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Drag and Drop Streaming Software

Playing video over one manufacturer's digital signage network could now be as simple as a click, a drag, and a drop. According to UK-based Cabletime, its new MediaStar Drag and Drop control and scheduling software for the company's MediaStar EvoNet content delivery systems allows for easier editing and manipulation of media files.

PLAYING VIDEO OVER ONE manufacturer's digital signage network could now be as simple as a click, a drag, and a drop. According to UK–based Cabletime, its new MediaStar Drag and Drop control and scheduling software for the company's MediaStar EvoNet content delivery systems allows for easier editing and manipulation of media files.

Users can not only use the Drag and Drop software to deploy co-located or dispersed EvoNet units throughout an IP network, delivering content such as PowerPoint presentations converted to HTML to an individual or group, they can also control the device's output, media source, playlist, and synchronization via user-friendly content updating.

For example, a user can set up a series of timed events that show streamed TV or HTML pages—features that are useful in publishing, sporting, government, education, medical, and financial markets, where EvoNet video distribution sees significant popularity.

MediaStar products work over a company's existing IT infrastructure, offering both off-LAN and IP delivery mechanisms. Supporting several different display endpoints, the system offers a range of secure solutions to serve the needs of an organization regardless of network capabilities or display device. “It is truly an integrated approach to video media distribution,” says Paul Reeves, Cabletime sales and marketing director. “This software will be a fantastic enhancement to the MediaStar EvoNet streaming video decoder and multimedia player, handing over a greater degree of control and allowing the user to tailor the content appropriately.”

Cabletime's products are available through approved integrators and installers. While the new Linux-based MediaStar software is not currently compatible with other systems, Reeves says the company is “willing to consider further developments to allow connection to third-party [digital] signage systems.”

The EvoNet system is currently available with a list price that ranges from $1,200 to $2,000 per unit. The launch of the new Drag and Drop software is expected in early fall 2008.



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