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Wowza & Digital Rapids Partner to Refine Streaming Media Infrastructures for Desktop, Mobile & IPTV

Evergreen, CO, April 7, 2010 - Wowza Media Systems®, the media server company, announced today a partnership with Digital Rapids, the leading provider of tools and solutions for bringing television, film and Web content to wider audiences. The collaboration is designed to streamline infrastructures for businesses eager to stream video at the highest quality to all digital screens — mobile, desktop and IPTV.

Together, the Wowza Media Server 2 and Digital Rapids' multi-format encoding and live streaming systems enable content creators, distributors and broadcasters to efficiently bring content to multiple viewing platforms and player technologies. Digital Rapids' latest release, the StreamZHD Live ABR™ adaptive streaming system, encodes and streams live HD and SD content with unparalleled quality and performance using the latest in adaptive bitrate delivery technologies. Combined with the Wowza Media Server 2, the unified solution enables simultaneous streaming to multiple players and devices using a single multi-bitrate encoder source — freeing organizations from the traditional financial and resource burdens of deploying and operating separate client-specific encoder and server infrastructures.

"As the adoption of new video-optimized devices and technologies continues to accelerate, content creators and distributors are looking for scalable, cost-effective solutions to efficiently reach all of these varied viewing platforms," said Brian Stevenson, Director of Product Management at Digital Rapids. "We're pleased to be working with Wowza to ensure compatibility between our solutions, and help our mutual customers bring the highest-quality content to the most people on the greatest number of screens."

The Wowza Media Server 2 is the only software on the market to natively implement concurrent streaming support for Adobe7reg; RTMP protocol suite, Apple® HTTP Streaming, Microsoft® Smooth Streaming, RTSP/RTP delivery for Apple QuickTime™, mobile and other clients as well as MPEG-TS for OTT IPTV set-top delivery.

"Viewers consume online video content in different ways, but the goal of any organization in the business of online video should be simple: deliver high quality video content to the greatest number of people," said Dave Stubenvoll, CEO and co-founder of Wowza Media Systems. "Today, that means being able to deliver the same exceptional video experience to a desktop with Flash®, an iPad® or iPhone® via HTTP streaming, or a laptop supporting Microsoft Silverlight®, regardless of where they are or what network connection they are using. That’s what our companies are accomplishing together and we’re doing it in a way that not only delivers a higher efficiency than traditional methods, but it does so much more affordably."

In addition to the technology synergies between Wowza’s unified media server and the StreamZHD Live ABR encoder, Wowza Media Server 2 also works in concert with other Digital Rapids systems including their TouchStream® portable live steaming appliance, StreamZ™ and StreamZHD™ turnkey systems, and the DRC-Stream™ board-and-software bundles.

Both companies will be demonstrating their latest media streaming innovations at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 12-15; Wowza in booth #SU9310 and Digital Rapids in booth # SL6010.

 

About Digital Rapids Corporation

Digital Rapids provides the leading hardware and software solutions for transforming and delivering media, enabling the multi-platform experiences that are changing how audiences view content. Scaling from standalone appliances to global workflows, Digital Rapids solutions enable media professionals to maximize their productivity, quality, and the value of their content. Recipient of a coveted IBC Innovation Award and four prestigious Frost & Sullivan honors for encoding and transcoding leadership, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise to help our customers to expand their audiences, increase their media revenues and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digital-rapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the UK, Australia, Argentina and Hong Kong.

 

About Wowza Media Systems

Wowza Media Systems is the media server software company that provides an industrial strength infrastructure for live video, video-on-demand, live recording and video chat. Wowza has a singular focus on delivering high performance media server software to service providers, media properties, enterprises, and other organizations serious about delivering video to any digital screen — computer, mobile phone, home TV. Wowza's media server software has been deployed by more than 45,000 global licensees in entertainment, social media, advertising, enterprise, education, government, and Internet commerce. Wowza Media Systems is privately-held with headquarters in Evergreen, Colorado. For more information, visit Wowza Media Systems at www.wowza.com.

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