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Listen Technologies Announces Sponsorship of Worship MD Initiatives

Listen Technologies has partnered with Worship MD to educate worship leaders about how assistive listening and language interpretation solutions can improve the worship experience for their congregants.

Bluffdale, Utah, USA — Listen Technologies is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Worship MD (Market Development) initiatives that will take place across the North America in 2012.

Worship MD is a consulting firm that helps professional audio and music technology manufacturers build relationships with houses of worship through education programs focused on making music in the worship experience sound better.

Over the last ten years Worship MD has been present at hundreds of worship conferences all over North America and beyond, including Integrity Seminars4Worship, Christian Musician Summits, Worship Arts Technology Summits, Breakforth, Camp Electric, Worship Institutes and many, many others.

“We are pleased to represent Listen Technologies, said Doug Gould, Worship MD Founder. “Listen Technologies assistive listening and language interpretation solutions will be an asset to the portfolio of companies that we represent to support our training initiatives. Particularly in educating worship leaders on ways they can ensure their congregants’ worship experience sounds better.”

Commenting on the partnership, Craig Paller, Listen Technologies Wireless Listening Product Group Leader said, “Doug is renowned for his expertise in worship sound and microphone applications. He brings a passion to educating worship leaders about how to deliver an exceptional worship experience for all – whether they need assistance hearing the service or could stand to hear the service in their own language. This approach aligns well with Listen Technologies’ values. We look forward to an enriching partnership.”

Worship MD has a full calendar of events scheduled. Visit http://worshipmd.com/calendar/ for full details.

About Worship MD
Doug Gould is CEO and Founder of Worship MD (Market Development) a consulting firm that helps professional audio and music technology manufacturers build relationships with the church through education. Doug Gould’s calling is to train and equip worship and technical teams in the selection and operation of audio and music technology as it applies to worship services. For more information on Worship MD go to http://worshipmd.com/.

About Listen Technologies Corporation
Listen Technologies Corporation manufactures and distributes wireless audio products world-wide for use in auditory assistance, soundfield, tour group, language interpretation and conferencing applications. Listen products provide superb audio performance, flexibility and ease of use, making them the ideal choice for schools, houses of worship, factories, entertainment facilities, government agencies and other entities. For more information on Listen solutions, contact Listen Technologies at +1.801.233.8992, or visit www.listentech.com.

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ABS SUPPORTS NFFTY 2012 AS EXHIBITOR, PARTNER SPONSOR

SEATAC, WA, March 21, 2012 — Professional video and audio systems integration firm ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) is a Partner Sponsor for NFFTY 2012, one of the largest youth film festivals in the world, which will be held April 26-29 in Seattle. ABS will also be an exhibitor at the Future of Film Expo, a new addition to the festival that runs April 27-28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

Presented by NFFTY and The Next Fifty, a six-month celebration of the 1962 World’s Fair, the free expo will host a number of panels, workshops, demonstrations, and networking opportunities. It is expected to attract local film production crew, film industry executives, youth filmmakers, and film fans. Beyond ABS, other exhibitors include film commissions, film schools, and equipment companies including AJA Video, Canon, ikan, and Panasonic.

Short for the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, NFFTY is now in its sixth year and received nearly 700 entries for this year’s festival. According to officials, films were submitted by filmmakers 22 years old and under from 40 states and 22 countries. More than 10,000 people are expected to attend.

“NFFTY has done an amazing job growing this film festival and celebrating young filmmakers, and we are proud to be a part of it,” said Mark Siegel, President of ABS. “The Future of Film Expo, in particular, promises to be an important destination for the Northwest filmmakers and video production professionals of all ages.”

For film screening schedules and more information, visit www.nffty.com.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 200 systems for clients including Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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FSR Announces a Winning Trifecta of New Representatives

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, appointed three new representative firms to add expert coverage in the Rocky Mountain Region, Indiana, Kentucky, Texas, and Louisiana. Jan Sandri, president of FSR Inc., made the announcement today from headquarters in Woodland Park, NJ.

Jack Aragon Marketing and Sales (J.A.M.S.), specializing in professional and commercial audio, brings new support to the broad Rocky Mountain region. J.A.M.S.’s dedication to detail and extensive market knowledge will help customers work smarter and more efficiently through their equipment purchases.

Tech Solutions + Sales has joined the FSR family to serve customers in Indiana and Kentucky. The organization represents manufacturers of audio, video, and security solutions with an emphasis on providing integrators and the consulting community with reliable service, expert support, and ‘best-in-class’ products from select manufacturers.

Highway Marketing, an audio and security manufactures’ representative company with a broad range of sales and technical skills, will use its extensive experience to counsel FSR’s Texas and Louisiana market-base regarding the most appropriate, eco-friendly, and cost-effective solutions, and deliver the highest degree of service available in the area.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome all three organizations to the FSR family,” stated Sandri. “Each company brings its own brand of dedication and experience to its region and we are confident that our customers will benefit from their expertise.”

