Haivision Network Video today announced that it has received a patent for its "zero footprint" InStream(TM) soft player. Awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the patent covers Haivision's unique methodology of digital content delivery and audio/video viewing. InStream is a platform-independent soft player delivering live and on-demand video content and related data and control interfaces to desktops and set-top boxes. InStream provides an easy-to-deploy, harmonious, secure, and controlled user experience throughout any organization.
The InStream patent relates to recognizing the platform of any content request over the network and the on-demand provisioning of a platform-specific application to that device. With InStream, when a user requests to view media through a simple Web link, instantaneous communication is triggered with the client informing the server what platform the user has, and if conditional access is implemented, who the user is. After this simple communication, the player is sent to the user's computer and is then launched according to user-specific content authorizations and player behavior. The player then provides straightforward and secure access to live channels, playback channels originating from disk, and video on demand. Once the user closes the session, the player is removed completely from the end user's machine. This on-demand provisioning of InStream eliminates the need for any specialized software to be pre-installed, managed, or updated on target platforms. Deploying InStream throughout a facility or an organization is as simple as providing a single Web link.
"We recognized that ease of deployment, combined with consistent and controlled cross-platform operation, heightens the user experience and are key requirements across all industries," said Joe Gaucher, chief technology officer at Haivision. "The technology covered by this patent is fundamental to addressing these requirements."
Deployed in network video installations worldwide, the InStream player is used by hundreds of thousands of students across educational campuses, by staff throughout corporate enterprises, and by clinicians in hospitals and healthcare facilities for viewing secure live and on-demand media. Critical to InStream's broad acceptance is the fact that it doesn't require installation. It is easy to deploy, works across all major platforms equally, delivers video securely and according to user-authentication schema, and offers a client/server-based model that is unlike any other player technology available today. InStream's unique features enable precise control of the video experience and detailed reporting on all user accesses and activities.
InStream is the player interface for Haivision's Furnace(TM) IP video system. Coupled with Haivision's Makito(TM) HD H.264 encoders or Barracuda(TM) SD H.264 encoders, the Furnace and InStream provide an end-to-end, secure IP video solution. InStream works on virtually any computer platform, including Windows(R) PC, Mac(R), and Linux. InStream is also the interface for Haivision's Stingray(TM) high-definition set-top box.