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Wowza Maintains Industry Leadership With Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice Award Wins for Fifth Straight Year

Wowza Takes Home 2012 Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Server Software and Best Transcoding Solution

EVERGREEN, Colo. — Nov. 5, 2012 — Wowza Media Systems LLC, the “Any Screen Done Right(R)” media server software company, today announced that the company has won two 2012 Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice Awards from Streaming Media Europe magazine. For the fifth straight year, European readers have chosen Wowza Media Server(R) as the Best Server Software and for the first time, Wowza’s new Transcoder AddOn was recognized as the Best Transcoding Solution of 2012. Wowza was also recently ranked as one of the Top 100 Companies That Matter Most in Online Video by Streaming Media magazine. more

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Revolabs Announces OEM Partnership With Business Octane

Business Octane to Sell its Branded Version of the Revolabs FLX(TM) Wireless Conference Phone in the Indian Market

SUDBURY, Mass. — Nov. 6, 2012 — Revolabs Inc. today announced that the company has entered into an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) partnership with Business Octane, an Enterprise Collaboration and Learning Accelerator solution provider. Through this partnership, Business Octane will extend its product line to include its own branded version of the Revolabs FLX(TM) wireless conference phone, which it will sell in the Indian market as the AltraTELECON(TM) conference phone. more

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Extron Introduces New Economical Wall Mount HDMI Twisted Pair Extender

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DTP HDMI 230 D, a Decora®-style transmitter and receiver set for transmission of HDMI, audio, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR control signals up to 230 feet (70 meters) over a single CATx cable. The HDCP-compliant extender provides an economical and effective means for extending HDMI with embedded multi-channel audio from HDMI-equipped devices. In addition, the DTP HDMI 230 D accepts analog stereo audio signals and digitizes them for simultaneous transmission over the same twisted pair cable. The wall-mount design and remote powering of either unit make the DTP HDMI 230 D ideal for extending HDMI, audio, and bidirectional control while offering aesthetically pleasing integration in space-challenged environments. more

Haivision at Content and Communications World 2012

Content and Communications World (CCW)
Nov. 14-15 | New York
Haivision
Booth 818

Haivision at CCW 2012
At CCW 2012, Haivision will have the first public showing of its new encoding platform. The platform delivers new levels of industry-leading density and quality to the market by combining unmatched HD encoding at bitrates below 2 Mbps. Haivision will also be highlighting its new portfolio of InStream(TM) player technologies, bringing the highest performance HD streaming to mobile devices, set-top boxes, and traditional computer platforms. more

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Martin Gasienica joins Clark’s Sales Team

Clark Wire & Cable™, HD World Booth #863, a leader in broadcast and professional AV interconnect technology has hired Martin Gasienica to the position of Eastern Regional Account Manager. In this position Gasienica will be responsible for managing the daily sales and service requirements in the eastern region of Clark Wire & Cable’s domestic sales.

With over fifteen years of experience in broadcast and commercial AV interconnect technology, Gasienica brings with him an extensive history of product and industry knowledge. Previously Martin held the position of eastern regional inside sales at Gecpo International, Inc., a manufacturer of communications wire and cable. In addition to his decade plus experience Gasienica holds a BFA in audio and communications from Columbia College Chicago that encompassed audio system design, integration, and content production.

“Martin is an exceptional addition to our sales team,” stated Shane Collins, president of Clark Wire & Cable. “His experience, product knowledge, and commitment to service is unique and naturally aligns with Clark’s commitment to the broadcast and commercial AV industries. We welcome Martin as key addition to our team and growth strategy.”

About Clark Wire & Cable

Clark Wire & Cable, a leader in broadcast and professional AV interconnect technology, is celebrating over 23 years of business. With a focus on quality and innovation, Clark Wire & Cable delivers unique and reliable solutions dedicated to the markets it serves. From precision engineered bulk cable and cable assemblies to connectors, tools and custom panels, Clark Wire & Cable has remained committed to delivering comprehensive interconnect solutions. For additional information, please visit www.clarkwire.com.

Haivision Makito(TM) and HyperStream(TM) Live Win Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards

Makito(TM) Received Top Prize for Live Hardware Encoder; HyperStream(TM) Live Selected as Best Multi-Screen/OTT Solution for Content Publishers

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — Nov. 6, 2012 — Haivision today announced that both its Makito(TM) encoder and HyperStream(TM) Live streaming solution were selected as Streaming Media Magazine 2012 Readers’ Choice Award winners. Makito received top honors in the Live Hardware Encoder category, while HyperStream Live was selected as Best Multi-Screen/OTT Solution for Content Publishers. more

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Barix IP Audio Solutions Enable Digital Announcement System for Australian Securities Exchange

ADTEC Communications builds innovative solution to enable more efficient recording and delivery of stock announcements to traders

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, November 6, 2012 — The Australian Securities Exchange has simplified and enhanced the way it broadcasts stock information to subscribed traders, replacing an aging analog infrastructure with a new digital announcement system using Barix IP audio products. The upgrade allows ASX Group, the overarching brand responsible for a diverse range of Australian business market service activities, to record and deliver stock announcements to more traders with better efficiency.

