Channel Creators for In-House Cable TV

Channel Creators - The MX-CC Series

The FlexStream Channel Creator (CC) is a solution for anyone looking to add and manage digital channels to an existing in-house cable TV network. 

These private TV channels are typically used to create digital signage or to complement existing cable TV programming. FlexStream channels are composed from a variety of live streams, recorded files, graphics and other multimedia.  Our equipment is compatible with almost any linear TV network including analog (NTSC) TV networks, clear QAM digital cable networks, commercial cable TV networks such as Spectrum or Comcast, commercial satellite TV networks, linear streaming services and even amplified antenna networks.  If you aren’t sure what network you have, check out our CEOs blog postings for some simple clues.  

FlexStream CC systems scale to support a complete cable TV channel lineup, however, most CC installations only need a single unit to add one or more private TV channels.  FlexStream CC systems are pre-configured to meet your requirements resulting in a turn-key solution.  Most installations do not need any additional hardware; everything you need, including the software, is in the FlexStream CC device.  

Our friendly staff will guide you to the model that best meets your needs. 

The unit is configured to support content from a wide variety of media sources including stored files, live streams, and cloud based resources such as Vimeo or YouTube.  If you have existing AV equipment, the FlexStream CC unit can be customized to be plug and play with existing cabling.   This includes SDI, HD-SDI, HDMI, ASI, Component, Composite, IP, or other interfaces.   Scheduling these sources to be part of your daily channel content line-up is just a few mouse clicks on the FlexStream Web UI.

All of our FlexStream CC devices can be managed remotely, so our staff will be able to help with the installation, training, support, and maintenance of your FlexStream CC device.  Once  installed, use any web browser to schedule any AV source as programming content on your new FlexStream channel.  The easy to use software controls the content of your channels using a calendar based user interface.  Schedule your content daily, weekly, or for eternity, then make changes only when you need to.  If necessary, our staff will provide on-line interactive training as well.  

 Users with multiple devices in multiple locations utilize the FlexDM remote management portal.  FlexDM is a cloud service that is used to manage one or more devices.  Through FlexDM users can collectively monitor status, apply software updates, process and distribute video files, and access program scheduling on the FlexStream device.  Groups of devices can be managed collectively saving our customers time and money.

 The FlexStream CC systems are easy-to-use, turnkey devices for facilities wishing to create and manage one or more continuously engaging channels for senior living centers, correctional facilities, stadiums, healthcare, government and educational institutions. 

 

FlexStream CC devices are best in class!

Tightly integrated “one box” solution provides superior control and ease of use over AV racks of loosely cabled equipment.  

Web UI provides a simple, but powerful, interface for managing content and scheduling content on private TV channels.

Comprehensive, turn-key, technology simplifies installation and management of devices.

Remote management facilitates large scale enterprise level deployments.

Flexible architecture can be configured to support a wide variety of legacy video sources. 

A single unit solution that scales to meet future needs.

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Applications

  • Senior living community channels – to deliver health advice, entertainment, community information, movies, live local activities, and more.
  • Correctional facility channels – to announce house rules, general information, education, religion, re-entry, and more
  • Hotel property channels – which highlight amenities, local attractions, hotel features, menus, specials, upcoming events, pool or beach cam, and more.
  • Stadium concourse channels – Digital Signage channels with with score board, live video, and more
  • Chapel channels – automated record and scheduled playback of any live event including chapel services, group meetings, activities, seminars and more.
  • Multi-use property channel: Doorbell cam, Event calendar, Announcements.

Highlights

  • Easy to create and maintain engaging private TV channels 
  • Cable directly to other AV devices such as cameras, DVD player, PC – simplifying access to existing media
  • Media library supports a wide variety of AV files, including smart phone video,for use as programming content
  • Access online media via YouTube or Vimeo for programming content
  • Combine graphics with video to create a complete multimedia experience or active signage channel
  • Automated content switching from/to any source via calendar events – automation saves time and money.
  • Provide enterprise level control over a collection of FlexStream CC devices and the channels they create
  • Compatible with commercial cable TV applications (Comcast, Spectrum, etc.) channel insertions, DIRECTV COM3000 enterprise installations, Clear QAM networks, and linear IPTV distribution.

