Streambox Partners with AST to Enable Satellite Customers to Access Streambox Live – Video Contribution Service

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Applied Satellite Technology Ltd (AST) today announced a formed partnership with Streambox, Inc. AST is delighted to offer the Streambox Live IP-based video contribution service, fully integrated with AST’s suite of Value Added Services, ASTLive!™, available on the BGAN satellite platform.

By downloading the Streambox Live encoding software free of charge onto a laptop field news crews and other organisations using AST’s services can now transmit live or file-based video via mobile satellite terminals.
“Broadcasters are increasingly demanding a ‘pay as you go’ broadcast model to more closely map their usage to service costs,” said Mark Sykes, AST’s Airtime Director. “Combine that with new cost effective streaming pricing from Inmarsat and AST’s optimised Internet routing solution (Performance IP), which makes BGAN live broadcasts over the Internet a reality, and you have the perfect solution for all types of broadcasters wishing to relay news and events in real time from remote areas of the world using satellite IP services.”

Through the AST/Streambox partnership, all video transmitted by Streambox Live users will be automatically streamed to AST’s Streambox Live Server. Users will be able to set up an account, browse the Streambox Live Server, and select videos to manage, route, and broadcast live. The Streambox Live Server adds Forward Error Correction (FEC) to the video stream and transmits the video to the customer with added packet redundancy and recovery for smooth video playout with minimal latency, and the highest-possible picture quality.

Brian Raine, Vice President, Business Development at Streambox added, “This new service has had great adoption and is particularly attractive to medium and smaller sized broadcasters in emerging markets who often find alternatives too expensive.”

More information about Streambox Live available through AST can be found online at www.satcomms.com.

About Applied Satellite Technology

Part of the Gardline Group of privately owned companies, AST was established in 1992 with a background in providing communications solutions to the offshore oil and gas exploration industry. Recently celebrating its 15th year anniversary, the company has enjoyed tremendous growth in providing equipment to both the land and marine sectors including provision of satellite airtime.

AST currently operate on an international basis from two UK offices, with a further four offices based in South Africa, Singapore, Australia and the USA.

AST contribute their success and growth to their ability to offer customers a complete ‘one stop’ service combined with hard won specialised experience, a professional approach and a thorough understanding of customer needs.

For more information on AST Ltd visit www.satcomms.com
About Streambox

Streambox focuses on IP-based, end-to-end newsgathering and contribution services. It delivers SD and HD software and hardware for video compression, transmission, management and playout. The Streambox Live™ service supplements the Streambox platform with free encoding software and server-based services for scalable newsgathering and contribution.

Streambox solutions are based on the industry-leading ACT-L3 AP™ codec, which provides unrivaled performance, reliability, and quality over low data rate IP networks for fast transmission and playout of video streams in HD and SD. The company’s platform enables broadcasters, government agencies, enterprises, and other users to enhance content ownership, simplify operations, and increase operational efficiencies.

More information is available at www.streambox.com

Contacts:



AST South Africa Donna Coleman (+44) 1493 416 565