Live Streaming Media Refresh
The LLC's Apple Xserve live streaming media servers are 9.4 years old as of early January, 2015, and have mostly failed, or often require inordinate amount of attempts to bring to some level of minimal and temporary operation. The servers were purchased in 2007 on an STF-funded proposal "Replace Language Media Streaming Servers -- Proposal ID: 2007-061-1". This proposal is to replace those servers, and to provide a Wowza Streaming Engine license to enable streaming to not only desktop and laptops, but now also to smart phones and tablets.
This service is available to all UW students on their own computing devices, as well as any modern Internet-connected device.
These servers provide live (and near-live) world television for all UW students, and provide countless resources that students would not have or would have to pay for if the servers no longer function. The content streamed on these servers is designed to aid students' progress in language classes, as well as providing a number of resources of general interest, such as students from abroad being able to watch news from their home countries.
The live streaming service is also used to broadcast UW-LLC-originated videoconferences and webcasts to current and prospective students, helping keep the UW among the premier universities in the world, and making sure that our students have ample facilities for international learning and communication.
Benefits to Students and the University
By streaming language learning video and television over the web, students will be able to access these resources at any time, from any computer that has an adequate Internet connection, and now for the first time in the LLC, the ability to watch the streaming video on mobile (smart devices).
The world TV channels bring more languages into the LLC than taught on campus, and add to the language experience of each student. Digital Media is especially important in our language classes because language instruction at UW uses a communicative teaching method, focusing on oral proficiency and cultural background as the foundation of its language course.
Paul Aoki, Director, Language Learning Center
Sherri Huber, Office Manager, Language Learning Center
The following individuals directly oversee the implementation of any new equipment, and wholeheartedly support this proposal:
Bob Majors, Senior Computer Specialist, Language Learning Center
Don Smith, Senior Computer Specialist, Language Learning Center
Approximately one month after receipt of all items.
Resources Provided by Department
The Language Learning Center pays for two annual UW campus subscriptions: $8,675 annual for SCOLA (current television programs and related learning materials from around the world) and $325 for the International Channel and TV5.
Server rack space.
Digital cable TV demodulators, and analog to video, analog to digital converters.
Labs where students can view video streams (in addition to on their own devices, etc.).
IT support for all these services.
Access Restrictions (if any)
All registered students with a UW NetID will have access to these resources. All streaming television video resources and other copyrighted material will be protected from non-UW access, to comply with terms of subscription to these services, by placing the links to content on a UW IT web server, and protecting those linking pages with UW NetID validation. All of the LLC's streaming and web-based resources are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
I support this proposal.
Russell Hugo - Linguistics, Graduate Student
I strongly endorse this proposal!
Anatoliy Klots, Slavic Languages and Literatures Graduate Student
I will use this streaming to watch the news from my country Taiwan
Pei-Chun Ko, English program, Graduate Student
I support this proposal.
Kento Kitano, Psychology, undergraduate student
This is one of the only ways for me to watch French news, to stay up on current French affairs.
Joel Strom, graduate student, French Studies
International media is a wonderful resource for language learning students. I strongly support this proposal. --Joshua, PhD Candidate, Department of Linguistics
(Item, followed by quantity)
PowerEdge R730 Server (210-ACXU)
This server will run the Wowza Streaming Engine software that provides video streams to end users.
Item and quantity:
Dell Precision R7610 CTO Base (210-AAPM)
These are the computers that received and encode the initial video / audio signals, and pass them along to the Wowza Streaming Engine server for delivery (streaming) to end users.
Rosewill PCIE FireWire 1394a Card 2+1 Ports Model RC-504.Justification
Required by the 5 Wirecast servers to received uncompressed digital video / audio signal into the computer from an analog video/audio converter.
This is the software that provides streaming to the end users. Multiple qualities would be: high quality / large, medium quality (restricted network speed), and small / mobile.Justification
Wowza Streaming Engine Perpetual Plus + 3 Year Support. Perpetual Plus license includes the Wowza Streaming Engine, nDVR AddOn, DRM AddOn, and unlimited Transcoder channels. Required to provide live video streams, and the transcoder provides providing multiple quality streams of the SCOLA video steam.
Required by law.
Dell ships their computers free.Justification
For Firewire cards.
Total requested: $34,316.36
Total funded: $34,316.36
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