At Integrated Systems Europe (29 - 31 January 2013, RAI, Amsterdam), Cabletime, developer of the powerful MediaStar Evolution range of IPTV distribution solutions is to unveil its brand new Evolution Media Manager software, which will provide customers with enhanced functionality for controlling and scheduling the content they wish to distribute across their enterprise network.
The Media Manager is a core feature of Cabletime’s MediaStar Evolution, delivering a fully integrated content management system from a single interface which schedules all media sources and monitors every aspect of the distribution network, from the head-end to multiple screen locations.
The new version has been completely re-designed with a fresh interface (GUI), enriched functionality and improved ease of use. Additional features mean that as well as a central control function, users can also remotely control the system via an iPhone, iPad or smartphone, and estate floor plans will be integral to the application aiding with the location of units, screens and DMD.
The drag and drop function has been enhanced, allowing users to manage media – including PowerPoint presentations converted to HTML or WMV, live MPEG 2 or H.264 streams, SD/HD MPEG files, JPEG images and web pages – onto digital media decoder (DMD) units for easy manipulation and editing of the playlist and selection list.
Mike Cuckow, Sales Director, EMEA Asia Pacific at Cabletime, said: “The ease of use and functionality of the new Evolution Media Manager belies the very clever technology that sits behind it. Users will find it intuitive, easy to control and easy to upgrade and it makes monitoring of the system and scheduling, using the time-based playlist, so much more straightforward.”
Cabletime will be showing the Evolution Media Manager on its booth Booth 4-R36.
LAN-Caster DVB SD/HD
Also making a debut at ISE will be the latest additions to the MediaStar EvolutionLAN-Caster range, which now allows the live streaming of news, sport, entertainment and information in both SD and HD from digital terrestrial and digital satellite channels into theLAN.
The new EvolutionLAN-Caster DVB-T/T2 (Terrestrial) and DVB-S/S2 (Satellite) will feature a DVB-CAMslot for single or multiple channel decryption per single MUX, and within each MUX will deliver up to 15 concurrent TV and/or radio channels. Users will be able to deliver to theLANa range of 2, 8 or 12 concurrent encrypted SD and HD channels from one single unit. All units support Session Announcement Protocol (SAP).
Cabletime is expecting to demonstrate the new features, focusing particularly on the advantages they provide in reducing project costs per channel by maximising the 15 channel count per device. Prices for theLAN-Caster range start at £1295 and upgrades for existing customers are available for under £150.
HLS Encoder for iPads & iPhones
Cabletime is introducing a new encoder in its Evolution IPTV range, which will allow MediaStar system owners to stream video and audio viaan H.264 IP stream over WiFi to show media on Apple devices including iPads or iPhones. The Encoder will be available to existing Evolution users from March 2013 through a software upgrade. It will automatically adapt the viewer’s experience depending on their personal device, available bandwidth & settings. “This new Multi Format encoder will allow in-house videos, digital signage and broadcast media to be securely accessible on Apple devices” said Mike Cuckow. “We have introduced the HLS (Adaptive BitRate) encoder to meet the needs of users who are increasingly using iPads in their day-to-day working lives, particularly as part of the BYOD & OTT trend.”
Digital Media Decoder range rationalised
Increasing global demand for Cabletime’s MediaStar Digital Media Decoders has prompted the company to rationalise the range, improve the feature set and reposition the pricing. A powerful and versatile Digital Media Headend sits at the heart of all MediaStar digital media distribution solutions, but it is the Digital Media Decoders that provide the client interface and viewing experience. Full details of the new prices and benefits for end users and channel partners (including a new high quality ticker) will be available on the booth.
“We have so much to shout about at ISE 2013,” said Mike Cuckow. “The Media Manager software will be brand new and will enhance all of our MediaStar products, providing fantastic new features to help users navigate and manage their content distribution across the network easily and with confidence. We are also delighted to be demonstrating theLAN-Caster line up for the first time in public, highlighting the flexibility and upgrade options and showing customers how they can take advantage of the growing number of digital SD and HD channels.”
The MediaStar range provides TV/AV and multimedia distribution products primarily for medium to large enterprises, which require future-proof, stable and proven solutions for live TV, corporate communications, multicasts, music TV, training and digital signage.