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VDS, a developer of broadcast automation software, data driven graphics systems, and content design tools has released its next generation of Streamliner software.
Introduced in 2013 and currently field deployed at several major media company operations, Streamliner is software that provides for frame accurate signaling of linear programming start times, durations and user defined metadata in single or multichannel operations. This signaling can take the form of VANC embedded SCTE104 messages or IP-to-encoder or DAI systems.
With support now for all major automation systems including legacy ADC and Colossus, Streamliner’s flexible rules engine allow for the application of customer defined logic at the point of program origination to the signaling of downstream systems. With legacy as well as current generation automation system support, Streamliner provides continuity as automation is upgraded.
Rather than use pre-defined (fixed) messages which have application limits, Streamliner’s messages are dynamic and relational to the automation events that are scheduled for playout. Streamliner’s approach yields a very flexible and reliable method that enables precise timing for downstream triggering operations, while supporting sophisticated downstream logic via simple to complex SCTE104 messages. It also allows for simplified future message extensions and enhancements as needs change or more distribution partners are added.
Streamliner signaling messages can be used for streaming Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI) in streaming operations as well as for Content Substitution (for DRM) and program and Ad boundary signaling for MPVDs.
Streamliner V2.0 added features include:
– Support for all major automation systems from Imagine ADC to Grass Valley iTX.
– Support for the latest ANSI/SCTE 104 standard including time signal requests, multiple operation messages, and segment and tier descriptors.
“We’ve expanded the capabilities and interoperability of Streamliner with Version 2.0”, said Larry Mincer, President of VDS. “With the ability to transmit in realtime, all the critical information such as what is currently playing and what will play, along with key metadata associated with this content, Streamliner provides critical functionality for streaming program and ad replacement operations.”