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International Datacasting Chosen for Expansion of U.S. Government Broadcast Network

Follow-On Contract in Excess of $1 Million US for Worldwide Satellite Network

Ottawa, ON – International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) (“IDC” or the “Corporation”) announces a contract to support the U.S. Government, valued in excess of USD $1Million, for the expansion of its worldwide satellite broadcast network.

The contract includes the selection of additional SuperFlex Pro Data receiver/routers for a centralized broadcast network that distributes encrypted data files and live streams to remote U.S. government agencies throughout the world.

This order was based upon the customer’s previous experience with IDC receivers as robust and highly reliable units for its mission-critical communications. This solution enables the U.S. Government to optimize and expand its distribution network to additional global agencies.

“Currently, no other receiver provides this type of decryption,” said Del Lippert, Chairman of the Board and Interim CEO at IDC. “The security and reliability of this receiver is evidenced by its continued deployment at installations like this where a system simply cannot fail.”

The receivers provide a highly secure and reliable network to deliver live streams and file-based programming to a large worldwide network of remote sites. This fully integrated solution allows for the reception of IP content over satellite via a secure, encrypted link and seamless distribution into the local LAN. As part of its SuperFlex networking solution, IDC provides end-to-end secure networks to its global customer base.

About International Datacasting Corporation:

International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) is a global leader in digital content distribution for the world’s premiere broadcasters in radio, television, data and digital cinema. IDC offers a broad portfolio of advanced solutions including the STAR Pro Audio solution, LASERTM Targeted Ad Insertion platform, and the Digital TattooTM DTH Over IP Gateway. The company’s products and solutions are in demand for radio and television networks, targeted ad insertion, digital cinema, 3D live events, satellite news gathering, sports contribution, VOD, and IPTV. IDC is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with regional offices in Arnhem, the Netherlands and in San Diego, California. The company has installations in over 100 countries and service offices in Thailand and Singapore, and an international network of value-added partners and resellers. For more information visit: www.datacast.com.

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PESA Earns DoD certification for its Video Distribution Systems (VDS)

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based design and manufacturer of professional audio and video signal distribution, recently announced that its Video Distribution System (VDS) and several products in its Cheetah large-scale router and PESA PRO signal processing lines have been certified by the US Department of Defense. This reflects PESA’s commitment to providing mission-critical products for high definition video and audio distribution.

PESA is the first and only company to achieve listing on the Department of Defense Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL) as a Video Distribution System (VDS). The APL is managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

These products underwent rigorous testing by DISA’s Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) and received Interoperability Certification (IOC) and Information Assurance (IA) accreditation from JITC – the organizational element responsible for certifying joint and combined interoperability of all Department of Defense (DoD) information technology and national security systems.

“Mission critical situations demand high-quality distribution and switching of HD video,” said Colonel (Retired) John T. Wright, senior vice president of Sales and Business Development for PESA. “Our senior military and civilian leadership rely on extremely detailed imagery for C4ISR and to execute mission command. This certification ensures that all DoD commands and activities can take advantage of the quality and interoperability between disparate video chains that PESA’s VDS systems provide.”

JITC evaluates technologies that provide warfighters with high-tech advantages in both peacetime and war. The command uses an extensive array of software and hardware based testing procedures when evaluating products that can serve an important role in the military’s technological arsenal – whether directly on the battlefield or in a critical supporting role. JITC certification also ensures that a technological device or system meets the full standards to operate in a Unified Capabilities environment. The APL is the DoD’s single authoritative source for certified products intended for use on DoD networks.

“PESA has provided video distribution solutions to its government customers for nearly four decades, with special considerations for agencies that require high-performance assurance and interoperability in command and control environments,” stated Chuck Tillett, President and COO. “PESA’s products are currently used by many military and government agencies. JITC Certification enables us to extend our reach to other departments and agencies looking to expand their role in mission critical environments.”

PESA offers a complete portfolio of secure, high-definition video switching and distribution solutions with the ability to deliver up to full 1080p communications. With an array of robust features necessary to support continuity of operations, command and control and emergency preparedness and response, the Cheetah product line has proven to be a solid foundation for many government and federal agencies, such as the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and NASA.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

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Workshops & Tutorials Align For 134th AES Convention In Rome

ROME: “The Workshops and Tutorials developed for the 134th AES Convention were designed to provide attendees with a particularly diverse educational curriculum. In many cases these events serve as integral components of major Track Presentations. Although their subject matter is diverse, their unifying core is a shared level of authoritative excellence,” observes 134th AES Convention Chairman Umberto Zanghieri. The 134th AES Convention will be held, May 4 -7, 2013 at Rome’s Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre. The international gathering of audio professionals will provide attendees with an unparallel opportunity to exchange ideas and information and to network with their peers, in one of the world’s most storied cities.

