Uvault, a Wowza (News - Alert) Streaming Partner, and CPC, a closed captioning solution provider, have joined forces to create the first multiscreen real-time closed caption capture-and-delivery solution. The custom application was built specifically to be used in conjunction with the Wowza IP Media Server and Uvault will distribute the service through its cloud-based content delivery network (CDN).
This innovative technology will give broadcasters a simple, affordable, out-of-the-box solution for complying with the FCC (News - Alert) closed captioning mandates well ahead of the January 2013 deadline.
“We’ve taken our cloud-streaming CDN to the next level. With only a minor investment, broadcasters can now comply with the FCC mandate and easily add closed captions to their Internet broadcasts”, said Eyal Menin, president of Uvault Hosting, in a statement.
“Our partnership with Wowza allows us to deliver video to any screen. Were very grateful for their support in helping Uvault bring this innovative solution to market quickly,” Menin added.
Uvault provides custom media hosting solutions for playout on desktops, tablets, televisions, mobile phones and many other Web-enabled devices. With data centers throughout Asia, North America, and Europe, the company offers practical workflow automation for media creation and publishing that targets governments and businesses worldwide.
“The FCCs mandate, coupled with the growing number of playback devices, means publishers must be able to deliver closed captioning to multiple screens”, Dave Stubenvoll, CEO and co-founder, Wowza Media Systems commented.
Wowza Media Server software with its integrated live adaptive bitrate (ABR) transcoding and other content-anywhere features will enable Uvault to deliver those captions to any device smoothly and synchronously.
Uvault initially began testing the new solution in April 2012 and plans to release the Flash-supported service in mid-May. Support for Apple (News - Alert) devices will follow in June, and Android and Blackberry support will be available by August.
Edited by Jamie Epstein