FlexStream MX-100IP – IPTV Channel Creator
The FlexStream MX-100IP is a low cost, all-in-one, turnkey TV channel creation and distribution device for IPTV networks. It combines multiple streaming video sources, such as IP cameras, IPTV A/V, pre-recorded TS files, and captured/encoded HD into a single MPTS (multi-program transport stream) which is ready to view by one or all commercial and consumer IPTVs or transmission over VPN to another IP processor such as the MX-400IO. In addition, the MX-100IP will encapsulate one of these live video streams with HTML5 media to create a custom IPTV channel for venues using linear IPTV or equipped with an edge QAM modulator device. Applications include advertising specials while patrons watch the game, promoting hotel amenities, training video channel, beach cam/lobby cam/pool cam TV channel, today’s activities and events channel, welcome channel, menu boards, intermission TV, and many many more. Use one of the provided HTML5 templates, no coding required, or use your imagination to create your own special multimedia wrapped TV channel.
The HTML5 video wrapper marries the creativity of HTML5 with the simplicity of templates to create the perfect tool for anyone interested in augmenting a video stream to create a custom channel. Special HTML tags enable our encoder (MPEG2 or h.264) to insert any of the available live video streams into the HTML5 wrapped channel. No special tools or knowledge of HTML5 is required. Use the provided templates to integrate advertisement with live TV, overlay time/temperature, add logos, alert customers to specials, provide camera views of the hotel lobby, pool, and breakfast bar, welcome guests, announce events, distribute alerts, and more.
The MX-100IP works well as a low cost remote video acquisition device for the FlexStream datacasting system. Use the MX-100IP to capture video from cameras or PCs and pass that video over VPN to the FlexIO software of MX-400IO device.
To set up the MX-100 CC simply connect the device to your network, browse to the integrated Web UI, select a template, customize the template using the template configuration web page, and tune your TV to the new multimedia channel. The MX-100 will create up to 2 MPTS for IPTV networks.
The MX-100 supports the FlexStream Device Manager (Flex DM) which allows you to remotely manage all your FlexStream devices from any computer or smart phone. A perfect solution for off-site management or to manage multiple locations.
The FlexStream MX-100IP is specially configured to:
- Securely connect to the MX-400IO or FlexIO software
- Add SD and HD digital channels to your hotel channel lineup.
- Create TV channels that advertise local attractions, menu specials, and resort amenities
- Create TV channels that convert TVs into digital signs.
- Create TV channels that train staff, direct visitors, announce daily events, or show a tv guide
- Use IP cameras, including security cameras, as TV channel video to create a beech cam, lobby cam, or doorbell cam TV channel.
- Leverage your existing media sources such as cameras, PCs, DVRs, DVD players, radio, and more.
- Create channels from video recorded from a PC, DVD, Mobile Phone, Camera, or other media source.
- Combine any live video with HTML5 graphics to create a multimedia TV channel. Use our presentation templates or create your own.
- Support both RF and IPTV networks
FlexDM Remote Management
Use FlexDM to manage West Pond devices from anywhere on any device. Create and manage a video playback channel at multiple sites. Check the status of a customer’s RF network.
Datacasting Remote Video Acquisition
Use this device in conjunction with the FlexStream datacasting solution to stream live video from remote locations onto the broadcast transport.
Compact, All-in-One Solution
The MX-100IP makes TV headend simple. Other solutions require modulators, capture devices, encoders, multiplexers, and lots of cabling.
The FlexStream MX solution is best in class because:
- Built in VPN connectivity
- Economical solution for enterprise cable TV “cord cutters”.
- Extremely flexible architecture adds value to any TV headend.
- Interfaces to a wide variety of devices that can be TV channel sources.
- Designed for easy installation and management.
- Outputs digital TV via RF (cable TV), and streaming IPTV.
Applications in datacasting, hospitality, healthcare, senior living, entertainment, restaurants and bars, corporate, education, houses of worship, stadiums and arenas, government, military, and apartment buildings.
The MX-100IP has be configured to perform the functionality of the following traditional headend components.
Headend Components Integrated:
Video Server / Streamer: Load 30 hours or more of video files onto the MX-100 and create custom TV channels via our built in video server. Create a looping playlist or schedule playback at specific times. Manage channels and video content on one or more systems using FlexDM.
Video Encoder (HD): Capture video and audio from any of these ports and encode it to broadcast quality standards. This box supports h.264 and MPEG2 video and a variety of audio formats.
