How it Works

2 Ways to Set Up SnapStream:

SnapStream Appliances

How SnapStream fits in your organization

What's your TV source?

United States and Canada

NTSC (SD) NTSC SD setup

Recording:

  • Analog Cable
  • Record from an analog cable connection. SnapStream has built-in tuners that can capture any analog cable channel.
  • Digital Cable or Satellite
  • Record from the analog (Composite or S-Video) audio/video outputs on any cable or satellite set-top box. SnapStream can tune cable or satellite receivers using IR blasting in order to capture any channel.

Searching: SnapStream can search NTSC recordings using closed-captioning data.

ATSC (HD) ATSC HD setup

Recording: Record from any digital antenna (indoor or outdoor). SnapStream has built-in tuners that can capture any ATSC channel.

Searching: SnapStream can search ATSC recordings using closed-captioning data.

Clear QAM (HD) QAM setup

Recording:

  • Clear QAM (HD)
  • Record from your existing in-house digital line-up, or capture any channels broadcast in the clear by your cable providers

  • Providers have been known to frequently change which channels are broadcast in the clear, and this option is generally not well-supported

  • SnapStream has built-in tuners that can capture any QAM channel.
  • Custom Clear QAM from Cable or Satellite (HD)
  • Record HD output from digital cable or satellite set-top boxes via QAM encoders. SnapStream can recommend a QAM encoder configuration to complete your HD TV recording setup.

  • This option entails an additional cost for QAM encoders, which are available from many manufacturers, including Drake, Blonder Tongue, AdTech, Contemporary Research, and others. One option that we frequently recommend is the Drake DSE24, which retails for approximately $1400/per channel.

  • SnapStream can tune cable or satellite receivers using IR blasting in order to capture any channel.

Searching: SnapStream can search QAM recordings using closed-captioning data if it is passed through by the QAM encoder.

ASI ASI setup

Recording: Record digital channels transmitted over coax cable using ASI.

Searching: SnapStream can search recordings captured from ASI that include closed-captioning data.

IPTV IPTV setup

Recording: Record digital channels transmitted over IP. SnapStream supports Transport Streams with either MPEG-2 or H.264 video formats. Currently recording is only available for UDP Multicast - contact us regarding support for other standards.

Searching: SnapStream can search recordings captured from IP that include closed-captioning data.

International

PAL PAL SD setup

Recording:

  • Analog Cable
  • Record from an analog cable connection. SnapStream has built-in tuners that can capture any analog cable channel.
  • Digital Cable or Satellite
  • Record from the analog (Composite or S-Video) audio/video outputs on any cable or satellite set-top box. SnapStream can tune cable or satellite receivers using IR blasting in order to capture any channel.

Searching: Search is not currently available for PAL TV.

DVB-T DVB-T HD setup

Recording: Record from any digital antenna (indoor or outdoor). SnapStream has built-in tuners that can capture any DVB-T channel.

Searching: SnapStream can search DVB-T recordings that include text-based subtitles. Search is not available for image-based subtitles.

How SnapStream fits in your organization

Choose your SnapStream

NEW! SnapStream ExpressSnapStream Express

$499 and $99 / month
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Features: At a friendly consumer price point, SnapStream Express delivers all the core enterprise features of SnapStream, including:

  • TV recording and search
  • Unlimited clips
  • Cloud sharing
  • File export, social media integration, and more

Channels: Record a maximum of 2 channels in SD, HD, or both.

Storage: Archive 2,076 hours (SD) or 346 (HD) hours of TV content.

Expandability: Cannot be expanded or clustered.

Users: Limited to 5 users.

Compatibility: Not compatible with Custom QAM, PAL, DVB-T, ASI, or IPTV sources.

Only available in the US and Canada.

SnapStream SBE SnapStream SBE

Starting at $10,000
(plus a 15% yearly service contract)
See pricing

Features: For a fraction of the price, SnapStream Small Business Edition delivers all the core features of SnapStream, including:

  • TV recording and search
  • Unlimited clips
  • Cloud sharing
  • File export, social media integration, and more

Channels: Record a maximum of 6 channels in SD, HD, or both.

Storage: Archive 3,400 hours of TV content.

