Z/IPStream X/2 Overview
Z/IPStream X/2 is the third-generation streaming software from the Telos Alliance®; a combined audio processing/streaming platform designed for broadcasters who understand that streaming audio quality and reliability are just as important as terrestrial transmission. Z/IPStream X/2 gives you the power to fine-tune your streams for clear, clean, audio output — no matter the bitrate, codec, or delivery platform.
Z/IPStream X/2 stands above the rest with Adaptive Streaming technology. With Adaptive Streaming, the connection between streaming server and listener is automatically managed, dynamically adjusting bitrate and audio quality to maintain a solid connection with the best possible audio — regardless of Wi-Fi limitations or Internet behavior. Z/IPStream X/2 supports generating multiple streams to a server simultaneously using different codecs and bitrates to support these adaptive streaming applications.
Z/IPStream X/2 In Depth
Adaptive Streaming is a stream-delivery method that allows media players to switch bitrates when network conditions change. Z/IPStream X/2 supports Microsoft’s Smooth Streaming and Apple HLS adaptive streaming technologies, encoding the same stream at multiple bitrates and keeping audio packets sample-aligned. Adaptive Streaming ensures that your listeners are automatically receiving optimal quality and consistency based on the bandwidth of their connection.
It is not uncommon for certain programming to be blacked out or contractually restricted from streaming online. Z/IPStream X/2 makes quick work of programming blackouts by enabling you to replace restricted material with content from a separate audio source, or audio from files. You have full control over the switch points and the duration, and the switch points are sample-accurate when using timestamped RTP audio for input.
Stream synchronization is essential when implementing resilient streaming. Using Stream Synchronization, separate encoder instances (running on different PCs and even at different locations) are able to synchronize so that bitstreams generated by all instances are identical. This enables resilient streaming deployment through redundancy. If one encoder goes down (or is taken down for maintenance), the other encoder(s) continue to generate the appropriate stream, with no interruptions to service. Timestamped RTP input and Smooth Streaming for output are required to use Stream Synchronization.
Direct Livewire and RTP Audio Input
Z/IPStream X/2 works seamlessly with native Livewire audio sources, and can also accept RTP unicast sources.
Z/IPStream X/2 can be monitored via SNMP, a feature particularly important for large-scale deployments. SNMP monitoring gives you peace of mind that your stream is fully functional, and if anything does go wrong, SNMP alarms will detect and immediately inform you of any problems.
Z/IPStream X/2 is a software-only application that’s cloud-ready. It is designed to run in the background as a Windows service, and its HTML5 web interface makes remote configuration a breeze from PCs, Macs, tablets, or even smart phones. The REST API is ready to handle any additional custom control or monitoring requirements. Whether off-site or on, Z/IPStream X/2 gives you the flexibility to set up your stream however it best suits your needs.
Z/IPStream 9X/2: Full Omnia.9 Audio Processing
Z/IPStream X/2 can be upgraded to Z/IPStream 9X/2 at any time. Z/IPStream 9X/2 takes the already rock-solid 3-Band Omnia processing in the X/2 and elevates it with full Omnia.9 audio processing by Leif Claesson, which includes exclusive “Undo” Technology, the full Omnia.9 toolbox, and much more.