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New Version of Minnetonka Audio’s AudioTools Server Raises the Bar for Automated Loudness Control

MINNETONKA, Minn. — March 21, 2013 — Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc. (MASI) today announced the release of AudioTools(TM) Server (ATS) 2.5, the latest version of its flagship product designed to automate even the most sophisticated audio tasks. Along with complete standards-compliant loudness control, the new version adds features including load balancing, workflow failover, and support for additional codecs. It is the first system of its kind to include Dialogue Intelligence(TM) for dialog-anchored loudness correction, which employs Minnetonka Audio’s proprietary “purPath” algorithms for digital signal processing. ATS 2.5 is also first in offering improved short-term and momentary limiting with purPath loudness control.

ATS 2.5 is an enterprise software system for automated audio processing in file-based workflows. The system conforms to the CALM Act, ATSC A/85, EBU R 128, ITU-R BS.1770, ARIB TR-B32, and OP-59, providing specialized workflows that apply loudness control optimized for different targets and platforms. Unlike existing digital or media asset management (DAM or MAM) systems, ATS 2.5 thoroughly addresses loudness control problems and automatically handles the audio essence without compromise. The result is easier administration, reduced manual loudness management, and greater peace of mind for engineers and executives during postproduction.

“Before ATS, engineers relied on a combination of cumbersome stand-alone software tools and video-centric asset processing that provided only a simplistic or incomplete audio approach,” said Markus Hintz, Minnetonka Audio’s director of global sales and business development. “ATS eliminates all of that and provides a universal automation platform addressing enterprise requirements for scalability, adaptability, interoperability, and redundancy. Version 2.5 makes that platform even more robust. ATS drops right into existing infrastructures and adds exceptional capabilities without ‘forklift’ upgrades or the need to rework existing workflows.”

As the first product in the industry to offer Dialogue Intelligence for dialog-anchored purPath loudness correction, ATS 2.5 works in conjunction with the ATS WFC workflow control module to enable nonlinear, smart loudness correction based on the actual percentage of dialog in the material. Also new to version 2.5 is support for MPEG audio and AAC, critical for hybrid and mobile TV, as well as radio applications.

Another industry first is ATS 2.5′s improved short-term and momentary limiting with purPath loudness control. Recent research has led to a new methodology being added to the purPath algorithm for handling material that contains extreme dynamic range. This content-independent processing preserves the subjective dynamics of a mix — the artistic intent — without impacting dialogue levels or intelligibility. This novel approach for unattended automated loudness control is gaining traction in the European Broadcasting Union as a new recommended practice for loudness control.

Via SOAP and XML, ATS seamlessly integrates audio expertise into existing video infrastructures and interoperates with Aveco automation, Avid(R) Interplay(R) MAM, Grass Valley automation, IBM AREMA, Sony(R) Media Backbone(TM), Viz Ardome, and other DAM/MAM systems. The system is also a complete solution for managing and processing Dolby(R) E, Dolby Digital(R), Dolby Digital Plus, MP2, MP3, AAC, and linear PCM content, as well as the audio essence within MXF and QuickTime(R) containers.

With enhanced loudness control workflows, new business continuity features, and support for a wider range of codecs, ATS 2.5 is positioned to tackle new enterprise challenges. More information about ATS and other Minnetonka Audio products is available at www.minnetonkaaudio.com.

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About Minnetonka Audio Software
An award-winning solutions provider for motion picture, video, broadcast, game, and optical disc production, Minnetonka Audio Software creates essential technology for the world’s top media professionals. Its revolutionary AudioTools Server is the file-based software alternative to hardware program optimizers, bringing expert audio automation to existing media production infrastructures. The AudioTools Server, SurCode, and discWelder product lines support the full array of audio codecs, file types, and standards for CD, DVD, Blu-ray(TM), broadcast, and digital television. The company is the leading provider of professional OEM audio solutions as well as file-based QC and loudness control. Spanning more than two decades of operation, the Minnetonka, Minn.-based company has a subsidiary in Germany and an international network of distributors and channel partners who share its commitment to quality and service. More information is available at www.minnetonkaaudio.com.

