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DNF Controls Universal Automation Backup System Provides Reliable, Affordable Playout Control

SYLMAR, Calif. — April 1, 2008 — DNF Controls today announced the release of the Universal Automation Backup System (UABS), an affordable, easy-to-use solution for reliable playout control in the event that main or backup automation systems fail. To ensure that broadcasts continue uninterrupted and as scheduled, UABS uses existing playlists from traffic and automation systems to control program and commercial channel playout. The hardware-based system stands by 24/7 to give broadcasters continuous playout support.

“The UABS provides peace of mind at an appealing price point, offering broadcasters a straightforward means of maintaining the integrity and value of their on-air broadcasts,? said DNF Controls President John Duggin. “The unit imports playlists from traffic and automation systems and can take over playout if the primary or secondary on-air system is compromised. A variety of playout options and tools allow users to perform as much or as little manual intervention as they wish in scheduling and triggering playout events.?

In an emergency, the UABS allows operators to roll programs (clip or tape) manually on one video server channel and automate commercial break playout on a second server channel. The operator can also choose to rely on the UABS for automated playout of both program and commercial content. The UABS supports one playlist for a full or partial broadcast day, and the playlist itself may contain time-triggered, follow-along, and manually controlled elements. Operators can modify the playlist at any time, even during playout, by adding and removing elements or by appending playlists. Also, the UABS provides as-run logs and discrepancy lists.

The new UABS is available in two models. The UABS-1 features functionality more than capable of handling emergency playout, and the UABS-2 features extended capabilities such as a robust toolset addressing ingest control. Both models enable program segment playout and support secondary general purpose outputs (GPOs).

More information about the UABS and other DNF Controls products is available at www.dnfcontrols.com.

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About DNF Controls
DNF Controls is a leading provider of hardware- and software-based control solutions for equipment used in the television broadcast, audio/video production, post-production, and graphics markets. By partnering with industry-leading manufacturers and customers, DNF provides innovative, reliable, precise, and easy-to-use products that are used in point-to-point control as well as in facilitywide multipoint control applications. DNF Controls’ customer list includes all major U.S. television broadcast and cable networks, domestic and international television stations and production facilities, mobile production trucks, stadiums, and arenas. DNF Controls is headquartered in Sylmar, Calif. More information is available at www.dnfcontrols.com.

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