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Revolabs Names Akfa Information Systems as Exclusive Distributor in Turkey

SUDBURY, Mass. — April 3, 2012 — Revolabs Inc. today announced that it has named Akfa Information Systems as the exclusive distributor of the company’s wireless audio systems for unified communications in Turkey. Istanbul-based Akfa Information Systems provides video and voice conference, telepresence, and digital signage systems for enterprise companies. Under the agreement, Akfa now offers the full line of Revolabs products, including the new Revolabs FLX(TM) wireless conference phone, to its enterprise customers across the Turkish market. more

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Atlona(R) Digital Connectivity Solutions Help Usher in Digital Menu Boards at Historic Candlestick Park

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — April 3, 2012 — Atlona(R), a leading digital connectivity solutions provider, today announced that the company’s digital connectivity solutions are being used by the San Francisco 49ers and Centerplate — the largest hospitality partner to North America’s premier sports stadiums, convention centers, and entertainment venues — as part of a new digital menu board system at Candlestick Park. Denver-based Ping HD installed multiple Atlona HDMI(R) distribution amplifiers (AT-HD-V12 1×2), HDMI EDID emulators (AT-HDSync), and 50-foot-plus HDMI cables throughout the park’s 20 concession stands to send HDMI signals to more than 100 TVs while maintaining the hot plug 5V. more

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China Digital Video (Beijing) Limited’s Mariana.5D Graphics System, Based on Matrox DSX Technology, Installed in New Headquarters of China Central Television

MONTREAL — April 3, 2012 — Matrox(R) Video Products Group today announced that video equipment manufacturer China Digital Video (Beijing) Limited (CDV) has chosen the Matrox X.Mio2 card, one of the Matrox DSX(TM) Developer Products, as the heart of its Mariana.5D graphics system. China Central Television (CCTV) recently installed 50 Mariana.5D systems to be used for channel branding and information broadcasting. Mariana.5D systems and CDV’s realtime A10 3DTV graphics engine are also being used as part of China’s first 3D TV channel. more

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Broadway Systems Celebrates Two Years of Growth at NAB 2012

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Broadway Systems, the leading provider of advertising management software for cable networks, will exhibit at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth N1108) later this month in Las Vegas, Nev., following a period of unprecedented growth. Over the past two years, the company has signed eight new clients representing 12 national cable networks, and it has doubled in size, primarily adding personnel to its R&D and client service teams.

“Our exclusive focus on cable network advertising is part of the reason we’ve seen such amazing momentum and won so much new business over the past two years,” said John Sorensen, president of Broadway Systems. “Our new customers recognize the value of a proven advertising management platform designed specifically for their business. Plus, they see that we are committed to delivering what we promise and providing the best service to our customers.”

Broadway’s list of new clients includes BBC America, Imagina US, Music Choice, Travel Channel, and TV One. Additional channels are scheduled to launch later this year.

Additions to the Broadway team include Board Advisor Larry Goodman, a 30-year industry veteran and former president of sales and marketing at CNN; senior vice president Ron Levy, who has more than 30 years of buy-side advertising management experience; and Victor Rukaj, who previously managed ad sales systems and operations for Fox News and Fox Business Channel and is now part of Broadway’s New York-based client services team. “Not only do we continue to improve our products, but we are investing in great people from the cable network advertising industry, agency software vendors, and our competitors to make sure we can address the specific needs of our customers,” said Sorensen.

Broadway has a proven track record with launching new networks, and has also been adopted by existing cable networks that have migrated from numerous legacy systems that operated ad sales, traffic, and billing separately. Imagina US, for example, began using the Broadway’s Traffic and Finance, Program Management, and Reporting modules for four different channels last year. Marilyn Vidal-Novo, traffic manager, Imagina US, said the transition to Broadway’s software was “the best conversion I’ve ever done. There was no delay whatsoever, and the implementation exceeded my expectations.“

About Broadway Systems

Since 2002, Broadway Systems has collaborated with cable networks to engineer a contemporary and fully integrated programming, sales, traffic, stewardship, and billing software system. Today, this platform is used to manage some of the top brands in industry and more than $3 billion in advertising revenues for top 20 rated cable networks and startups alike. Broadway Systems offers cable networks a strategic alternative to existing vendors, one that is dedicated to their business and keeps pace with the changing needs of this dynamic industry. Find out more at www.broadwaysystems.com.

