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August 5, 2008

Digital Rapids to Power Live Web Streaming of Beijing Olympics for China's

Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager software and 100 DRC-Stream encoding and streaming systems will be used to deliver live online Olympics coverage to audiences in China

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Hong Kong: Digital Rapids has been chosen by China Central Television's (央視网) to provide encoding, streaming and management systems to power live streaming of the 2008 Olympic Games to Internet audiences in China. The announcement was made today by Digital Rapids and (央視网).  

Augustine Cheung of Digital Rapids (third from right) receives the Technical Partner for New Media Broadcasting plaque at the CCTV Olympics Network Opening (央視网) is the official Internet and mobile phone broadcaster of the Beijing Olympics. 100 of Digital Rapids' DRC-Stream encoding and streaming solutions will be used to capture and encode video feeds of the Olympics into live web streams for the (央視网) web site and partner Internet operators, enabling high-quality and reliable web viewing experiences. The enterprise-class Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager live encoder management software will be used for centralized management, monitoring and control of multiple DRC-Stream systems.  

"Digital Rapids' DRC-Stream hardware and software ensure live video capture and streaming with excellent quality, and its stability is also very important for 7x24 live coverage," said Mr. Steven Shan, Director, Technical Management Office, (央視网). "The Stream software with Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager also provides a reliable and flexible way for us to control, manage and monitor our live streaming." 

"We are very excited to be working with (央視网) to deliver live coverage of the Olympics to their audience in China," said Brick Eksten, President of Digital Rapids Corporation. "The exceptional visual quality and reliability of our solutions make them perfect for live streaming applications of this scale and importance, and we look forward to continuing to work with (央視网) beyond the Beijing Games on their future projects." 

Digital Rapids' DRC-Stream encoding solutions combine powerful hardware for video and audio capture and pre-processing with the intuitive Stream software interface, delivering reliable, high-quality, multi-format media encoding and streaming for professional applications such as high-end Internet TV and IPTV. Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager provides enterprise-level, centralized management, control, status monitoring and fault tolerance for multiple live streaming encoders, with features including scheduling, automated failover and alert notifications. 

Digital Rapids solutions are playing key roles in the unparalleled worldwide online coverage of the 2008 Summer Games, with leading broadcasters in countries including China, the United States, Australia and New Zealand depending on Digital Rapids encoding, transcoding and streaming systems.

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