rely on Barix solutions to feed the broadcasters, as they typically don’t want super hi-fi feeds due to network congestion issues,” said Hodge. “They simply plug in the devices at the stations and get great sounding broadcast audio. And to date we have never had to reboot or power cycle one of their devices.”

Barix: The Voice of Simplicity (www.barix.com)

Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, specializes in the research and development of state-of-the-art IP based communication and control technology. The company is a long-term and reliable supplier of IP audio and control devices, with more than 150,000 devices shipped in its first decade of business. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks/Internet, offering new and improved solutions to the commercial audio distribution, communication and automation industries. Barix products provide solutions in Audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).
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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

StreamGuys Powers In-Store Broadcasts for Custom Channels

Cloud-based streaming architecture supports custom music services with dynamic ad insertions for businesses

BAYSIDE, CALIFORNIA, October 15, 2013 — Internet music service Custom Channels is helping retail businesses like Whole Foods Market transform in-store environments with broadcast-quality audio programs, mixing music and dynamic advertising that deliver a branded, radio-like experience. The company is relying on robust, cloud-based streaming services from StreamGuys to support its customers.

Custom Channels brings a rare broadcast perspective to the growing business of in-store audio streaming. Its principal partners, including President/Co-Founder Dave Rahn, launched Custom Channels following years of experience working at and consulting for radio stations. Today, Rahn and his team leverage their professional production skills and broadcast programming knowledge to build custom in-store programs for retailers like Whole Foods Market, for which they support two-thirds of their stores.

The company recently switched to StreamGuys for content delivery support, recognizing its broadcast expertise as well as its shared spirit of customization to meet client needs.

“We have always used an outside CDN because the specialized technical knowledge required to maintain servers, bandwidth and overall infrastructure is frankly beyond our area of expertise,” said Rahn. “The difference with StreamGuys is that they are not forcing us into one business model for streaming services. They instead provide us with the streaming services that are right for our model, and deliver the ongoing recommendations, support and troubleshooting we need. That helps us keep costs low and leaves us to focus on program content and customer relationships — which is what we do best.”

Custom Channels takes program content beyond music by incorporating dynamic ad insertions in the form of “mid-rolls,” which Rahn cites as a particularly strong tool to trigger ads and promos for in-store streaming models. StreamGuys incorporates third-party ad insertion software into its streaming architecture, targeting broadcasters and IP-based music services that wish to incorporate promotional content in the form of pre-rolls, mid-rolls and post-rolls — and potentially generate new revenue streams.

“The ad insertion software in the StreamGuys architecture allows us to manage content at the server side as opposed to just pushing messages to individual players and boxes,” said Rahn. “For example, we work with a large chain of dental offices, Comfort Dental, with offices all over the country. The mid-roll insertions allow us to take a single Comfort Dental radio channel and insert specialized ads for each region, or even down to the local office level. The messages don’t have to live in the origin stream; instead, we create a place in the stream and insert them on a very targeted basis. It’s a very efficient model, and makes for good use of IP delivery.”

Rahn’s broadcast experience also means a focus on audio quality. Custom Channels currently delivers most audio content using the aacPlus codec at bitrates ranging from 64 to 96 kb/s, and uses other high-quality codecs like Ogg Vorbis for specialty services such as ReMix, which allows customers to create their own custom mixes. Rahn will explore Ogg Opus moving forward, the new versatile, open-source audio codec for low-latency, high-quality audio streaming. StreamGuys is the first CDN to announce support for Ogg Opus audio streaming.

“We’re dealing with businesses, and we try to keep as light of a footprint as possible since there are other demands on their bandwidth and technical infrastructures,” said Rahn. “StreamGuys allows us to use various high-quality, bandwidth-friendly formats so we are comparable to FM quality and usually higher than satellite quality — a sweet spot that our clients can easily handle on their networks.”

Rahn also points to several restaurant brands as Custom Channels clients, including the 200-plus Which Wich sandwich shop chain; and the fast casual Mod Pizza chain based in the Seattle region. Another interesting client is Floyd’s Barbershop, which operates more than 70 barbershops around the country. Custom Channels produces a true “retail radio” station in this case, with full-blown professional production, deejays and live requests.

“We focus on music-conscious brands that essentially want custom radio stations, and many of these clients also stream their channels on their websites,” said Rahn. “Ultimately, StreamGuys offers an ideal service for in-store delivery, whether it’s conventional streaming of a radio station or a business that wants something a little more unique.”

More information on Custom Channels can be found at http://www.customchannels.net.

