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  • From: "Joann Rasmussen, APR, MBA (CampusEAI Consortium)" <>
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  • Subject: OSTN Selects Video Furnace to Deliver Student Channel to Global Audience
  • Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2007 16:54:48 -0500
  • Organization: CampusEAI Consortium and OSTN

Video Furnace enables OSTN to extend reach to all users on campus
regardless of device operating system or player software and enables additional functionality

CLEVELAND – November 01, 2007 – OSTN (, the leading provider of student-produced entertainment, educational and news IPTV content and services, today announced it has selected Video Furnace ( as its new video distribution system provider.

The Video Furnace video distribution solution is a complete, integrated system that enables educational institutions and other organizations to deliver live, broadcast and on-demand TV-quality video to any computer or TV connected to the network. Platform-independent, the Video Furnace solution is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems, and it is the only one that does not require any resident player software, browser plug-ins or hardware on the connected devices. An industry first, Video Furnace’s patent-pending viewer, InStream, arrives with the video stream and disappears when viewing ends, eliminating the need to install or manage any end-user software.

With the migration to Video Furnace, OSTN now can extend its reach to all users on a campus network, regardless of the device operating system or player software. Previously, users needed a specific operating system or media player to view OSTN content. With Video Furnace, OSTN can provide integration with course management software to deliver content such as distance-learning assignments and event broadcasts.

“After an 18-month competitive analysis, we selected Video Furnace because it provides a robust feature set and a seamless viewing experience,” said Rich Griffin, OSTN executive vice president and director of Technology. “The OSTN/Video Furnace partnership provides institutions with a scalable and secure solution to meet the growing demand for IPTV communication and education.”

“OSTN content is available to more than 4,500 colleges and universities across the globe. Any university or research institution connected to Internet2 or other multicast-enabled network can join OSTN and receive its content,” said Arun Kumar, OSTN President and CEO.

“Having the leading provider of educational and entertainment IPTV content and services choose Video Furnace is a testament to the power, flexibility and ease-of-maintenance our system provides, especially for the education market,” said Howard Weinzimmer, CEO, Video Furnace.

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About Video Furnace:
Video Furnace is a leading provider of mission-critical, end-to-end, enterprise-class IP video solutions. The privately held company has developed the only solution that brings live and pre-recorded video as well as video-on-demand (VOD) to network-connected devices, such as laptop and desktop computers, without requiring the user to install any resident player software or hardware. Enterprise, education and government organizations use Video Furnace to manage and deliver live and prerecorded TV-quality video to improve communications, deliver training, offer entertainment and enable complex monitoring. With more than 100 customer installations around the globe, the five-year-old company has quickly established itself as the video distribution technology of choice in the enterprise space. Headquartered northwest of Chicago, Video Furnace distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators and distributors. More information is available at

About OSTN:
OSTN is the leading provider of entertainment, educational and news IPTV content and services. OSTN features the only 24/7 worldwide channel exclusively devoted to student-produced programming. OSTN now is delivered to 42 million subscribers at more than 4,500 university member campuses and 37 countries around the globe.

In North America, OSTN uses Internet2’s advanced network to distribute programming to members. It uses ORION in Ontario, Canada and the GEANT2 Network, managed by DANTE, in the European Union. GEANT2 links to Asia via TEIN2, the Middle East and Africa via EuroMed, Latin and South America via ALICE and Australia via AARNet. For more information, visit

InStream is a trademark of Video Furnace.

  • OSTN Selects Video Furnace to Deliver Student Channel to Global Audience, Joann Rasmussen, APR, MBA (CampusEAI Consortium), 11/07/2007

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