SOURCE: Streambox Inc.

April 18, 2005 19:07 ET

Streambox® ACT-L3™ Video Transport Utilized by CNN for Satellite & Electronic News Gathering

CNN to Deploy 300 Streambox ACT-L3 Video Transport Portable & Desktop Solutions for Live News Reporting From the Field and Regional News Bureaus Worldwide

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 18, 2005 -- NAB -- South Hall Booth #SL 3655 -- Streambox(c) Inc., the leader of video compression and real-time video solutions for broadcasting, satellite and cable, announces that CNN will utilize Streambox ACT-L3, an advanced SNG/ENG solution, to compress and transmit live news reports over low data rate satellite, wireless and wired IP-based networks.

Streambox ACT-L3 is a high performance newsgathering solution that allows broadcasters a new way to gather live news over lower cost satellite and IP-based networks. Streambox ACT-L3 is a turn on, point-and-shoot system that is easy to set up and use, and seamlessly integrates with existing SNG/ENG tools. Streambox ACT-L3 is the only system with advanced capabilities to deliver high-quality video compression and reliable transmission over IP and other packet-based networks. ACT-L3 encoders and decoders come in a variety of form factors including portable, desktop and rack mount.

CNN utilizes low datarate satellite and IP-based networks to gather live news from field reporters and bureaus around the world. The ACT-L3 Video Transport solutions with high-quality compression and advanced error correction technology allow field reporters in remote parts of the world to use portable Streambox ACT-L3 encoders to report live via Inmarsat satellite video phones. Stationary ACT-L3 video encoders are utilized in CNN bureaus to transmit live and stored video over IP-based networks to the CNN center in Atlanta.

"We are pleased that CNN has chosen ACT-L3 Video Transport solutions to power CNN's low bitrate newsgathering system," said Bob Hildeman, Chairman and CEO of Streambox. "We will continue making advancements to ACT-L3 Video Transport to maintain our technological edge and contribute to CNN's newsgathering leadership."

Under the supply, support and maintenance agreement Streambox will provide CNN with ACT-L3 Video Transport Encoders and Decoders, and ACT-L3 QuickTime CODEC. These Streambox solutions contain ACT-L3 video compression, advanced forward error correction, packet rate shaping to control overflow, and advanced system software combine to provide high reliability and performance over IP-based networks.

Leading broadcast, cable, satellite and telecom operators use Streambox ACT-L3 Video Transport for real-time news contribution and program distribution over all IP and T1/E1 network types. ACT-L3 provides interlaced broadcast and DVD quality video at low bitrates and where low end-to-end video latency is mandatory. ACT-L3 applications include TV broadcasting, satellite, Tele-medicine, wireless, film and video production and as well as desktop PC and Macintosh systems. For additional information see:

About Streambox

Streambox is the leading supplier of digital video compression and video transmission solutions to broadcasters, cable, satellite and telecom operators, systems integrators and solution vendors. Streambox, with its unique staff of PhDs, mathematicians, system architects, and video specialists, is an expert in coding, managing, moving, storing, and serving video streams over a variety of networks. North American Streambox customers include: US Government, Belo Broadcasting, Media General, Comcast, Pappas Telecasting, Northland Cable, CNN, and PAX Television. For info:

About CNN:

CNN, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is one of the world's most respected and trusted sources for news and information. Its reach extends to 15 cable and satellite television networks; three private place-based networks; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; 12 Web sites, including, the first major news and information Web site; and CNN Newsource, the world's most extensively syndicated news service. CNN currently transmits five separate channels that broadcast to the Asia Pacific, South Asia, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Latin America and the United States. CNN's international networks combined can be seen in more than 225 million television households in 212 countries and territories worldwide.

Contact Information

  • Press Contact:
    Bob Hildeman
    Streambox Inc.
    206-956-0544 x111