StreamGuys Adds Audience-Empowering Live Stream Rewind Capabilities to Revenue-Expanding Repurposing Platform

April 1, 2019

SGrecast’s new SGrewind feature gives listeners greater control with nDVR-like functionality to rewind, pause, resume and restart live streaming broadcasts

BAYSIDE, CALIFORNIA, February 11, 2019 – The upcoming 2019 NAB Show will mark the North American debut of SGrewind, the latest powerful module in the enterprise-class SGrecast live stream repurposing and workflow management system from StreamGuys.Automatically retaining a rolling window of replayable content, SGrewind lets radio broadcasters give their listeners network DVR-like abilities to rewind, pause, or restart a live stream from the beginning of a program. StreamGuys will demonstrate the new feature in booth N2524 at the show, where the pioneering SaaS-based streaming solutions provider will co-exhibit with technology partner ENCO from April 8 to 11.

The comprehensive, cloud-based SGrecast platform lets broadcasters record, repurpose, replay and rewind their live streams to improve audience experiences and effortlessly create revenue-expanding side channels and podcasts. SGrewind gives listeners greater control of their live-streamed audio, letting them pause and resume streams without missing any content; rewind to hear something they missed; or start the stream at a specific earlier segment, similar to a television electronic program guide (EPG). For example, mobile consumers can pause a live radio stream will passing through areas with poor connectivity; a listener joining a talk show late could restart from the beginning of the program; or a commuter about to leave home could jump back to the station’s most recent traffic segment.

SGrewind-enabled live stream control is available in StreamGuys’ managed, embeddable SGplayer, while SGrewind-generated URL parameters enable developers to integrate SGrewind support into their own custom players and mobile apps. SGrewind’s live audio DVR capabilities are processed at the server rather than client-side, enabling broadcasters to integrate multiple players and apps with the same rewindable stream while avoiding the need to use precious storage on listeners’ devices.

SGrewind integrates seamlessly with StreamGuys’ SGreports logging and analytics service to provide details of rewound content within in-depth listener metrics. SGrewind can leverage SGrecast’s blackout capabilities to prohibit rewinding during rights-restricted content, while upcoming functionality will allow users to selectively purge previously-recorded snippets to prevent replaying of unexpected offensive or legally-sensitive content.

“We continue to add new SGrecast features that help broadcasters easily, efficiently and inexpensively repurpose their content, improve audience engagement and deliver more value to their advertisers or sponsors,” said Jason Osburn, executive vice president, StreamGuys. “Enabling listeners to rewind live streams means they can hear more of the station’s content that they might have otherwise missed, benefiting the broadcaster and its advertisers, while giving consumers the convenience of not having to wait until the end of the current program for an archived recording to be published.”

The SGrewind feature of SGrecast is available immediately. SGrecast and SGrewind are just two of many powerful tools in StreamGuys’ end-to-end SaaS suite for producing, managing, monetizing, and delivering live and on-demand streaming media.

About StreamGuys, Inc.

In business since 2000, StreamGuys is an industry-leading service provider of live and on-demand streaming, podcasting delivery, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) toolsets for enterprise-level broadcast media organizations. The company brings together the industry’s best price-to-performance ratio, a robust and reliable network, and an infinitely scalable cloud-based platform for clients of any size to process, deliver, monetize and playout professional streaming content. StreamGuys supports many of the world’s largest Podcasts, global TV and radio broadcasters, video and audio production companies, houses of worship, retail and hospitality businesses, government organizations, medical and healthcare services, and live venues for sports and entertainment. The company excels in developing and deploying technologies for business growth and revenue generation, including dynamic ad insertion, Alexa skills, mobile streaming and detailed business and data analytics.

