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Barix Expands Multi-Site Music Streaming Solution Family at InfoComm 2018

Barix Instreamer ICE joins Retail Player system to lower costs and streamline usability for internet radio and background multi-site music streaming.

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Barix Expands Multi-Site Music Streaming Solution Family at InfoComm 2018

Barix comes to InfoComm 2018 June 6-8 in the Las Vegas Convention Center with an expanded suite of multi-site music streaming solutions, including the Barix Instreamer ICE and Retail Player.

Barix’s evolving unified strategy across its multi-site music streaming solutions provides customers with new options to serve larger audiences at a lower price point than before,” according to the company announcement.

InfoComm 2018 marks the global debut of Barix Instreamer ICE, which “combines the bandwidth efficiency of AAC+ encoding with streamlined integration, thanks to a built-in Icecast server that supports up to 50 simultaneous listeners,” according to the Barix press release.

Instreamer ICE Rundown

“Ideal for temporary live internet radio services from worship, corporate and other specialty broadcasters, the enhanced compression of AAC+ encoding allows end users to deliver the same audio quality as mp3 at half the bandwidth, or double the audio quality using the same bandwidth,” according to the announcement. 

The Barix Instreamer ICE combines an Icecast server with the encoding platform, which removes the need to download and configure an Icecast server on a separate machine and enables listeners to receive live streams on their connected devices.

Instreamer ICE’s all-in-one integrated solution “enables setup times of less than five minutes, allowing users to quickly be up and running with internet radio streams,” according to the Barix press release.

“The value proposition of Instreamer ICE is extended when coupled with Barix’s Retail Player solution,” according to the company announcement. “Receiving its North American debut, Retail Player combines robust hardware receivers with an intuitive, web-based management portal for large-scale retail, hospitality and corporate music applications.”

Barix Instreamer ICE multi-site music streaming customers can scale beyond 50 streams with Retail Player.

“The combined solution is ideal for private internet radio networks, as well as for businesses that previously turned to less reliable, consumer-grade players due to budget restrictions,” according to the Barix press release.

Barix Instreamer, InfoComm 2018

“The Instreamer ICE solution ensures that listeners can consume live streams on their mobiles, laptops and connected devices, while Retail Player provides a robust, network-configurable device with automatic playout for business applications.”

“The Instreamer ICE is essentially a compact internet radio-in-a-box solution that feeds the signal direct to a local network or an ISP,” said Reto Brader, VP of sales and marketing of Barix.

Instreamer Retail Player

“On the reception side, customers can use standard networked devices such as mobile phones or computers or, as a professional alternative, the highly efficient and robust Retail Player receivers.

“These new Barix encoding and decoding solutions allow users to take advantage of AAC+ encoding and native Icecast integration while expanding their networks through a dependable, easy-to-manage and easily-scalable receiver solution, RetailPlayer, that is remarkably affordable.”

Powered by the company’s IPAM400 IP audio module, Retail Player receivers support the decoding of live audio streams and buffer management in a compact form. The Barix Retail Player Portal uses centralized configuration, management, status monitoring and stream switching across multiple locations.

The Retail Player portal also aids with maintenance and upgrades of multiple receivers, including the ability to remotely update the units’ firmware as new features and enhancements are released to meet customers’ future needs.