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

All FSR products are designed and manufactured in its Woodland Park, NJ facility. The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: http://www.fsrinc.com.

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FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • mailto:sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
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metaOcean, the Internet rights holder of the Korean Football League (-K-League), to use SterGen technology to bring high-quality 3D sports to Korea

(Tel Aviv, Israel/Seoul, S. Korea, March 20 2012)

SterGen (www.stergen.tv), a leading provider of 3D technology and metaOcean—an IP marketing right holder of the Korean Pro Football League (www.k-league.com) and premiere sports broadcast service provider, signed an agreement to use SterGen LIVE! real-time 3D conversion platform to make 3D sports programming available to the Korean broadcasters & carriers.

SterGen’s innovative technology enables real-time conversion of 2D camera feeds and program footage into true stereoscopic 3D – in a quality that is similar to and often higher than native 3D shooting. Its real-time 3D image processing gives producers a quality and yet cost-effective alternative to expensive, logistically complex native 3D production.

“3D adds an exciting dimension to sport viewing” said JI Kwon, metaOcean CEO. “We’re excited to partner with SterGen and add 3D flavor to the Korean League football matches – as well as to other sport broadcasting in the market.”

“SterGen’s cutting edge technology enables us to offer a real time 3D version of matches– based on 2D HD input – in a way that will be optimized to different type of screens.” added Kwon. “We will be able to provide one 3D version to TV, another version to mid size screens and an optimized version, with a stronger 3D effect to the new exciting 3D glasses-free phones – and all in real time. “

“SterGen is proud to work with an innovative yet experienced partner like metaOcean.” adds Ofer Wolf, CEO of SterGen. “We looked at several potential partners in Korea and found that metaOcean has the optimal team and capabilities to take our ground breaking technology to the advanced market of Korea.”

metaOcean will deploy SterGen’s high availability system at their production facility in Seoul, followed by a launch of a ‘3D campaign’ in the Korean football market during Q2/12.

About metaOcean:

metaOcean & CO, Inc. is the sole business owner to all internet-based intellectual properties of the Korean Football Association, conducting business activities that includes A-matches and affiliated businesses with other professional major leagues in the Asiaian region.

Additionally, metaOcean serves as Marketing and Promotional regional partner with the official partners of FIFA World Cup, operating campaigns with major broadcasters and online portals both within Korea and in Asia. metaOcean executed successfully campaigns for major business group partners such as LG, Hyundai, Samsung Electronics, POSCO, Korean Telecom, and Budweiser.

For more information contact info@metaocean.net

About SterGen:
SterGen Hi Tech Ltd develops 2D to 3D video conversion technologies for the sports broadcasting market. SterGen’s mission is to provide high quality 3D sports content in real time in a cost effective way. SterGen’s technology is an easy-to-use software module that resides in a commercial hardware and converts in real time a regular 2D sports feed to stereo 3D. It can be placed anywhere on the video path – in the stadium, studio, cable’s head end or in the cloud. SterGen was founded by the co founder of Orad, SportVU, Seambii and other companies from the broadcasting space and its key shareholders are TheTime, Vizrt and Dr. Miky Tamir

For more information contact info@stergen.tv or go to www.stergen.tv

Televisa San Ángel Standardizes on HARMAN Studer OnAir 3000 Consoles

SAN ÁNGEL, Mexico – In an upgrade that dramatically improves the workflow and quality of its audio system, Televisa in Mexico recently purchased eight HARMAN Studer OnAir 3000 consoles for use in its San Ángel facility. Televisa is the largest media conglomerate in Latin America and in the Spanish-speaking world.

Televisa San Ángel is Televisa’s center of production for “telenovelas,” soap operas, game shows and reality television, and handles the majority of post-production work for Televisa. San Ángel also contains the Televisa Center of Artistic Education, whose students form more than 85 percent of Televisa’s production staff.

Each of the 18-fader models at Televista San Ángel is being used in separate studios to mix audio for a variety of programming. “We needed special configurations on the consoles because the studios are handling multiple programs,” said Rafael Alfaro Bugarini of Televisa.

“We wanted consistency throughout the facility, which is why we decided to have the same model console in eight different rooms,” Alfaro added. “We also wanted to grow in terms of sound quality, which is why we chose the OnAir 3000 in particular.”

The Studer OnAir 3000′s range of compact and elegant control surface modules incorporates the same patented “Touch’n’Action” philosophy on color GUI screens. The console has three main stereo mix buses plus an audition facility, four stereo AUX buses, 16 mix-minus sends configurable as AUXes, and three independent studio monitoring circuits and offers full dynamics, EQ and input/output routing in each channel.

