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Zixi Will Release a RIST-Compliant Version in Time for NAB

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Zixi, a company that streams live broadcast-quality video over the internet, announced its first commercial product that supports the RIST emerging standard is only two months away. Look for it at NAB in April.

RIST stands for reliable internet stream transport, and was created by members of the Video Services Forum. It's intended to add interoperability between vendors and devices, so the end-viewer has the best experience possible. While the current technical recommendation (TR-06) is still early, notes Zixi CTO and founder Uri Avni, Zixi is a proponent of standards and has been adding its input to RIST's creation.

The current version used for testing is called Zixi RIST, and while it's compatible with the recommendation Zixi has added a few features it knows its customer base requires to maintain broadcast quality video.

"We have been conducting interoperability tests with the other members of the working group, and will have a commercially available offering in version 13 of our platform by NAB in April," Avni says. "We have been providing our software to other members of the group, and our customers will be able to get it by default when they license the Zixi Broadcaster."

While the commercial release will be an important milestone, Zixi already has future improvements in mind. Besides building in incremental recommendations supported by the working group, the company will add analytics, security, and usability features throughout the coming year.

"It shouldn’t matter if you are using the Zixi protocol or Zixi RIST, you get the best of breed functionality that we know our customers need for their operations," Avni adds. "Failures mean black screens, which mean loss of revenue. We don’t allow for that."

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