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

Media Group International Installs VidiGo’s Visual Radio Solution at Clouds FM

Leading Media Systems Integrator Media Group International has assisted Tanzania’s Clouds FM radio station to give its audience a totally new, interactive experience by installing VidiGo Visual Radio software. The new software will go live on air at Clouds FM within the next few weeks.

The Clouds FM project is the first major radio installation MGI and VidiGo have completed in Africa since meeting at CABSAT 2012 and subsequently forging a partnership. The two companies are now working together to give MGI’s television and radio customers much greater access to VidiGo’s revolutionary range of broadcast software products.
VidiGo Visual Radio was the ideal solution for Clouds FM, one of four stations operated by Tanzania’s Clouds Media Group. Affectionately referred to as The People’s Station, Clouds FM is annually rated the number one station in Tanzania for the youth segment.

MGI’s Sales Director Paul Wallis, who brokered the Clouds FM deal in conjunction with Sales Assistant Diana Velikova, says: “Thanks to its strong reputation for delivering trendsetting programming, dynamic presenters and innovative promotions, Clouds FM is widely regarded as the ‘coolest’ radio station in Tanzania by the country’s 18 to 35 year olds. Given this demographic, the station wanted to incorporate interactive graphics that could be overlaid onto the video feed of its radio broadcasts and used to enhance its internet presence and Twitter, RSS and social media feeds. Diana and I felt that VidiGo Visual Radio was ideal for Clouds FM because it will be able to deliver all the elements station staff need in a very simple to use and intuitive package.”

VidiGo Virtual Radio combines the strength of VidiGo Live and VidiGo Audio Director. VidiGo Live is a full blown software solution for multi-camera TV production. The VidiGo Audio Director is an intelligent extension to VidiGo Live that makes automatic decisions by analyzing audio signals with its advanced algorithms, allowing it to make decisions like a real television director. Finally, the graphics and text overlays are automatically inserted within VidiGo Live, which makes it possible to superimpose content in a live situation using a station’s own designed Flash application.

Joseph Cusago, Managing Director, Clouds Media Group, says: “We are really thrilled with the workflow VidiGo Virtual Radio has provided and our audiences will love the fact that we will soon offer an interactive visual radio experience via the internet and social media feeds. The system is incredibly easy to operate and, because the cameras are switched automatically on the basis of which microphone input is being used, there is very little for our presenters to do. This means they can concentrate on the job of presenting, leaving VidiGo’s clever software to take care of everything else.”

VidiGo CCO Reinout Lempers adds: “With VidiGo’s background in radio, we understand the culture and needs of a radio station. We knew from the start that we shouldn’t bother radio presenters with creating video. That’s why we developed an automated software workflow that is fully compatible with existing radio workflows. With our solution presenters to do what they are good at, which is making radio, while VidiGo’s automated workflow creates an entire TV show, just like a real director would.”

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Notes to the editor:
About Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings
Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings (GSSG) was founded by Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad in 1993 and incorporated in 2007. Today it is one of Qatar’s most successful private sector business groups, making a major contribution to the country’s economic growth.
GSSG has enjoyed steady growth and success in many fields and industries locally and internationally. GSSG’s diverse portfolio gives it strength and enables its companies within the group to maximise global business opportunities wherever and whenever they arise.
The founder, Mr. Ghanim bin Saad al Saad, has enabled the group to grow to over 40 companies around the world. As an inspirational business leader, he has steered the group to achieve its success in industries that include aviation, maritime, automobiles, oil & gas, real estate, manufacturing, contracting and trading, finance & asset management, engineering, education, fitness, hotels, hospitality and fashion, information technology and telecommunications.
In addition to its corporate headquarters in Doha, GSSG also has five international offices located in London, Zurich, Cairo, Singapore and Dubai.
www.gssg.com

Media Group International
Media Group International is a proven media broadcast and communications technologies systems integrator, serving the media, telecommunications, security, education, hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for more than 40 years. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast (SMC), the company joined GSSG Holdings in 2010, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UK.

Media Group International is diversifying its business into new technologies. As well as equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, the company also equips whole multivendor

and multisensory environments. Media Group International provides solutions from safeguarding national security such as in government operations, creating the best venues for education such as museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionising health facilities and satellite telecommunications.

