ViewCast Bows HD Streaming Appliance8 Apr, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey
Plano, Texas-based ViewCast Corp. has something new for the world of high-definition video streaming.
Its new Niagara 7500 high-def streaming hardware appliance — which it will unveil at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas April 18-23 — is designed for professional-level broadcasting online, simultaneously delivering high-def video to Internet protocol and mobile networks in multiple formats (WMV, VC-1, Flash, Silverlight, h.264, 3GPP mobile, etc.) and at multiple bit rates.
“[It enables] broadcasting professionals to deliver the highest-definition, multistandard video streaming experiences that today's digital media marketplace demands,” said ViewCast president and CEO Dave Stoner. “Even more significantly our management tools simplify the complex workflows often associated with the transformation and delivery of HD sources to IP and mobile networks.”
Featuring a touch-screen, widescreen monitor and headphone jacks, the hardware takes both standard and high-def video through its serial digital interface (SDI), and audio inputs for analog stereo, embedded SDI audio, and AES/EBU (the digital audio standard developed by the Audio Engineering Society and European Broadcasting Union).
ViewCast has not shared the SRP for the 7500, however, its standard-def predecessor, the Niagara 6226, has a price tag of $14,995.