SnapStream Shrinks Media Search Appliance


SnapStream Media has introduced a smaller version of its television capture and search appliance for education, the SnapStream Mini. It's expected to ship by the end of March.

SnapStream Mini, like the elder SnapStream Enterprise, is a networked appliance that acts something like a DVR, allowing organizations to schedule and record television programs, search programming, and create clips from the recorded content, which can then be shared over the network, archived to DVD, stored, or forwarded via e-mail. Where the SnapStream Enterprise is designed for larger enterprises--entire districts, for example--the Mini is targeted more toward smaller installations, such as individual classrooms.

The new Mini is a dual-channel system, allowing users to record two channels at once. It supports approximately 1,000 hours of recorded video and comes with 1 terabyte of storage. Other features include:

  • Support for cable, digital cable, or satellite;
  • The ability to schedule recordings with a program guide;
  • E-mail alerts for keywords; and
  • The ability to search within recorded shows.

The SnapStream Mini will be available this quarter for $2,000. It includes networking and video cables (including coax and S-video), composite/S-video adapters, IR blasters and emitters, a splitter, network cable, and keyboard and mouse. Further information can be found here.

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