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Streambox and Matrox Partner to Provide Complete SDI Solution for Mobile Newsgathering and Streaming

Using Matrox MXO2 with the Streambox® ACT-L3™ Software Encoder Enables Broadcasters to Capture SDI Video for Higher-Quality Newsgathering


Seattle – March 26, 2009–Streambox, Inc. today announced a partnership with Matrox, an industry-leading provider in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for realtime editing, audio/video input/output, capture/playout servers, clip/still stores, and CGs. Streambox and Matrox have integrated Matrox's MXO2 SDI device with the Streambox® ACT-L3™ Software Encoder to enable SDI-based video capture and streaming for Mac OS laptops running Streambox encoding software.

The Streambox® ACT-L3™ Software Encoder enables mobile reporters to gather, edit, and stream high-quality video over low-data-rate IP connections – making it a powerful solution for newsgathering from a variety of locations. Until now, mobile reporters were limited by their laptops to ingesting only digital video via a FireWire connection. With the addition of the portable MX02 unit, the laptop encoder can ingest SDI video, resulting in much higher picture quality. This helps news organizations differentiate themselves from competitors as they provide higher quality breaking news video to viewers.

"We are pleased to be working with Streambox to offer an even broader set of capabilities to our customers," said Francesco Scartozzi, Matrox's director of sales for the Americas. "The integration with the Streambox® ACT-L3™ Software Encoder has opened up a new market opportunity for the MXO2 to be used in newsgathering applications."

"When covering breaking news, broadcasters need to first and foremost be able to transmit the video quickly and reliably over a variety of low cost, low data rate connections," said Bob Hildeman, chairman and CEO of Streambox. "With the new Streambox-MXO2 SDI solution, broadcasters will be able to outshine competitors capturing DV and soon the joint capabilities will enable broadcasters to do HD-SDI capture for mobile newsgathering."

As a Matrox OEM, Streambox will be selling the MXO2 with Streambox® ACT-L3™ Software Encoders as a complete solution for SDI-based video streaming. The solution is currently available for Mac OS laptops and Windows drivers will be offered soon. More information about the Streambox® ACT-L3™ Software Encoder and other Streambox products and solutions is available online at www.streambox.com.

About Matrox
Matrox Video Products Group is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for realtime editing, audio/video input/output, DVD/Blu-ray authoring, capture/playout servers, clip/still stores, and CGs. Matrox's Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, post-production facilities, project studios, corporate communicators, and videographers worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information visit www.matrox.com/video.

For more information on the MXO2, visit http://www.matrox.com/video/en/products/mxo2/.

About Streambox, Inc.
Streambox provides a single software-based platform for live and file-based video transport and acquisition over IP. The platform comprises clients — from small form-factor mobile devices and laptops — to rule-based video management and play-out systems. The company's scalable end-to-end solutions can be integrated into all IP-centric broadcast and broadband operations.

Streambox solutions are based on the industry-leading ACT-L3™ codec, which provides unrivaled performance, reliability, and quality over low data rate IP networks for fast transmission and play-out 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.

More information is available at www.streambox.com.