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Hauppauge, not satisfied with only bringing DVR-like functions to the Broadway this week -- has unleashed a new box called the StreamEez that links your HD video camera to your computer for live broadcasts. HDMI or component video hook it up on the cam side, USB on the computer side. It uses H.264 video compression and is compatible with sites like USTREAM that require the RTMP protocol. The box plus Windows software starts at $299. Everything but the price probably sounds pretty familiar since the incredibly similar Livestream Broadcaster is also just about on the scene, though, it'll run you about $195 more. Take a gander at the PR after the break.

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StreamEez is an Affordable, Simple to Use, Easy to Install High Definition Video Streamer Box That Enables Any Organization to Broadcast Live

LAS VEGAS, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hauppauge Digital, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAUP) has announced the release of StreamEez™, a high definition video streamer designed for organizations that want a simple to use, high quality video streamer to broadcast live events over the Internet. StreamEez was designed to serve as a powerful tool for any organization with live streaming needs; typical applications could include live streaming over the Internet for organizations sponsoring political events such as town hall meetings, church groups wanting to broadcast religious services and other groups that need a high quality live streaming solution.

The StreamEez box connects to an HD video camera using either HDMI or Component Video, compresses the camera's video using a built-in high quality H.264 encoder into a form that is compatible with many common streaming video sites such as USTREAM and Justin.tv. StreamEez then connects to a laptop computer (that is equipped with the Hauppauge StreamEez control application) via USB, making a connection to the streaming Internet website for live broadcast.

StreamEez is based on the same high quality video encoders that were developed for Hauppauge's popular line of HD video recorders, Colossus and HD PVR. StreamEez requires a small laptop computer to act as the video server, an HD video camera that has HDMI or Component Video output, the SteamEez device plus an Internet connection and an account with a streaming video site. All encoding and formatting of the high definition video signal is done inside StreamEez, making the video transmission the highest quality possible.

Since most organizations streaming live events store the video equipment between broadcasts, StreamEez is designed to make set up and removal fast and easy. The StreamEez device is in a rugged housing and connects to the laptop PC via a USB cable. And because it is based on well proven hardware encoding technology, the best possible video stream is created with minimal bit rates, which delivers a superior end-user experience.

StreamEez is compatible with several popular video streaming sites and uses standard protocols such as RTMP. Pricing on the StreamEez box and Windows-based application software starts at $299.

About Hauppauge

Hauppauge Digital, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAUP) is a leading developer and manufacturer of digital TV and data broadcast receiver products. Through its Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc., PCTV Systems Sarl and Hauppauge Digital Europe subsidiaries, the company designs and develops digital video boards for TV-in-a-window, digital video editing and video conferencing. The Company is headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, with R&D offices in New York, Braunschweig, Germany and Taipei, administrative offices in New York, Singapore, Taiwan, Ireland and Luxembourg, and sales offices in Germany, London, Paris, The Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Singapore and California. The Company's Internet web site can be found at http://www.hauppauge.com. Hauppauge and WinTV are registered trademarks of Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc. Other product or service names herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

SOURCE Hauppauge Digital, Inc.