“With the OnAir 3000 console, we are able to have more capability with each fader,” Alfaro noted. “This means we can do so much more with less consoles. And the consoles aren’t as big, but they offer more features than other models.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

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Sierra Cinemas Makes the Move to Digital With Ease Thanks to Christie

Christie® has announced that the 4-screen Sierra Cinemas in Grass Valley, California is the latest among the many regional and local exhibitors making the move into the 21st century of entertainment with the installation of the world’s most popular DLP Cinema® projectors from Christie.

“We chose Christie because we believe in the quality of their products. We appreciate the flexibility built into their projectors – the ease in using the menus, and settings that can be adjusted quickly and easily,” said Michael LaMarca, general manager of Sierra Cinemas. “As well, we opted for the Christie VPF Program because it fits our unique circumstances, allowing us to fast track our digital cinema conversions.”

The Future Looks Bright
Sierra Cinemas has been in the business of creating exceptional movie experiences for customers since Mike and Barbara Getz opened their first theater in 1989. Starting the digital conversion of equipment in 2009 with the installation of a 3D projector, Sierra Cinemas has maintained their high standard of entertainment while successfully embracing the digital revolution.

Following the phenomenal success of the blockbuster “Avatar,” Sierra Cinemas upgraded a second auditorium to digital 3D, installing a Christie CP2000-ZX® to present “Alice in Wonderland.” Working with dealer/installer American Cinema Equipment (ACE), a certified Christie partner, they then completely digitized the rest of their screens, enabling them for 3D, using Christie Solaria™ Series projectors.

Christie VPF – Virtually Irresistible
Sierra Cinemas contracted for Christie’s VPF Program because it was designed for exhibitors who want the most independence in planning a digital cinema conversion. Supported by all the major Hollywood studios, the program allows exhibitors to make the move to DCI Compliant digital cinema simply and cost-effectively.

“We are committed to providing independent theaters the same opportunity larger chains take advantage of when converting to digital cinema,” said Craig Sholder, vice president, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “Our VPF Program aims to work with each theater individually every step of the way to ensure the ideal projectors and financing options are chosen.”

Sierra Appreciates Christie’s Managed Services
LaMarca is also impressed with Christie’s service and support. “It was absolutely a major deciding factor. Christie is serious about service, and they are responsive and professional.”

Christie Managed Services was engaged to provide Sierra Cinemas with remote monitoring and comprehensive maintenance, with round-the-clock support through Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC), along with preventative servicing and on-site emergency response.

“Christie is there when we need them. We selected Christie for three very different cinemas, because they represented our interests and were willing to work with us. Now that we have ‘the whole kit and caboodle,’ we feel pretty confident going forward,” LaMarca added.

HARMAN’s AKG DMS70 Digital Wireless Microphone System Launches In Europe At Musikmesse

FRANKFURT, Germany – Highlighting the latest in digital wireless capabilities, HARMAN’s AKG DMS70 – a true uncompressed digital wireless system – makes its European debut at Musikmesse 2012. The DMS70 operates with 24bit 48 kHz transmission in the 2.4GHz ISM band, a worldwide license-free frequency range, to ensure top-quality audio for every customer.

“HARMAN’s AKG DMS70 system offers exceptional studio-quality sound thanks to its uncompressed digital audio transmission capability,” said Thomas Umbauer, Product Manager, AKG. “The DMS70 is designed for the most exacting applications where the highest level of wireless audio performance is required. It is especially recommended for guitar and bass because of its ideal frequency response between 20 Hz to 20 kHz.”

DMS70 is ideal for live sound, club sound, conferences, seminars and school and universities – whenever quick and easy setup up is required. The entire DMS70 package includes: AKG’s DSR70 Quattro or DSR70 Dual Receiver, DPT70 Digital Pocket Transmitter and DHT70 Digital Handheld Transmitter, available with patented D5 acoustics or DHT70 Perception with standard supercardioid capsule. The DSR70 Quattro includes a rack mount kit, power supply and other accessories. DMS70 systems are fully compatible – able to be customized and combined for any customer’s needs.

All DMS70 devices are available separately or in the following prepared packages: The Vocal Set, Instrumental Set and the mixed version of Vocal/Instrumental Set . The Quattro sets include two digital transmitters and the Dual sets, one digital transmitter.

All DMS70 devices feature bidirectional communication between the transmitter and receiver. The dynamic frequency selection provides “intelligent” operation in the crowded 2,4 GHz band, enabled by digital diversity from receiver and transmitter side. Its easy setup functions make the system simple to use, even for less experienced operators, while the AES 128-bit encryption ensures secure 2-way wireless communication.