ASX Group has gradually transitioned its audio delivery infrastructure from expensive leased line and copper circuit connections to an IP streaming solution. The initial phase added centralized streaming servers to deliver stock announcements to customer locations, where Barix Exstreamer 100 IP audio devices received and decoded announcements for traders.

The latest phase focuses on the central announcement system, replacing large, multi-seat analog announcement consoles with modern single-seat consoles to reduce system size and complexity. ADTEC Communications, the console manufacturer and systems integrator, incorporated Barix Annuncicom 1000 IP audio devices for control and streaming functionality.

Supplied by Australian distributor Lan 1, the Barix offering simplifies the entire record and transmission process for stock announcements. Foremost, it reduces the number of distinct audio destination channels from each ADTEC Communications console from twelve to two (one channel for internal and one for external destinations). The Annuncicom 1000 also includes inputs and outputs to integrate with existing analog recorders and digital streaming servers — offering a clear path to a digital recording environment.

Australian Securities Exchange network administrators can control all Annuncicom 1000 record and transmission paths from the new consoles via an integrated, easy-to-use web panel. This simplifies administration of the overall system, reducing labor and operational complexities associated with the previous system.

“Barix helped us develop a unique, custom audio solution that integrates existing technologies with cutting-edge digital solutions that ASX Group can use with efficiency today and expand moving forward,” said Jon Bolton, director, ADTEC Communications. Bolton added that he is working with Barix to develop a multicast solution for ASX Group to expand network distribution capabilities moving forward — essentially allowing subscribers to “opt in” for specific announcements.

About Barix AG (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, specializes in research and development of state of the art IP based communication and control technology. The company is a long-term and reliable supplier of IP audio and control devices and solutions, with more than 150,000 devices shipped in its first decade of business. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks / Internet offering new and improved solutions to the commercial audio distribution, communication and automation industry. Barix provides solutions in Audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).
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Draper Achieves InfoComm International Emerald CAVSP Designation

Draper, Inc. has renewed its qualification as an InfoComm International Emerald Certified AudioVisual Solutions Provider (CAVSP). The Emerald designation recognizes that a percentage of the company’s sales, customer service and technical staff are certified as InfoComm Communication Technology Specialists and have completed relevant coursework from the InfoComm Academy.

“Retaining the Emerald CASVP designation is something we’re very proud of,” according to Draper Field Sales Manager Lee Denhart, LEED® AP. “Along with our high number of LEED® APs, this shows our dedication to maintaining a sales team that is one of the most knowledgeable and technically proficient in the industry.”

InfoComm awards individual certification to audiovisual professionals who have demonstrated knowledge and comprehension of the science and technology used in communications including audio, video, display and systems. Technicians, engineers, designers, salespeople, customer service personnel, managers and executives are eligible to take the Communication Technology Specialist certification test.

In addition to confirming that a percentage of Draper’s employees are InfoComm CTS-certified, the Emerald CAVSP designation means that Draper has agreed to comply with 10 Standards of Excellence developed in collaboration with industry experts to emphasize the best practices of audiovisual businesses.

Overall, 18 Draper employees are CTS-certified. In addition, Draper boasts 13 LEED® APs, and two who are certified by the Imaging Science Foundation.

For more information on Draper, visit www.draperinc.com.

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Christie Solaria One Begins Shipping; High-Value, Convenient Solution Will Benefit Emerging Markets and Community Theaters

The Brightest In Its Class, Solaria One’s Easy-To-Use, All-In-One Design Delivers Ideal Digital Cinema Solution.

Christie today officially launched its high-value premium digital cinema offering, the Christie Solaria One, aimed at emerging markets and community theaters whose screen sizes are less than 10.6 meters (35 feet) wide. The solution is DCI-compliant, having recently been fully certified for Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI) compliance testing by AEGISOLVE, INC. Christie Solaria One is the first solution to begin shipping in quantity, based on Texas Instruments’ (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) recently developed S2K DLP Cinema chipset.

Christie Solaria One - High Value Digital Cinema Projector

The Solaria One will deliver fully DCI-compliant images at 8000 lumens within the DCI color space and, as the Christie Solaria One+, 10,000 lumens when presenting alternative content.

“The DCI-compliant Solaria One projector won kudos from customers across the globe in our product previews for its all-in-one design, as it ships with a zoom lens, a high-performance Xenon lamp, an Integrated Media Block (IMB) for playing high frame rate movies and Screen Management System (SMS) for controlling the system,” said Don Shaw, senior director, product management, Christie Entertainment Solutions.

