A team of leading-edge content providers and video companies are working together this week to stream a spectacular live concert over the Internet in full 1080p HD. The concert features Grammy Award-winning artist Imogen Heap, who plans to mount a one-of-a-kind performance that blends film, orchestra and fan participation with a traditional rock and pop set backed by a full band.
Partners Elemental, Akamai, Microsoft, iStreamPlanet and Rebild Productions will present a live web broadcast of the British singer-songwriter’s largest ever UK headline show from Royal Albert Hall in London on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 7pm GMT. The web broadcast is the first concert to stream live in 1080p HD over the Akamai HD Network using Microsoft IIS Smooth Streaming. The performance is available for viewing worldwide free of charge at http://www.resounde.com.
The live web broadcast is made possible by back-hauling the HD event feed from the venue in London to the iStreamPlanet Broadcast Operations Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. An Elemental Live system is then used to perform the heavy-duty encoding required to output seven adaptive bit rate streams formatted for Microsoft Smooth Streaming. The highest quality output will stream in 1080p at a peak rate of 5Mbps. Additional streams at lower resolutions and bit rates are available to adapt to changes or constraints in network conditions and to accommodate lower resolution display devices. Akamai acts as the CDN for the event, distributing all streams in real time via its global delivery network.
Streaming a live HD webcast at 1080p marks a significant milestone in bringing the online media experience ever closer to the superior quality available from broadcast television or Blu-ray content. Much as Dolby has progressed the audio experience to near perfection over years of development, video companies with innovative technologies are making dramatic strides in streaming increasingly high quality video online. Elemental is proud to play a key role in bringing this unique event to a worldwide audience in flawless HD. Be sure to tune in on Friday for an exceptional experience.
We made it! It’s great to be in sunny Los Angeles exhibiting at this year’s Streaming Media West show. Streaming Media West is the premiere venue for executives and enthusiasts in the video industry to see the latest innovations in online video technology.
This year, you can find Elemental in booth 28 showcasing our digital media product suite. In true Media Multiplied fashion, we're putting Elemental Live and Elemental Server to work streaming video to multiple screens and mobile devices on the show floor. Our award-winning Elemental Live system is pulling double duty creating 3D streams up to 1080p for Microsoft Smooth Streaming along with adaptive 2D streams for Adobe Flash and the Apple iPad and iPod Touch.
If you are at Streaming Media West, plan to stop by and meet with one of our representatives to discuss Elemental's solutions and how they can benefit your streaming media application. We are in the exhibit hall at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza November 2-3. We hope to see you at the show!
Elemental is pleased to announce its membership in the Alcatel-Lucent strategic alliance program for the Velocix Digital Media Delivery Platform. The program, which launched today, is designed to ensure service providers can drive multi-screen video solutions to market quickly with a range of pre-integrated technology components. With dense video compression capabilities and support for adaptive bit rate streaming, Elemental Server and Elemental Live are among the key components offered as part of the delivery platform.
Velocix is an Alcatel-Lucent company working with large content and service providers such as Verizon and the BBC to deliver large media files over the Internet. The strategic alliance program creates an ecosystem that includes major players in the application and content provider space and that fosters collaboration around managing, publishing, monetizing and delivering content quickly and efficiently. Elemental is excited to join the alliance and work with Velocix to offer video service providers enhanced digital media delivery solutions. To learn more, visit http://www.velocix.com/alliances/.