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iStreamPlanet Announces Investment Agreement by Juniper Networks to Drive Growth and Innovation in Live Video Streaming

Juniper Networks’ Junos Innovation Fund Joins Intel Capital, Turner Broadcasting, and Interxion in Series A Funding

LAS VEGAS — March 21, 2013 — iStreamPlanet, the leader in live streaming video solutions, announced today that Juniper Networks has completed a strategic investment in iStreamPlanet’s Series A funding, which was led by Intel(R) Capital. The investment will be funded by Juniper Networks’ Junos(R) Innovation Fund. iStreamPlanet plans to use the proceeds from its Series A financing to accelerate the development of its live video streaming solutions, including Aventus(R), a cloud-based, live video workflow platform designed to address the challenges of streaming live events and live linear channels online to multiple platforms and devices. One of the key advantages of Aventus is its ability to move the live video workflow from today’s hardware-dependent infrastructure to a software- and cloud-based infrastructure.

The relationship combines iStreamPlanet’s innovations and experience in providing scalable and cost-effective live video workflow solutions with Juniper’s industry-leading networking and caching technology to provide a reliable, secure, and high-performance platform for content providers. The two companies have worked closely in the past to deliver complex, live video workflows for major live events, including the 2012 London Games.

“We are developing and bringing to market a next-generation automated video workflow platform, which will help content holders and distributors keep pace with the growing demand for live streaming video and accelerate new business opportunities for broadcasters of all sizes,” said Mio Babic, CEO of iStreamPlanet. “Juniper Networks’ commitment to innovation in networking and caching in the cloud closely aligns with our vision and customer demand, and we are excited to be working with them and leveraging their expertise in this area.”

“Live streaming media is one of the most demanding networking and caching scenarios, and one of the fastest areas of growth and opportunity,” said Robert Krohn, vice president and general manager, Edge Software Business Unit, Juniper Networks. “Keeping up with customer demand will require solutions with new levels of scalability and automation, and iStreamPlanet and Juniper Networks are now on a fast track to bring this type of solution to market.”

The Junos Innovation Fund is a venture capital fund, launched in 2010 and backed solely by Juniper Networks, that invests in leading early- and growth-stage technology companies that expand and enhance the Junos ecosystem.

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About iStreamPlanet
iStreamPlanet is a premier, multiplatform video-workflow solutions provider committed to bringing high-quality streaming video experiences to connected audiences around the world. With more than a decade of live streaming video experience, iStreamPlanet has built a comprehensive offering of cloud-based video-workflow products and services for live event and live linear streaming channels. iStreamPlanet’s innovative approach has been chosen by the world’s leading sports, entertainment, and technology brands including NBC, Turner Broadcasting, Notre Dame Athletics, AT&T, Pac-12 and Microsoft. Founded in 2000, the privately held company is headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in Redmond, Wash., and London. More information can be found at www.istreamplanet.com.

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PACIFIC TELEVISION CENTER UNPLUGS AND GOES WIRELESS FOR THE 2013 AWARDS SEASON

LOS ANGELES, MARCH 21, 2013 – Pacific Television Center (PacTV), a Los Angeles-based independent global transmission and production company, recently equipped its mobile microwave truck with a Vislink wireless camera system, providing its clients with instantaneous live video from the various red carpets during the 2013 awards season. The Canadian Broadcasting Channel (CBC) and Channel 7 Australia were among the broadcasters that used the PacTV service to transmit live red-carpet interviews during the major U.S. film awards that took place in Los Angeles last month.
“What’s nice about using the Vislink wireless camera system with our ENG truck is that it increases our geographical coverage and allows us to perform a single encode throughout our network,” says George Lopez, vice president of operations, PacTV. “Even if a client covering the red carpet action doesn’t have cabling access to our truck, the new camera system allows them to shoot wirelessly and send an ASI feed to Canada, Australia, the Asia-Pacific region or anywhere else. We are excited to offer our clients this upgrade in service.”
The dual band Vislink L1500 is a 5.8-/6.4-Ghz wireless camera system that provides SD/HD with MPEG-2 encoding and offers ultra-low latency with selectable DVB-T and LMS-T digital modulation. PacTV has successfully tested and used the transmitter to reach distances, more than a quarter mile without a drop in signal. A crew can certainly be confident that they will achieve a wireless connection to PacTV’s mobile microwave truck.
“We were thrilled to have PacTV utilize the Vislink system for its awards season coverage,” says Kevin Dennis, regional sales manager, Vislink. “The combination of the diversity receive system and untethered wireless camera operation provided the team with the reliability it needed to capture live events as they unfolded, without interference. By combining the technical strengths of PacTV and Vislink, both companies have been able to come together to offer quality services to clients.”