The DSR70 Quattro receiver can work with up to four channels of audio in parallel, which can be mixed down directly to its balanced XLR sum output. The DHT70 mic employs AKG’s patented dynamic D5 capsule to deliver outstanding sound quality with less feedback and handling noise.

Based on the bidirectional communication DMS70 offers a number of additional new and unique features, including power off from receiver side for all connected transmitters, battery status monitoring, adjustable mic/guitar input level (DPT70), high/low level gain switch (DHT70) and more.

For more information about AKG and DMS70, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

Dixon High School Reaches New Level Of Education With XPAND 3D Technology

HOLLY RIDGE, North Carolina – Dixon High School, part of the Onslow County School District in North Carolina, is realizing the benefits of learning in 3D with the help of XPAND 3D. Dixon High School recently purchased XPAND systems to provide a more engaging learning experience for its students in subjects like Biology, where 3D content offers greater depth and detail.

Dixon High School purchased XPAND 3D Educational products through Skylink with the help of Andy Canady, President of Skylink. XPAND 3D’s Educational Kit includes XPAND DLP®-Link 3D Glasses (which work seamlessly with all 3D-ready DLP projectors) and a library full of educational 3D content for every subject.

Jason Chambers, Biology Teacher at Dixon High School, is quite pleased with the results that he has seen since he started using the 3D material in October 2011. He has employed XPAND’s 3D content, including Designmate 3D technology, in almost all of his instruction, whether it is an introduction before diving into a new subject, teaching the subject itself or even as a refresher after a section is completed.

“It’s been a dream using the software. It not only helps the kids but the teachers are also enjoying it, especially when they see the test results. In General Biology alone there has been a more than 50 percent improvement in test scores. Our Principal is ecstatic,” Mr. Chambers said.

In North Carolina, a student has to score a level 3 (mastery of concepts) or 4 (superior understanding and clearly proficient in concept) on a statewide testing exam to be considered efficient. All classes taught by Mr. Chambers including those with EC students received 100 percent proficiency using the 3D material. In an Honors class taught by Mr. Chambers, he had 12 students score 4 in a class of 21 students. “Those types of scores are unheard of!” Mr. Chambers added. “Normally I’m lucky to get four or five 4’s in a class of 30 students, so the numbers speak for themselves.”

“The content overlaps seamlessly with our core curriculum,” Mr. Chambers said. “All the videos are under 10 minutes long so they don’t take away from my lesson plans either, they just significantly add value.”

Not only does the 3D content engage students on a higher level than Mr. Chambers has ever seen, but he also feels that high level of engagement translates into greater comprehension and retention of the information presented. “Students are grasping the material much quicker than with traditional methods,” Mr Chambers said.

Mr. Chambers noted that the 3D content is ideal for subjects like Biology, where 3D content showing DNA, mitosis or cell division can help explain the concept better than a 2D picture. “Being able to fly through a cell and watch the actual process as it happens is amazing,” he said.

Where students often get restless when a video is being played, Mr. Chambers noticed the opposite effect with the presentation of 3D content. “I can hear a pin drop in the room when we’re watching a 3D video. Kids are attentive and focused and actually entertained by what they are watching. I had never seen that before,” he said.

According to Mr. Chambers, even the quality of XPAND’s active-shutter 3D technology is apparent to the students. “The kids even enjoy it more than the passive 3D they see in the movie theater,” he noted. “They recognize the difference of the active technology that XPAND 3D uses and how it eliminates strain on the eyes and headaches. I explain the differences in the technology to them and show how the light enters the eyes differently. It’s a lesson within itself.”

“3D has been a tremendous asset for me,” Mr. Chambers concluded. “I don’t have to change the way I teach, I’ve had outstanding results with the content and I feel confident that the students are absorbing what I am teaching.”

For more information on XPAND 3D Education, please visit http://www.xpand.me/education or contact Jodi Szuter at Jodi.Szuter@xpandcinema.com
For more information on Dixon High School, please visit: http://dixon.nc.och.schoolinsites.com/

For more information on Skylink, please visit: www.skylinkinfo.com

About XPAND 3D:
The global leader in the 3D technologies for home, business, education, cinema, military and medical applications, XPAND is committed to advancing the state-of-the art in technology to provide consumers, businesses, educators and medical professionals with the comprehensive advantages of stereoscopic 3D. XPAND provides glasses on a linear scale from the most advanced and feature-packed for sophisticated surgical, training and home theater to more ruggedized and affordable for cinema and mass market use. X6D Limited is a global company whose products and services are marketed under the XPAND brand name. XPAND 3D technology is used by over 5,000 3D cinemas in more than 50 countries and is the 3D solution of choice for post-production houses, educational and professional 3D applications. XPAND designs, manufactures and OEMs a range of consumer electronics 3D solutions that are driving the 3D revolution.

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