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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Launches M2 Master Reference Monitor for Post-Production and Broadcast Environments

Flagship large-format studio monitor integrates next-generation transducers, networking and patented technologies for greater dynamic range and accuracy in film and TV remix applications.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Delivering greater accuracy and dynamic range to post-production control rooms, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is showcasing the M2 Master Reference Monitor at NAB 2013. The largest speaker in JBL’s studio monitor line, the M2 integrates new JBL transducer technologies and patented innovations in a compact, 2-way system. It can be placed in any production environment free-standing, behind the screen or soffit mounted to provide a superior level of accuracy and performance. The compact footprint of the M2 allows placement in rooms too small for traditional cinema screen channel loudspeakers.

JBL Professional’s M2 Master Reference Monitor is a free-standing, 2-way system that can be placed in any post-production or broadcast environment and tuned to provide a superior level of accuracy and performance.


The M2 Master Reference Monitor design leverages JBL’s new D2 Compression Driver which uses two annular diaphragms and two voice coils to deliver extended high frequency response and very low distortion at very high sound pressure levels. The D2 is mated with JBL’s new 2216ND Differential Drive® 15-inch woofer also with dual voice coils, incorporating a patented wire application that reduces power compression enabling linear output regardless of playback level. With these two extraordinary drivers as the engine, the M2 Master Reference Monitor delivers extended in-room response of 20 Hz to 40 kHz for today’s high-resolution recording formats, and remarkable 129 dB SPL at one meter, providing the necessary dynamic range for demanding music and film production.

To allow an imperceptible transition between the two drivers, and deliver exceptional imaging, JBL Engineers pioneered a new patent-pending waveguide dubbed “Image Control” that enables neutral frequency response, not just on-axis, but off-axis in the vertical and horizontal planes all the way down to the M2’s 800 Hz crossover point. The unique geometry of the waveguide allows the M2 to deliver remarkable high-frequency detail and imaging and natural timbre at any listening position, in a broad range of acoustic environments.

HARMAN’s Crown I-Tech power amplifiers complete the system, providing greater than a kilowatt of clean power to the 2216ND woofer and the D2 high-frequency driver. In conjunction with the M2’s revolutionary waveguide, digital signal processing in the Crown I-Tech or BSS Soundweb™ London processor allows the implementation of an ideal crossover, while providing the option for storage of eq presets. In conjunction with measurement software, HARMAN HiQnet System Architect™ software allows networked control of system calibration and tuning to address non-linearity in the room, ensuring a high degree of accuracy particularly in the room-dependent low-frequency area, whether the M2 is free-standing, soffit-mounted or placed adjacent to a wall.

With an efficient form-factor of only 14 inches deep, 20 inches wide and 49.5 inches tall, the M2 Master Reference Monitor allows flexibility of placement in small and medium size dubbing stages, screening rooms, and reference environments, free-standing and behind the screen.

For more information on the M2 Master Reference Monitor, please visit www.jblpro.com/m2 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 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012.

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BTX Now Distributing Just Add Power’s New 2G+ HD-SDI Over IP Transmitter

BTX Adds Second Generation Transmitter to its Complete Configuration and Technical Support Solutions

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — April 8, 2013 — BTX Technologies, a value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface, integration, and system products, today announced that it is now offering Just Add Power’s 2G+ HD-SDI over IP transmitter in addition to providing full system configuration and technical support. Available immediately, the device is an expansion of Just Add Power’s 2G/2G+ HD over IP(TM) solution that now allows users to connect limitless SDI video sources to IP networks for delivery to an unlimited amount of HD screens over a single LAN. more

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Wohler iON Makes NAB Show Debut

iON Enables Remote Monitoring and Review of Baseband and File-Based Signals From a Single Platform

SAN FRANCISCO — April 7, 2013 — Wohler Technologies today announced the NAB Show debut of its acclaimed next-generation iON monitoring solution. Leveraging Wohler’s world-class technologies, iON meets current and future signal management and confidence monitoring needs on a single platform that can be remotely accessed and controlled from Web-enabled devices. Using the iON platform, broadcasters can access all of Wohler’s proven confidence monitoring capabilities from remote PC, Mac(R), smartphone, and tablet devices, with video and audio content streamed in real time for viewing and monitoring.