Sonnet Expands xMac mini Server Lineup; New Model Supports Two Half-Length, Full-Height PCI Express Cards

xMac mini Server 2H is Sonnet’s Second Thunderbolt-to-PCIe Expansion System and 1U Rack Enclosure for Mac mini With Thunderbolt Port

IRVINE, Calif. — March 21, 2013 — Sonnet today introduced the xMac(TM) mini Server 2H, a second model of the company’s xMac mini Server Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) expansion system and 1U rackmount enclosure for a Mac(R) mini with a Thunderbolt(TM) port. The new xMac mini Server 2H enables the use of two half-length, full-height PCIe cards, allowing users to select from and install the majority of Thunderbolt-compatible cards into either slot. The original xMac mini Server accommodates one full-length, full-height PCIe card and one half-length, half-height (low-profile) card.

“We value our customers’ feedback, especially when it leads us to improve an already successful product,” said Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing for Sonnet Technologies. “By adapting the original xMac mini Server’s design to create a new model that enables the installation of two full-height PCIe cards, we’ve provided an ideal solution for other workflow configurations that require two full-height PCIe cards but have no need for a full-length card. The xMac mini Server 2H features additional design improvements such as shortening the chassis’ length to 16 inches, which allows it to be deployed in a wider range of popular mobile racks, carts, and rack-bags.”

The xMac mini Server 2H and xMac mini Server transform a Mac mini computer into a full-fledged expandable rackmount server. This enables users to harness the power of PCIe cards such as full-size pro video capture and processing, digital audio interface, DSP accelerator, FireWire(R), RAID controller, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, eSATA, and other PCIe cards. Both Sonnet expansion systems mount the Mac mini inside a specially designed 1U rackmount enclosure containing a Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion system with two PCIe 2.0 slots that connect to the computer’s Thunderbolt port via an included Thunderbolt cable. This allows the Mac mini to use expansion cards normally usable only in the Mac Pro(R), and makes it a smaller, lighter, and quieter stand-in for the now-discontinued Xserve(R).

The expansion systems include a 100W power supply and employ variable-speed fans to cool the cards and computer; a new ultra-quiet fan kit option for cool-operating cards is now available. The Mac mini’s Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and HDMI(R) interfaces are extended to panel-mounted connectors on the back of the unit, and a USB 3.0 interface and power switch are mounted on the front. The xMac mini Server’s second Thunderbolt port enables the daisy-chain connection of additional Thunderbolt peripherals. These features make xMac mini Servers ideal for use in many fixed and mobile applications, from video ingest and editing station to pro audio recording rig, and from metadata controller to back-office RAID server.

The xMac mini Server 2H and xMac mini Server, like Sonnet’s line of Echo Express PCIe-to-Thunderbolt expansion chassis, require the use of Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe expansion cards. Compatible cards fall into numerous categories including pro audio, Ethernet, Fibre Channel, SAS/SATA RAID controllers, video capture, and editing. A complete list of compatible cards is available on Sonnet’s website, with the list continually expanding as more cards are tested and certified.

The xMac Mini Server 2H (part number XMAC-MS-2H) will be available in late April at a suggested retail price of $1,295. The original xMac Mini Server (part number XMAC-MS) is available now at a suggested retail price of $1,295. The xMac mini Server Quiet Fan Kit (part number XMFAN-Q) is available now at a suggested retail price of $79.95. More information on the products and compatible PCIe expansion cards is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/xmacminiserver.html.

