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Front Porch Digital to Unveil DISTILL(SM) at 2014 NAB Show

New Solution Eliminates Cost and Confusion of Managing Metadata and Associated Standardization, Making It Easy to Capture, Process, Manage, and Retrieve Critical Metadata

LAFAYETTE, Colo. — April 1, 2014 — Front Porch Digital, the global leader in content storage management (CSM) solutions, today announced the release of DISTILL(SM). This new solution, delivered over four simple steps — capture, process, manage, and retrieve — ensures that almost any metadata created at any stage of the content lifecycle can now be easily and effectively managed. more

BenQ Launches ‘BenQ Cares’ With Colorific Projector Upgrade

Program’s First Initiative Aims to Give Back to the Community Via Delivery of Accurate, Crisp, and Long-Lasting Projection Experiences

COSTA MESA, Calif. — March 31, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., the fastest growing display brand in North America(1) and the world’s No. 1 DLP(R) projector manufacturer, today announced the launch of its new “BenQ Cares” community outreach program. To kick off the campaign, the company is inviting those in need of a projector revamp, including consumers, businesses, schools, and organizations across the U.S., to enter BenQ’s Colorific(TM) Projector Upgrade for a chance to win a projector makeover worth up to $5,000. The upgrade is available to LCD projector owners looking to improve the imaging experience of their space.

“We’re launching the BenQ Cares initiative as a way to give back to the community,” said Lars Yoder, President at BenQ America Corp. “Our promise is to deliver color-accurate, crisp, and long-lasting projection solutions that are affordable and valued by our customers. BenQ Cares is a way to extend those benefits and deliver bold and beautiful big screen projection to a broader audience.”

Starting now, any consumer, educational institution, or business LCD projector owner can enter the BenQ Colorific Projector Upgrade by stating the brand and model of their current LCD projector while explaining why their device is in need of an image makeover. Finalists will be selected and then one lucky recipient will win the BenQ Colorific projector upgrade worth up to $5,000. Users can enter the upgrade by visiting BenQ’s Colorific website at info.BenQ.us/colorific. The deadline for submissions is April 25, and the recipient of the upgrade will be notified via email and announced on BenQ’s Facebook page on May 13.

To produce more than 1 billion life-like colors compared to only 16.7 million from most LCD projectors, BenQ’s Colorific DLP projectors combine up to seven different colors to create vibrant, true-to-life images, as opposed to the traditional three-color spectrum from LCD devices. The Colorific devices also deliver up to three times more contrast than similar top-selling LCD models for brighter, higher contrast viewing, as well as providing better picture quality over time since DLP displays do not experience light burn or color degradation after extended usage. As a result, home theater users, educators, and business professionals experience a lower total cost of ownership over the life of their projector, resulting in reductions in maintenance and replacement costs, while ensuring that image quality always remains the same.

For official BenQ Cares Colorific Upgrade rules, visit info.BenQ.us/colorific. More information on BenQ’s full line of Colorific projectors is available at www.BenQ.us.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the fastest growing projector brand in North America(1), the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, and the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of Colorific(TM) projectors, RevolutionEyes(TM) monitors, and flat-panel displays for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

(1) Based upon Q4’13 Quarterly Projector Shipment and Forecast Report from PMA Research

About BenQ Corporation
Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today — lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education — with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier, and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions. Because it matters.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $20+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life.”

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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SMPTE(R) Extends Access to Society Resources With Launch of Mobile App

Free App Provides Direct Access to SMPTE’s Membership, Education, and Standards Resources on Smart Devices

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — April 1, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced the release of its new mobile application for use with iOS, Android, and Web-based operating systems. more

Nexidia Dialogue Search Integrates With IPV Curator

ATLANTA — April 1, 2014 — Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, today announced that its Dialogue Search software has been integrated with the IPV Curator media asset management (MAM) system. Dialogue Search is a tool that uses Nexidia’s patented technology to search for any spoken word or phrase across massive media libraries in seconds. IPV publishes media for indexing automatically into Dialogue Search, and the Dialogue Search results are then directly integrated into the IPV Curator search experience, enhancing the user’s ability to discover and reuse assets. more

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MediaBridge Capital Advisors Manages Two Strategic Acquisitions Reflecting New Trend in M&A Landscape

Deals Are Latest in Move Toward Hardware/Software Mergers to Better Serve Customers’ Growing Requirements for Broader IT and Cloud-Based Solutions

BOSTON — March 31, 2014 — MediaBridge Capital Advisors today announced that it has served as the exclusive investment banking advisor on two international acquisitions that both closed on March 18, 2014. Reflecting a growing M&A trend toward consolidation of hardware and software enterprises, the deals include the $25 million sale of U.K.-based broadcast automation and channel-in-a-box software leader Pebble Beach Systems to Vislink plc, a global U.K.-based wireless communications vendor, and the CA$21 million sale of Montreal-based visual communications software pioneer X2O Media to Barco N.V., a multinational manufacturer of visualization systems based in Belgium.

