BNR Nieuwsradio, a radio station based in the Netherlands, have selected Soliton’s ZAO to enable live video H265 streaming for remote based radio shows out on location.
See in the video below how The ZAO offered a solution for the issues BNR had with their livestreams before.
00:04 Voice over: BNR News Radio is the all news, all talk radio station in the Netherlands. Based from Amsterdam, this station provides domestic, regional, and international news, with live news bulletins every half hour. BNR News Radio is very popular and they had a problem.
00:20 Menno Maat (BNR news radio): The problem was the sync of the video and the audio. The audio is transported by the IP, like IP Comrex, and the video is transported by a different device. And it’s… We had to solve the problem by delaying the audio three seconds and the video three seconds.
00:40 Mark Andrews (Soliton Sytems): The Soliton Systems is a Japanese technology company that specializes in both IT security and also mobile broadcast solutions. We have the Smart Telecaster range of products, which allows basically live streaming from an outside location where you can’t get Internet. The way it works, is the Zao and the Zao-S can support up to three and six SIM cards respectively. And the SIM cards can be from different mobile providers. So, for example, in the Netherlands, we might have KPN, Orange, T-Mobile, and the system has the ability to bond them together as a single connection. Furthermore, the Zao uses H265, which is the next generation after H264. What this means, it uses half the bit rate of traditional systems and exactly what this provides, in effect, is a much more reliable system. The system itself is used not just by BNR Radio for live streaming when they’re out on location but also by news producers, news gathering teams, but also sports production, and other people providing outside live broadcast.
01:38 Menno Maat: So what we basically do is, connecting the Zao to this computer, which is now remotely used. We can go up to four cameras connected to it and mobile devices as well. And this is the smart part, this is the bit rate and it’s what you see, it’s almost 3mb. And it’s got frames, frame rate, and the delay. Delay is here. You can put it in. It’s… I can even get it lower, or even up, and only if I press okay, it will change the delay from three seconds til… Well, whatever you want to and also change the bit rate. And that’s very nice because sometimes on location you don’t have a high bit rate available and we change the bit rate to maybe one half Mbit and that’s it. And still the picture looks great. And the end result is over here. It’s the stream from BNR, and you can watch it on bnr.nl. I’m very happy with the Zao solution, and it’s fixed our problems.