Renewed Vision Scoreboard and PVP3 Media Server Software Amplify the Fan Experience at University of Kentucky

April 1, 2019

Formetco Sports combines its high-resolution LED video displays with Renewed Vision software for live presentation of game data and video content

Alpharetta, GA, February 12, 2019 — A new dynamic, dual-LED display solution powered by Renewed Vision software is now driving all scores, player statistics, live video, and instant replays for women’s sports at Memorial Coliseum, home of the Kentucky Wildcats NCAA women’s basketball team. Formetco Sports, the systems integration division of LED display maker Formetco, Inc, managed the custom design and integration of the end-to-end systems inside the gymnasium on the campus of University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Formetco Sports installed Renewed Vision’s ProPresenter Scoreboard and PVP3 multi-screen media server software to drive game-day displays on two new Formetco displays: A 60 x 30-foot Formetco LED video scoreboard, and a 3.5 x 100-foot ribbon board. The integrated Renewed Vision workflow interoperates with existing control hardware and software, including Stat Crew, a scoring and statistics application from CBS. The Renewed Vision workflow also utilizes NDI IP video networking to deliver multiple video and data signals from a single network interface, and eliminate multiple SDI components and cabling from the infrastructure.

“As replacements to older scoreboards and monitors that had reached end of life, our major, turnkey scoreboard upgrade dramatically enhances the fan experience for those attending these University of Kentucky women’s games,” said Todd Heller, Formetco’s Vice President of Digital Products. “What’s remarkable is how seamlessly and cost-effectively the Renewed Vision product suite works within the university’s existing video infrastructure to drive content to our displays.”

The main LED video scoreboard—a massive video wall filling one side of the gym—primarily receives live video feeds and instant replays from a production switcher and instant replay systems in the existing control room. PVP3 arranges each display into zones earmarked for certain content, such as advertising, game stats, and crowd prompts like “Great Play,” “Match Point,” or “Ace.” With strict rules prohibiting the display of moving video during game play, the PVP3 user interface adds value by allowing operators to switch from moving to still imagery with a single click.

The ribbon board, which runs 100 feet along a wall opposed of the main LED video scoreboard, primarily displays statistics and scores for women’s basketball, volleyball, and gymnastics.

Renewed Vision Workflow

The workflow utilizes ProPresenter® Scoreboard to ingest scoring, game clock, and in-progress game data in real-time from a Daktronicsscoreboard console/controller, as well as XML-formatted player data, live and recorded video, and other sources for big-screen LED display. ProPresenter Scoreboard expands the video playout, graphics and CG text, and other live presentation capabilities inherent in the ProPresenter media presentation software on which it’s based.

The PVP3 media server ingests the data from ProPresenter Scoreboard and combines it with live and/or recorded video, backgrounds/stills, and other visual content. PVP3 operators can also harness its more sophisticated video toolset, including digital video effects and graphical transitions, and manage control functions. This includes adjusting brightness, and switching displays on and off.

Furthermore, PVP3 enables composition of dynamic, multi-layered High-definition presentations that can be custom-tailored for playout toeach Formetco screen with enormous, creative latitude. According to Heller, the integrated Formetco and Renewed Vision solution is UHD and HDR-capable, allowing operators to present higher resolution content at any time.

Scoreboard and PVP3 reside on the same Mac to further streamline the infrastructure, and all video, text, data and other media content move in and out of the two Renewed Vision systems via an NDI IP-based video network. NDI’s cost-effective networking requires only a standard gigabit Ethernet connection, eliminating the need for costly and cumbersome SDI routers, switchers and cabling.

“Scoreboard and PVP3 deliver the dynamic presentation capabilities needed while remaining intuitive for non-technical operators,” said David Porter, Multimedia Producer with Formetco Sports. Porter added. “Their approach and support for leading pro video standards enables seamless interoperability with the University of Kentucky’s existing video control room infrastructure, while leveraging off-the-shelf Mac computers to cost-effectively host and operate the Scoreboard and PVP3 software. These benefits, along with NDI integration, streamlined the installation process while saving the University of Kentucky a considerable amount of money.”

