Barix, StreamGuys Send Premier

Using Barix audio-over-IP hardware and an Internet distribution solution from StreamGuys Inc., Premier Productions Inc. distributes sports programming across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
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Audio architecture from Swiss firm Barix is delivering content to 35 stations in the U.S.-based Premier Productions Radio Network.

Using Barix audio-over-IP hardware and an Internet distribution solution from StreamGuys Inc., Premier Productions Inc. distributes sports programming across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Barix Instreamer 100 encoders send live or recorded feeds from origination points to the Premier Productions studio in St. Paul, Minnesota. Here, an Exstreamer 100 receives and decodes the material. Following editing, another Instreamer 100 sends the content out via the Internet.

StreamGuys server infrastructure receives the feeds and streams them to point or multipoint destinations in the 35-station network.

All 35 stations have Exstreamer 100s to receive and decode the incoming signals. Tone decoders trigger ads and station identification, and signal the start and end times for each feed.

"On top of the monthly costs, satellite receivers at many radio stations are aging and breaking down, and it can cost upwards of US$2,000 to replace them," said Premier Productions Radio Network Owner Matt Wallace.

"IP technology and distribution platforms from companies like Barix and StreamGuys are becoming more popular because of these costs and reliability issues, and the trends point to this type of replacement cycle happening around the world," Wallace said.

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