LOS GATOS, Calif. (March 8, 2000) Streaming21, the provider
of broadband streaming media solutions for the Web, announced that on March
8, 2000 it will begin providing a streaming video server to show the creation
of The Saint Johns Bible, the first handwritten, illuminated Bible commissioned
in over 500 years at (www.saintjohnsbible.org). Through Streaming21s Media
Server, anyone, anywhere in the world can view the writing of the first mark
and first verse of the handwritten Bible in the highest quality video available
on the Web today.
Scribes in a Welsh scriptorium are working under the artistic
direction of Donald Jackson, one of the world's foremost calligraphers and the
Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeths Crown Office at the House of Lords.
Saint John's Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn. commissioned the illuminated
Bible over two years ago, but writing of the text has only just begun. The creation
of the seven-volume Saint Johns Bible with over 1,000 pages will take six years
to produce and is estimated to cost $3 million.
Its hard to imagine that millions around the world will
have the opportunity to witness the creation of The Saint JohnÕs Bible, said
Rob Culligan, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Saint John's University.
This could not have been done in medieval times, let alone five years ago.
Streaming21 provides an unparalleled quality of image that allows viewers to
witness in detail the development of the project. To highlight the colorful
pigments and intricate illustrations, Streaming21 has provided us with a far
The time for high quality streaming media to become an
integral part of the Web experience is now, said Dr. Joe Lin, CEO of Streaming21.
The images we are showing of the Saint Johns Bible are an example of the high
quality we can stream over broadband networks. Virtually any website in the
world could be streaming content of similar clarity in a very short period of
About the Saint Johns Bible project
The Saint Johns Bible will be the first handwritten, illuminated
Bible in the modern era. It will incorporate many of the characteristics of
its medieval predecessors: it will be written on vellum using quills, natural
handmade inks, hand-ground pigments and gild such as gold leaf. And yet, it
will employ a modern English translation as well as contemporary scripts and
illumination. This Bible affirms Saint Johns commitment to the study of scripture
and to the book arts, and will be a source of great spiritual, educational and
artistic vitality for the modern world.
About Streaming 21
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Streaming21 is developing
the next generation of streaming media products, with a focus on enabling streaming
over broadband networks. Streaming21's patented streaming technology was designed
with a special emphasis on scalability and manageability in large-scale streaming
implementations. Streaming21 is committed to delivering an integrated suite
of streaming servers and advanced applications that enable broadband streaming
for the entertainment, education and e-commerce markets. Streaming21 can be
contacted at 170 Knowles Drive, Suite 1, Los Gatos, CA 95032 (Tel: 408.866.8080).
Streaming21 can be reached on the Web at http://www.streaming21.com/.
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