So long and thanks for all the Flips

Today is the last day that Telestream's FlipFactory transcoding software can be purchased and I did not want to let this milestone pass without some comment. 

In 2000 the broadcast world was a totally different place. Broadcast servers had only baseband I/O, video on the web was in its infancy and certainly not a revenue earning activity, and a 'cloud' was something that spoiled picnics. But, at this time, Telestream saw where things were heading and the future was file. After successfully helping to change how media was delivered with their ClipMail product, Telestream moved focus to making transcoding an enterprise, server based activity that could be automated and was designed for volume and FlipFactory was born. 

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What will deliver the fidelity for those extra UHD pixels and at what cost?

Interesting UHD blog from Renne Varro at Harmonic.

The premise that more pixels doesn’t mean better pixels is now well recognised amongst those broadcasters and content aggregators contemplating launching UHD services. There have already been too many comparisons with “TrueHD services” to make the case that resolution alone doesn’t guarantee success for UHD! If we make the claim that we offer TrueHD services delivered using 10-15 Mbps, which is currently the upper limit for HD premium sports delivered using H.264, we can quantify fidelity at access bitrates appropriate for typical DTH or broadband delivery.

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WakaWaka to donate 2000 solar lights to emergency relief in Nepal.

At Boxer we love the good things done by the chaps at Waka Waka and we wanted to take a moment and highlight their work to our lovely customers and suppliers.

WakaWaka ('Shine Bright' in Swahili) develops high-tech low-cost solar powered lamps and chargers that are indispensable products both in the developing world and in developed markets. Using the latest in patented solar technology the WakaWaka Light and WakaWaka Power are true lifesavers for those without electricity. Currently there are over 100,000 WakaWakas in use in crisis areas in Syria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Haiti and the Philippines.  

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