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April 6, 2006

theGarden Gears Up for VOD with Digital Rapids StreamZHD

London: One of London’s leading facilities in DVD encoding and Video on Demand (VOD), theGarden — the new media division of International Broadcast Facilities — is using two Digital Rapids StreamZHD encoding servers to deliver high-quality encoded media to their customers.

One of theGarden’s major customers is United International Pictures (UIP). Following an initial requirement to encode each of 100 titles with up to four different languages in just two weeks, theGarden currently provides encoding for up to 10,000 minutes of features per month. By encoding in real time, the StreamZHD encoders dramatically increase the speed and quality of the encoding process.

Specialists in VOD, theGarden supplies the hotel industry worldwide with MPEG1, MPEG2 and WM9 program and transport streams of the latest box office hits and trailers.

Says Anita O’Donnell, Manager of New Media at theGarden, “StreamZHD has proven to be the perfect one-stop solution for all of our Video on Demand needs — not just for the hotel industry but for all VOD platforms. We opted for the HD version to future-proof ourselves and take advantage of the powerful capabilities of the HD version.

“The flexibility of StreamZHD and the support of the Digital Rapids team are fantastic assets to us in the VOD arena. With content owners becoming increasingly active in the fight against piracy, the graphic overlay function and optional digital watermarking for StreamZHD have enabled us to anticipate and satisfy our clients’ needs.”

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About IBF – International Broadcast Facilities is a Covent Garden-based media company offering a range of services to broadcast, media and corporate clients. This includes subtitling and translation, DVD production and VOD encoding, video transfer, off/online, editing and audio facilities.

About Digital Rapids Corporation – Digital Rapids is a leading developer of professional hardware and software solutions for real-time video ingest, playout, transcoding, and streaming. Product lines include Stream video ingest and transcoding solutions, Copper for the secure and error corrected distribution of digital media over diverse networks, StreamZHD and CarbonHD, an HD product line for real-time HD acquisition, playout, and transcoding. Digital Rapids products integrate seamlessly into existing post production, broadcast, and corporate environments, dramatically increasing the volume and quality of media produced while increasing productivity and lowering overall costs. Digital Rapids Corporation ( is headquartered in Ontario, Canada and has sales offices in California, the UK and Australia.

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