Pixelon Intros TV-Quality Broadcast Network Technology
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Internet innovator Pixelon, Inc. today announced the technologies behind Pixelon.com, a full-screen, full-motion, television-quality Internet broadcast network.
"Under development since 1996, Pixelon.com is now poised to fulfill the long sought after vision of television on-demand broadcasting over the Internet," said Pixelon founder and chairman Michael Fenne.
Pixelon's proprietary technologies include:
- "K-1" Encoding Technology -- which allows Pixelon.com to broadcast full-screen, full-motion, television-quality video at 30 frames per second, as well as CD-quality stereo audio, over the Internet
- Distribution Technology -- partnering with Sprint Internet, Pan-Am Sat and other companies to be announced shortly, Pixelon.com will be deploying a network topology using a combination of OC48 fiber capacity, redundant satellite downcasting to the outer edges of the Internet, and a 20 Terabyte nationally distributed server farm, to extend audience reach numbers into the millions
- Advertising Technology -- each viewer will develop a demographic signature and behavioral history on Pixelon.com; the network will personalize the advertising that is embedded in each video presentation based on this signature and history
- "Black Widow" Encryption Technology, which provides content providers who partner with Pixelon.com a data-safe means to safely broadcast artistic property
- Interactive Solution -- with the Pixelon Player, viewers can provide input on programming, answer online polls, vote and participate in marketing research for the network.
In order to view Pixelon.com programming, a viewer will first download the Pixelon Player. The Pixelon Player appears as a full-screen frame around the full-screen programming. The entire application is under 250 kilobytes, another breakthrough in data compression technology itself.
Pixelon.com launches Oct. 29, with a live, streaming Webcast of its "iBash '99" event, featuring a reunion of The Who, the Dixie Chicks, The Offspring, LeAnn Rimes, KISS, Faith Hill, Tony Bennett and the Brian Setzer Orchestra at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The Webcast is free of charge to Pixelon.com visitors and is scheduled for 2 p.m. until 11 p.m. PST.