Here's some more color from Milestone:
"The new licensing concept will start on May 21, 2014 and applies to all 2014 releases of XProtect video management software.
We are also taking the same approach with multi-channel cameras like the Arecont SurroundVideo you mention. We actually changed this some time back, so that multi-channel cameras only require one camera license to cover all channels."
Which 16 channel encoders support a single IP address? Using them with this licensing could make a major price difference against hybrid DVRs as well.
IPVMU Certified | 05/16/14 07:34pm
This is a good question, so I reached out to my Milestone contacts for a clarification. It boils down to how many IP addresses an encoder or camera uses.
Those encoders that use a single IP address with several channels will benefit.
Those encoders that assign a unique IP address to each analog channel will NOT benefit.
Analog capture cards like from Hikvision and Stretch are NOT currently included even though they occupy a single IP address. We can only hope they eventually include them.
Very interesting. This ought to allow for some competitive advantages and/or level the playing field against Avigilon to some degree. Thank you for posting this.
Just wanted to post a follow-up question here:
Does anyone know which VMS's currently (as of Jan 2015) only require a single license for a multi-channel encoder?