More information on Sonnet and its other products is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of storage systems, Thunderbolt(TM) technology PCIe(R) expansion products, interface cards, and media readers for professional users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with mini, portable, and all-in-one computers. The company’s product line features a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable portable, desktop, and rackmount RAID storage solutions. For more than 25 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market numerous innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac(R), Windows(R), and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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Front Porch Digital Integrates Data Expedition’s ExpeDat WAN Accelerator Into DIVArchive V7.1

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — March 20, 2013 — Front Porch Digital, the global leader in cloud-based content storage management (CSM) solutions, today announced an agreement with file-transfer software company Data Expedition, Inc.(R) to integrate its ExpeDat(TM) WAN acceleration product into Front Porch Digital’s DIVArchive(R) V7.1 CSM system. The integration gives DIVArchive users a WAN acceleration option that is fully managed and supported by Front Porch Digital, and is the first direct integration of a WAN acceleration protocol directly into a CSM cloud-based solution.

“Part of Front Porch Digital’s mission is, literally, to partner with the world’s best technology companies to make the content management process smoother, simpler, and more efficient — particularly for multisite operations. Adding Data Expedition’s ExpeDat to the process is one more way we fulfill on that mission,” said Andy Hurt, vice president, product management at Front Porch Digital. “Having direct access to ExpeDat will speed file transfers for our customers who use DIVAnet and the cloud-based LYNX service, both of which rely on WANs for getting data back and forth.”

ExpeDat file transfer software is a high-performance alternative to legacy technologies such as FTP, SFTP, HTTP, and CIFS. It eliminates TCP vulnerabilities with the only pure-UDP file-transfer solution available. ExpeDat uses 100 percent of available bandwidth to achieve WAN file transfers that have proven to be as much as seven times faster than with other technologies. The self-contained clients require no installers or admin rights and have no dependence on Java or plug-ins.

“We are extremely pleased that Front Porch Digital has integrated Data Expedition’s accelerated file-transfer solution, ExpeDat, into its DIVArchive system,” said Seth Noble, Data Expedition president and founder. “With Front Porch Digital’s best-in-class media workflow and Data Expedition’s laser-like focus on UDP-based transport technology, this partnership was a natural fit for both companies.”

Front Porch Digital specializes in video archive, migration, and online video publishing, supplying solutions that are at the heart of file-based workflows within the world’s best known media brands. Now, with the introduction of the LYNXSM platform, these solutions are moving to the cloud, enabling greater access, better availability, lower costs, and the highest possible security. In addition, DIVAnet(R) supports any number of fully independent DIVArchive CSM systems connected together across any type of wide area network (WAN) to form a globally distributed content storage repository.

More information about Front Porch Digital products is available at fpdigital.com.

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About Data Expedition Inc.(R)
Data Expedition Inc.(R) (DEI(R)) is the creator of the world’s first and only high-performance file transfer software that is completely free of legacy transport bottlenecks and vulnerabilities. Since 2000, DEI has been providing high-performance data transport solutions to the world’s largest companies across nearly every industry and continent, including media and entertainment, legal, and oil and gas. The company’s patented MTP(TM)/IP technology uses unique flow-control and error recovery algorithms to achieve high network efficiency across all IP networks. Companies using Data Expedition’s solutions achieve the fastest, most reliable, and most secure data transport available. More information is available at www.dataexpedition.com.

About Front Porch Digital
Front Porch Digital is the global leader in solutions for migrating, managing, and monetizing media content. Operating on site and in the cloud, the company’s purpose-built software employs the latest technologies to deliver truly flexible and scalable media workflows. Solutions delivered by Front Porch Digital appropriately manage large and complex media files and workflows while ensuring optimal performance and utmost security. More information is available at fpdigital.com.

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MASQUE SOUND STEPS UP WITH CUSTOM AUDIO EQUIPMENT PACKAGE FOR BROADWAY’S NEWEST MUSICAL, KINKY BOOTS

NEW YORK, MARCH 21, 2013—When Broadway’s newest musical, Kinky Boots, strutted into the Hirschfeld Theatre earlier this month, it earned rave reviews from preview audiences. To bring the show’s music-and-dance-filled score to life for audiences, Sound Designer John Shivers, along with his long-time associate and collaborator, David Patridge, turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, for a custom audio equipment package.

Kinky Boots enjoyed its pre-Broadway world premiere this past October at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre. Based on the 2005 film and inspired by a true story, Kinky Boots follows Charlie Price, an aspiring young businessman forced to give up his dreams of living in London in order to save his late father’s shoe factory in Northern England. Charlie finds inspiration in Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of sturdy stilettos. As the unlikely pair works to turn the factory around, they find they have more in common than they thought. Their story, directed and choreographed by the Tony award-winning Jerry Mitchell, is brought to life by music and lyrics from Grammy award-winner Cyndi Lauper and a book by Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein.

