VBrick Systems, Inc., the world leader in digital video appliances and solutions, today announced significant enhancements to its EtherneTV digital video solution, which enables organizations to create, broadcast, record, and manage live and on demand video. VBrick?s EtherneTV 4.1 combines easy-to-use ?plug and stream? webcasting solutions with business-class reliability, performance, and security ? providing authorized users with seamless access to robust visual communications tools.
By removing cost and complexity barriers to digital video adoption, EtherneTV users set up and stream interactive multimedia presentations quickly ? internally or to global audiences. EtherneTV incorporates VBPresenter, a VBrick software plug-in that enables users to create and broadcast presentations that blend real-time audio/video with live, synchronized PowerPoint slides. Additionally, guided web browsing enables users to launch web pages that incorporate embedded video and flash animation into their presentations. Polling and Q&A capabilities provide engaging real-time communications between presenters and audiences.
New EtherneTV management applications include the new Emergency Broadcast capabilities that stream live or pre-recorded alerts companywide or to specific sites or groups. Multi-video screen viewing enables stock brokers and other users to monitor multiple television station streams for breaking news. Additionally, VBrick?s new Windows Media IPR (set-top box) expands digital signage and remote video management capabilities, while also enabling users to extend their Windows Media ecosystems.
?The overwhelming popularity of video content on YouTube, CNN, and other web sites reflects strong preferences for how we gather and retain information,? said Rich Mavrogeanes, founder and chief technology officer, VBrick Systems, Inc. ?VBrick is merging the self-streaming esthetic that has taken hold across the Internet with a business-class framework to truly change how employees communicate internally and globally. By providing powerful and straightforward video applications to all authorized users, VBrick is fundamentally changing how organizations innovate and communicate.?
EtherneTV empowers users to stream live presentations and breaking news to employee desktops globally, create dynamic webcasts that highlight new services, accelerate new product introductions via real-time tele-presence collaboration between sites, and expand classroom education with on-demand access to DVD-quality digital video libraries. The intuitive, browser-based interface lists television station broadcasts and other live content as well as stored digital video from multiple sources, thereby unifying disparate digital media formats and operating systems throughout the enterprise.
Agile, Scalable ?Enterprise Television?
EtherneTV?s modular architecture enables organizations to tailor digital video applications to their business requirements while gaining the flexibility to scale quickly using the following EtherneTV components:
*EtherneTV Portal Server, Network Video Recorder (NVR), and? Scheduler: Deliver a powerful browser-based interface to access live and stored digital video quickly and easily. Also manages simultaneous recordings and provides ?TiVo-like? capabilities that enable users to set times for viewing and recording broadcast events (e.g., weekly video conference calls, daily school morning announcements, a one-time sales launch presentation, etc.)
*EtherneTV Video On Demand Servers: Provides? high-performance video on demand capabilities for active digital library management. Multi-platform support ? Microsoft Windows, Windows Media, and RedHat Linux ? provides added flexibility to support business requirements
*VBrick Network Video Appliances: Delivers live and stored? video virtually anywhere. Approximately the size of a dictionary, VBrick digital video appliances digitize, transmit, receive, and record digital video in both Windows Media and MPEG formats
*EtherneTV Digital IPR (digital set-top box): Enables televisions,? flat panel displays, and projectors to display video and multimedia. Closed captioning capabilities expand video applications and support federal disabilities compliance requirements
*StreamPlayer: Provides single viewer for both MPEG and? Windows Media. The VBrick software is installed locally or remotely on PCs. (PCs and wireless devices with Windows Media do not need StreamPlayer to view Windows Media files.)
*VBPresenter: Enables users to incorporate PowerPoint and? other rich media into their video presentations
About VBrick Systems, Inc.
VBrick Systems, Inc. is the world?s most reliable provider of standards-based video networking solutions to educational institutions, corporations, and governments. VBrick, an ISO 9001:2000 certified company, has garnered numerous industry accolades including the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, Connecticut Technology Fast 50, and the National Association of Broadcaster?s (NAB) Award for Innovation in Media in the Content Delivery category. Based in Wallingford, Connecticut, USA, VBrick?s products are distributed through industry-leading value-added resellers, system integrators and distributors. Find out more at www.VBrick.com.