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MX-200CC Channel Creator

The MX-200CC is the single channel member of our FlexStream CC family in a closet friendly wall mount or shelf top form factor.  Typically used in installations that do not have a formal communications closet and wish to insert and manage a single channel into the in-house cable TV system.  Despite the size and format limitations, the MX-200CC has everything it needs to create one very dynamic TV channel.  As configured it has all the bells and whistles of the MX-400CC, just no expansion bays.  The HDMI capture port is a favorite for many of our digital signage resellers who need a manageable HD cable TV channel insertion solution. 

As configured:

• 32 GB Storage 
• 2x GigE Ethernet 
• 1x Flex Bay Low Profile – 1x HDMI/Video Capture
• 2x Internal Bay Modulator (RF Out) – 1x Modulator, 1x Available
• 1x Internal Bay DTV Tuner (M1) – 1x Tuner
• 1x M.2 SATA SSD – Available
• 1x HD Encoder/Transcoder

Options:

FlexBay LP (0x): 
• None

Internal bays: 
• 2nd Modulator (RF Out)
• 1 TB SSD Storage

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FlexStream MX-400

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MX-400CC Channel Creator

The MX-400CC, our original channel creator (CC) product, was designed to maximize interconnect flexibility.  The MX-400 chassis supports four GigE ports, four FlexBay modules, one internal single/dual modulator bay, and one tuner bay.  While configured for one encoder and one HDMI port, this model is most commonly used to create and manage two channels that utilize multiple HDMI ports.  I.e. A Signage player, DVD player, PC, etc.  The FlexStream scheduler automates the channel programming using these ports and any other source that is made available.

As configured:

• 32 GB Storage 
• 4x GigE Ethernet 
• 2x Flex Bay Low Profile – 1x HDMI/Video Capture, 1x Available
• 2x Flex Bay High/Low Profile – 1x DVD/BR controls, 1x Available
• 2x Internal Bay Modulator (RF Out) – 1x Modulator, 1x Available
1x Internal Bay DTV Tuner (M1) – 1x Tuner
• 1x M.2 SATA SSD – Unused
• 1x HD Encoder/Transcoder

Options:

FlexBay LP (1x): 
• HDMI/Video Capture
• HD-SDI Capture
• 4x DTV Tuner

FlexBay HP/LP (1x): 
• 4x – 6x Modulator
• HDMI/Video Capture
• HD-SDI Capture
• 4x DTV Tuner
• 1x RS-232 DVD Control 

Internal Bays: 
• 2nd Modulator (RF Out)
• 1 TB SSD Storage

• 2nd HD Encoder/Transcoder

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FlexStream MX-400

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MX-400CC2+ Channel Creator

The MX-400CC2+ is an MX-400CC bundled with 1 TB of storage, two HDMI capture ports, and two HD encoder/transcoders.  This model is most commonly used to create and manage two channels that utilize two HDMI ports.  I.e. A Signage player, DVD player or two signage players.

As configured:

• 1 TB Storage 
• 4x GigE Ethernet 
• 2x Flex Bay Low Profile – 2x HDMI/Video Capture
• 2x Flex Bay High/Low Profile – 1x DVD/BR controls, 1x Available
• 2x Internal Bay Modulator (RF Out) – 1x Modulator, 1x Available
• 1x Internal Bay DTV Tuner (M1) – 1x Tuner
• 2x HD Encoder/Transcoder

Options:

FlexBay LP (0x): 
• n/a 

FlexBay HP/LP (1x): 
• 4x – 6x Modulator
• HDMI/Video Capture
• HD-SDI Capture
• 4x DTV Tuner
• 1x RS-232 DVD Control 

Internal Bays: 
• 2nd Modulator (RF Out)

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FlexStream MX-400

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MX-500CC Channel Creator

The MX-500CC can provide up to 4 HD encodings (720P30) making however it falls short of the MX-400CC in the category of unused option bays. While the base configuration for the FlexStream CC family is the same for all units, the expansion capabilities vary.  The MX-550CC can be licensed to encode six or more HD channels, that’s more than three times the encoding capability of the MX-400.  This unit is the best starting point for facilities that plan to create 6 or more private TV channels.

