SOURCE: OSTN

November 01, 2007 06:00 ET

OSTN Selects Video Furnace to Deliver Student Channel to Global Audience

Video Furnace Enables OSTN to Extend Reach to All Campus Users Regardless of Device Operating System or Player Software and Enables Additional Functionality

CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwire - November 1, 2007) - OSTN (http://www.ostn.tv/), the leading provider of student-produced entertainment, educational and news IPTV content and services, today announced selection of Video Furnace (www.videofurnace.com) as its new video distribution system provider.

The Video Furnace video distribution solution is a complete, integrated system that enables educational institutions and other organizations to deliver live, broadcast and on-demand TV-quality video to any computer or TV connected to the network. Platform-independent, the Video Furnace solution is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems, and it is the only one that does not require any resident player software, browser plug-ins or hardware on the connected devices. An industry first, Video Furnace's patent-pending viewer, InStream, arrives with the video stream and disappears when viewing ends, eliminating the need to install or manage end-user software.

With the migration to Video Furnace, OSTN now can extend its reach to all users on a campus network, regardless of the device operating system or player software. Previously, users needed a specific operating system or media player to view OSTN content. With Video Furnace, OSTN can provide integration with course management software to deliver content such as distance-learning assignments and event broadcasts.

"After an 18-month competitive analysis, we selected Video Furnace because it provides a robust feature set and seamless viewing experience," said Rich Griffin, OSTN executive vice president and director of Technology. "The OSTN/Video Furnace partnership provides institutions with a scaleable and secure solution to meet the growing demand for IPTV communication and education."

"OSTN content is available to more than 4,500 colleges and universities across the globe. Any university or research institution connected to Internet2 or other multicast-enabled network can join OSTN and receive its content," said Arun Kumar, OSTN President and CEO.

"Having the leading provider of educational and entertainment IPTV content and services choose Video Furnace is a testament to the power, flexibility and ease-of-maintenance our system provides, especially for the education market," said Howard Weinzimmer, CEO, Video Furnace.

InStream is a trademark of Video Furnace.

Internet2 is a registered trademark of Internet2.

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