When Shivers designed the audio system for Kinky Boots, he wanted to ensure the sound was evenly distributed to every seat in the theater. To do so, he worked with Masque Sound, which provided him with a custom equipment package, including a DiGiCo SD7-T digital mixing console, Sennheiser 5212 transmitters, d&b speakers for surrounds, L-Acoustics 108Ps for the foldback and TC Electronics 6000 for reverb. He also utilized Meyer M’elodie and Mina ultracompact high-power curvilinear array loudspeakers for left, right and center systems and 500 and 700HP- subwoofers.

Shivers, who has worked with Masque Sound since the early 1990s, collaborated with the company for Kinky Boots’ Chicago run, so moving the show to Broadway was a comfortable transition, though not without its challenges. “The box seats in the Hirschfeld Theatre pretty much tuck right up against the proscenium, so the seats running along the sides of the orchestra seating section are very much shaded from the side arrays, says Shivers. “The team at Masque was able to provide additional speakers to make sure those seats were covered, so we were able to overcome that obstacle.”

Since Kinky Boots is a pop-music show, Shivers wanted to make sure he had a fair amount of control over the musical instruments. “When working with pop music, if you can achieve good isolation between instruments, you can really get a lot of clarity from them,” says Shivers. “For Kinky Boots, we are quite isolated. In fact, the drummer is up on the fifth floor, completely isolated from the rest of the band. We provided monitoring for him so he can hear and see what is going on, along with a video camera allowing the conductor to see him. He still feels like part of the band because they are connected musically. We achieved isolation and clarity quite nicely with this system.”

Also important to the production was a streamlined equipment setup, ensuring the proscenium was kept as clean as possible for the audience. “We did everything we could to keep the speakers as unobtrusive as possible on the proscenium, so we tucked them as far off and up stage as possible to keep them out of sightlines and the visual picture in general,” he notes.

“I’ve had a long working relationship with Masque Sound, and in that time, have built a lot of trust and familiarity with its team,” concludes Shivers. “Gary Stocker is truly a genius in all things audio and Scott Kalata and Dennis Short always stays on top of managing logistics. In addition, the company provides customized gear and fabrication for any sort of unusual rigging components that we might need, it’s really a full-service shop. The entire team provides excellent service. For this show, once again, Masque Sound did a great job.”

Kinky Boots is currently in previews at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The production’s opening night is slated for April 4.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies” and “Once” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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Betamobil Builds Innovative HD OB Truck on Riedel Real-Time A/V and Communications Network

WUPPERTAL, Germany — March 20, 2013 — Riedel Communications, a leading provider of real-time networks for video, audio, and communications, today announced that Berlin-based mobile production and SNG provider Betamobil has integrated Riedel technology into its newest HD OB truck. At the heart of its new six-camera unit, HD6, Betamobil uses a comprehensive system that combines Riedel’s Artist digital matrix intercom and the company’s fiber-based MediorNet media network.

“We believe that the future of mobile productions lies within flexible setup scenarios that can be adapted to the needed application,” said Thomas Busch, CEO at Betamobil. “Riedel’s real-time networks, such as MediorNet and Artist, enable us to realize incredibly flexible setups that can be quickly reconfigured.”

Betamobil uses a wide range of small and large OB vans that can be linked together and scaled up to form larger systems as the event or application demands. A Ross Carbonite(TM) switcher for vision mixing and a Soundcraft Vi1(TM) audio console are also key components of their design philosophy.

The Artist system in HD6 consists of an Artist 64 mainframe, which serves as the foundation for a total of 12 Artist 1000 series control panels. Because the modular Artist system can be expanded easily to 1024 x 1024 non-blocking ports, Betamobil is assured long-term investment security. Seamless integration with other OB trucks or broadcast production facilities is enabled via a simple fiber link. Also, by integrating Riedel’s RockNet 100 digital audio network system with MediorNet and their Soundcraft Vi1 console, Betamobil was able to establish analog audio signal distribution without the need for a dedicated audio router.

