Sun Microsystems Inc’s Sun Microsystems Computer Co yesterday came out with a new version of its ShowMe TV and ShowMe Transmitter software designed to improve video broadcast for university and education, employee training programs and professionals needing up-to-the-minute news broadcasts. ShowMe TV 1.1 provides full-motion video playback of MPEG-1 files on Sun workstations, enabling users to view live or pre-recorded programs in a resizable window from sources including local or remote hard disk, CD-ROM, Sun MediaCenter Servers, or ShowMe Transmitter 1.1; MPEG-1, RLE, JPEG and CellB compression are all supported. When used with new Sun MediaCenter Servers, it is claimed to provide video cassette recorder-like functionality when viewing MPEG-1 videos, Sun says. It is aimed at companies seeking to use video technology to reduce costs in areas such as employee training, and can be used to help employees stay updated on internal and external developments via applications such as interactive kiosks. ShowMe Transmitter 1.1 supports the new Real- time Transport Protocol for transmission of audio and video across a network. It can broadcast video and audio from a standard video source such as a tuner or camera connected to a SunVideo board or audio-video file, to any Sun workstation on the network. With the new RTPv2 broadcasting protocol support included in ShowMe Transmitter 1.1, videos can be transmitted over the network to an individual or multiple users, the company promises. ShowMe TV 1.1 is available now at $200 for an individual user license; multiple user licenses are also available. ShowMe Transmitter 1.1 is also available now, and the price for it us $2,200 with one right-to-use license for ShowMe TV 1.1.
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