As configured:

• 256 GB Storage – M.2 SATA SSD
• 2x GigE Ethernet 
• 1 RS-232 DVD/BR Control
• 2x Flex High/Low Profile Bays – 1x HDMI/Video Capture, 1x Available
• 2x Internal Bay Modulator (RF Out) – 1x Modulator, 1x Available
• 1x Internal Bay DTV Tuner (M1) – 1x Tuner
• 1x HD Encoder/Transcoder

Options:

FlexBay HP/LP (1x): 
• 4x – 6x Modulator 
• 2x GigE Ethernet 
• HDMI/Video Capture 
• HD-SDI Capture 
• 4x DTV Tuner 
• 1x RS-232 DVD Control 

Internal Bays:
• 2 TB SSD Storage 
• 2nd Modulator (RF Out) 

Up to 20x HD Encoder/Transcoders

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FlexStream MX-400

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MX-550CC Channel Creator

The MX-550CC is a significant increase in computing power over the MX-400 series and as such it supports multiple HD encoders, however it falls short of the MX-400CC in the category of unused option bays. While the base configuration for the FlexStream CC family is the same for all units, the expansion capabilities vary.  The MX-550CC can be licensed to encode six or more HD channels, that’s more than three times the encoding capability of the MX-400.  This unit is the best starting point for facilities that plan to create 6 or more private TV channels.

As configured:

• 256 GB Storage – M.2 SATA SSD
• 2x GigE Ethernet 
• 1 RS-232 DVD/BR Control
• 2x Flex High/Low Profile Bays – 1x HDMI/Video Capture, 1x Available
• 2x Internal Bay Modulator (RF Out) – 1x Modulator, 1x Available
• 1x Internal Bay DTV Tuner (M1) – 1x Tuner
• 1x HD Encoder/Transcoder

Options:

FlexBay HP/LP (1x): 
• 4x – 6x Modulator 
• 2x GigE Ethernet 
• HDMI/Video Capture 
• HD-SDI Capture 
• 4x DTV Tuner 
• 1x RS-232 DVD Control 

Internal Bays:
• 2 TB SSD Storage 
• 2nd Modulator (RF Out) 

Up to 20x HD Encoder/Transcoders

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FlexStream MX-400

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MX-550CC4+ Channel Creator

The MX-550CC4+ is an MX-500CC bundled with 1 TB of storage, two HDMI capture ports, 2 modulators, and four HD encoder/transcoders.  This model is most commonly used to create and manage four channels that utilize two HDMI ports.  I.e. A Signage player, DVD player or two signage players. 

As configured:

• 256 GB Storage – M.2 SATA SSD
• 2x GigE Ethernet 
• 1 RS-232 DVD/BR Control
• 2x Flex High/Low Profile Bays – 2x HDMI/Video Capture
• 2x Internal Bay Modulator (RF Out) – 2x Modulator
• 1x Internal Bay DTV Tuner (M1) – 1x Tuner
• 4x HD Encoder/Transcoder

Options:

Internal Bays:
• 2 TB SSD Storage 

Up to 20x HD Encoder/Transcoders

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Features Common to all CC Models

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* – Encoder/Transcoder capabilities are limited by software licensing and computational capabilities of processors.  Some configurations will not support the maximum number of encoders/transcoders for which the unit is licensed.

Are you looking for a different feature set for your facility’s TV system?

We can customize our devices to meet your programming needs. Check out the base specifications of our FlexStream line up.

MX-200

Compact single channel, shelf top system.

