Envivio debuts newest iteration of 4Caster C4 live encoder

Envivio, which recently announced demand for its multi-screen video encoding solutions had helped it more than double sales in FY 2011, is introducing the third generation of its 4Caster C4 live encoder/transcoder for Mobile TV, Internet TV and IPTV services at Mobile World Congress 2011.

The San Francisco-based company said the new release nearly doubles the processing power and is capable of supporting twice the HD channel density of its predecessor, the 4Caster C4 Gen III. It's already been deployed in live trials at four major operators in the U.S., Europe and Asia to meet the demand for live HD video services for Internet-connected tablets and TVs.

Envivio is also introducing version 2.4 firmware for the 4Caster C4 family that includes support for the new Envivio Genesis output format-a single intermediate mezzanine format that supports multiple bit rates and resolutions.

"The explosive growth of tablets and other TV alternatives is creating incredible opportunities for operators. Beyond the novelty of just delivering content to other devices, there is the greater challenge of building the high-quality services that retain subscribers," said Envivio CEO Julien Signes. "They want premium HD and other features on all of their devices. That is where Envivio's 4Caster Gen III delivers--it is the first video encoding platform optimized for the growing number and variety of HD formats operators must support."

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