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Discover Video Announces NIMBUS Live Transcoding and Streaming Service

The service enables customers to stream live events by the day or month, which is ideal for the thousands of private live events that occur every day. Customers can now avoid the cost, long-term commitment, and complexity of conventional Content Distribut

Wallingford, CT(10 May 2012)

Discover Video today announced a new cloud-based live streaming service called "Nimbus". The service enables customers to stream live events by the day or month, which is ideal for the thousands of private live events that occur every day.  Customers can now avoid the cost, long-term commitment, and complexity of conventional Content Distribution Networks (CDNs) for simple streaming events.  The service is hosted in an Amazon® Cloud and each customer has their own streaming server and live transcoder.  The Nimbus service receives a live stream from the customer and delivers it to desktops and to iPhones®, iPads®, and other devices.

 “For organizations new to online video, live events represent a natural entry point to the world of webcasting,” said Steve Vonder Haar, senior analyst with Wainhouse Research. “Service offerings like those being rolled out by Discover Video aspire to make these live video events more affordable, setting the stage for greater adoption of these capabilities in a broader array of business communications.”

Stream Live Windows Media to iPhones®

Nimbus allows the thousands of customers that use Windows Media to stream to iPhones®, something simply not possible before the service was introduced. Thanks to the built-in transcoder, any live rtmp/h264 or live http/mms Windows Media stream is transcoded on-the-fly to H.264 and delivered to both desktops and mobile devices.

Adaptive Bit Rate

The service does live transcoding of high rate H.264 streams to multiple lower rates and resolutions and produces an adaptive bit rate capability for iPhones®, iPads®, and other devices that support Apple's HLS.  Customers can now stream high definition live video to desktops and to WiFi-connected devices, but also reach 3G/4G viewers who will automatically receive a stream appropriate for their network conditions.

The service supports up to 2,000 simultaneous viewers and comes with 100 GB of streaming bandwidth per day, and this capacity can be extended. Nimbus costs only $49.95 per day and is available now.

"This is the type of service I always wanted" said Kevin Shively, VP of Services at Discover Video and long time industry veteran. "I have had a lot of clients who want to do an occasional live webcast to reach a small or medium-sized audience, but now, they also want to reach mobile users. They can’t suffer free, advertising-based services, and they don't want to make a major financial investment in hardware.  For just fifty bucks they can just order the service online and be on the air in minutes."