FlexStream MX-400

MX-300

Many channels, limited I/O Flexibility 

FlexStream MX-400

MX-400

Two channel rack mount, most versatile with 4 option bays

FlexStream MX-400

MX-500

Four channel rack mount, some flexibility

FlexStream MX-400

MX-550

10+ channel rack mount, some flexibility

FlexStream for Channel Creators – Overview

  • Create and manage TV private TV channels
    • Compatible with Private cable networks (clear QAM), Commercial Cable Installations, Commercial Satellite installations, Amplified antenna installations 
    • Coax cable or Ethernet 
    • Convert any content, media player, PC, etc. to TV channel programming content 
  • Simple, but powerful, channel programming
    • Web UI, accessible from anywhere on any device
    • Calendar content scheduling
    • Arrange calendar events by day or week
    • Events play video from any source, stored, internet or live
    • Add HTML signage to videos, or between videos
  • Integrated content switching – I.e. HDMI port1, HDMI port 2, etc.
    • Schedule selection for future automation
    • Manual selection via web UI.
  • Built in DVR
    • Automated recording of any source
    • Automated playback for weekly recordings and weekly playback of latest recording
  • Enterprise management
    • Manage channels at multiple facilities from a single web portal

Channel Creator Options

  • Add modules to capture live content from other media devices (PCs, Signage Players, DVD Players, Cameras, Crestron Equipment, Etc.)
    • HDMI Capture
    • Component Video Capture
    • Composite Video Capture
    • SDI / HD-SDI Capture
    • Audio Capture ( iPOD, Radio, Streaming audio player )
    • Broadcast (antenna) TV tuner Capture
  • Expand the media library 
    • Solid state drive expansion available on most models
  • Pair your CC with an automated DVD/BlueRay player
    • Rack mounted professional DVD/BR  player and FlexStream control software
  • Additional output channels, 2, 3, 4+…
    • Many of our models can be licensed for additional encoders

FlexStream for Channel Creators – Technical Specifications

Program Content Sources

  • Ethernet / TSoIP sources
    • Up to 4 independently managed GigE ports.
    • IPTV, Digital Cameras, other MX units, 3rd party encoders
    • UDP/RTP
      • RTP input auto detect
      • SMPTE 2022 FEC Pro-MPEG 
    • RTP/RTSP input support 
    • HTTP input from 3rd party content providers
    • SRT for reliable low latency WAN sources
    • ULE (RFC 4326) for retransmission of complete ATSC 3.0 transports
  • Broadcast TV Tuners
    • ATSC 1.0, ATSC 3.0, DVB-T/T2, ISDB-T, DVB-S/S2
    • Demux TS for cherry picking channels on remux
  • Video Server / Recorder sources
    • Playlist driven multi-channel video server
    • On board media library with expansion to 2 TB
    • Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
    • FlexDM cloud based transcoding for TV compatibility
  • HDMI / Video / Audio Capture
    • HDMI Capture
    • Component Video Capture
    • Composite Video Capture
    • SDI / HD-SDI Capture
    • Audio Line-In Capture

Channel Outputs

  • Ethernet / TSoIP outputs
    • Up to 4 independently managed GigE ports
    • UDP/RTP
      • Multicast / Unicast
      • SMPTE 2022 FEC Pro-MPEG 
    • RTSP output support 
    • SRT for reliable transmissions over WAN connections
    • ULE (RFC 4326) for retransmission of complete ATSC 3.0 transports
  • ASI: Up to 214 Mb/s
  • Modulated RF Broadcast: ATSC 1.0, DVB-T, ISDB-T

Channel Encoding

  • Digital Video Encoders
    • Designed for TV compatibility
      • SD and HD to 1080P60 
      • MPEG2, h.264, HEVC video codecs
      • AAC and AC3 audio codecs
      • Overscan compensation
      • Audio source substitution
      • Audio gain control
    • Encode any AV source
      • Make any active source TV compatible
    • Signage presentations
      • Combine HTML multimedia with you AV source
      • Guide, L-Bar, Bug Overlay, Scroll, Image only, etc.
      • Great for programming guides, digital signage, information, cameras, etc.
    • Scheduled encoder source transitions
      • Calendar content scheduling Web UI
      • Arrange calendar events by day or week
      • Events play video from any source, stored, internet or live
      • Add HTML signage to videos, or between videos
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