“Wohler always has been an innovator; we invented in-rack audio monitoring and have been a leader in the field for years, and now we see iON taking the field-of-reference and confidence monitoring to a whole new level,” said Don Bird, chief marketing officer at Wohler. “iON is designed to address uniquely the massive changes in how the broadcast industry works with audio, video, and associated data. It not only consolidates extensive monitoring capabilities on a single platform to enable practical, highly efficient monitoring of both baseband and file-based signals, but also makes that monitored content readily available for review anywhere, anytime, on the broadest possible range of platforms and devices.”

iON provides real-time streaming of audio, video, MPEG ASI, and VoIP sources, as well as associated metadata, from locally installed, modular hardware platforms that manage all I/O connections at their source. Audio, video, captioning/subtitling, loudness, MADI, and MPEG monitoring and analysis can be performed from a single user-configurable software interface.

“The iON platform has been specifically designed to accommodate adoption of new formats, standards, and applications as they emerge in the rapidly evolving arena of content delivery, including the emerging AVB standard and 4K content pipelines,” added Bird. “Because iON is able to transcode between the baseband and file-based environments, it can address the full range of monitoring and display systems used across the broadcast enterprise.”

The iON base model design includes four bidirectional connections that can each be tasked as multichannel inputs or outputs. Secure access can be provided to multiple users, who can utilize either Web-enabled devices or local control panels to view and monitor content. The solution’s future-proof modular design supports additional I/Os via additional cards in a compact 1RU chassis with support for the addition of optional redundant power supplies. Information is provided to the user via a gigabit Ethernet connection.

iON will be featured in the Wohler booth, N3729, at the 2013 NAB Show. Further information about Wohler’s entire product line is available online at www.wohler.com.

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About Wohler Technologies Inc.
Wohler’s tradition of innovation began with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio, video, and data monitoring category, and continues today through its development of signal management and monitoring solutions for video, audio, captioning, and loudness applications. Wohler’s 2012 acquisition of RadiantGrid Technologies extends this award-winning product line to include the Wohler RadiantGrid(TM) Intelligent Media Transformation Platform for efficient file-based content creation and distribution, quality control, and faster-than-real-time transcoding and standards conversion. This new offering, combined with the company’s proven, cost-effective confidence monitoring, compliance recording, and content management solutions, ensures high-quality media production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler is available at www.wohler.com.

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HARMAN Professional’s New IDX 100 System Integrates Paging, Messaging And Background Music With Scalable Technology

IDX 100 system integrates digital audio and wizard-driven software interface to make complex messaging simpler and more accessible for a broad array of installed venue applications.

SANDY, Utah — Harman’s IDX System is a seamless audio and visual information delivery solution that provides a highly flexible and scalable way to communicate important information for way-finding. It aids those who must navigate complex spaces like today’s airports, transit stations and other public spaces. Following a series of successful IDX deployments for large, sophisticated venue projects including convention centers, train stations and international airports, HARMAN Professional is now making its smaller-scale IDX 100 integrated audio and messaging system available to a wider market.

IDX 100 is a comprehensively-featured paging, messaging and background music system for serving up to 96 output zones. Using a small number of powerful system components and a building block approach to system design, IDX 100 represents a straightforward solution for even the most demanding communication system applications.

At the heart of the system is the PDC-100 controller, which provides centralized management and logging of IDX 100 system activity. The PDC-100 also provides storage of pre-recorded messages and playback of up to two simultaneous message channels. Signal processing and distribution is provided by the PDP-DSP processors, which manage digital audio for up to 48 output zones. PDP-BOB break-out boxes provide IDX 100 system scalability, with zone outputs in blocks of eight channels.

For systems requiring failover functionality, the CT16S amplifier switcher can be used to provide amplifier backup. The PDC-100 monitors the CT16S and, in the event that a primary amplifier channel failure is detected, the controller instructs the amplifier switcher to engage the appropriate idle backup amplifier channel. The PDP-DSP processor and CT16S amplifier switcher both feature General Purpose Inputs and Outputs (GPIO) which allow IDX 100 systems to be integrated with external systems, such as fire alarms.

Day-to-day control of IDX 100 systems is facilitated by elegant desk-mount paging stations. Up to 12 DT-715 15-button paging stations can be used in an IDX 100 system and up to 12 DTE-710 10-button extensions can be used per paging station. Numerous system functions are assignable to buttons on the paging stations and extensions, bringing direct control of paging, message playback and background music to local users.

IDX 100 Designer is the setup, control and monitoring software application for IDX 100 systems. Its IDX System Wizard guides users through the step-by-step configuration process.

Commenting on the introduction, Iain Gregory, Market Manager – Installed Sound, HARMAN Signal Processing noted, “IDX 100 simplifies system design and deployment with no compromise whatsoever on feature-set or performance. Working closely with our software partner Com-Net and customers in the field, we’ve seamlessly integrated complex technologies to make IDX 100 comprehensive and cohesive, yet intuitive and easily deployable. It brings a new level of system integration and performance to schools, commercial facilities, smaller infrastructure hubs and other public areas.”

