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Digital Rapids Joins Polycom ARENA Program

Digital Rapids LogoIntegration of Digital Rapids’ award-winning streaming solutions with Polycom collaboration platform extends video reach for enterprises

June 9, 2010 — InfoComm 2010, Las Vegas: Digital Rapids – the leading provider of tools and solutions for bringing television, film and Web content to wider audiences — today announced that the company has signed an agreement to join the Polycom ARENA partner program. Polycom, a global leader in telepresence, video and voice communication solutions, initiated the ARENA program to allow software application providers, hardware device manufacturers, and conferencing solution providers to integrate their products with Polycom’s industry leading unified collaboration platform to create new applications.

The integration of Digital Rapids encoding and streaming solutions with the Polycom unified collaboration platform allows enterprises to extend the reach of their video beyond videoconferencing to additional viewing devices from Internet-connected PCs to mobile phones. Supporting both live streaming and recording for on-demand distribution, Digital Rapids’ flexible solutions seamlessly enable multi-platform distribution with simultaneous encoding to multiple output resolutions, bit rates and formats. Video from Polycom video conferencing endpoints and other sources can be encoded for streaming within or outside an organization, while integration with the Polycom(r) Video Media Center(tm) (VMC(tm)) provides enterprise users with content management, publishing, tracking and viewer access control.

“Enterprises and institutions in the corporate, government and educational markets are investing in solutions that improve productivity, accelerate decision making and lower costs. Through our involvement in the Polycom ARENA program, we are delivering integrated solutions that support these initiatives by enhancing video communications and streamlining video operations,” said Wesley Thiessen, Product Manager at Digital Rapids. “Our combined solutions allow Polycom customers to easily incorporate multi-format streaming video into their unified communications architectures, enabling them to reach broader audiences with the same outstanding visual quality that leading media companies have long benefited from in our encoders.”

“Polycom and its ARENA ecosystem partners such as Digital Rapids are focused on proliferating new collaborative communications solutions that will benefit organizations worldwide. Digital Rapids’ encoding and streaming solutions enable all types of organizations to extend and enhance their internal and external video communications across multiple viewing platforms,” said Mark Roberts, Vice President, Polycom ARENA Program. “We are pleased to welcome Digital Rapids into the Polycom ARENA program and look forward to working them to deliver this important solution to customers.”

Digital Rapids encoding and streaming solutions include the versatile StreamZ and StreamZHD multi-format on-demand and live encoding systems; the StreamZ Live family of live streaming encoders; and TouchStream portable encoding and streaming appliances. Integration between the Polycom Video Media Center and select models of Digital Rapids solutions is planned for availability within the next 30 days, with additional integrations planned for later in the year.

For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit www.digital-rapids.com.

About Polycom ARENA – Polycom ARENA is an ecosystem program designed to expand new applications for Polycom’s collaboration technology and accelerate the delivery of new solutions for customers in a variety of industries by enabling software applications providers, hardware device manufacturers, and conferencing solution providers to integrate their products with Polycom’s industry leading unified collaboration platform. Polycom ARENA ecosystem partners can develop, test and certify interoperability between their solutions and the Polycom platform of voice, video and content collaborative solutions. Customers benefit from the industry expertise of Polycom ARENA ecosystem partners who are building standards-based solutions that fully interoperate with the Polycom unified collaboration platform and installed base of video conferencing systems. Additional information is available at www.polycom.com/ARENA.

About Digital Rapids Corporation – Digital Rapids provides the leading hardware and software solutions for transforming and delivering media, enabling the multi-platform experiences that are changing how audiences view content. Scaling from standalone appliances to global workflows, Digital Rapids solutions enable media professionals to maximize their productivity, quality, and the value of their content. Recipient of a coveted IBC Innovation Award and four prestigious Frost & Sullivan honors for encoding and transcoding leadership, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise to help our customers to expand their audiences, increase their media revenues and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digital-rapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the UK, Australia, Argentina and Hong Kong.

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