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Lincoln Center Streaming With Digital Rapids

StreamZHD is part of a complete HD production environment.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts—the landmark facility located on 16 acres in New York City—is now streaming select performances in high-definition using the StreamZHD encoding system from Markham, Ontario-based Digital Rapids.

At Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, “The Laramie Project” Q&A with questions submitted via Twitter. Photo by Aaron Epstein The center’s 12 resident organizations—including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet and New York Philharmonic—combine to present thousands of performances and programs each year. StreamZHD is part of a complete HD production environment at the Center’s Alice Tully Hall, which also features four robotic HD cameras linked over fiber to servers, routers and switchers in the facility’s data center. The StreamZHD system, supplied by systems integrator HB Communications, encodes content in real time for external distribution as live streams or on-demand files.

?Lincoln Center’s live streaming capabilities recently supported the concurrent worldwide debut performances of “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later.” On-stage pre-show and post-performance events—including an interactive question and answer session with questions submitted via Twitter—were streamed through StreamZHD to audiences in more than 150 theaters worldwide, supporting local live readings of the new play at each location.

Three live streams and three on-demand archives at varying bit-rates were created in the H.264 format for Web viewing through Adobe Flash technology, with StreamZHD producing all six outputs simultaneously in real time. ?

“It is important that our technology infrastructure is at a level of excellence commensurate with the caliber of events that we host, and the ability to stream at HD quality over the Internet is phenomenal,” said Rob Tarleton, Lincoln Center’s chief technology officer. “Our HD production and streaming capabilities are key benefits for artists, performers and groups holding events at Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center, and StreamZHD is an important part of making that happen.”

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