About Renewed Vision

Founded in 2000, Renewed Vision’s mission is to offer reliable, purpose-built production software that enables organizations—spanning from churches to corporations—to create dynamic media experiences that enhance worship services, meetings and other special events.For more information on our product lines, including ProPresenter, ProVideoPlayer and ProVideoServer, please visit our website at www.renewedvision.com.

Visix Introduces Ultra-Small Nano Digital Signage Player

April 1, 2019

ATLANTA, GA – February 12, 2019 – Visix has added a new Nano player to its digital signage hardware offering. The ultra-small form factor appliance is purpose-built to provide reliable 1080p playback for digital signs in the smallest package available, measuring just 2.75 inches square.

“This is our smallest player yet, and it can fit anywhere,” says Trey Hicks, Chief Sales Officer for Visix. “Our customers are looking for compact, economical solutions for their signage installations. This is a perfect player for less video-intensive applications that still demand highly reliable performance.”

The Nano player is Visix’s smallest and most affordable media player, with robust features like 64GB eMMC storage, 4GB LPDDR4 memory for performance, and support for wired and wireless networking. It is powered by the Intel® Apollo Lake Celeron N3350 Processor, and comes with a Kensington security port.

For more information about Visix digital signage players, visit https://www.visix.com/products/digital-signage-software/digital-signage-media-players/.

About Visix

Visix, Inc. offers a robust suite of digital signage software, content designs and meeting room signs for any organization wanting to engage, excite, and inform their audiences. Our products work separately or together, are competitively priced and scalable, and have powerful interactivity and data integration features for a unified, enterprise signage solution. Our award-winning service and support teams consistently rank the highest in customer satisfaction for fast, professional responses and solutions. Learn more about Visix digital signage products and services at www.visix.com.

CP Communications Establishes New Tampa-Area Headquarters

April 1, 2019

Spacious facility amplifies at-home production capabilities for streamed events, establishes developmental foundation for new Red House Streaming solutions family

St. Petersburg, Florida, February 13, 2019CP Communications, a leader in innovative solutions and services for broadcast and live event productions, has relocated its Elmsford, NY and Orlando, FL offices to a new 31,000-square-foot facility in St. Petersburg outside of Tampa. The facility will serve as CP Communications’ official headquarters for business and technical operations, housing four 53-foot production trucks, a NOC, and a 5,000-square-foot production studio.

CP Communications will retain its Fishkill, New York location, which will continue to house staff, field shops, engineering and local production facilities. The St. Petersburg facility reflects the broadcast industry’s transition from traditional RF signal transport technologies to IP, cloud and bonded cellular techniques. This includes further development of its new Red House Streaming solutions line, a family of production systems tailored for live-streamed events.

CEO Kurt Heitmann calls the 24/7 production studio the crown jewel of the new facility. CP Communications will equip the studio with its new Red House Streaming STREAM product line of IP Acquisition tools. These systems and a complete IP-based production workflow, including a high-density bank of Mobile Viewpoint playout and streaming servers, will allow CP to deliver a cost-effective yet high-end production solution to clients. In addition to providing a round-the-clock facility to produce live-streamed events, the studio will offer excellent value for sports and corporate events where limited on-location production resources are required.

“The Tampa area is among the fastest-growing technology and business hubs in the country, and we discovered that St. Petersburg had plenty of flexible industrial space to fit our needs,” said Heitmann. “We simply outgrew our Elmsford, NY facility, and we now have theengineering and production space needed to grow our business. In addition to housing our mobile units, we can bring remote sources from live events into our facility, and cut live to on-air content. We will also accommodate global monitoring capabilities of remote productions from our NOC, as well as live voiceovers, editing and many other production tasks.”

Heitmann adds that the St. Petersburg facility will serve as a developmental base for future Red House Streaming solutions, which the company will officially unveil at the 2019 NAB Show (April 8-11, Las Vegas Convention Center). CP Communications will co-exhibit with partner Mobile Viewpoint at Booth C3307, with product launch details to come.