For video distribution and signal processing in HD6, Betamobil uses two MediorNet modular mainframes equipped with Riedel’s MN-HDP-6 video cards. The MN-HDP-6 cards offer two inputs and outputs, as well as two freely assignable connections with up-, down-, and cross-conversion on all inputs and outputs. They also allow for quad-split applications and support further signal processing such as audio embedding/de-embedding and frame synchronization. In addition, Betamobil uses two MediorNet Compact PRO mainframes as stagebox systems for remote applications. All signal processing and conversion options are available across all MediorNet mainframes.

“With this truck we have realized a very efficient just-enough concept without sacrificing production quality at all. It’s just a very efficient set-up based on the MediorNet network approach. This allows us to adjust quickly to the needs of a specific production. By our approach we don’t have to always carry the expensive overhead for the few productions where we utilize 100 percent of a big truck’s capacity. If we need more cameras, editing, or audio resources, we just add it to the MediorNet network by adding another small truck or external gear. This flexibility allows us to cover more productions and to be more competitive,” said Busch.

The Betamobil HD6 has already been used at various productions such as the Berlin Fashion Week.

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Recent Consumer Survey Shows 75 Percent of Pay-TV Subscribers Highly Likely to Use Multiscreen Live Linear Service

New Study by The Diffusion Group and iStreamPlanet Reveals High Revenue Potential in Streaming Live Linear Channels to Multiple Devices

LAS VEGAS — March 19, 2013 — iStreamPlanet, a leading provider of live event and live linear streaming video solutions, today released the findings of a recent consumer survey it performed with The Diffusion Group (TDG), a research and advisory firm focused on the evolving broadband media ecosystem. The survey reveals the high value viewers place on live and live linear streaming video, resulting in a growing opportunity for content owners and distributors. Key findings point to strong consumer receptiveness to having access to multiscreen live linear content, and also indicate improving consumer perceptions, increasing consumer value, and potential for driving significant revenue.

In January, TDG queried 1,000 U.S. adult broadband users — 950 of which were pay-TV subscribers — about their use and perceptions of accessing live linear video on Internet-connected devices. Among the telling results: 75 percent of pay-TV subscribers were highly likely to use multiscreen live linear services if offered by their operator. What’s more, 49 percent also said that if their current pay-TV operator offered on-demand access but not live access on Internet-connected devices, and they could get such a package elsewhere at the same price, then they would definitely switch. The implication is that live linear TV Everywhere promotes retention and decreases churn, and that offering a live linear TV Everywhere service could help bring back some of the subscribers that operators have lost in the last few years.

“TDG fields numerous research projects each year, testing a variety of new applications and services, but it’s unusual to see such a strong, positive consumer reaction as we did in this survey,” said Michael Greeson, founding partner and director of consumer research at The Diffusion Group. “This survey is further evidence that the time is now for content providers to start deploying live linear streaming broadcasts to all devices, or risk losing subscribers who are looking for this level of connected media from their pay TV operator.”

The survey also found that multiscreen live linear services could not only generate new revenue from digital advertising, but might also bring content distributors significant additional subscriber revenues. Half of survey respondents said they were likely to sign up for a service priced at $10 per month, and 60 percent were likely to sign up for the service if it were priced at $5 per month.

When asked whether they would sign up for a pay-TV service that included multiscreen live linear access, 30 percent of those without a pay-TV subscription said they were likely or highly likely to do so. Among those who do have a subscription, 49 percent said they would definitely watch live linear content on their Internet-connected devices if the service were offered as part of their regular pay-TV service (at no extra charge).

“Multiscreen live video and live linear channels are critical to meeting consumer expectations,” said Robin Cole, vice president of product and services for iStreamPlanet. “We are seeing this demand firsthand in the evolving business needs of our customers. Our goal at iStreamPlanet is to remove the technological barriers by providing a cost-effective and scalable solution to deliver live TV Everywhere experiences.”

The survey findings are detailed in a white paper available for download at http://www.istreamplanet.com/multiscreen-whitepaper/.

