Archive of the Streaming Category

Remix Moby’s “The Last Day” on Blend

Multi-award winning artist endorses collaboration and shares project files from the album Innocents on premier online network

NYC (September 18, 2014) – Project files for Moby’s single “The Last Day”, from his latest album Innocents, are now available exclusively on Blend in Ableton Live and Avid Pro Tools formats for music producers to re-interpret and remix the song on the online collaboration platform at http://blend.io.

Moby headphones

Moby is a phenomenon in electronic music. He has remained innovative and relevant through fads and trends, and today – once again – proves to be one step ahead by fully embracing technology through online collaboration. He appreciates and encourages input from musicians all over the world, which is why he made the stems of “The Last Day” available for Blend members to remix.

“When people try to control content in the digital world, there’s something about that that seems kind of depressing to me,” read a quote by the artist in an article on CDM. “The most interesting results happen when there is no control. I love the democratic anarchy of the online world.”

Moby’s album Innocents, recorded in his apartment and produced by Grammy-winner Mark ‘Spike’ Stent was released last October and features collaborations on 7 of the album’s 12 tracks. He now invites music producers on Blend to download “The Last Day” project files, deconstruct it and make their own versions of it.

The project is available to be remixed in Ableton Live and in Avid Pro Tools:

The Last Day – Ableton Live by Moby

The Last Day – Pro Tools by Moby

New users can sign up now at this exclusive link: https://blend.io/vip/moby

The Last Day video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Dpz6w_jz4

About Blend
Blend was created for musicians to connect and share in-progress tracks and collaborate, or “blend” each other’s works. While other networks focus on publishing completed music, Blend provides a platform for musicians to collaborate directly with each other in their native (source) format, such as Ableton Live, Maschine, Pro Tools, Logic, GarageBand, FL Studio and Reason.

KJWY Heads East with Help From Jampro

Philadelphia, PA – KJWY-Channel 2, Philadelphia recently received a JCPD-LV-6/4(24)R Band I, circularly polarized, 4-dipole VHF panel antenna system from Jampro Antennas to help with its move east from Wyoming to Pennsylvania. Parent company, PMCM TV, LLC, was able to put the station on air after petitioning the Supreme Court regarding the move. Now, with help from Jampro, KJWY is the first full power CPOL VHF DTV station in the Philadelphia region.

The JCPD-LV-6/4(24)R Band I, circularly polarized, VHF panel antenna was selected because of its outstanding axial ratio and circularity. The Antenna, which is equipped with feed point radomes and custom mounting brackets, is configured to produce an omni directional pattern. Also supplied was a Jampro Channel 2 DTV mask filter, and RCPU antenna switch frame with rigid transmission line.

According to Jampro President Alex M. Perchevitch, “KJWY conducted a number of extensive studies on several antenna systems before making its selection, which allowed it to choose just the right antenna type and minimize nulls. Jampro’s VHF panel antenna is a critical piece of the puzzle for KJWY as it becomes the first full power CPOL VHF DTV station in the Philadelphia area. The delivery and installation worked out perfectly well. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results or proud to be able to help PMCM TV, LLC transition its station, KJWY, from Jackson, WY to Philadelphia.”

The Jampro JCPD antenna is a circularly polarized 4-dipole flat panel antenna system with rugged galvanized steel construction that ensures years of dependable performance in even the harshest environments. Protective lightweight dipole radomes may be added as protection against heavy ice buildup. The JCPD antenna has proven to provide excellent bandwidth, with typical VSWR of <1.1:1 or better. Many standard and custom directional patterns are available to fit a wide range of coverage requirements.

About Jampro
Jampro Antennas Inc., established to answer the need for quality broadcast systems at a reasonable price, is a leading supplier of antennas, combiners & filters and RF components for every application in the broadcast industry. Reputed for innovation and customization, Jampro builds each system to the specifications of the individual broadcaster. From the first system delivered in 1954 to those installed today, the Company is committed to consistent performance and quality founded on solid engineering. Today, over 25,000 broadcasters worldwide benefit from the quality and performance provided by Jampro systems. Additional information on JAMPRO can be obtained at www.jampro.com.
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StreamGuys Multimedia Player Supports Video Ad Insertions for Commercial Internet Radio Station

95.5 The Fish transitions to SGplayer, an interactive HTML5 player that reliably streams music and revenue-generating ads to mobile devices

BAYSIDE, CALIFORNIA, September 3, 2014 — Last November, StreamGuys announced a new HTML5 multimedia player to help broadcasters and streaming services expand online and mobile audiences through its all-inclusive, multiplatform approach to content delivery. Now, a major commercial broadcaster has upgraded one of its stations to the interactive player to achieve both reliable multiplatform streaming; and revenue generation through video ad insertions.

The broadcaster, Salem Communications of Northeast Ohio, has transitioned the live online stream for WHFM-FM, better known as 95.5 The Fish, to StreamGuys’ multimedia player. Newly branded as SGplayer, the interactive player supports all popular mobile devices in alignment with the HTML5 markup language – a significant upgrade from the previous CDN’s player, which was only compatible with desktop devices.

Salem Communications of Northeast Ohio’s other primary motivation for the switch was StreamGuys’ dynamic ad insertion capability. StreamGuys has long supported dynamic ad insertions in the form of audio pre-rolls, mid-rolls and post-rolls, as well as single-client video insertions. The latest incarnation of SGplayer supports video pre-rolls for multiple advertisers—a key requirement for 95.5 The Fish. SGplayer’s dynamic interface rotates a series of ads, serving each unique visitor with a sponsor’s message. The player displays a static companion banner associated with the ad following its conclusion on the right side of the player. This detail remains visible for the visitor’s duration alongside artist and title information, album art, purchase links, social media icons, and other metadata related to the live music stream.

