CHICAGO, Ill. and WALLINGFORD, Conn.–March 7, 2007–VBrick Systems, Inc., the world leader in digital video systems and solutions, and Clearvue & SVE, a business unit of Discovery Education and a leader in K-12 educational media publishing, today announced a partnership to provide pre-loaded Clearvue & SVE content for VBrick´s EtherneTV digital video system. The turnkey solution accelerates K-12 digital video system deployments, simplifies administration, and provides schools with a library of engaging videos that foster active learning.
K-12 schools quickly install and easily manage their digital video applications with the combined VBrick and Clearvue & SVE solution–enabling teachers to show informative video to the classroom at the click of a button, without focusing on the underlying technology. Users also gain the flexibility to expand the EtherneTV video system to stream live content, record classroom lectures, deliver webcasts, and more.
"Successful education practices combine new teaching tools with time-tested lesson plans," said Ed Crane, technology director, Waterford Public Schools in Connecticut. "New learning applications, such as digital video that engage students, have the ability to transform the classroom. We are significantly reducing our administrative overhead by using the packaged digital video system and content offering from VBrick and Clearvue & SVE."
"We look forward to working with VBrick to provide K-12 educators with another way to access on-demand digital video," said Kelli Campbell, vice president, Discovery Education. "VBrick customers can use the breadth and depth of our K-12 educational videos to respond to different learning styles and embrace the teachable moment."
Schools select from eight Clearvue & SVE content packages that are pre-loaded on EtherneTV Video-On-Demand Servers. To address diverse customer requirements, the separate K-8 and high school packages span from 100 to more than 850 titles. Additionally, the turnkey solution supports two of the most popular digital video formats–Windows Media and MPEG-2–to integrate seamlessly with existing customer Information Technology environments.
"The VBrick and Clearvue & SVE partnership is focused on accelerating time to value and removing time-consuming administration of multiple vendor contracts," said Pat Cassella, senior director of marketing–Education, VBrick Systems, Inc. "Reliable and easy-to-use digital video applications are increasingly important as classrooms evolve to resonate with the YouTube generation.´"
VBrick´s strong education market foundation includes approximately 1,000 educational institutions. EtherneTV is a powerful system that records, streams, and manages digital video across Internet Protocol (IP) networks–enabling organizations to use IP video and multimedia as easily and intuitively as e-mail or the phone. The intuitive, browser-based interface enables users to select live or stored IP video from multiple sources, thereby sidestepping compatibility hurdles created by multiple digital media formats and operating systems within an enterprise.
Discovery Education acquired Clearvue & SVE in June 2006. The business unit has been a leader in K-12 educational media publishing for more than 85 years and has won numerous awards for its products, including videos, DVDs, CD-ROMs, and the media-on-demand service PowerMediaPlus.com. With standards-based programs in all core disciplines–language arts, social studies, math, science, guidance, health, art, and music–Clearvue & SVE provides content in a full range of formats tailored for use in today´s classroom.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is a division of Discovery Communications, the leading global real-world and knowledge-based media company. The leader in digital video-based learning, Discovery Education produces and distributes high-quality digital video content in easy-to-use formats, in all core-curricular subject areas. Discovery Education is committed to creating scientifically proven, standards-based digital resources for teachers, students, and parents that make a positive impact on student learning. Through strategic partnerships with public television stations across the country, its public service initiatives, products, and joint business ventures, Discovery Education helps educators around the world harness the power of broadband and media to connect their students to a world of learning. For more information, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.
About VBrick Systems, Inc.
VBrick Systems, Inc. is the world´s most reliable provider of standards-based video networking solutions to educational institutions, corporations, and governments. VBrick, an ISO 9001:2000 certified company, has garnered numerous industry accolades including the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, Connecticut Technology Fast 50, and the National Association of Broadcaster´s (NAB) Award for Innovation in Media in the Content Delivery category. Based in Wallingford, Connecticut, USA, VBrick´s products are distributed through industry-leading value-added resellers, system integrators, and distributors. Find out more at www.VBrick.com.