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About iStreamPlanet
iStreamPlanet is a premier, multiplatform video-workflow solutions provider committed to bringing high-quality streaming video experiences to connected audiences around the world. With more than a decade of live streaming video experience, iStreamPlanet has built a comprehensive offering of cloud-based video-workflow products and services for live event and live linear streaming channels. iStreamPlanet’s innovative approach has been chosen by the world’s leading sports, entertainment, and technology brands including NBC, Turner Broadcasting, Notre Dame Athletics, AT&T, Pac-12 and Microsoft. Founded in 2000, the privately held company is headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in Redmond, Wash., and London. More information can be found at www.istreamplanet.com.

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Bittree to Feature High-Performance Patch Panels for Fiber-Optic and Ethernet Cabling at 2013 NAB Show

GLENDALE, Calif. — March 20, 2013 — Bittree, a manufacturer of high-quality audio and video patching systems, today announced that its line of fiber-optic feed-through and data patch panels has been updated with new, easy-to-use lacing bars and flush-mounted keystone connectors. Bittree will demonstrate its updated fiber and data patching solutions in booth SU6521 at the 2013 NAB Show.

“The boundaries between broadcast, pro A/V, and IT are becoming less distinct as emerging technologies continue to shape broadcast operations and centers for content creation and distribution,” said Glenn Garrard, president of Bittree. “In the face of these trends, we recognized a need for patching systems to accommodate fiber-optic, Ethernet, and other data-related cabling. With the expansion of fiber-optic technology across multiple industries, Bittree’s fiber panels can be used in multiple applications from broadcast studios to server rooms.”

Bittree now offers a line of data system keystone panels for LC/LC, SC/SC, and ST/ST connections. As the industry’s first fiber panels to provide optional designation strips, these systems enable customized combinations of LC, SC, and ST couplers with the ability to mix and match accordingly. Available in 1RU and 2RU with configurations of 1×12, 1×24, and 2×16, the Bittree fiber-optic panels provide the versatility to meet a wide range of project requirements. With the addition of the fiber product line, Bittree now provides a single source for resellers and integrators to purchase both copper and fiber patching systems.

Because data systems are gaining popularity in broadcast and pro A/V environments, Bittree has added an additional line of Cat 6 feed-through data panels and bulkheads to accommodate integrators’ needs and allow Bittree customers to purchase more solutions directly from the company. Like the fiber panels, the Cat 6 systems feature optional designation strips as well as silk-screened front panels to simplify patching for technicians.

“These high-performance patching solutions are just the latest example of Bittree’s commitment to offer unique products that deliver maximum flexibility and fit the needs of a wide variety of professionals,” added Garrard.

More information about Bittree’s full range of patchbays and data system panels is available online at www.bittree.com.

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About Bittree
Bittree offers a complete line of patching products, including audio, video, data, and integrated patchbays, as well as a variety of patchcords, tools, and accessories. Tailored for use in the postproduction, pro A/V, systems integration, and radio and television broadcasting fields, Bittree’s patching solutions are rigorously tested to ensure long-term functionality and dependability, especially for mission-critical operations and live events. To ensure consistency, performance, and adherence to rigid quality standards, all of the company’s patching products are designed, manufactured, and tested in its state-of-the-art facility in Glendale, Calif. More information is available at www.bittree.com.

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RelampIt continues to be committed to environmental, social and economic responsibility. They are especially focused on preserving local resources, as Long Island offers a very unique ecology; one of the many reasons why Long Islanders choose to live and work in a place where the high cost of living can be a significant challenge. On March 12, 2013, RelampIt sponsored an awards breakfast hosted by the Seatuck Sustainability Business Council.

The Seatuck Sustainability Business Council’s mission is to provide a forum for Long Island businesses to collaborate and promote best practices in sustainability. This awards breakfast highlighted a local business whose commitment to sustainability is both cutting edge and deep rooted in the company culture and which can be a model for other Long Island businesses. CA Technologies (Computer Associates) was honored with this year’s Seatuck Sustainability Business Council Leadership Award.

In addition to the award presentation, there was a panel discussion about the “Who, What and Why of Sustainability in Business” with expert panelists from well known local companies: North Shore LIJ Health Systems, TD Bank and The Estee Lauder Companies. RelampIt’s Gina Sansivero was present at the event, where RelampIt set-up a tabletop exhibit of products and services. She believes, “this is a perfect venue for RelampIt to showcase our services to the local community. It is a group of like-minded professionals from a variety of industries who share a passion about conservation and responsible business practices.”

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