Extron Announces Expanded Training Schedule & More Locations

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce an expanded Extron Institute On-The-Road schedule and six new locations, which include: Columbus in May, Philadelphia in June, St. Louis in July and August, Calgary, Alberta in August, Montreal, Quebec in October, and Denver in November. With the expanded North America schedule, Extron will now offer over 50 instructor-led training courses in 2012. Led by some of the industry’s best trainers, Extron Institute offers AV professionals an opportunity to broaden their knowledge and keep pace with new technologies and product developments. more

James Cameron’s Titanic 3D World Premiere Projected by Christie Duo Solution at Royal Albert Hall

In co-operation with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment, Inc., Christie® supplied its Christie Duo™ dual-projector solution to bring the bright, vivid scenes of Titanic in 3D to life at its world premiere last week at The Royal Albert Hall.

“I’m pleased to have Christie continuing to accompany me on my ‘journey of discovery,’ which will see studios and theater owners providing stirring 3D and, in due course, high frame rate movies, to fully immerse their audiences in experiences that best represent the creative excellence of today’s producers and directors,” said James Cameron.

“It truly is an honor for Christie to be working alongside James Cameron on such a prestigious world premiere. This is not only a great testimonial to the trust put in our digital cinema solutions, but also confirms Christie’s role as the world leader and a pioneer in this field. With more than 80 years of history in cinema, Christie continues to push the boundaries with major digital innovations, including 3D deployment and high frame rates,” said Dale Miller, vice-president, Christie EMEA.

The multi-party effort includes Fox Filmed Entertainment, Bell Theatres Services, Britannia Row Audio and a full orchestra, with Jon Landau appearing onstage with James Cameron at the premiere.

The Christie Duo solution was announced in February 2012 to enable exhibitors to deliver the brightest 2K or 4K movie experiences in 2D or 3D on the largest screens. Coupled with automated features that easily calibrate, align and optimize the images from both Christie Solaria® Series 2K or 4K digital cinema projectors, Christie Duo delivers a completely seamless, premium movie experience to moviegoers worldwide.

When combined with world-leading 3D systems, exhibitors can achieve 3D image brightness levels up to twice as high as what can be achieved using the current large-format market leader — at a significant overall cost saving.

Historic Relationship Between Lightstorm and Christie Continues
Today’s announcement represents the continuing co-operation between the two firms, epitomized by the two firms signing a milestone, five-year agreement to exchange research, testing, development and technical support on high frame rate (HFR) projection – the industry’s most exciting new technology. The cooperation between these two Hollywood digital cinema powerhouses – officially announced on September 12, 2011 – heralded a significant shift in how movies will be made and shown in theaters.

Christie was also selected by Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron to assist him in showcasing the first “mass audience” demonstration of high frame rate (HFR) cinema projection at CinemaCon 2011 in The Colosseum of Caesars Palace on April 4, 2011. Using two Christie projectors, Cameron demonstrated the higher frame-rate delivery necessary for the next generation of 3D films.

Cameron used Christie Solaria® Series DLP Cinema® projectors at the Las Vegas demonstration to project 3D content at up to 60 frames per second (FPS). The current industry standard is 24 FPS, which can result in blurred images (“judder”). The Christie CP2230 and others in its family deliver breathtaking 3D images on the largest screens, which, combined with higher frame rates, will speed the evolution of this next generation cinema experience. They can also be upgraded to HFR capabilities with Christie Previsto™ High Frame Rate (HFR) technology.

Christie’s Commitment to HFR
The two main goals of Christie’s HFR activities are to help the industry develop the best HFR content and the best delivery system for HFR content. The first goal involves assisting leading-edge filmmakers and post-production companies in perfecting HFR movie creation, so the industry has the most engaging, entertaining content possible. The second goal is to assist exhibitors in showing these 3D HFR movies in all their glory. To these ends, Christie is helping create the standards for 3D HFR movies through formal and informal technology-development alliances with major producers and directors, post production facilities, studios and technology partners. On the exhibitor’s front, Christie provides one stop shopping for all the hardware, software and services that enable exhibitors to deliver a filmmaker’s vision in stunning 3D HFR quality. For more information visit http://www.higherframerates.com.

Stampede Named Exclusive U.S. Distributor Of DynaScan LED And Ultra Bright LCD Digital Signage Displays

Once again, Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. has demonstrated its digital signage market leadership with the announcement today that it has been appointed the exclusive United States distributor of DynaScan 360° cylindrical LED and ultra-bright LCD digital signage solutions. What’s more, according to Kevin Kelly, President of Stampede, the appointment by DynaScan Technology Inc. came as a direct result of DynaScan’s comprehensive, top-to-bottom review of the sales and marketing capabilities of every general and specialized distributor that claims to meet the needs of dealers and end-users in the rapidly growing digital signage market.

