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December 19, 2002

VBrick Announces StreamPlayer

From: Streaming Magazine, FL - 19 Dec 2002

WALLINGFORD, Conn., December 19, 2002 – VBrick Systems today announced the immediate availability of a new StreamPlayer product suite. StreamPlayer software, which allows desktop users anywhere on the network to view high quality MPEG streams from VBrick appliances, is available in two versions – StreamPlayer, a free viewing-only component that displays live full screen MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video in a web page, and StreamPlayer Plus, which is a desktop application and provides live and stored video viewing, as well as recording and clip editing of MPEG streams.

The enhanced StreamPlayer offering provides organizations with the ability to stream real-time and stored events to the desktop, in order to provide training to employees, distribute live news to any PC, and save training sessions and lectures for later viewing. Used across a wide range of applications, StreamPlayer helps enterprises increase productivity, enhance learning and improve security and monitoring systems.

"Until now, live DVD-quality MPEG-2 video has been too expensive to be widely used for education, training and entertainment," said Bob Riddle, Applications Technologist for the Internet2. "VBrick has a revolutionary product, and our experience with the new StreamPlayer software has been excellent."

Importantly, StreamPlayer software supports closed captioning, a vital element for financial services applications and for enterprises, governmental agencies, and schools in their drive to comply with federal and state disability laws (SECTION 508). The enhanced product decreases latency to less than one second, providing virtually instantaneous viewings of live streaming video and improved camera control.

"Organizations are increasingly looking for easy and cost effective tools to improve their education, training, surveillance and communications systems," said Andy Howard, Senior Product Manager of VBrick Systems. "The easy to deploy and network friendly StreamPlayer product suite enables organizations to leverage the power of DVD-quality video across the enterprise to increase productivity and lower costs."

The StreamPlayer product family also includes MPEG-2 Software Decoder licenses (customers need only purchase the number of licenses that would be in use at any one time). Rounding out the software line is a new offering, StreamTracker, a powerful statistics tool that allows administrators to monitor MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video stream usage and to generate reports or billing. StreamPlayer operates under Microsoft Windows 98, 2000, NT or XP. For more information visit VBrick at

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