StreamS Live Encoder

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Summary

The next generation of audio streaming and file delivery is here! Featuring both legacy protocols and the new HLS/DASH adaptive bit rate solutions (including HLS/DASH direct™), StreamS Live Encoder uses standard web server infrastructure for live streaming. There’s no special web server module required which means that any web server on any platform, including cloud storage, can be used. Without additional hardware, software or licensing costs your streaming solution is far more budget friendly!

The StreamS HLS encoder is licensed for either 2, 4, 8 or 16 audio input sources providing up to 4 streams per source.  While the StreamS 2 encoder runs as an application, StreamS 4, 8 and 16 HLS encoders run as MS Windows Services meaning faster reboots and reconnects without the need for user login. Extended real time metadata is supported and the newest addition is Cache-Control for the AWS protocol.

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Features

Licensed for commercial use

Unlike open-source implementations that require codec licensing for commercial use, this software is ready to go without any additional licensing, and is DMCA Compliant.

 

No dedicated streaming server software required

Uses standard web server and web server infrastructure to stream live and files. Does not require any special web server module, allowing any web server on any platform, including simple cloud storage, to be used. Uses HLSdirect™ and DASHdirect™. HTTP/2 ready. Does not rely on legacy ICY (SHOUTcast/Icecast) or Adobe Flash RTMP protocols to deliver HLS/DASH without all the associated limitations. 100% FlashFree™ encoder.

 

Decreases deployment costs

Does not require separate streaming server infrastructures, and deployment staff.

 

Decreases operating costs

Does not require separate streaming server hardware, software, and licensing, and no extra support staff.

 

Increases reliability

Less hardware and software to fail.

 

Network scalability

Less complex server infrastructure to scale.

 

Apple HLS and/or MPEG-DASH

Uses IETF compliant Apple HLS and/or ISO compliant MPEG-DASH, the new HTTP streaming protocols. Overcomes obstacles and limitations of ICY and RTMP streaming. More robust than ICY or RTMP delivery, especially on crowded mobile networks. TTL and Keep-Alive problems associated with streaming protocols are eliminated. Network traffic appears to player clients as HTTP-delivered downloadable files on standard and/or custom ports. This makes it easy to penetrate most firewalls, relieving streaming support issues, and creating a much better user experience increasing listener expectations.

 

Optimized for Audio Streaming Delivery

HLS is encoded ADTS ES and MPEG-DASH encoded in ISO/BMFF with complete real time metadata, which is much more efficient than TS for audio-only delivery.

 

AAC/HE-AAC Audio Codecs – Stereo / Surround

Uses Genuine Fraunhofer AAC/HE-AAC (aacPlus), the latest MPEG audio standard codec, commercial floating-point implementation for the ultimate wide band audio quality. No transcoding from other coded formats are used, which reduces audio quality. This replaces outdated primitive MP3. No MP3 streaming royalties, less expensive to stream, less expensive to listen, more efficient, more reliable, and sounds better than MP3. Due to higher coding efficiencies than MP3, your audience will thank you for substantially less data usage. This is the same audio codec technology used in the number one on-line music provider, Apple iTunes Music Store.

 

Adaptive Multiple Bitrates

Synchronous adaptive multiple bitrate streaming without transcoding for the best possible audio quality.

 

Player Compatibility

Solves the cross-browser, cross-platform AAC Player problem using one single codebase browser player.
All current version Apple OS X and iOS Devices, Microsoft Windows 10 Edge Browser, and select Android Devices, have native support for HLS and AAC/HE-AAC. HTML5/MSE browsers can use JavaScript HLS/MPEG-DASH players, of which there are now several available, and also FlashFree™. Optionally, legacy operating systems and browsers can use custom Adobe Flash Players. This results in 100% browser coverage without MP3 fallbacks, further reducing costs. iOS and Android Player Apps cover mobile devices. This gives your audience the best possible user experience everywhere.

 

Player Starts Immediately

Since HLS/MPEG-DASH segments are cached on the server, player clients can download as fast as the network connection allows and will start playing immediately. No need to support special streaming server fast-start protocols or be constrained by the ability of the streaming server to fill a buffer before play starts.

 

RFC Compliant FTP / DAV

Uses RFC Compliant FTP, FTPS, HTTP DAV, HTTP DAVS, HTTP POST/GET, Amazon AWS S3, Limelight, and Akamai (more services are in development) for streaming encoder to server connection. Provides complete file management for segments. Automatically deletes expired segments and files. Eliminates high-overhead restrictive server management scripts. Does not require obsolete proprietary Adobe Flash RTMP for the streaming encoder-to-server connection, eliminating unnecessary complexity and Flash security risks. 100% FlashFree™.

 

HTTPS/SSL/TLS

Deliver streams over HTTPS using SSL/TLS for secure connections. All stream network traffic can be concealed using SSL-compliant player clients with public or private keys.

 

Optional Audio Encryption

Protect your content.

Encrypt content for subscription based services using encryption compliant player clients.

 

Optional Audio Watermark

Immediate content accountability and traceability while playing using watermark-compliant player clients.

 

Standard Audio Device Support

Audio Input uses any Microsoft Windows WDM compliant audio device, including stereo sound cards, multichannel sound cards, virtual sound drivers for inter-app connections without sound cards, and network audio drivers for audio input without sound cards. This allows any Windows Audio compliant sound devices and applications, such as audio playout and processing, to be direct connected without proprietary audio protocols or APIs, and without physical audio cables for those applications not requiring live audio capture. Qualified multichannel sound cards can be used for multiple stereo 2.0 and/or multichannel 5.1 input sources.

 

PAD/Metadata

Frame-accurate synchronous extensible PAD/Metadata with full ID3v2.4 UTF-8 compliance for all International characters. Provides an accurate listener experience, and precise content/ad insertion timing and control. There are no unpredictable server PAD/Metadata latencies and variables from metadata intervals and stream transpacketizing as from ICY SHOUTcast/Icecast2 protocols. Secure PAD/metadata updates, unlike ICY SHOUTcast/Icecast2 protocols. Extensible PAD/metadata without legacy limitations, and user-definable PAD/metadata fields for complete custom applications, including content/ad insertion, and other signaling. No complex server-side scripting required. Also accepts externally generated ID3v2.4 frames. Metadata is DMCA Compliant.

 

Frame-accurate Audio Frames

HLS and MPEG-DASH segments are frame accurate lengths to prevent fragmented-frame audio decoder errors.

 

Apple iTunes Radio Compliant

Apple HLS and PAD/metadata is 100% Apple iTunes Player and iTunes Radio compliant with Artist, Title, and Images.

 

Audio Player Gain Offset PAD/Metadata

In conjunction with compliant player clients, this metadata controls the player client audio level to achieve consistent audio loudness between program elements, which is especially important for server-side content/ad insertion applications. This feature facilitates EBU R128 compliance by using the appropriate analysis software and sending the Target Loudness Level PAD/metadata through the streaming encoder or in the PAD/metadata of the server-side content/ad insertions to compliant player clients.

 

SNMP Monitoring

Monitor encoder parameters and status using network SNMP. Status alarms through TCP/IP control interface.

 

VM Compatible

Virtual machine compatible with:
VMware
XenServer
Parallels Desktop for Mac

 

 

 

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