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President Obama's Speech From Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan was Broadcast Live by DVIDS Using Streambox HD Software Encoder

DVIDS takes advantage of a cost-effective solution to broadcast President Obama's speech live as well as other video content sent from US troops in the Middle East region in HD over low bandwidth networks

(09 May 2012)

Streambox, Inc. today announced Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) was able to capture President Obama's speech live from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan using Streambox HD Software Encoder. DVIDS is a state-of-the-art 24/7 operation that provides a timely, accurate and reliable connection between the media around the world and the military serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain. On Tuesday, May 1, 2012 President Obama delivered a speech addressing the United States from Afghanistan and DVIDS was able to broadcast live Full HD 720p resolution with 2 second latency over 3 Mbps satellite network connection.  The video was provided as a pool feed to ABC News who distributed the President's speech to other major networks including, CNN, NBC News, CBS, Fox and others. 

"Streambox has provided us with a cost-effective solution for an HD upgrade that integrates seamlessly with DVIDS direct system," said Maj. Scott Betts, Director of Operations at DVIDS. "The ability to send President Obama's speech live in HD using a ground satellite terminal is one of our proudest moments here at DVIDS. We were able to relay live high quality video of the President's speech back to the American public so they could watch an important moment in history as it was happening half-way around the world."

The video signal originated at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and was sent via satellite to Israel, then sent to DVIDS' distribution hub in Atlanta via a fiber optic line. From Atlanta, the video was sent via another fiber optic line to ABC News in New York and then to the media pool feed to the rest of the networks.

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About Streambox

Streambox focuses on IP-based, end-to-end newsgathering and contribution services. It delivers SD and HD software and hardware for video compression, transmission, management and playout. The Streambox Live service supplements the Streambox platform with free encoding software and server-based services for scalable newsgathering and contribution.

Streambox solutions are based on the industry-leading ACT-L3 AP codec, which provides unrivaled performance, reliability, and quality over low data rate IP networks for fast transmission and playout of video streams in HD and SD. The company's platform enables broadcasters, government agencies, enterprises, and other users to enhance content ownership, simplify operations, and increase operational efficiencies.


The DVIDS mission is to serve as a turnkey operation that facilitates requests for Pubic Affairs video, audio, still imagery and print products; coordinates interviews with soldiers and commanders in a combat zone and provides an archive for ongoing operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain. Through a network of portable Ku-band satellite transmitters located in-theater and a distribution hub in Atlanta, Georgia, DVIDS makes available real-time broadcast-quality video, still images and print products as well as immediate interview opportunities with service members, commanders and subject matter experts.