Eye-to-Eye Distribution & Delivery by David Kirk notable aspect of the 2010 IBC and 2011 NAB conference sessions was the rapidly increasing focus on IP streaming. Fibre-optic delivery to the home has yet to be turned into widespread reality but transport speeds over existing electrical infrastructure continue to accelerate. Cloud-based storage and distribution services offer a solution to the contention problem that arises when a large number of viewers choose to access the same content simultaneously. The following is a summary of significant new developments in the distribution and delivery product categories ahead of the next round of new and enhanced kit that can be expected at IBC 2011. A Digital Rapids has introduced version 2.0 of its TouchStream portable encoding and live streaming unit. This adds support for the company's Broadcast Manager multi-encoder management software, enabling remote monitoring, management and control of multiple TouchStream units from a central location. Additional new features include enhancements to HTTP Live Streaming for Apple iPhone and iPad devices and improved Microsoft Internet Information Services support. TouchStream appliances are available in SD and HD models with selectable output configurations to reach viewing devices such as mobile phones and tablets, personal computers and IPTV set-top boxes. Grass Valley has introduced as an option for its Ignite platform, MediaFUSE. This is an automated system designed to make the repurposing of content for Web and mobile distribution more efficient by consolidating multiple production steps into an integrated workflow. Using it, broadcast content, including alternate stories and extended-play content, can be processed rapidly. MediaFUSE includes hardware for encoding and transcoding content into more than 40 formats, including Flash, 3GP, Windows Media, H.264 and MPEG-2/4, as well as common software tools for preproduction, production, postproduction and management of extended play content. Ignite and MediaFUSE support on-demand and live WMV streaming, with ad and content replacement when interfaced to a supported ad traffic management system via BXF. DVEO (broadcast division of Computer Modules Inc) has introduced the MPEG Gearbox RF/IP as the latest addition to its line of SD/ HD (up to 1080i) MPEG-2 to H.264 transcoders or MPEG-2/4 to MPEG-2/4 scalers. Gearbox receives satellite and terrestrial RF signals, transcodes them to MPEG-2 or H.264, and outputs them to any number of IP devices. The resultant streams can be viewed with standard IP capable set-top boxes, streaming video, television receivers, smart phones, or software clients such as VLC or MPlayer. Four to six 720p HD streams, up to three 1080i HD streams, or 10 to 15 SD streams cam be transcoded from MPEG-2 to H.264 or vice-versa. Gearbox transcodes streams into H.264 format up to a maximum bitrate of 12 Mbit/s per stream, and MPEG-2 streams up to a maximum of 15 Mbit/s per stream. It can also mix and match MPEG2 and H.264 streams. The unit can output to ASI and other physical formats at the same time. The input can be simultaneous choices from 8VSB, DVB-S/S2, HD-SDI, QAM, DVB-C, DVB-T, DVB-ASI, or GigE. >> 28 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE