2009 NAB Show Preview Wegener — Booth SU 7913 Scalable Network Control Wegener introduces CompelConnect.com at NAB 2009 for small to mid-size video networks. It is a new software-as-a-service (SaaS) that provides management tools for content distribution, scheduling, playout control, and monitoring of media players via the Internet. The full-featured remote network control system helps […]
2009 NAB Show Preview
Wegener — Booth SU 7913
Scalable Network Control
Wegener introduces CompelConnect.com at NAB 2009 for small to mid-size video networks. It is a new software-as-a-service (SaaS) that provides management tools for content distribution, scheduling, playout control, and monitoring of media players via the Internet. The full-featured remote network control system helps Wegener clients manage their network remotely, while controlling costs. CompelConnect.com works hand-in-hand with Wegener’s new iPump 525 IP media player to create a robust, scalable architecture for a variety of video applications.
CompelConnect.com is based on Wegener’s new generation of Compel network control. The Compel platform continues to build functionality for a variety of file-based workflow applications such as localized ad insertions, low-cost disaster recovery, virtual channel creation, and time shifting. Its open architecture system provides simplified operations for dynamic media distribution via satellite or terrestrial paths for content providers, private network operators and TV and radio broadcasters.
Internet Delivery Solutions
Wegener’s new iPump 525 IP media player and CompelConnect.com are part of a cost-effective solution for IP-based video services that require customization on a site-by-site or regional basis, such as: digital signage, corporate communications, and subscription-based services. The iPump 525 supports file-based standard-definition and high-definition video, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 (H.264) video and text overlays.
Tools to Localize Radio Broadcasts
ShowShifting is an optional feature of Wegener’s file-based distribution solution for radio networks. Created for central-casting network operations, it allows either affiliates or the network operator to specify when specific programs will play out of networked iPump 6420 audio media servers. The flexible feature allows playback at multiple times and on different days.
MicroCasting is a new programming solution for national radio programmers that provides remote affiliate stations with highly customized content while retaining all of the normal network features including: local ad insertion, local liners, downstream equipment cueing, and Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS) data. New options include the ability to tailor the audio to the station’s needs as well as the new ability to integrate local talent with the network content – freed from the restriction of hard timing the local elements. The MicroCasting feature is also implemented as an optional software upgrade.
Customizing Digital Signage
Also included in Wegener’s NAB showcase, is a review of Wegener’s digital signage technology for local on-screen insertion. Network-based digital signage systems continue to gain popularity in retail outlets and transportation hubs, as they dynamically deliver advertising and other information to consumers. Wegener has tailored its file-based broadcasting digital signage solution so users can easily add localized information to national broadcast signals.
Wegener’s iPump 525 IP media player and iPump 562 enterprise media player offer an overlay feature that allows video playout to be augmented with graphics and text. This makes it simple to immediately update hundreds of displays in private video networks with time sensitive information – such as regional news, local advertiser contacts, or horse racing odds — with a choice of static, scroll, or crawl formats.
Using Wegener’s COMPEL network control functionality to centralize data management and target delivery of live and file-based content, broadcasters can insert the playout of local content, such as traffic alerts, sports scores, local advertisements, weather, and community bulletin board information to networked iPump media servers.
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