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March 8, 2011

Digital Rapids Receives INTERNET TELEPHONY Magazine's Thirteenth Annual Product of the Year Award

StreamZHD Live ABR adaptive streaming encoder recognized for outstanding innovation

Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids -- the leading provider of tools and solutions for bringing television, movie and Web content to wider audiences -- announced today that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named the StreamZHD Live ABR adaptive streaming encoder as a recipient of the 2010 INTERNET TELEPHONY® Product of the Year Award.

StreamZHD Live ABR encodes and streams live HD and SD content with superior quality and performance for delivery through the latest generation of adaptive streaming technologies. Adaptive bit rate streaming enables higher-quality viewing experiences with television-like continuity and reliability on the Web, over-the-top (OTT) services and mobile devices. As content is delivered to each viewer, the chosen adaptive delivery technology automatically switches between multiple output streams based on the viewer's current network and playback conditions, delivering the best possible quality at any given time even under dramatically changing conditions. Building on Digital Rapids' long-standing simultaneous output abilities, StreamZHD Live ABR can create all of the output streams required for adaptive bit rate delivery -- including outputs for multiple target devices -- in a single system.

StreamZHD Live ABR combines the benefits of adaptive bit rate delivery with the proven quality, reliability and versatility of our StreamZ Live encoder family, forming the ideal adaptive streaming platform. Advanced video pre-processing features deliver superior visual quality with the most efficient use of bandwidth in the compressed result. Video adjustments and graphic overlay enable refinement of incoming sources and the addition of branding to output streams. Multiple StreamZHD Live ABR encoders can be combined with the scalable Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager software for enterprise-class management, automation, scheduling, multi-channel monitoring and failover.

"We're delighted that StreamZHD Live ABR has been named a Product of the Year by INTERNET TELEPHONY," said Darren Gallipeau, Product Manager at Digital Rapids. "Service providers delivering video to their customers must deal with bandwidth challenges not only within their networks but also with their viewers' local conditions, which can change dramatically. Adaptive bit rate streaming technologies are designed to address these challenges, and this award further validates that StreamZHD Live ABR is the ideal adaptive streaming encoder to help content owners and service providers deliver superior video experiences."

"I am pleased to announce Digital Rapids as a Product of the Year Award winner. The editors of INTERNET TELEPHONY have verified that StreamZHD Live ABR displays quality and innovation plus provides real needs in the marketplace," stated Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. "I would like to congratulate Digital Rapids for its commitment to advancing IP communication technologies."

2010 Product of the Year winners were published in the February 2011 issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine ( INTERNET TELEPHONY has been the authority in IP communication since 1998.


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