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BridgeCo's DMP includes latest Internet radio standards

Posted: 03 Aug 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:BridgeCo  processor  windows media streaming  WMS  RTSP 

BridgeCo Inc. announced that its digital media player (DMP) processor and middleware technology has been upgraded to incorporate the latest Internet radio standards. The upgraded DMP technology now supports windows media streaming (WMS) and real-time streaming protocol (RTSP), technologies that are increasingly being used by web-based radio stations to offer streaming audio services with advanced QoS performance guarantees. The middleware now also includes support for radio station data base functions, which give users better access to the thousands of individual Internet radio stations that are assembled by popular Internet radio aggregation sites, the company said.

BridgeCo is incorporating support for WMS/RTSP because many online radio sites are turning to these protocols to improve the listening experience for their users. WMS/RTSP allows users to enjoy a clear, uninterrupted audio stream by incorporating QoS features that guarantee a desired level of network service.

According to the company, QoS can be achieved by explicitly reserving bandwidth on the network or by providing preferential service to selected network traffic while providing best-effort service to all other traffic. WMS/RTSP also includes advanced content protection features.

"Our processors and middleware are being designed in to a broad range of networked audio devices for the home, including stereo components, integrated HiFi systems, clock radios and stand-alone digital media players that allow legacy stereo equipment to become a node on the home network and receive internet radio streams," said BridgeCo CEO Gene Sheridan.

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