In addition to supporting multiplatform delivery and video pre-rolls, StreamGuys customized an affordable turnkey streaming package for the live radio signal that, along with the revenue-generating ad opportunities, offers a quick return on investment for the station.

“The transition to StreamGuys quickly solved the problems we faced with buffering issues and signal drops across a variety of mobile devices,” said Mark Jaycox, general manager, Salem Communications of Northeast Ohio. “A large majority of internet radio streaming is moving to mobile devices. It was critical to get that under control before we significantly damaged our mobile initiative.

“As important as it was to improve our mobile reach, it was just as important to move our video pre-roll offerings to the next level as we have been very aggressive at selling that inventory,” Jaycox continued. “StreamGuys pulled its engineering team together to enhance its player, and did some groundbreaking work. SGplayer delivers more information than our previous player, and provides that extra real estate to sell our advertisers. You can now see the client’s logo in a couple of spots after the video concludes. That upped the ‘sellability’ for us, allowing us to generate more revenue than what was possible before.”

Jaycox notes that the live stream attracts nearly 35,000 unique visitors a month, the large majority of which fall into the 25-54 female demo—a highly coveted audience for radio advertisers. He expects to transition additional Salem Broadcasting Cleveland stations to SGplayer moving forward.

“StreamGuys has been very responsive and proactive in making sure our requirements were exceeded,” said Jaycox. “The design of the player is appealing to listeners and advertisers alike, and offers exceptional value and reliability at a very affordable price point.”

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

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

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

Audiofile Releases Fidelia 1.5

A major update to the popular high definition music player for OSX

Audiofile, a leading music technology company, today announced an update to Fidelia, the acclaimed premium music player for Mac. Fidelia 1.5 introduces AirPlay, support for Notification Center, Improvements to FHX™, significant improvements to reliability and performance, as well as an updated interface and branding.

“The sophisticated music lover will always be looking for the best listening experience,” says Matthew Foust, Audiofile Managing Partner and co-founder. “Fidelia offers what many digital music players can’t: support for the highest quality formats. But it’s not enough to simply support the best formats. Fidelia also provides users with tools that allow them to control nearly every parameter of the sonic experience.”

Fidelia 1.5 also introduces an updated design for Fidelia Remote for iOS. Fidelia Remote for iOS turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a full-featured remote control for the Fidelia music player. Browse your Fidelia library and playlists, adjust playback volume and navigate between or within tracks from as far away as your wireless network allows.

Fidelia 1.5 is the first in a series planned set of updates.
For more information about Fidelia, visit http://www.audiofile-engineering.com/fidelia/.

Pricing & Availability
Fidelia 1.5 is available on the Mac App Store starting at $19.99 or at audiofile-engineering.com.

About Audiofile
Audiofile is a boutique technology company building apps that power the world’s musicians and audio engineers. Founded by Ev Olcott and Matthew Foust in 2004, Audiofile is among the most innovative and experienced audio software developers for Mac OS X and the iPhone with a long history of industry-firsts to their name. Learn more about Audiofile’s entire range of music apps for Mac and iOS at www.audiofile-engineering.com, www.facebook.com/audiofileeng and on Twitter, @weareaudiofile.

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
P.O. Box 828 Arcata, California 95518 – fax 707.516.0009

New StreamGuys Interactive HTML5 Multimedia Player Breaks Compatibility Barriers

Unique player design solves metadata challenges, simplifies multiscreen advertising for broadcasters, audio publishers across multiple devices

BAYSIDE, CALIFORNIA, November 21, 2013StreamGuys announces the launch of its HTML5 player to help broadcasters and streaming services retain and increase audiences with a multiplatform approach, ensuring one player can accommodate revenue-supported live streams on iOS, Android and other mobile and desktop devices.

StreamGuys’ new interactive player supports all popular mobile devices in alignment with the HTML5 markup language, which is quickly becoming the streaming platform of choice among broadcasters, publishers and advertisers who favor its multi-device support.

StreamGuys differentiates its HTML5 player by providing integrated metadata support, which seamlessly synchronizes live audio streams with relevant data of interest to consumers. This gives broadcasters and audio publishers a unique opportunity to offer audiences a full featured, interactive HTML5 player that works on every device. Radio stations, musical artists and other service providers can now easily, and dynamically, display artist and song title information, Amazon live links, social network connections and more alongside audio streams.

“There is no HTML5 standard for extracting the song title and artist name from a media stream and displaying it within a web page, which creates integration headaches for service providers and a less satisfying consumer experience,” said Dean Mitchell, lead developer, StreamGuys. “StreamGuys solves this problem by integrating a robust, server-side metadata parser with a flexible HTML5 media player. Broadcasters can now offer their audience a feature-rich, revenue-supported media player that has a consistent user experience across all devices.”

The launch also comes at a time when broadcasters and streaming services are exploring ad insertion technologies for multiscreen advertising. StreamGuys supports live ad insertion within its new player, using dynamic advertising technologies to trigger pre-rolls, mid-rolls and post-rolls. Similar to its metadata application, the HTML5 player automatically coordinates player content with the ad server to trigger the right advertisements for the right audiences at the right times.

Mitchell adds that StreamGuys will extend its HTML5 player functionality to other multimedia streaming services in future versions.

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

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
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