Digital Signage Player: The HTML5 video wrapper combines video streams with HTML5 media to create a dynamic multi-media experience on a TV channel for viewing on one or more TVs without a digital signage player. This powerful tool is made simple through presentation templates provided by West Pond. See https://www.westpond.com/templates for a list of recent templates.
Demux-Remux Multichannel Multiplexer: Our integrated scalable broadcast quality multiplexer replaces the need for external rack mounted multiplexers.
- Multi-channel video server with timed and looping playlists
- Convert any video recording to a TV compatible file using the West Pond FlexDM service
- Video capture from a variety of sources
- HD and IP cameras.
- HTML5 digital signage player with live video overlay
- Presentation templates make signage easy
- Many templates available
- HD AV encoding
- TV compatible encoding and signaling
- Broadcast quality TS multiplexer
- Multiple inputs, multiple outputs
- RF display controller
- RX-50 controls
- RF TV and IPTV compatible
- Simultaneously supports both RF and IPTV
- Web UI with video thumbnails, status, and configuration
- Auto discover via mDNS and other network discovery protocols
- Web UI, password protected, configuration from anywhere
- USB Configuration for bulk processing
- REST API
- SNMP status
- VPN client
- FlexDM remote management
- Form factor: Shelf top, 198 mm X 198 mm X 37 mm
- Weight: Less than 3 lbs
- Shipping weight: Less than 3 lbs
- Operating Temp.: 0º – 45ºC (32º-113ºF)
- Humidity: 10 – 95% RH, non-condensing
- Input voltage (external power supply): 100 – 240VAC, 50-60Hz
- Power: Less than 15 watts
- Cooling: Air cooled.
- Compliance: FCC class A/CE
- Cabling and Adapters: Power brick and cord included, SMA to F adapter provided
- CPU: Quad core 1.6 – 2.0 GHz with GPU
- Standard Inputs:
- 1x GigE
- 4x USB 3.0 Host, 1x USB 2.0 Host
- mSATA up to 1TB, 32 GB standard
- Single HD capture w/audio
- Single channel frequency agile, standard agile modulator
- 1 year repair or replace + software updates
- 1 year FlexDM remote management subscription included
- Extended warranty available
- MADE IN USA
Hardware module options:
- SSD storage up to 1TB
MX-100 Transport Stream Sources:
- 4 independently managed GigE ports.
- IPTV, Digital Cameras, other MX-100 units, 3rd party encoders
- UDP/RTP input auto detect
- RTP/RTSP input support (converted to TS)
- Decode DTV content from RF, IP, etc.
- Encode HD and other sources.
- TV compatible real time encoding. ATSC, DVB, ISDBT
- Overlay HTML5 on any video to add multi-media before encoding.
- Encode HTML5 without video for simple signage channels.
- Terrestrial broadcast TV, cable TV (clear QAM), and satellite TV (unencrypted)
- Video streaming
- Multichannel video steamer
- Playlist and schedule driven
- >20 Gbytes on board storage, expansion to 4TB
- WebUI with file upload and progress bar
- FlexDM cloud based transcoding and channel management
Transport Stream Processing
- Maximum aggregate bitrate input/output: ~500Mb/s – Constrained by input device, output device, & CPU usage
- Maximum number of MPTS inputs: Not limited
- Maximum number of MPTS outputs: Not limited – Constrained by CPU usage or output devices
- Maximum video elementary streams per program: Not limited
- Maximum number of audio elementary streams per program: Not limited
- Maximum number of data streams per program: Not limited
- UDP unicast & multicast UDP input/output TS support
- SMPTE 2022 FEC Pro-MPEG
- RTP/RTSP input support (converted to TS)
- Transport packet size: 188/204 byte
Transport Stream Multiplexing
- Program filter and mapping (“cherry picker”)
- PID filter and mapping
- PSI (PAT/PMT) signaling
- ATSC, DVB-T, ISDB-T signaling including user definable channel labeling descriptors
- PSI, PSIP, ATSC, DVB-T, ISDB-T table merging
- PSIP parental control insertion and override
- PCR dejittering and restamping
- Rate smoothing
- Time stamping
- TS CBR and VBR
Transport Stream Outputs
- RF via DTV modulation
- IPTV via GigE ports
Transport Stream Analytics
- Presented via Web UI and front panel QVGA
- Dynamic input/output stream stats
- Signaling verification
- Video thumbnails in web UI