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Ohio News Network (ONN) Replaces Satellite Feed With Cost-Saving Video-Over-Internet Solution From Haivision and Zixi

MONTREAL and BOSTON — Sept. 22, 2010 — Haivision Network Video today announced that Columbus, Ohio-based cable news channel ONN (Ohio News Network) is using the Haivision Barracuda(TM) H.264 encoder with the Zixi Media Broadcaster for cost-effective video contribution to 16 cable headends across Ohio and surrounding areas. The pairing of Haivision’s advanced encoding technology with the Zixi platform in a turnkey solution has enabled ONN to shift from costly satellite contribution to high-speed IP video delivery over the public Internet — without otherwise altering its working environment or processes.

“We relied on satellite delivery at 9 Mbps for nearly 15 years, but now with Haivision’s remarkably efficient H.264 encoding and Zixi’s content broadcast and media management hub, we can deliver the same quality signal over a standard IP connection using a third of the bandwidth,” said Pat Ingram, director of engineering at ONN. “Without changing any part of our production workflow, we’ve been able to realize reliable, real-time point-to-multipoint delivery at a fraction of the cost of our earlier long-haul video delivery model.”

Haivision’s Barracuda low-latency H.264 encoder combined with Zixi’s video transport platform provides ONN with a cost-effective and easily scalable solution for video contribution. Video from the ONN studio is encoded by two Barracuda encoders, sent to the Zixi Feeder and Broadcaster, which sends the signal over the public Internet to Zixi Receiver units installed at each of the 16 headend locations. There, the stream is processed by a decoder, which provides SD-SDI video for cable broadcast. This new solution boasts no packet loss and extremely low jitter and provides 24/7 always-on performance, which ONN engineers can manage and monitor through the platform’s intuitive interface.

“ONN was able to install this new IP solution with complete transparency, and going forward, the station can just as easily expand the system to add channels or extend high-quality video to additional headends,” said Peter Maag, senior vice president at Haivision. “The installation at ONN demonstrates how simply broadcasters can employ advanced encoding and delivery solutions to realize significant cost savings with virtually no impact on operations or video quality.”

Complete information on Haivision products, including recent case studies and application notes, is available within the download center at www.haivision.com.

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About Zixi Inc.
Zixi’s platform turns high-speed Internet and Intranet connections into Instant Video Delivery Networks, making any website or corporate network a broadcasting hub with SD to HD capabilities. For a fraction of the cost of traditional long-haul video delivery methods such as CDN, satellite, or dedicated or leased lines, Zixi delivers SD and full HD quality video in real time to anywhere in the world on any device using existing network infrastructure. Zixi uses patented end-to-end, real-time clock synchronization that enables timely delivery and recovery of lost packets, ensuring low or zero latency delivery of HD video over standard IP connections without quality of service guarantees and without any tradeoffs among resolution, pauses for re-buffering, and startup delay. More information is available at www.zixi.com.

About Haivision Network Video
Based in Montreal and Chicago, Haivision Network Video is a private company and a world leader in delivering the most advanced and intelligent IP video networking technology. Haivision’s products are deployed worldwide within the foremost Fortune 100 companies; in the most rigorous military and defense applications; in state-of-the-art healthcare facilities for video collaboration and training; in highly renowned educational institutions for IPTV, teaching, and remote learning; in the most efficient interactive broadcast applications; and within the world’s leading TelePresence suites. Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide.

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