A Partial List of 134th AES Convention Workshops Includes:

• Applications of 3-D Audio in Automotive
• Multichannel Immersive Audio Formats for 3-D Cinema and Home Theater
• Design and Build of First Atmos-Equipped Dubbing Theater
• Capturing the Acoustics of Concert Halls with a Loudspeaker Orchestra
• Current Reference Listening Room Standards: Are They Meaningful?
• Sound Mixers Discuss Their Craft

Tutorial Presentations Include:

• Creative Distortion? You Are in the Over-Driver’s Seat
• Acoustic Enhancement Systems-Basics
• Microphones: The Physics, Metaphysics, and Philosophy
• Rub & Buzz and Other Irregular Loudspeaker Distortion
• 3-D Audio, Produce the New Dimension?
• Turntable Technique: The Art of the DJ

Click on http://www.aes.org/events/134/workshops/
and http://www.aes.org/events/134/tutorials/ for complete program information.

For details visit the Preliminary Events Calendar at: http://www.aes.org/events/134/calendar/calendar.cfm

Photo: Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre, Rome

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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AVAD Adds bCODA Jak USB Streaming Device to Lineup

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – May 2, 2013 – AVAD LLC, one of North America’s leading providers of custom electronics, has announced it now offers dealers access to the bCODA Jak, a portable content streaming device for Android-based smartphones and tablets, with an iOS version coming soon. The wireless plug-and-play tool connects to any device with a USB port to share content such as music, photos and videos, presentations and other data onto a computer, a large screen television or projector, or even through a mobile entertainment system.

Helping smartphone owners get more out of their device and extend content to shared spaces, each Jak is capable of simultaneously connecting up to 20 devices to the linked gadget. Popular applications include live management of several music playlists for a DJ-style entertainment environment, business meetings with multiple presenters or group photo sharing. Capable of streaming full HD (1080p) video and high-quality (mp3) audio, the Jak works with any USB 3.0-enabled host device and is backwards compatible with older USB versions.

“AVAD’s value to dealers as a one stop shop for residential and commercial solutions requires that we offer portable and convenient products for content sharing,” said Hugh Hughes, Director of Merchandising at AVAD. “The reality of technology in the new millennium is that media and data have to be more versatile than ever, and bCODA’s latest technology helps people save time and money while also bridging the gap between formats and viewing platforms.”

The Jak transmits data consistently with no drops or loss in quality and streams only when connected, eliminating concerns about security, bandwidth or file integrity. The device never stores content at any time in the process; therefore even if it is lost or stolen the source data cannot be accessed or controlled. The MultiShare Jak application is available for free in the Google Play app store and there is no need for additional cables, downloading driver software updates, or upgrading hardware.

For more information on the bCODA Jak, visit the manufacturer’s website at http://www.bcoda.com.

For more information on AVAD, please visit http://www.avad.com in the US or http://www.avadcanada.ca in Canada. Connect with AVAD on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for news on the latest promotions and news.

About AVAD LLC
AVAD is an industry-leading provider of solutions to the residential and commercial custom installation markets. As part of the Specialty Solutions Division, AVAD, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro, provides integrators access to the industry’s top products and integrated solutions for residential and commercial video, audio, lighting control, content management, whole-home and business automation and control, as well as digital signage and commercial solutions and design services. AVAD offers the broadest consumer electronics and home and business automation portfolio in North America. Further differentiating its services, AVAD invests in the business tools and technical support and services integrators need to grow their businesses. With 23 locations throughout North America, AVAD offers local, hands-on access to the latest products and trainings, as well as free support services including system design and technical support.

About bCODA
bCODA is a division of a leading OEM/ODM company, a primary supplier of Bluetooth devices. The company is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea and its U.S. operations are based in Los Angeles. For more information about the products, visit bcoda.com.

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DPA Microphones Launches The Ultimate In Podium Microphones

Internationally acclaimed for creating high quality live sound and recording microphones, DPA Microphones has now turned its attention to the installation market with the launch of two new microphones that give AV installers and conference organisers the clear, transparent and precise sound they demand.

