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AP and Anystream Integrate ENPS SNAPfeed With Agility

Creates end-to-end solution for remote news gathering (September 10, 2004)

Newsrooms using the Associated Press Electronic News Production System (AP ENPS) will be able to directly ingest newsfeeds submitted by remote journalists for on-air playback or editing based on integration of ENPS SNAPfeed with Anystream's Agility encoding technology, the companies announced today.

SNAPfeed is a software application developed by AP's Broadcast Technology group that allows journalists to transmit news video back to their newsrooms from remote locations without requiring satellite video links or conventional MPEG-based store-and-forward systems.

Anystream's powerful Agility encoding and transcoding software automatically ingests and converts the SNAPfeed files, and digitally delivers them to editing stations or production video servers for on-air playback, including Grass Valley, Leitch, Sony, Omneon, Pinnacle or SeaChange.

The integration saves newsrooms precious time that would otherwise be required to manually play or transfer the video from the field into production or broadcast systems. The companies showcased the integrated applications at both the Associated Press and Anystream stands at IBC. The SNAPfeed/Agility solution has been deployed as a customer trial in a Washington, D.C. television station and will be broadly available to all AP ENPS customers later this month.

"Agility integration with AP's SNAPfeed store and forward software, designed specifically for field journalists, enables a complete and gap-free path for video and metadata to travel from where it's made in the field to where it's used at the station in the shortest time possible with the least hassle. With the press of a button in the field, video is made available to newsroom desktops, production servers and NLE's where it can be immediately used. Agility provides our customers the speed and flexibility they need along with comprehensive compatibility with existing file servers," said Mike Palmer, director of technology/development for AP Broadcast.

"Anystream's flexible architecture enables it to be seamlessly integrated with the systems and applications broadcasters use the most," said Fady Lamaa, Anystream vice president of marketing. "We look forward to continuing our relationship with AP and extending Agility's encoding and transcoding automation to other aspects of the ENPS workflow," he said.

AP's Broadcast Technology group designs, develops, installs and supports newsroom computer system software and large news production systems for broadcast and cable networks, television stations, radio stations in more than 50 countries. Its ENPS is used by more than 46,000 reporters, writers, editors and producers in almost 500 newsrooms in 48 countries.

About AP
The Associated Press is the world's oldest and largest newsgathering organization, providing text, audio, news photos, graphics, video and technology to more than 15,000 news outlets worldwide. More than 3,300 television stations, radio stations and networks in more than 50 countries use its broadcast news software and systems, including ENPS, AP NewsCenter and AP NewsDesk. AP's broadcast division is based in Washington, D.C.

About Anystream (IBC Stand 2.140)
Anystream software automates rich media production in environments as complex as global media companies and as basic as the presentations of general business users. Its Agility products for media professionals integrate seamlessly with existing customer workflows and automate media encoding and transcoding of streaming, broadcast and production formats. Since its formation in April 2000, Anystream has become the leading supplier of automated audio and video encoding software for the world's leading broadcasters in the U.S. and Europe, used by such well-known brands as CNN, Fox News, Sky Networks, BBC, NFL Films and the Weather Channel to convert on- air video for Internet and data network applications. Anystream's award- winning Apreso products for general business users transform static business documents into dynamic rich media communications, without requiring users to learn new skills. Anystream awards include Presentations' Magazine's Standing Ovation Award, PC Magazine's 2003 Technical Excellence Awards Finalist, COMDEX Best of Show Finalist, Entrepreneur Magazine's "Hot 100," and Deloitte & Touche's "Fast 50." Anystream, Inc. is funded by SCP Private Equity Partners, Falcon Private Equity L.P. and Citigroup Investments, Inc. Anystream is based in Sterling, VA.

Darian Germain, Anystream, +1 703-948-3063;
Mike Palmer, AP ENPS, +1 202 736 9664;


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Related Keywords:Associated Press, Associated Press Electronic News Production System, AP ENPS, ingest, ENPS SNAPfeed, Anystream, Agility, encoding, SNAPfeed, transcoding, IBC, Mike Palmer, Fady Lamaa,

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