Zurich, Switzerland (August 22, 2006)–Barix AG, a pioneer in IP-based audio, intercom and control/monitoring, announced the sale and delivery of its Instreamer and Exstreamer IP audio encoding and decoding devices to Vermont Public Radio and WMHT, a public broadcaster based in the Capital District of New York.
The deliveries are the first through Barix’s alliance with StreamGuys, Inc., a Northern California-based content delivery network. The agreement, signed earlier this year, allows Streamguys, Inc. to offer its customers PC-free hardware solutions for broadcasting and receiving streaming media over the internet, using Barix products at the core of the solution.
Jonathan Speaker, COO, is enthusiastic about the partnership between the two companies, with Barix acting as the stream converter and StreamGuys, Inc. as the stream distributor. He notes that broadcasters and program syndication services that use satellites to distribute program content may realize significant savings by switching to an internet-based solution using Barix appliances and his company’s delivery infrastructure.
“There are tremendous opportunities for broadcasters to reduce costs and create new revenue streams,” said Speaker. “Broadcasters can create new revenue opportunities by developing and streaming content which is different than what is offered to the over-the-air broadcast audience.”
Vermont Public Radio (VPR), based in Colchester, is discovering a variety of potential applications through the Barix/StreamGuys, Inc. alliance. “VPR provides streaming coverage of Vermont state legislative sessions, and we plan to update the PC-based system with the Barix Instreamer to get the signal from the state house to our capital news bureau and on to StreamGuys, Inc. for broadcast over the internet,” said Rich Parker, director of engineering. “Since Instreamer supports eight connections, one will go to StreamGuys, Inc. and the others can be used for reporters in the field or other in-house applications.” The system is scheduled to rollout by January 2007.