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 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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HARMAN’s AKG DMM12 BC Improves Installed Broadcast Mixing Capabilities

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – In addition to its recently launched digital automatic microphone mixing units, DMM6 and DMM12, HARMAN’s AKG announces its DMM12 BC at NAB 2013. The 12-input mixer’s highly sophisticated algorithm offers a high signal-to-noise ratio to minimize the number of open microphones in a mix and offers the ability to create a different mix per each output.

The DMM12 BC unit is scalable up to 10 units and each unit’s inputs are individually routable to numerous outputs – two stereo line outs, one stereo record output and an AES-EBU output. The professional-grade unit offers numerous DSP functions included in the 19-inch, 1HU device.

Managing level, bass, low cut, limiter, compressor, auto-mixing, priority, pam/balance, routing to receiver, routing to output 1, routing to output 2 and delay adjustments can be made quickly with the intuitive, easy-to-use interface.

“With DMM12 BC installed in a broadcast facility, managers have easy control over audio functions – similar to users with an analogue device, but with all of the advantages of digital,” stated Thomas Giczy, Business Development Manager, Installed Sound, AKG. “The DMM series will be a substantial addition to any broadcast or backroom installed sound rig as its quality, reliability and user-friendliness meet the needs of the mixing professional on numerous levels.”

When in use, all inputs are active, but attenuated to a level that equals the level of one “active microphone.” If one or more inputs receive relevant input signals, their amplification is increased to a level, which allows overall output to equal one “active microphone,” resulting in an absolute feedback-stable system.

Working to deter noise pickup, the DMM series senses numerous sonic activities to monitor and diminish unwanted sound. If a signal is picked up over a long period of time, the mixers understand that it may be an air conditioning unit or other unavoidable noise. When a large number of microphones pick up the same signal and all mics are active, the DMM system will recognize applause and not react. When two microphones are receiving the same signal, the mic with the slightly higher level gets priority, while the other one is attenuated.

For more information about AKG, 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 13,400 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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HARMAN’s AKG B48 L Battery Power Supply Offers More Than 20 Hours Of Condenser Mic Performance

FRANKFURT, Germany – Evolving its legendary list of recording and live sound equipment, HARMAN’s AKG launches the successor of its B18 condenser microphone battery power supply with the introduction of the B48 L. With its very low noise level, a frequency response of 20Hz – 24Hz and an inverse polarity protection feature against incorrect battery insertion, the B48 L Battery Power Supply provides users with more than 20 hours of use on only two AA batteries.

When phantom power for a condenser is unavailable from a mixer, the B48 L phantom power supplies microphones with 48V and meets the P48 phantom power standard. Additionally, B48 L’s mini-XLR audio output and included mini-XLR to mini-XLR connection cable supports a direct connection of condenser microphones to all AKG bodypack transmitters. A low battery LED light illuminates if phantom power drops below 40V.

“We’ve designed B48 L to replace our original B18, which required two expensive 9V batteries and didn’t support P48 standards,” stated Wolfgang Fritz, Product Marketing Manager – Tour Sound, AKG. “Many of our more advanced microphones, including the C414 do not allow for voltage lower than the P48 standard. Now, we can be sure to accommodate all users so their AKG microphones have proper power and provide the quality and reliability we strive to offer professionals around the world.”

For more information about AKG, 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 13,400 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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SMPTE, EBU, and VSF Form Joint Task Force on Networked Media

Task Force Aims to Enable New Business Opportunities Through Standardized Exchange of Professional Media Across Networks

LAS VEGAS — April 7, 2013 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced the formation of the Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Video Services Forum (VSF). The JT-NM will engage manufacturers, broadcasters, industry standards bodies, and trade associations to map out a strategy for developing a packet-based network infrastructure for the creation, storage, transfer, and streaming of professional media.

Peter Symes, SMPTE director of standards and engineering, will join Hans Hoffmann of the EBU and Brad Gilmer of VSF in leading the task force. Representing and leading industry, users, and standards bodies, the task force will apply a phased approach to meeting its primary objective: ensuring interoperability in packet-based systems (networking, equipment, and software) for professional media.

“SMPTE already has partnered with the EBU and VSF in the creation of standards for video over IP, and we are delighted to be collaborating once again in forming this new task force,” said Symes. “Recognizing that the industry is moving quickly toward a fully networked environment, the Joint Task Force on Networked Media will facilitate coordination of user requirements among all of the stakeholders. This work will not only help us to identify additional SMPTE standards needed by the industry, but also facilitate a more efficient and timely standards-development process.”

