With the National Football League’s 2023-24 season underway, San Francisco 49ers fans have already enjoyed access to live Spanish language game broadcasts thanks in part to Audio over IP technology from Barix.
The technology was embraced by 49ers Studios to create a simple remote broadcast workflow for away games, allowing engineers to plug in a Barix Instreamer device and return live gameday audio to studios in Mexico and San Francisco.
The Instreamer is Barix’s “classic” Audio over IP encoder, and is used worldwide at origination points to encode and stream program audio to studios, transmitter sites and other end points where audio is received. In sports, the Instreamer is a popular choice for remote broadcasting, where the producer or engineer needs only an Instreamer, a microphone, and a laptop to reliably move high-quality audio back to the studio. Some customers such as the 49ers Studios use a slightly more elaborate setup that includes several microphones and a small mixer, but the workflow remains simple, reliable and affordable.
Barix Exstreamer devices receive and decode the Instreamer-encoded streams back at Levi Stadium in San Francisco, where gameday audio is then delivered to various terrestrial, web, mobile and social media platforms. That includes the 49ers Spanish language website and 33 radio stations in Mexico.
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