Telestream Introduces Integrated Closed Caption Inserter & Multiscreen Live Streaming Solution

Telestream, a provider of file-based media workflow orchestration, media streaming, and delivery technologies will introduce a unique one-box-solution for closed caption encoding to multiple live streams. Sophisticated 608/708 caption insertion capability is part of the latest version of Lightspeed Live Stream, Telestream’s multiscreen live encoding and packaging at scale solution for broadcasters, content aggregators, and live event production companies.

From national broadcasters to college sports, houses of worship, live event producers and even the military, the broadest range of organizations need live captioning. As live video streaming over IP networks continues to grow exponentially, the need for live closed captions within multiscreen applications is becoming critical. In response, Telestream’s new integrated live caption encoding solution is now part of Lightspeed Live Stream, helping avoid the cost and complexity of going to baseband when inserting digital captions. 

Today, most IP caption insertion systems are cloud-based, requiring content to be moved first to the cloud, captioned, then re-encoded and re-streamed for delivery. In contrast, Telestream’s live captioning solution with Lightspeed Live Stream eliminates restreaming, instead, encoding the live captions within the original stream.

And unlike traditional one-channel baseband caption hardware, Telestream has used its experience to develop a single 1RU enclosure that encodes captions to multiple live video streams, saving space and, the company says, as much as $7K to $10K per channel. The system’s scalability offers on-demand caption insertion over as many streams as needed. Lightspeed Live Stream uses standard captioning protocols to receive caption data, so existing third-party court reporting software can connect to Lightspeed Live Stream via IP.

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