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Novra Group Announces Integration of ZIXI for Realtime Radio, Television and Cinema Distribution

2021-09-21

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Ottawa, ON – (September 21, 2021):  Novra Technologies Inc. (“Novra”) (TSX-V: NVI) and its subsidiary International Datacasting Corporation (“IDC”) announced a new collaboration with Zixi—the pioneer in live broadcast-quality video delivery—to integrate Zixi’s Software-Defined Video Platform (SDVP) client into Novra Group’s next-generation MAP product line for broadcast television and radio networks.

The MAP (Modular Architecture Platform) family of products is designed to provide a flexible, reliable, professional hardware appliance that can be customized, upgraded, and even expanded as broadcasters’ requirements evolve and grow. MAP will now offer as an option the Zixi protocol—a resilient congestion and network-aware protocol that adjusts to varying network conditions and employs patented, dynamic Forward Error Correction techniques for error-free video transport over IP with 99.9999% uptime at minimal latency. It provides best-in-class security with DTLS and AES encryption, allows for protected multicast transport, provides bandwidth efficiency and enables encoder backpressure.

IDC is a leader in IP-enabled distribution of broadcast radio and television. MAP and IDC’s own MISTiQ software are part of the company’s strategic investment in enabling distribution via satellite and/or internet, as needed.  Adding support for Zixi is another indicator of the company’s continued leadership in internet distribution for radio and television broadcasters, offering clients the choice of standalone satellite, standalone internet distribution, or a hybrid with satellite to backup internet delivery or internet backing up satellite. Gary Carter, VP Products and Business Development at IDC pointed out, “This is where MAP’s modular approach really shines, we can add expanded storage, specific software, and other features as needed.”

Earlier this year IDC began providing MAP Pro Audio receiver decoders with Zixi inside to a US-based global television and radio broadcaster for use on both internet and satellite feeds. The network distributes many channels of radio and television and receive sites include internet-only, satellite-only, and hybrid locations for backup. The rollout of new Zixi-enabled receivers has been a great success.

“The MAP family of products are flexible and serve a broad set of customers in Media and Entertainment” said Naytram Deonarain, Technical Partner Manager, Zixi. “This integration allows us to together deliver live, broadcast quality video securely to the market.”

NovraGroup President and CEO Harris Liontas commented, “We are excited about including Zixi in our products. Their reputation and experience has made them a favorite in the industry. We share a focus on secure, ultra-reliable distribution, and we are pleased to offer broadcasters and service providers a choice when it comes to solutions for reliable, secure distribution of media assets. We continue to be on the cutting edge, working with our diverse customer community who are already migrating beyond traditional satellite-only networks to hybrid and internet-only infrastructure. This new generation of products is designed for the internet-enabled future.”

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About Novra and International Datacasting: Part of the Novra Group (Novra, TSX-V: NVI, OTCQB: NVRVF), International Datacasting Corporation (IDC) is a longtime global provider of products, systems and services for the distribution of multimedia broadband content. The Novra Group of companies includes Novra Technologies, International Datacasting Corporation, and Wegener Communications. The companies in the group are known for a strong focus on applications including: broadcast video and radio, digital cinema, digital signage, and highly reliable data communications. For more information visit: www.datacast.com.

About Zixi: Zixi provides a cloud based and on-premises Software-Defined Video Platform that enables reliable broadcast-quality video delivery over any IP network, any protocol, any cloud provider and any edge device. The company offers technologies for broadcasters, enterprises, over-the-top video providers, and mobile service providers around the world. The SDVP makes it easy and economical for media companies to source, manage, localize, and distribute live events and 24/7 live linear channels in broadcast QoS, securely and at scale, using any form of IP network or Hybrid IP environments. Zixi provides enhanced control in large complex networks with ZEN Master, a live video orchestration and telemetry control plane  that provides visual tools to configure, orchestrate, and monitor live broadcast channels and events across industry protocols.  Over 10+ years, the Zixi Enabled Network (ZEN) has grown to over 250 OEM and service providers and serves well over 700 customers representing most of the top media brands around the world with 20,000+ channels delivered daily. www.zixi.com

CONTACT:

Diana Cantu, VP Marketing & Sales
+1-613-596-4120 x2202
cantu@datacast.com

 

 

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Novra Group Moves Into The Future With Expanded Products and new Technology

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Ottawa, ON – (July 7, 2021):  Novra Technologies Inc. (“Novra”) (TSX-V: NVI) and its subsidiary International Datacasting Corporation (“IDC”) announced the expansion of its MAP product line into new applications and markets including video, data, and digital cinema.

The MAP (short for “Modular Architecture Platform”) was designed to be a highly flexible next-generation hardware platform with tightly integrated software that can be easily upgraded and expanded to address emerging requirements.

The MAP was launched with the MAP Pro Audio, a full-featured, robust receiver for broadcast radio. The Pro Audio supports application-specific features such as targeted ad insertion, balanced audio outputs, GPIO/relay closures, and more. Since its introduction MAP Pro Audio has been embraced by networks around the world with deployments ranging from the US and Latin America, to Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Now the MAP product line is expanding to address other key market applications:

  • MAP Pro Data: for high-speed data applications such as video contribution, IP data, blockchain and more
  • Pro Cinema: for next-generation secure and speedy digital cinema distribution with integrated live event video capabilities
  • Pro Video: professional live video decoding for broadcasters

These are cutting-edge applications in niche markets where the Novra Group companies have provided technology leadership for years.

Using a common hardware platform like MAP means products are easier to build, maintain, and support. Efficiencies in manufacturing and resulting cost savings can be passed along to customers and the development time for adding new features like DVB-S2X is greatly accelerated.

Features in common across the MAP platform include:

  • Support for satellite and IP delivery
  • Built-in MISTiQ IP cloud technology with SRT as well as support for Zixi
  • Expandible hardware and software: features ranging from increased on-board storage to third-party software can be integrated to customize or meet emerging requirements
  • Designed to support industry-leading encryption and conditional access

Gary Carter, VP Products and Business Development commented: “We are longtime leaders in the business of secure, reliable delivery of multimedia content for broadcasters, service providers, and network operators around the world. We have always had a focus on applications—understanding how our customers use our technology and keeping ahead of the curve. In addition to the work we have done to expand the MAP product line we are working on adding DVB-S2X and additional tuners to our S400 family of data receivers as well as updating our ATSC products to support ATSC 3.0. There are exciting new opportunities in our industry and we are in the thick of it!”

NovraGroup President and CEO Harris Liontas added, “I’m very pleased with the innovation initiatives our team has put together. We used the pandemic lull to invest in R&D to be ready for next-generation requirements and growth. Our focus is not just on great technology, it has to make business sense. We partner with our customers to provide technology to help them sustain and grow their business.”

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About Novra and International Datacasting: Part of the Novra Group (Novra, TSX-V: NVI) International Datacasting Corporation (IDC) is a longtime global provider of products, systems and services for the distribution of multimedia broadband content. The Novra Group of companies includes Novra Technologies, International Datacasting Corporation, and Wegener Communications. The companies in the group are known for a strong focus on applications including: broadcast video and radio, digital cinema, digital signage, and highly reliable data communications. For more information visit: datacast.com.

CONTACT:

Diana Cantu, VP Marketing & Sales
+1-613-596-4120 x2202 dcantu@datacast.com