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Starfish deliver over 1,000 transport stream processing channel licences

Reading, UK, 04 November 2021: Starfish Technologies, a pioneer in transport streaming processing, has passed the milestone of delivering 1000 processing channels in production systems around the world. These channels deliver powerful workflow benefits to their host broadcasters and content delivery enterprises.
Starfish leads the way in providing rich functionality without leaving the encoded transport stream domain, simplifying architectures and streamlining workflows. Typical applications include replacing and switching live content, adding and removing advertising insertion markers, processing parental control markers, and adding station logos.
All this functionality is implemented in software running on COTS hardware, with multiple services running on the same server, saving rack space as well as simplifying implementation.

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Starfish transport stream processing products now available to run on Linux operating systems.

Reading, UK, 08 September 2021: Starfish Technologies today announces that its Transport Stream processing products, including the TS Splicer, are now available running on a Linux operating system in addition to Windows. The latest versions of Starfish’s products provide customers with significant improvements in performance along with increased efficiency and channel density.
The TS Splicer, a software-based solution for clean switching of encoded Transport Streams, supports MPEG2, H.264 and HEVC/H.265 encoded media and is used for media switching and content replacement for advertising insertion and slating. It now also supports SMPTE 2022-7, providing seamless input protection of redundant source signals.

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International Patents have been granted for a range of the techniques developed for the Starfish TS Splicer

Reading, UK, August 2020: Starfish Technologies, a pioneer in transport stream processing and advertising insertion, has been granted European and US patents that cover a range of techniques employed within its TS splicer product. The TS Splicer is a software-based solution for clean switching of encoded transport streams and is used for media switching and content replacement for advertising insertion and slating.
Starfish Marketing Director Peter Blatchford said, “We are incredibly proud to have been granted patents that cover a number of techniques that were invented by our engineering team. The benefits of these techniques enable the TS splicer to offer clean switching of encoded streams across different modes of operation.

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Starfish Technologies has supplied a ‘Verify’ multi-channel compliance recording system to Kungliga biblioteket, The National Library of Sweden in Stockholm, Sweden.

Reading, UK, October 2019: Starfish Technologies, a pioneer in transport stream processing and advertising insertion, has supplied a multi-channel compliance recording system to Kungliga biblioteket, The National Library of Sweden in Stockholm, Sweden, in cooperation with Starfish’s Swedish partner Lanlink Digital Broadcast.
The system utilises Starfish’s ‘Verify’ compliance recording technology which can record multiple channels of live TV broadcast and features a fully managed system with auto failover. Built using generic IT hardware from HP, it includes the Starfish web-based monitoring application to view and manage the operation of the N+N configuration. Input signals are presented as encoded transport streams from both the satellite and terrestrial feeds for each channel automatically switching between the two feeds when detecting a missing input.

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Captionmax, has purchased multiple licenses for Starfish’s Advantage Audio Description workstation and linear audio processing technology

Reading, UK, October 2018: Starfish Technologies, a pioneer in Audio Description (Video Description) technology, today announced that Captionmax, one of North America’s largest full-service media accessibility companies, has purchased and implemented multiple licenses for Starfish’s Advantage Audio Description workstation and linear audio processing software.
The sale is a significant advance into the North American market for Starfish, based in part on product developments that enable Advantage to precisely match framerates and other technical parameters that are specific to the US market.

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TS Switch is a new, software-based switching product designed for a wide range of transport stream switching applications.

Reading, UK, 27 March 2017: Starfish Technologies, a broadcast ad insertion technology pioneer and systems builder, today announced the launch of TS Switch. This is a new, software-based switching product designed for a wide range of transport stream switching applications, including upgrading legacy hardware based installations.
The new switching techniques included in TS Switch build on Starfish Technologies’ long-term expertise in switching and ad insertion, and is of particular value to those initiating or contemplating the implementation of IP-based content delivery systems.
TS Switch can switch content from more than 20 HD or SD video services on a single sever. It processes MPEG-2, H264 and HEVC/H265 encoded media with audio encoded as AAC, AC-3 or MPEG-1 Layer II streams.

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The TS Splicer product is now certified for use with HEVC/H.265 – HD and UHD encoded streams

Reading, UK, January 2016: Starfish Technologies, a company pioneering innovative technologies and systems in the field of regional television and ad insertion for broadcasters, has announced that its TS Splicer product is now certified for use with HEVC/H.265 encoded streams.
The TS Splicer was designed to perform low propagation delay, frame accurate or GOP boundary splicing for applications including advertisement insertion, advertisement blocking and regional TV content insertion. It now supports MPEG2, H.264 and HEVC/H.265 encoded media.

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Starfish chosen by Sky UK to provide content blocking/slating on 20 of its premium OTT channels, spread over two sites in a fully redundant configuration.

Reading, UK, January 2015: Starfish Technologies, a company pioneering innovative technologies and systems in the field of regional television and ad insertion for broadcasters, announce the sale of its Transport Stream Splicer to Sky TV.
Sky TV is launching a new UK service offering some of its traditional TV channels via OTT distribution, and needed to modify the transmitted content by blocking and replacing some commercials with alternative media. Starfish was chosen to supply its new TS Splicer product in a fully redundant 1+1 configuration complete with a secure Starfish remote web-based monitoring and control system.
The initial system supports over 20 channels and the entire installation is duplicated on separate sites for disaster recovery protection.

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