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Vbrick Systems Enhances EtherneTVScalable video system features user authentication, MAC support (September 08, 2004)
Responding to the ever-increasing demand from education, government and enterprise customers, VBrick Systems, Inc. (www.VBrick.com), the premier provider of digital video solutions, today introduced EtherneTV 2.0, a major enhancement to the company's EtherneTV Media Distribution System, the world's first complete system for the delivery of live and stored television to both desktops and TVs. A demonstration of EtherneTV 2.0 can be seen at stand # 2.139 at International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) 2004 conference, September 10-14 in Amsterdam.
Based on open MPEG standards and comprised of integrated VBrick video components controlled by an improved intuitive user interface, EtherneTV 2.0 makes it easier to manage and distribute live or recorded video to and from any classroom, boardroom or office.
"The reaction to EtherneTV has been tremendous from our education, government, and corporate customers," said Pat Cassella, Sr. Director, Product Management. The new features in EtherneTV 2.0 will permit our customers to broaden communications through the use of video for training, corporate addresses and education, thus making students smarter and employees more efficient and productive. These events can now take place over the existing IP network, simply and affordably with DVD-quality audio and video."
Enhancements to EtherneTV 2.0 Include:
* EtherneTV-MCS Media Control Server 2.0 - The MCS server has been updated with the following functionalities
* Access Control - Administrators can set access control to particular Live or Stored content for Users or User Groups. The Access Control system works for PCs, Mac, and Set Top Boxes. The MCS server also can authentication to Microsoft's Active Directory and other LDAP directory servers such as Novell's eDirectory.
* Mac Support - Mac users now have access to the same easy to use EtherneTV program guide as PC and Set Top Box users. Live and stored MPEG-4 streams can be selected and viewed at a click of a mouse via QuickTime Player.
* Server Clustering - In medium- to large-sized implementations, users can cluster multiple NXG servers to act as if they were one large server. With this feature, servers can be decentralized and placed close to users for bandwidth savings, and total system throughput can increase.
* Desktop support for Recording and Publishing to the NXG Video on Demand server - PC and Mac users can now record live streams directly to the NXG server through a single push of a button. These users can also upload previously recorded content and thumbnails to the NXG server.
* Access to Customer Defined URLs - Administrators can now provide links to non-MPEG video assets (for example, Windows Media streams) as well as hyperlinks to other types of files such as Powerpoint, PDF, or Word files.
* EtherneTV-Set Top Box (STB) - As Set Top Boxes are installed in the network the EtherneTV-MCS automatically detects them. When the STB is pointed to the MCS, the STB automatically displays the live and stored video to which it has access. The STB now includes an intuitive IR remote control which uses the familiar Channel Up/Down and other hot keys for easy navigation.
* EtherneTV-NXG1 and NXG2 Video on Demand Servers - The NXG1 and NXG2 Video on Demand servers now ship on robust Dell hardware and support 75 Mbps and 250 Mbps throughput, respectively.
Also at IBC 2004, VBrick Systems will participate as a sponsor for the MPEG Industry Forum (MPEGIF) and Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA) Super-Session, "MPEG Technologies - Setting New Standards." The event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 12 at 9:30AM, at the RAI Exhibition Centre, Room O.
About VBrick Systems, Inc.
VBrick Systems, Inc. manufactures simple, reliable video solutions that enhance communications and reduce costs for organizations large and small. VBrick enables enterprises to benefit from high quality visual communications through networked video appliances. VBrick's broad range of MPEG video solutions provide the simplest and most dependable visual communications to businesses, educational institutions and government agencies ranging in use from distributing news and information and distance learning to training and surveillance. Based in Wallingford, Connecticut, USA, VBrick Systems' products are distributed through industry-leading value-added resellers, system integrators and distributors.
Find out more at www.VBrick.com.
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