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ResearchChannel Call for Partners in Open Source Developme nt of iHDTVT software suite

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  • From: "Dana Martin" <>
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  • Subject: ResearchChannel Call for Partners in Open Source Developme nt of iHDTVT software suite
  • Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 09:49:15 -0700
  • Organization: the University of Washington

Sept. 21 - ResearchChannel announced today that its iHDTVT suite of software will be available as open source in first quarter 2006. iHDTVT consists of software modules that capture, packetize and transport high-definition video in various formats over Internet Protocol (IP) networks, with the goal of providing wider access to HD content.

Developed with the University of Washington, iHDTVT was first demonstrated at the National Association of Broadcasters annual meeting in 2000. The software suite has since been expanded to enable and expedite efficient streaming with data at rates of up to 1.5Gb/s, which is sufficient to transfer uncompressed 1080i high-definition video. The iHDTVT code is designed to require minimum overhead to achieve low latency. Its modular design can easily support new devices and flexible modes of operation, and the code is highly configurable.

"Open-sourcing our code will enable us to put together a talented group of partners worldwide. I expect great advancements in this technology with this new, collaborative group,"says Michael Wellings, director of engineering, ResearchChannel.

ResearchChannel envisions extensions to the current software that will scale the video images and tile several images together in a single display. These and other enhancements will create a package of services that will enable high-quality, low-latency, interactive HD collaborative environments. These environments might include interactions between people, or even between people and instruments, such as in remote-sensing applications.

ResearchChannel invites partners to participate in this open source project. Interested parties should contact Michael Wellings, ResearchChannel's Director of Engineering, at (206) 543-9922 or . For additional information, contact Sephora DeRoest at 877-616-7265.

About ResearchChannel

ResearchChannel is a nonprofit media and technology organization that connects a global audience with the research and academic institutions whose developments, insights and discoveries affect our lives and futures. ResearchChannel was founded in 1996 by leading research and academic institutions so they could share the work of their researchers with the public while collectively participating in advanced distribution and interactive technology experiments. Programs are shared in their original form, unmediated and without interruption. Today, more than 50 institutions participate as members and affiliates, and that number continues to grow.

Through cable and satellite distribution, ResearchChannel is available to more than 21 million U.S. households. The ResearchChannel website, with users in over 70 countries worldwide, provides programs on demand and through a live webstream. The online video library houses more than 2,100 full-length programs.


  • ResearchChannel Call for Partners in Open Source Developme nt of iHDTVT software suite, Dana Martin, 09/20/2005

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