The JT-NM will define an agile, on-demand, packet-based network infrastructure designed to support a variety of distributed, automated professional media (file- and stream-based) workflows for local, regional, and global production. By supporting any standards-based format, the infrastructure will assure the interoperability necessary to facilitate new workflows, reduce total cost of ownership, and speed content time-to-market.

The task force will pursue this objective in three phases:
- Phase 1: Define the business-driven use cases and requirements
- Phase 2: Define the framework and reference architecture
- Phase 3: Define and coordinate the tasks to realize the output of phases 1 and 2

Further information on the joint task force is available by email to JT-NM@smpte.org.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 600 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. SMPTE members include motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students from around the world. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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SMPTE Launches Centennial Predict-the-Future Contest

Entries Being Accepted Now; Winners Identify State of TV and Cinema Technology in 2016, Centennial Anniversary of SMPTE’s Founding

LAS VEGAS — April 7, 2013 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced the launch of its Centennial Predict-the-Future Contest. Participants’ projections regarding the state of television and cinema technology in 2016, the 100-year anniversary of SMPTE’s founding, will be collected from April 7 to Nov. 1, 2013, and the winners — identified by renowned analysts — will be recognized during the Gala SMPTE Centennial Event in 2016.

“In 1916 C. Francis Jenkins filed the SMPTE founding papers, establishing our organization and its commitment to advancing theory and development in the motion-imaging field,” said Peter Ludé, past president of SMPTE. “Over the past century, SMPTE’s pioneering work has helped to guide the development and implementation of motion-imaging technologies and systems. The Centennial Predict-the-Future Contest celebrates this achievement by looking ahead to further advances in an exciting and dynamic industry.”

“Over the past 100 years, the hundreds of standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines developed by SMPTE have shaped all areas of motion imaging, from television production, filmmaking, digital cinema, and audio recording to information technology and medical imaging,” said Charles Jablonski, chair of the SMPTE Centennial Committee. “The Centennial Predict-the-Future Contest offers anyone the opportunity to express their expert opinions about the state of motion-imaging technology as the organization moves forward into its next century of innovation.”

Open to all interested participants, the Centennial Predict-the-Future Contest asks 15 questions about the future of television and cinema technology. The list of questions, compiled from SMPTE member suggestions, is available at www.smpte100.org. At the contest entry deadline on Nov. 1, 2013, the answers submitted will be sealed until 2016 when a select group of analysts and their firms will identify the correct answers to the contest questions and determine the winners. Prizes will be awarded to those who answer questions correctly.

Participants are invited to complete the list of questions to be found at www.smpte100.org. Contest terms and conditions are also available from that URL.

The Society is currently planning other events to celebrate its 100th anniversary, including a gala banquet event. Stay tuned to the SMPTE website to learn of further developments.

More information about SMPTE and its many programs and resources is available at www.smpte.org.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 600 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. SMPTE members include motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students from around the world. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Snell Announces Migration of Its Award-Winning Image Processing Tools to Virtualized Environments With 2013 NAB Show Launch of Snell On Demand

First Snell On Demand Product, Alchemist OD, Makes Best-in-Class Standards Conversion Available on Commodity IT Infrastructure

READING, U.K. — April 5, 2013 — Snell today announced its Snell On Demand platform, a completely new media processing framework designed to provide on-demand access to Snell’s award-winning image processing algorithms in file, virtualized broadcast, and digital media environments.

The launch of the Snell On Demand framework is a bold step that marks the beginning of the company’s migration of its image-processing tools from dedicated hardware platforms to software-based applications that can be elastically provisioned in file, cloud-based, and virtualized infrastructures.

By taking advantage of advances in cloud computing and virtual machine technologies, the Snell On Demand framework enables immensely scalable solutions, from a single computing instance to a cloud-computing environment delivering a service over a network. Snell On Demand allows users to deploy processing solutions on reliable, cost-effective commodity IT infrastructure rather than employ dedicated hardware for discrete processing operations. By providing access to Snell’s world-class signal-processing algorithms and tools as flexible, highly efficient software implementations, Snell On Demand enables users to differentiate their service offerings for their clients and end users.

“Snell On Demand offers the broadcast and media industry the opportunity to take a major step forward in service innovation and workflow efficiency,” said Simon Derry, CEO at Snell. “With Snell On Demand, Snell is putting the cost/benefit equation fairly and squarely into the hands of the customer. It’s very simple — customers can choose to buy as much or as little processing resource as fits their business model secure in the knowledge that Snell products derived from the Snell On Demand framework will give them the best possible quality results from world-leading media processing tools.”

