Barix will introduce Reflector EVO, its next-generation cloud service for audio contribution and distribution, at the 2023 NAB Show. Barix says Reflector EVO improves on the original Reflector service, introduced in 2010, by adding guaranteed absolute audio delay, improved stream redundancy, browser-based confidence monitoring and OPUS audio support.
“IP networking was largely an unknown entity for broadcasters through the 2000s, and it was a complex undertaking for the early adopters,” reflects Reto Brader, CEO of Barix. “Reflector took the complexity out of the equation. With a few clicks in the Reflector UI, a few settings on the hardware devices, and the audio started to flow. More than a decade later, the fundamental value of the original Reflector service remains; Reflector EVO tackles the modern IP networking challenges of larger networks while adding meaningful features for broadcasters.”
StreamGuys will provide virtual cloud hosting and 24/7 back-end support, providing broadcasters with an accessible service for unidirectional STL connections, syndicated program distribution, and stream replication for rebroadcasts, retransmissions, and other audio services.
Barix will also introduce a new broadcast-specific hardware codec to pair with the Reflector EVO service. The new corresponding hardware codec, developed specifically for Reflector EVO, is configurable as an encoder and decoder. Barix says the codecs feature the same embedded technologies under the hood and are quick to deploy once configured, with simple connections at the transmit (encoding) and receive (decoding) points. The codecs also provide flexible switching options (contact closures, UDP commands), relay support, and selectable input gain.
Barix will exhibit at the 2023 NAB Show at Booth C2835 in the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 16-19.