At the top end of the range DPA is offering podium microphones that incorporate the modular capsules from the d:dicate™ Recording Microphones (formerly known as Reference Standard), which are acclaimed for their exceptional linear frequency responses, high SPL and superior gain before feedback. These new podium microphones combine the state-of-the-art capsules with newly introduced modular active booms to complete their modular nature. A number of different capsules are available and by choosing the exact capsule and boom combination, DPA customers can access the exact microphone for their needs.

Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones, says: “Given the flexibility of our d:dicate range, creating a microphone for the installation and conference markets was an obvious step. We already had the high-end capsule and pre-amplifier technology needed to fulfil the brief, so all we had to do was employ some ingenious mechanical solutions. By doing this, we have been able to adapt our boom and cable technology so that we can deliver high-end installation solutions for a wide variety of applications. Whether this is for a podium, a desk top, a stage stand or even suspended from the ceiling, we have it covered with visually elegant and sonically superior products that boast all the robustness inherent in DPA’s ingenious engineering techniques.”

Alongside the high-end d:dicate solution, DPA has also developed a cost-effective, directional podium microphone based on its renowned 4060/d:vote 4099 miniature microphones.

This directional gooseneck microphone, which uses interference tubes and pre-polarized backplate to ensure speech intelligibility, was originally devised for the Nobel Prize organisation. The organisation had requested a dedicated podium solution for its 2012 Nobel Peace Prize presentation, which was taking place in Oslo City Hall, in a room with challenging acoustics. DPA adapted its existing miniature capsule to give an off-axis frequency response that negated room reverberation while preserving the needed on-axis sensitivity for voice level. It also positioned the capsule on a delicate gooseneck stand, which encompasses all that is best in sleek Scandinavian design. The result was so well received that the microphone was quickly adopted as a standard DPA product and is now available to all installation customers. This miniature podium microphone can even be used in a wireless configuration by employing the company’s ingenious adapter range, which is already used for other miniature microphones.

Both of these ingenious solutions for the installation market will be available from August 2013. For further information please visit www.dpamicophones.com

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Clay Paky Sharpy Wash Fixtures Help Justin Timberlake Celebrate His “20/20 Experience” on The CW

Justin Timberlake seems to be just about everywhere these days, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise when his latest album’s release party turned up on The CW network. 36 Clay Paky’s new Sharpy Wash 330 luminaries were selected by lighting designer Nick Whitehouse to support the show. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky fixtures in North America.

The one-hour special “Target Presents the iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Justin Timberlake” was recorded at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles during celebrations for the singer’s “20/20 Experience” album. The party included a live, national 30-minute radio special plus performances and interviews, which were recorded to air the next evening on The CW where fans also saw the world premiere of Timberlake’s new music video.

The special was the first show on which Whitehouse used Sharpy Wash fixtures. Clay Paky’s Sharpy Wash 330 is a compact, lightweight 330W washlight, with the luminous efficiency and optical performance of a 1000W fixture. It is extremely silent and quick and is fitted with a complete CMY color system, special colors, 6.5°-48° zoom, mechanical dimmer, beam shaping filter and motorized top-hat. It is an eco-friendly light, allowing considerable running and consumption cost savings.

Whitehouse wanted to give the El Rey Theatre an “old-school, Cotton Club look” and opted to use the Sharpy Washes as soon as they became available.

Timberlake appeared at several other club dates, and “by the time we got to the El Rey the lights were ready,” Whitehouse recalls. “I wanted to give the show a retro look; there wasn’t much movement, but there were a lot of color changes. I used the Sharpy Washes like par cans configured in groups of four; they gave that nice thin beam with frost in there.”

Whitehouse says, “I love all the Sharpy fixtures, and the Sharpy Washes performed even better than I expected. The show was a nice testing ground for future arena and stadium shows” where Sharpys and Sharpy Washes will comprise part of Whitehouse’s lighting complement.

Whitehouse will light Timberlake’s East Coast release party at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom on May 5 deploying Sharpy fixtures one more time to celebrate the “20/20 Experience.”

George Masek, A.C.T Lighting’s Vice President, Automated Lighting, adds, “We’ve always been a fan of Nick’s work – he’s always doing something cutting edge and different with the equipment he uses. We were excited when he chose the Sharpy Wash to support this production because we were sure it would be a great US debut for this tremendous new fixture and we weren’t disappointed.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, concludes, “We’re so please to see our new Sharpy Wash fixtures on so many high profile shows. Nick has always been a great user of our products and this show is an excellent example of that.”

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