Argosy, a leading international supplier of broadcast cables and infrastructure products, has announced it has added the powerful 1RU Stream+ encoder to its active hardware range, bringing this large-scale, ultra-density video encoding device to the broadcast market for the first time. As a result, Argosy has now become an official ‘channel reseller’ for British technology specialist Boston Limited.
“We are delighted to add the Stream+ encoder to our active hardware range,” said Josh Simons, director of Argosy. “Live, large-scale broadcast events generate hundreds of feeds and require the simultaneous encoding of multiple groups of large numbers of live sources and cameras from a central location, and a very expensive server infrastructure for network operators. The Boston Stream+ ultra-dense encoding solution addresses this by offering significant quality and cost benefits to our video delivery customers. It also offers efficiency to private cloud operators, reducing their operating costs by up to four times, while improving their streaming quality.”
Stream+ is a new 1RU rack-mounted solution powered by Xilinx Alveo accelerator cards and high performing video encoding software that includes the new MPEG-5 Part 2 LCEVC standard that significantly enhances the quality and throughput of any codec such as AVC/H.264, HEVC, VP9, and – in the future – AV1, VVC, and others. The addition LCEVC delivers better quality than the base codec natively at up to 50% lower bitrates.
“We are delighted to partner with Argosy to help us make the power of the Stream+ available to broadcasters around the world. As well-known and trusted supplier to the broadcast market, Argosy are the ideal choice to take our ‘first-to-market’ encoding solution to those in this industry that have a growing need for 4Kp60 video encoding at the best quality and lowest bitrate.” said Manoj Nayee, managing director of Boston Limited.
The Boston Stream+ joins Argosy’s extensive range of active hardware and power management offering, that includes intelligent power supplies, managed switches for high-capacity IP and 12G SDI to name a few. Over its 26 year history, Argosy has compiled a comprehensive range of hardware products and solutions for its broadcast customers, which can significantly ease the pain of building new systems for production, content management and delivery.