“Exhibitors will also appreciate Christie Solaria One’s built-in dual DVI (HDMI) and network ports, rendering it capable of displaying virtually any form of alternative content. And customers should also note that they are not locked into a projector-based, proprietary storage system; we strongly believe that mechanical hard drive platters should not coexist within the projector chassis and that such systems featured in competing solutions are a failure waiting to happen. DCI-compliant, robust, external storage systems based on the very latest commercial RAID5 technology are available through Christie sales representatives for use with Solaria One.”

Ster-Kinekor Theatres, the largest cinema exhibitor in South Africa, will be the first recipient of the solution, having ordered 198 projectors from the Christie Solaria One line. The chain is indicative of the expanded market that Christie has developed the Solaria One solution for, and as Ster-Kinekor Theatres CEO, Fiaz Mahomed, commented, “The Christie Solaria One projectors offer superb quality with a heightened viewing experience for movie lovers. These projectors are perfectly suited for smaller screens and are very cost effective. Ster-Kinekor is proud to be the first chain in the world to deploy this product and we believe that this partnership meets the very real demand from our valued audiences in seeing the best film content, at its greatest!”

“The DCI Digital Cinema System Specification helps to ensure a uniformity of excellence among products destined for the world’s cinemas and promotes deployment of high quality digital cinema equipment,” said Travis Spann, President & Laboratory Director, AEGISOLVE, INC. “The Christie Solaria One has clearly satisfied the applicable criteria for interoperability and rigorous content security as specified in the DCI Compliance Test Plan.”

Democratization of Digital Gathers Momentum
“The announcement of the high-value Christie Solaria One projector is indicative of Christie’s continuing digital cinema technology leadership, as the company advances the ‘democratization of digital’ trend that will end in all audiences across the globe having access to the finest in digital cinema and alternative content,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president of global and corporate marketing, Christie.

“Everyone can join the digital cinema revolution, courtesy of Christie, and this announcement reflects what global exhibitors have come to expect of the world’s best-selling, DCI-compliant digital cinema projector leader, one that has shipped and installed more than 36,000 projectors to date.”

And like all Christie projection systems, a single, dedicated technical support team backs the Solaria One and Solaria One+.

The Christie Solaria One is on display at Christie’s ShowEast booth, at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida, held November 5-8. Brazil’s premiere cinema event, Show Buzios, will also feature Christie’s Solaria One, which will be used for the entire film festival to showcase all of the latest studio/manufacturer presentations.

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.

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HARMAN Professional launches program to help and inspire audio operators and performers

ELKHART, Indiana –HARMAN Professional today launched the Fall Into Big Savings rebate program that provides customers with compelling savings on a wide range of audio technologies in advance of the holiday buying season. The program—available from November 1st, 2012 at participating retailers nationwide—is uniquely versatile, rewarding customers on individual HARMAN components from JBL, Soundcraft, dbx and AKG or on HARMAN systems comprising those same brands. However they choose to apply the rebates, customers can enjoy the world’s leading audio components and great savings.

Retailers can similarly benefit from the program designed with them and their customers in mind. According to Mark Posgay, Senior Director, US Sales, HARMAN Professional, the program offers deep savings on category-leading, award-winning products like $40 mail-in rebate on the dbx DriveRack PX and $50 mail-in rebate on the dbx DriveRack PA; $50 mail-in rebate on the JBL PRX412M and $60 mail-in rebate on the JBL PRX415M; HARMAN’s stunning new AKG WMS4500 system features a $100 mail-in rebate and the program includes a remarkable $250 saving on the Soundcraft Si Compact 16, 24 or 32 digital mixing consoles. Adding to the versatility of the program, HARMAN Professional is offering $100 instant rebates on Crown XTi 4002 amplifiers and $50 instant rebate on the Crown XTi 2002 and the Crown XLS 2500 amplifiers.

“This program is an excellent opportunity for musicians, DJs, rental companies and venues to upgrade their kit with some of the most advanced audio components in the market today,” Posgay said. “We looked closely at the components with the most appeal in retail and the end-product is a program that could amount to over $600 in system-wide savings, but there’s also the liberty to pick and choose as a customer’s needs dictate”

The HARMAN Professional Fall Into Big Savings rebate program runs for a limited time only, ending December 31, 2012. Customers simply fill out a form, attach the receipt and UPC code and mail by January 31, 2013 to receive a rebate check in the mail.

“We worked with our retail partners in designing this program and as a result it’s the most inclusive and versatile that we’ve ever offered,” Posgay added. “The timing is engineered to provide a boost for retailers and to put more great gear in the hands of great engineers, artists and DJs and to equip more small and mid-sized venues with the same technologies used on the world’s great stages”

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 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

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