Users can scale Snell On Demand according to their needs. To increase performance, users may add acceleration hardware or commercially available off-the-shelf products such as graphics processing units (GPUs), or they may choose to distribute processing applications across multiple virtual machines or server farms. The framework assures ease of integration with cloud providers, thus supporting delivery of Snell product solutions as a service on a network.

The first Snell On Demand product, which will be demonstrated at the 2013 NAB Show, is Alchemist OD, a software-based frame-rate converter that offers rapid conversion of media files. For international program delivery or integration of international content into domestic schedules, Alchemist OD will provide the world’s best quality frame-rate conversion. The initial product implementation will support broadcast standards from SD to 3G 1080p, with frame-rate and format conversion between common broadcast file formats.

Snell On Demand standards conversion software can be deployed on a single server node, with optional GPUs. To further improve efficiency, the user may run parallel conversion jobs on a server farm. Because Snell offers OpenStack compatibility, the software may be implemented in either a public or private cloud.

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About Snell:
Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology, providing broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions for creating, managing, and streamlining the distribution of content for today’s multi-screen world. Specializing in TV Everywhere and Live TV applications, Snell provides the necessary tools to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to 4K UHDTV, file-based, and 3Gbps operations, while enabling broadcasters to monetize and deliver their media assets across multiple distribution platforms. Headquartered in the U.K., Snell serves more than 2,000 broadcasters, post facilities, and global media companies in more than 100 countries through its worldwide team of sales

All trademarks mentioned herein are acknowledged as property of their respective owners.

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Bexel’s Extensive Fiber Optic Infrastructure Supports the Oscars(r)

Celebrating 12-Year Partnership in Evolving Fiber Network, Bexel Transports High Volume of Communications Signals from the Heart of Hollywood

(HOLLYWOOD, CA) Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, recently celebrated its 12th year supporting the global live broadcast of the Academy Awards(r) with its largest effort to-date – connecting every major component of the 2013 show’s broadcast together at the Dolby Theatre. Working with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, including Engineer in Charge Tad Scripter and Hollywood & Highland management company CIM, Bexel implemented a comprehensive fiber optic network connecting key production locations such as Hollywood & Highland, Dolby Theatre, Loews Hotel and the domestic and international television compounds behind the El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Blvd.

“With all the complexities involved in a live program, Bexel did a great job with no malfunctions!” said Michael B. Seligman, supervising producer of the 85th Academy Awards(r).

For the Oscars, Bexel deployed more than 17 miles of temporary fiber. This is in addition to the four miles of permanent multi-strand fiber optic cables utilized to successfully transport HD/SD video, audio, data and communications signals for live simultaneous broadcasts of the Red Carpet pre-shows, the Oscar ceremony, backstage press interview and photo rooms and the Governors Ball, the Academy’s official celebration following the Oscars.

“The technical complexity of this project in connecting so many different elements of the show has continued to grow since we first installed the permanent fiber network into the Hollywood & Highland and Dolby Theatre complex back in 2001,” said Bexel’s Craig Schiller, vice president of engineering and operations. “We continue to enhance the fiber optic network, as it is the backbone that allows us to make point-to-point connections and the reason we are able to service all of our customers so effectively.”

In order to pull off a live event of this magnitude, Bexel’s credentialed staff of more than 40 skilled fiber engineers and support technicians were onsite for 15 days. The team enabled the transport of 275 video signals, 180 audio signals and 150 intercom signals over fiber for the Academy’s domestic and international broadcast partners.

Still photographers were provided with 40 fiber connections from the Red Carpet, Orchid Court and the Dolby Theatre. They were also equipped with sufficient bandwidth to connect to their workrooms in the Loews Hotel, enabling immediate delivery of still images to media and photographic services worldwide.

In addition, Bexel once again deployed its RF-Over-Fiber antenna system to enable all of the exciting action during the official Red Carpet pre-show. Bexel’s RF-Over-Fiber system provided unprecedented wireless communications coverage not previously available with a conventional wireless system. Bexel’s RF base camp was located at the 90-degree turn of the Red Carpet, and was used as the head-end position. Four small RF fiber-site boxes were established along the Red Carpet and enabled connection for up to six antennas to ensure there was no loss of signal and that none of the evening’s star-studded arrivals were missed.

“Oscar(r) weekend is without a doubt the most fiber-intensive event we do and the fact that it continues to flourish and continues to be such a success is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the professionals at Bexel,” added Schiller.

The 86th Academy Awards will take place on March 2, 2014.

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com.

About the Vitec Group:
Capture the moment(tm)

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Service provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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