Riedel extends Skype capability for pro broadcast intercom

Skype is well-established in business and computing circles and now Riedel Communications is incorporating the voice over IP (VoIP) technology into broadcast intercom installations. The German manufacturer announced at NAB 2015 that it is now shipping the STX-200 professional Skype interface, which includes management and control software and connectivity with the AES67 interoperability standard.

Riedel has updated the Skype TX Control software to allow users to manage a large number of TX channels from just one control point. The program gives control over stream resolution, aspect ratios, FPS, logo overlays and a number of audio settings. The STX-200 additionally brings monitoring features, such as temperature management and system status, both of which can be accessed using the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).

The STX-200 is licensed by Microsoft and brings broadcast quality HD-SDI video and blanced XLR audio I/Os to Skype. The application is designed to do away with the need to use HDMI-SDI converters and helps prevent both menu pop-ups on the live feed and the chance of the sound dropping out.

"We have only scratched the surface of how this device will be used to create new workflows for broadcasters and build community for organizations from small businesses to major sports leagues," says Lars Höhmann, Skype & MediorNet product manager at Riedel. During March Spanish football team Real Madrid used a Riedel STX-200 system, including a MediorNet signal transport infrastructure and Artist intercom, for a live two-way link between players and fans from different countries.

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