“The market for superior quality digital signage solutions is expanding dramatically as more companies deploy them in advertising, public information, and entertainment environments,” today stated Alan Kaufman, President of DynaScan Technology, Inc., based in Irvine, California. “However, as the demand grows so too does the need for a distributor partner who understands precisely what it takes to design, install, and maintain these solutions with initial programs that are innovative and back-up education and support initiatives that keep the installations running efficiently. That’s where Stampede excels. They offer it all.”

According to Kelly, “Stampede has played a major role in fully commercializing the market potential for our digital signage partners. We specialize in putting complete sales, engineering and support teams on the ground in every major geographic region and, just as importantly, in every end-user vertical market. As the largest North American ProAV distributor, Stampede is unique in our ability to do this — and we are looking forward to doing this on behalf of DynaScan.”

Stampede dealers will have the opportunity to see the DynaScan product line first hand on April 16, 2012 when the Stampede 2012 Big Book of AV Tour stops in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel, adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center where NAB 2012 will take place concurrently. Dealers interesting in attending can register at http://bigbookofavtour.com/.

About DynaScan Technology, Inc.

DynaScan Technology, Inc. is an innovative digital signage display manufacturer, providing a full range of high bright and narrow bezel professional LCDs as well as the award winning line of DynaScan 360° cylindrical LED video displays. DynaScan’s digital signage products have been installed in locations around the world for use in advertising, public information and entertainment. DynaScan Technology, Inc. is mainly invested by Chroma Group, a global leader in technology test and measurement instruments, automated test systems, power electronics and special materials. Chroma was founded in 1984, is headquartered in Taipei and is traded on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under 2360. For more information, visit http://www.dynascanusa.com or follow us @DynaScan on Twitter.

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” an 816-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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The X2O Rogers Cup Experience App from X2O Media Takes Home DSA Industry Excellence Award

Interactive BlackBerry(R) PlayBook(TM) Tablet App Receives Top Honor in the Best Entertainment Deployment — Mobile Category more

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Electrosonic’s Shanghai Office Receives Corporate Status to Conduct Business in China

Electrosonic’s Shanghai office has been designated a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE), an officially registered limited liability corporation. This important step forward allows Electrosonic to continue to pursue new business opportunities in China as a legally licensed design consulting and systems integration company while maintaining full control of business operations.

Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that provides high technology systems integration for theme parks, museums and other entertainment venues and applications. For the last five years, Electrosonic has successfully been building its brand in China and across Asia, working with the largest local development companies. Clients include owner-operator, design and production companies.

“We are very excited about the WFOE designation for our Shanghai office and look forward to the many new opportunities it affords us,” says Chris Conte, Electrosonic’s VP of Entertainment. “We can now expand and grow our partnerships with local product suppliers, fabricators and installers, which will enhance our efficiency on the ground.”

Electrosonic’s China operations will conduct business under the new legal name, Electrosonic Audio-Visual Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. The office will continue to be led by Nancy Liu who heads the China sales and marketing efforts. Electrosonic also maintains a Hong Kong office for support and production.

Electrosonic has a number of recent high profile projects in China to its credit. The company played an extensive role in Expo 2010 Shanghai, which welcomed more than 70 million visitors to its futuristic theme of “Better City, Better Life.” Electrosonic provided audio, video and show control systems for the China State Shipbuilding Pavilion, a mammoth, permanent structure exploring the country’s maritime history and concepts for future floating cities and farms.

Electrosonic also supported its long-time client BRC Imagination Arts with their design and production of the Information & Communication Pavilion, which was presented by China Mobile and China Telecom. Electrosonic designed and implemented audio, video and control systems, and facilitated visitors’ hands-on experience with an innovative handheld device. At the USA Pavilion, another BRC production, a Hollywood-style, multi-dimensional presentation told the story of the American spirit of perseverance, innovation and community building. Electrosonic provided design, engineering, fabrication, installation, content encoding and show programming for the AV and control systems in the USA Pavilion lobby and auditoria.

In addition, Electrosonic supplied theme park developer OCT with all the AV solutions for new attractions at Happy Valley outside Shanghai and Window of the World in Shenzhen – both of them movie-based dark rides with domed screens and 4D effects. Electrosonic furnished full projection systems and screens, the main show controllers, 4D effects and full audio and lighting.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, video conferencing and control rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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GRUND AUDIO DESIGN ANNOUNCES GT-1220M AND GT-1520M FLOOR MONITORS

** Photo:Grund Audio Design GT-1220M and GT-1520M **

Council Bluffs, IA – April 2012… Grund Audio Design, a pioneering manufacturer of loudspeaker and signal processing products for the audio professional, is pleased to announce the GT-1220M and GT-1520M floor monitors—the company’s latest additions to their popular GT Series floor monitor product group. Featuring two-way, bass reflex and dual angle enclosure designs, these versatile floor monitors are ideal for both portable and fixed sound reinforcement applications. more

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