About CP Communications

For more than three decades, CP Communications has provided high-quality, cost-effective live event production solutions to major broadcasters, sports leagues and teams, and event and production companies. Our solutions include access to experienced professionals, state of the art equipment, and innovative technologies and techniques for wireless audio & video content acquisition, transport and delivery. Our culture of innovation, coupled with the highest quality assurance standards and passion for customer service, promote collaboration with our clients to determine the best custom solution for each live event, whether it’s the U.S. Open, Super Bowl, World Series, Kentucky Derby, Tony Awards, or a political convention, corporate conference, fashion show, parade or marathon. CP Communications offers six HDRF Mobile Production trucks, two ENG Vans, five motorcycles, and a full-service machine shop, and offers a custom design for each event from box rentals through to turnkey production solutions.

Atlona Names EARPRO its New Distribution Partner in Spain and Portugal

April 1, 2019

EARPRO views Atlona’s innovative solutions as essential for today’s demanding,
commercial AV projects and installations

SAN JOSE, California, February 14, 2019 – Recognizing the importance of Spain and Portugal to its growing global sales and support network, Atlona, a Panduit company, announces that audiovisual distribution firm EARPRO now represents its industry-leading AV and control solutions across both countries.

Founded in 1988, EARPRO has broadened its product portfolio to encompass pro audio, lighting, video and AV control systems. It has also expanded its services to include product demos, systems design expertise, training, and on-going technical support. In recent years, the company has contributed these complementary, value-added services to their dealer network on many high-profile AV installations across Spain and Portugal, including sports stadiums, entertainment venues, concerts, airport information centers, government facilities, and high-end retail establishments.

“Atlona’s products greatly enhance our product portfolio with very powerful, versatile capabilities,” said Miguel Mezquita, EARPRO’s Managing Director. “With their state-of-the-art user interface, AV management and control systems, Atlona’s products are uniquely well-suited to the latest AV over IP, soft codec-based conferencing, and 4K/HDR AV network control applications.”

In addition to the impressive product showroom in Barcelona, EARPRO will open another one at its new Madrid facilities in the coming months. According to EARPRO, these showrooms are crucial environments for presenting product demos and fostering greater confidence in its products through first-hand user engagement. EARPRO plans to conduct many activities and events dedicated to promoting Atlona products, including on-site training workshops at its key customers’ locations.

“We’re delighted to add EARPRO to our growing roster of global partners,” said Ronni Guggenheim, General Manager, Atlona. “We value the close collaboration we have with EARPRO’s experienced sales reps as we increase the visibility of our products across the pro AV landscape in Spain and Portugal. We look forward to building a mutually rewarding relationship with EARPRO and its growing base of pro AV and commercial system integrators.”

About Atlona

Atlona, a Panduit company, is a leading global manufacturer of AV over IP distribution, connectivity, and control solutions. The company designs and engineers innovative, award-winning products for a diverse range of residential and commercial AV and IT markets. Backed by an award-winning 10-year warranty, Atlona’s products are developed to enable our customers’ ability to connect and collaborate with simplicity. More information about Atlona is available at atlona.com.

About EARPRO

With a focus on commercial AV systems integrators across Spain and Portugal, EARPRO represents a long list of top AV brands, including pro systems by Harman, such as JBL Professional, Soundcraft, Studer, as well as Panasonic, Shure, Acme Lighting, Absen, LG, Epson, Optoma, Datapath, Iadea, Ricoh and now, Atlona. The company prides itself on providing personalized services designed to match these best-in-class pro AV products with the unique needs of systems integrators who perform custom installations in retail environments, and live events venues, such as sports stadiums and concert halls.

For more information on EARPRO’s Pro AV expertise and services in Madrid, Barcelona and Lisbon, please visit: http://www.earpro.es or follow EARPRO at Facebook @earproav, Twitter @earpro_av, Instagram @earpro_av and LinkedIn EARPRO.

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