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openGear Signs On BAL Broadcast as Technology Partner

Iroquois, ON, Canada – January 30, 2007 – Ross Video and BAL Broadcast officially announced their partnership to expand the openGear terminal equipment platform. BAL designs, manufactures, and supplies products for the professional broadcasting industry. The company will join other terminal equipment vendors in supporting the award winning openGear platform.

openGear is based on an open-architecture, 2RU modular frame, designed to accommodate up to 10 cards. A wide variety of cards are available from terminal equipment vendors supporting the openGear platform, allowing facilities the freedom and flexibility to choose the best technology for their particular applications. Customers are no longer locked into one manufacturer‘s frame standard and modules for their terminal equipment solutions. openGear also provides the platform with a control system that allows quick and easy monitoring and control of frames and modules on the network.

“BAL is distinguished by a high level of design capability, and we believe in providing customers with the best solutions,” said Eric Vavasour, Technical Director, BAL Broadcast. “We are very pleased to be joining the openGear platform, and we look forward to giving customers the freedom to choose the best solution for their broadcast needs.”

“We welcome BAL Broadcast into the openGear platform,” said Eric Goodmurphy, Marketing Product Manager, RossGear. “BAL specializes in a wide variety of professional video and audio products that will complement the openGear platform. This breakthrough platform now has 11 technology partners delivering an extensive line of terminal equipment solutions. openGear offers customers more options and flexibility to meet their technology needs.”

About BAL Broadcast
Based in the United Kingdom, BAL Broadcast has supplied the professional broadcast industry with innovative video and audio equipment for over 25 years. The company has an extensive range of specialty products including Multiviewers and the well known BALBOX line. BAL‘s staff is experienced and committed to continuously providing customers with new solutions to meet the challenges of an ever changing technology. Information is available at www.bal.co.uk and www.opengear.tv.

About Ross Video
Ross Video designs, manufactures and supports a wide range of innovative products for use in broadcast, distribution, live event and production applications. Ross products are used to produce and distribute video and audio signals in over 100 countries daily. Ross‘ award winning product line includes the Synergy SD, Synergy MD, and MD-X Video Production Switchers, openGear, RossGear, and GearLite Terminal Equipment, and the OverDrive Production Control System. News and information are available at www.rossvideo.com and www.opengear.tv.

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