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NetStreams Snags Patent for Streaming AV over IP

NetStreams, a newly acquired subsidiary of ClearOne, announced that it received a patent for its Audio Network Distribution System from the United States Patent Office. The patent is for streaming synchronized time-sensitive audio and video over local area networks.

NetStreams, a newly acquired subsidiary of ClearOne, announced that it received a patent for its Audio Network Distribution System from the United States Patent Office. The patent, says the company, is for streaming synchronized time-sensitive audio and video over local area networks.

This is the second patent for StreamNet that NetStreams has earned. It also holds a patent in Australia for Streaming AV over Local Area Networks.

According to the company, StreamNet technology enables discovery, control, and content management over standard network using IP. Company officials say StreamNet allows integrators to deliver IP-based AV distribution solutions over TCP/IP networks, providing an end-to-end system for plug-n-play connectivity, AV signal synchronization, high-performance AV reproduction, automatic device discovery and configuration, and network control, among other functions.

When StreamNet endpoints are plugged into an IP network, endpoints immediately advertise their capabilities, reducing the need to configure the entire AV network system, and allowing automatic device discovery and configuration to take place, according to NetStreams.

Using TCP/IP to deliver rich media via meshed IP network, intelligent StreamNet IP-based distributed audio, video, and control systems reduce the need for centralized matrix switches, controllers, and supporting infrastructure. StreamNet systems scale as large as a network can grow, says the company, and imposes few constraints on the number of sources, audio playback zones, and video displays.

"A fundamental problem with using TCP/IP to distribute digital audio to multiple zones is the synchronization of this time-sensitive data," said Michael Braithwaite, senior vice president of Technology for ClearOne, in a statement. "Without this synchronization, audio can cut out, crackle, and echo. StreamNet technology provides a simple and elegant solution by removing the effect of network delays."

According to the company, products that carry the StreamNet Connected logo are interoperable, allowing the integration of audio/video and control products from multiple manufacturers as well as an easily expandable platform for future products and new applications.



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