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Digital Rapids’ Encoding, Transcoding and Streaming Solutions Win Unprecedented Four Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards

Digital Rapids LogoNovember 8, 2010 — Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids – the leading provider of tools and solutions for bringing television, movie and Web content to wider audiences — announced today that four of the company’s market-leading encoding, transcoding and streaming solutions have been honored with 2010 Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards as the top products in their categories. The awards were presented at a special reception during the Streaming Media West conference and exhibition in Los Angeles. Digital Rapids’ success marks the first time that any company has won four Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards in the same year.

Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Award Winner 2010Digital Rapids’ StreamZHD live and on-demand encoding system was voted as the best high definition (HD) hardware encoder. The standard-definition StreamZ encoding system, powered by the DRC-Stream hardware, was honored as the best SD hardware encoder. The Digital Rapids Transcode Manager enterprise-class, automated transcoding software won in the ‘Encoding Software over $1000′ category, while TouchStream was recognized as the top portable live encoding appliance.

Held annually by Streaming Media magazine and its online properties, the Readers’ Choice Awards recognize the leading streaming and online video solutions, services, companies and innovations as judged by end users, rather than the magazine staff.

“It’s a tremendous honor to have so many of our solutions chosen as award winners by the people they’re designed for — the end users of streaming media technology. We’d like to thank the readers of Streaming Media and our customers for these awards,” said Brick Eksten, President of Digital Rapids Corporation. “These accolades highlight both the depth of our product lines and the individual strength of each of our solutions. And most importantly, they symbolize our ongoing commitment to delivering innovative solutions that truly improve our customers’ use of streaming and multi-platform media.”

“We were overwhelmed and thrilled by the response we got to this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards,” said Streaming Media editor Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen. “More than 7,000 people cast more than 58,000 votes in 22 categories, which means that the average voter had their say in 8 categories. That’s a testament not only to the quality of the products and services provided by the finalists and winners, but also to the continued vitality and growth in the online video industry.”

Digital Rapids’ award-winning products are used by thousands of worldwide customers of all types and sizes — from leading broadcast networks, motion picture studios, communications providers, online content distributors and post production facilities to corporations, government agencies, schools and churches.

StreamZ and StreamZHD are the industry’s most comprehensive encoding solutions, delivering high-quality, multi-format video capture, encoding, transcoding and live streaming in versatile turnkey configurations. Combining unmatched visual quality and performance with flexible, feature-rich software, StreamZ and StreamZHD seamlessly support the transformation of content for live and on-demand multi-platform distribution opportunities and file-based workflows with simultaneous output in multiple formats.

Digital Rapids Transcode Manager provides enterprise-class management, automation and exceptional performance for top-quality, high-volume media transformation between acquisition, production, archive and distribution formats. Scalable from small transcoding farms to global operations with hundreds of transcoding nodes, Transcode Manager is ideal for both dedicated transcoding applications and as part of complete ingest-through-delivery media workflows.

TouchStream delivers Digital Rapids’ renowned quality and reliability in a portable appliance with unparalleled ease of use. Software controls are accessed through an intuitive touch-screen interface with integrated video monitoring, eliminating the need for laptops, keyboards, mice and separate monitors. Flexible features allow refinement of the incoming source and the addition of branding to the outgoing stream, while models supporting multiple formats provide easy adaptability to varying project requirements.

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

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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