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VideoFlow: Via Connect brings new reliability to live web video

Broadcasters looking to use unmanaged internet networks for digital newsgathering, syndication and other live contribution and distribution requirements are the target audience for Via Connect, a new cloud-based toolset from VideoFlow

The Via Connect suite offers high availability features including hitless stream failover, path protection, facility protection and box redundancy for uninterrupted everyday services.

According to VideoFlow, using this infrastructure as a service or adapting an existing network using Via Connect toolset “makes it easy to connect and configure the workflow to the extent that all technical operations and maintenance can be carried from the NOC.”

Included within the Via Connect is a new and patented technology called Controlled Adaptive Rate (CAR). This can optimise video quality for each receiver individually in realtime or optimise video profile bit rates for a large-scale distribution network in realtime so that viewers receive higher bit rate and video quality.

CAR works together with other VideoFlow technologies including the Prioritised Protection Flow (PPF), reliable UDP, jitter elimination and realtime network and video monitoring.

The dynamic optimisation is based on collecting accurate network and video statistics from the receivers. This information is then used by the transmitter to make precise adjustments to the encoder’s bit rate.