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HaiVision TASMAN H.264 Encoding Ensures Reliable Delivery of Broadcast-Quality Video for International House of Prayer

MONTREAL — Nov. 4, 2008 — HaiVision Systems Inc., the world’s leading vendor of high-definition (HD) H.264 telepresence codecs, today announced that the International House of Prayer in Kansas City (IHOP–KC) is using the TASMAN H.264 high-performance codec for delivery of broadcast-quality video within its facilities. IHOP–KC is using the TASMAN to send content from weekend worship services, conferences, and special events at its Forerunner School of Ministry (FSM) to its main facility, the Red Bridge Center, several miles away. Using very little bandwidth, HaiVision’s TASMAN provides reliable delivery of crystal-clear audio and video for the ministry’s Web streaming service.

“The HaiVision TASMAN is the first solution we’ve used that enables reliable delivery of audio and video from one destination to another without dropped frames or compression artifacts,” said Scotty Warren, event broadcast manager at IHOP–KC. “Reliability had been a headache for us with earlier products, but with the stability and encoding performance of the TASMAN, we know that if we send audio or video, it will show up on the other end. We’ve been very pleased with the quality and simplicity of the system, as well as with the dedication of HaiVision in providing service and support.”

IHOP–KC has installed one TASMAN encoder/decoder pair to gain greater flexibility in controlling the video sources being sent from the FSM campus to the ministry’s Web streaming encoders, now centralized at the Red Bridge Center. The ministry provides continuous Webcasts switched live from its Global Prayer Room, which has maintained live 24-hour prayer and worship since September 1999 and serves as the heartbeat of the organization. A second Web stream features IHOP–KC conferences, meetings, and services held at the FSM campus. The ministry also uses the HaiVision system to support the occasional live television broadcast from the FSM campus.

The TASMAN system was recommended and integrated by Mike Skehan, who serves as divisional head of broadcasting for GOD-TV, a network through which IHOP–KC releases some of its broadcast programming.

“When Scotty and his colleagues consulted me about making the shift to an H.264 encoder/decoder, I pointed them toward the HaiVision product line,” said Skehan. “The company’s TASMAN system is easy to set up and use, and it provides a combination of value, quality, and bandwidth savings ideal for the worship market.”

Based on H.264 video compression technology (MPEG-4 AVC), HaiVision’s TASMAN network video appliance delivers highly efficient video performance over a broad range of bit rates — from full-motion video at SIF resolution at 256 kbps to engaging high-resolution, interactive “talking heads” at 700 kbps to exceptional fluidity and quality at 1.3 Mbps — all with perfect audio sync. Furthermore, the TASMAN can simultaneously support interactive communications between facility and Internet Flash through a streaming server.

Complete information on HaiVision products, including recent case studies and application notes, is available at www.haivision.com/account/downloads/.

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About the International House of Prayer in Kansas City
The International House of Prayer in Kansas City (IHOP–KC) is a missions base that embraces 24/7 live worship and prayer, intimacy with God, and preparing for the End Times as the foundation for all that they do. IHOP–KC is committed to prayer, fasting, the Great Commission, and the forerunner spirit. Their work includes equipping and sending out missionaries as dedicated intercessors and evangelists who work to see revival within the Church and a harvest among those searching for God. IHOP–KC is consumed with the mandate to train believers to love Jesus and others wholeheartedly as they keep the night and day prayer room fire burning and as they go forth to preach the Gospel, heal the sick, serve the poor, plant houses of prayer, and proclaim the return of Jesus across the earth. Please visit IHOP.org for more information.

About HaiVision Systems Inc.
Based in Montreal, Canada, HaiVision Systems Inc. is a private company and a world leader in delivering the most advanced video networking technology. HaiVision’s products are deployed worldwide within the foremost telepresence suites and boardrooms, in healthcare facilities for video collaboration and training, for continuous presence distance education and remote learning, and within broadcast for remote interviews, IPTV, and content distribution.


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