Streambox(R) today announced that its StreamboxME (Mobile Encoder) smartphone streaming application is now available for the iPhone(R) 4, as well as iPhone 3GS phones that have been upgraded to the iOS 4 operating system. With StreamboxME, iPhone users are able to stream high-quality video over the AT&T 3G network via the Streambox Live(TM) broadband video contribution service, where the video may be accessed by broadcasters, news organizations, government agencies, and enterprises. StreamboxME for iPhone 4 includes several new features recently added to Streambox Live, which offers a groundbreaking approach to field newsgathering and video capture.
Now available for free download from the iTunes(R) App Store, StreamboxME adds the iPhone 4 to a growing list of mobile devices -- including the iPhone 3GS, Android(TM) and other 3G and 4G mobile phones, and Wi-Fi-connected laptops -- that can be turned into tools for cost-effective, easy-to-use, and highly flexible streaming and newsgathering. The new version for the iPhone 4 supports the phone's breakthrough new video features including the additional front-facing camera and the ability to output to NTSC or PAL video formats -- extending the solution's usability in global markets.
By subscribing to the cloud-based Streambox Live service, news and media companies and other organizations can utilize low-bandwidth networks to enable many-to-many real-time and file-based video acquisition. After downloading the free StreamboxME encoding software to their mobile devices, video contributors, journalists, citizen reporters, and enterprise communicators can file breaking news stories from field locations that are difficult for satellite newsgathering trucks to reach. Once the compressed video streams are uploaded to the studio, they can be decoded and broadcast live, streamed to a website, or archived via the Streambox Live data center.
Now, in addition to the Streambox Live Server's ability to accept live video streams, its capabilities for accepting file-based video (in store-and-forward mode, for later broadcast) have been extended. The Streambox Live Server can now receive video files uploaded from Streambox's recently launched Avenir battery-operated mobile streaming device, and the ability to send files is also being extended to iPhone users. At the upcoming IBC2010 show in Amsterdam, Streambox will be demonstrating the store-and-forward capabilities on the iPhone. Also, customers who purchase the Streambox Live IFB Server will now have the ability to integrate IFB signals into their Streambox Live workflows, enabling producers to send IFB audio cues back to their field reporters. Soon, all Streambox Live encoding software will include the built-in IFB feature.
StreamboxME is based on Streambox's award-winning ACT-L3(TM) codec, which offers low latency, high video quality, and extremely reliable transport at any data rate. Designed with broadcasters and professionals in mind, the application is easy to use and offers an innovative many-to-many video rights management system, video geotagging, and text-based IFB talk-back. Video sent to a Streambox Live server can be routed to one or many destinations at one time, including Streambox hardware decoders for baseband or SDI video playout, the Streambox Media Player for viewing on a computer monitor, or the Web via a CDN network.
"With the addition of StreamboxME for iPhone 4, we now support every current configuration for one of the world's most popular mobile devices. And, with the store-and-forward and IFB enhancements, Streambox Live is now a truly universal and comprehensive solution for field newsgathering," said Bob Hildeman, chairman and CEO of Streambox. "It's never been easier, or more economical, for users to record, encode, and stream live video from any location or those lacking high-bandwidth networking services."
More information about StreamboxME, Streambox Live, and other Streambox ACT-L3 encoding solutions is available online at www.streambox.com.