To support the workflow and innovation demands of our valued customers, the team has grown with new local and international talent. We use our expertise to help realise your goals and ambitions – we listen, advise, design and build great workflows that work for you. Our ambition is to be your trusted partner in the Gulf region.

www.mgi.tv
Clouds Media Group
Clouds Media Group is a privately owned media house based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Clouds Media Group excels at entertaining and deepening community engagement, integrating new media technologies to meet evolving lifestyles, and leveraging resources to build vibrant and informed communities. Now celebrating its 15th year, Clouds Media Group has an impeccable track record for excellence in execution of radio campaigns and broadcasting performance. Comprised of 4 dynamic broadcast stations, East & Central Africa’s largest event production firm as well as a 40 Channel DTT network on the Island of Zanzibar, all of which are leaders in their specific categories fuel the Clouds Media Group powerhouse. This dynamic assortment of formidable companies allows advertisers to achieve maximum value by enabling them to reach their core demographic on multiple platforms all within one media house. Clouds Media Group stands as a beacon of fair business ethics, openness, transparency, and value; and is one of the highest awarded media houses in Tanzania. Clouds Media Group recently was named the #2 Mid -Company in Tanzania in 2012 by Superbrands.
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Visual Unity Helps Clouds Media To Deliver OTT Content Service

Leading OTT solutions provider Visual Unity has helped Tanzanian media conglomerate Clouds Media to deliver a complete Over the Top content service to the East African market.

Based in Dar-es-Salaam, Clouds Media was established in 1998 as a radio and television broadcaster, delivering music, television and film content the Tanzanian market. With Visual Unity’s expertise, Clouds Media has now expanded its operations to deliver Over the Top Transmission (OTT) directly to their viewers on any screen or connected device anywhere in the world.

Visual Unity provided Clouds Media with the technology necessary to deliver its new service. The technical infrastructure is based on Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM Over the Top (OTT) content solution. vuMediaTM allows broadcasters to manage, monetize and monitor delivery of content to any connected screen and over 7000 connected devices including legacy phones.

Tomas Petru, CEO of Visual Unity, says: “Visual Unity was awarded this contract on the basis of our proven expertise in multiscreen integration. With over 20 years’ experience in designing, building and technically supporting linear broadcast to multiscreen solutions we demonstrated to Clouds Media our ability to successfully design VoD solutions similar to our customers such as the leading Czech portals ivysilani.cz, voyo.cz, topfun.cz, cinema.cz and Calinos Entertainment’s VodVod.com in Turkey.”

“Thanks to vuMediaTM and Clouds’ modern approach to content delivery, Clouds is now able to reach its audience online, thus avoiding expensive and geographically limiting satellite transmission. Clouds can now provide films, news, dramas and popular television throughout East Africa, the Middle East and the rest of the world,” added Joseph Kusaga, Managing Director, Clouds Media Group.

Visual Unity’s vuMedia™ platform supports comprehensive streaming and VoD services and integrates with billing and CRM processes. For this project, Visual Unity is providing full live channel streaming capability a Visual Unity designed UI/UX with full GUI/API access, DMR protection, analytics, delivery and support for an amazing array of mobile devices.

With TV in Tanzania going digital we found that this was the right time to reach fans of the Clouds brand both domestically and internationally via OTT multiscreen. The complete service is officially being launched in October.

Visual Unity will showcase the latest version of its award-winning vuMedia™ multiscreen platform at IBC 2013, Connected World (Hall 14, Stand 114).

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About Visual Unity

Visual Unity is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content. Our clients can measure, analyze and optimize their libraries over time and achieve optimal business success. Our platform capabilities inspire our clients to deploy their assets across multiple devices, screens, and media formats. Visual Unity helps clients manage, deliver and monetize their digital content.

Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMediaTM is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Munchen, Las Vegas, Nairobi and Dubai. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

Visual Unity: Na Hrebenech II 1718/8, Prague 4, 147 00, Czech Republic
T: +420 271 742 111 F: +420 271 742 112 E: info@visualunity.com

About Clouds Media Group

Clouds Media Group is a privately owned media house based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Clouds Media Group excels at entertaining and deepening community engagement, integrating new media technologies to meet evolving lifestyles, and leveraging resources to build vibrant and informed communities. Now celebrating its 15th year, Clouds Media Group has an impeccable track record for excellence in execution of radio campaigns and broadcasting performance. Comprised of 4 dynamic broadcast stations, East & Central Africa’s largest event production firm as well as a 40 Channel DTT network on the Island of Zanzibar, all of which are leaders in their specific categories fuel the Clouds Media Group powerhouse. This dynamic assortment of formidable companies allows advertisers to achieve maximum value by enabling them to reach their core demographic on multiple platforms all within one media house. Clouds Media Group stands as a beacon of fair business ethics, openness, transparency, and value; and is one of the highest awarded media houses in Tanzania. Clouds Media Group recently was named the #2 Mid -Company in Tanzania in 2012 by Superbra

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