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EDS Offers Real-Time Video and Audio From Streaming21

(August 30, 2001)
EDS announced that it will offer its clients next-generation streaming technology solutions from Streaming21, enabling users to transmit and play digital video and audio over Internet and broadband networks without having to wait until a file is downloaded.

In addition to enabling users to customize and interact with the content, the Streaming21 technology lets them access live, pre-recorded, or on-demand programming through a variety of wired or wireless devices, including televisions equipped with set-top boxes, laptops, handheld PDAs, desktop personal computers and Internet appliances.

Market analyst firm IDC projects that worldwide streaming media market revenue will grow at a compound annual rate of 92 percent over the next four years and will exceed $5 billion by 2005.

Much of this revenue will come from corporate applications, such as product launches and employee training. Research firm Jupiter Media Matrix projects that the top 1,000 U.S. companies, ranked by revenue, will spend almost $3 billion on Webcasting in 2005, almost 10 times what they are expected to spend this year.

Through its agreement with Streaming21, EDS will offer clients the following services in the broadband space:

  • End-to-end support and management of a client's IP video infrastructure and enabling technologies;

  • A single point of ownership for consulting, implementation, and integration;

  • Solution integration and services, including premises and desktop management, managed storage, applications, front and back office, Web hosting, and converged networks.

    Streaming21's highly scalable and reliable software supports the MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VCD, Microsoft ASF/WMV, AVI, HDTV, e-Cinema and other encoding formats for video programming, as well as MP3 for music. The system features intelligent real-time load balancing, bandwidth management, user tracking, transaction management, quality-of-service, 24/7 operation and monitoring. Streaming21's software platform is easy to deploy, expand and maintain, using off-the-shelf hardware to lower the total cost of ownership.

    Industries that EDS will target with Streaming21 technology include entertainment/music, sports, automotive, retail, government, financial, education and hospitality -- with a special focus on distance learning, internal media libraries and training, as well as internal and external corporate communications functions.

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