Expandability: Cannot be expanded or clustered.

Users: Limited to 5 users.

Compatibility: Not compatible with Custom QAM, PAL, DVB-T, ASI, or IPTV sources.

Only available in the US and Canada.

SnapStream HD/SD SnapStream

Starting at $23,500
(plus a 15% yearly service contract)
See pricing

Features: Expands on core SnapStream features, including Recording, Search, Clipping, Sharing, with powerful options such as:

  • Scalability through clustering
  • Transcoding
  • Workflows for automatic post-processing
  • Active Directory integration, API access and more

Channels: Record up to 10 channels in SD, HD, or both.

Storage: Archive up to 45,300 hours of TV content.

Expandability: Cluster multiple appliances together for unlimited recording and storage.

Users: Unlimited users.

Compatibility: Compatible with all TV sources.

Available worldwide.

How SnapStream fits in your organization

Connect to your LAN

Connect SnapStream to your organization's wired or wireless LAN for easy access to television.

Connect to you LAN
How SnapStream fits in your organization

You're Done!

Now everyone in your organization can watch TV on every Mac and PC.

And don't forget you can expand your SnapStream as your needs grow.

Connect to your devices

+ SnapStream Add-ons

+ ShowSqueeze node SnapStream ShowSqueeze Node The newly designed SnapStream ShowSqueeze Node supplements the SnapStream appliance with additional processing power for workflows involving high volumes of transcoding and other tasks. It quickly transcodes recorded TV from MPEG-2 to H.264 or WMV, and can run up to 10 SD or 8 HD real-time transcodes simultaneously.
+ HD/SDI playout node SnapStream HD-SDI Playout Node The SnapStream HD-SDI Playout Node converts recorded TV files to SDI, the industry-preferred option for broadcast-grade video. It can play out full-length recordings or TV clips from SnapStream directly into editing suites like Avid and Final Cut Pro.
+ Storage node SnapStream Storage Node The SnapStream Storage Node supplements SnapStream with additional storage, from 4TB to 40TB, as a robust platform for building an extensive TV archive. It clusters seamlessly, so all recorded TV content remains actively searchable and usable within SnapStream's ecosystem.
+ Third-party storage license Expand your SnapStream library onto your own NAS or SAN for a per-TB license cost.

Wondering How Much it Costs?

SnapStream Cloud

TV monitoring in the cloud

SnapStream Cloud is a new SnapStream, without the up-front cost of an appliance. So it's easy to install. By recording your local TV signal over IP, SnapStream is Internet accessible from anywhere.

  • $300 / month fee (no up-front cost, no contract)
  • Recording starts at 4 TV channels (more can be added)
  • 500 GB or approximately 1 week of 24x7 of storage (more can be added)
  • Unlimited users
  • Create unlimited TV clips
  • SnapStream's TV recording, search and social integration features*

Here's How it Works:

SnapStream Cloud setup
SnapStream setup

Use Your Own TV Signal

Capture TV from any input source, like traditional cable, satellite or antenna.

(IPTV, NTSC, ATSC, Clear QAM, ASI, PAl, DVB-T)

Connect to your devices
How SnapStream fits in your organization

Convert it to IPTV

H.264 Encoder (required)H.264 Encoder
  • SnapStream Cloud accepts H.264 video in a transport stream container over UDP, RTP or TCP (other options are possible, contact us.)
  • If you don't already have this, here are some of the devices we support:
    • HDHomeRun Extend
    • Hauppauge StreamEez-Pro
    • Haivision Barracuda
    • Haivision Makito
    • Thor Fiber H-2ADHD-QAM-IPLL
How SnapStream fits in your organization

Send TV to the Cloud

Point your IPTV source to the SnapStream Cloud to start recording and watching live TV.

Cloud DVR - record TV in the cloud
How SnapStream fits in your organization

Access SnapStream from anywhere!

Open SnapStream in your favorite Web browser to monitor TV, from anywhere in the world.

Connect to your devices

* SnapStream Cloud has all the power of SnapStream's TV recording, search and social integration. It comes with 5 user licenses and the ability to ShowSqueeze to H.264 profiles (no WMV transcoding.) Please note SmartChapters are not supported (commercial detection.)