“Although occurring primarily in two different markets — Broadcast and Pro A/V — these acquisitions represent a new dynamic in today’s media markets: a move toward standardized IT and cloud-based technologies,” said John Bowen, co-founder and managing partner, MediaBridge Capital Advisors. “Not only are end user customers able to evolve and adapt more quickly to changing business requirements, but the vendors benefit from higher-margin business and the potential for recurring revenue models.”

Ethan Jacks, MediaBridge’s other co-founder and managing partner, added, “MediaBridge is focused on the leading edge of the hardware/software consolidation model. We are pleased to have represented Pebble Beach and X2O, both leading digital media software innovators, in highly synergistic acquisitions by global enterprises Vislink and Barco.”

“MediaBridge has been advising us for several years to secure the best strategic partner for our next stage of growth,” said Peter Hajittofi, co-founder and managing director of Pebble Beach Systems. “With its fantastic global tier-1 client base in the broadcast sector, Vislink offers us an ideal platform for accelerated growth and expansion of our software solutions. MediaBridge was integral to this successful outcome.”

“The MediaBridge team was with us every step of the way in our acquisition process with Barco,” said David Wilkins, founder and CEO of X2O Media. “MediaBridge’s expertise in all aspects of the transaction, particularly the transaction structure and closing execution, was superb. We are delighted to be joining the Barco family, and we are deeply appreciative of the effort from the MediaBridge team in completing the deal on excellent terms.”

Further information about MediaBridge Capital Advisors is available at www.mediabridgecap.com.

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About MediaBridge Capital Advisors LLC
MediaBridge Capital Advisors LLC is a global investment bank with a focus on the media technology marketplace. MediaBridge provides support for mergers and acquisitions, as well as capital fundraising services to midrange companies within the media content lifecycle; i.e., those who create, edit, manage, distribute, or monetize content for the media markets. Led by industry veterans Ethan E. Jacks and John C. Bowen, MediaBridge principals have advised on more than 35 mergers and acquisitions in the media sector worldwide, with clients representing the video, audio, broadcast, cinema, professional A/V, and Internet market segments. For more information, please visit www.mediabridgecap.com.

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Casio Announces Category Leadership in LampFree Projection For The Fourth Year

DOVER, NJ, MARCH 26, 2014 Casio America, Inc., a pioneer in the digital projection space, is pleased to announce it is the industry leader in the LampFree® projection category for the fourth consecutive year. According to data from PMA Research – a high-tech research firm that specializes in the projector market – Casio is the undisputed industry leader when it comes to LampFree® projection and currently has the number one market share for the lamp-free category with a 78 percent market share in the United States.

 

“We are dedicated to developing ground-breaking LampFree® projectors that lead the way in technology and our updated LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source does just that,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division. “Since the inception of Casio’s LampFree® projectors, business and schools across the United States have been integrating Casio’s technology. We pride ourselves in offering a comprehensive solution for professionals and educators alike and are extremely proud of the progress we have made in the industry. We will continue to be the pioneers of LampFree® technology.”

 

In 2010, Casio America, Inc.’s R&D team set out to develop a new means of projection that eliminated mercury bulbs based on environmental issues and also reduced the size of the projector while improving performance.  Shortly after, Casio introduced the world’s first LASER & LED, LampFree® portfolio of projectors and has been expanding its offerings ever since.

Now in its 5th generation, Casio’s LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source combines a laser, a fluorescent element and LEDs to generate high brightness. The improved LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source now offers a 30 percent increase in LED light output for improved colors for all models in Casio’s portfolio in addition to an estimated 20,000 hour lifespan with minimal brightness degradation and continuous operation.

Casio’s commitment to the projection industry is displayed through its full line of LampFree® projectors across various market segments including portable, multi-purpose, and high brightness units that are equipped with a number of features fit for a multitude of environments.  Casio’s LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source will continue to serve as the driving force behind its projectors. 

This year at InfoComm (June 18-20, 2014), Casio will showcase its latest projector lineup designed with its 5th generation light source and a variety of new features. For additional information on Casio’s full portfolio of LampFree® projectors, visit www.casioLampFree.com.

About Casio LampFree® Projectors

Casio’s portfolio of LampFree® projectors combines a laser, a fluorescent element and an LED light to deliver a mercury-free hybrid light source that lasts up to 20,000 hours while sustaining a high brightness and keeping maintenance costs to a minimum.  Casio has four series of LampFree® projectors that are available for home, business, education and commercial applications – Slim, Signature, Pro and Short Throw. For additional information on Casio’s projector series and LampFree® technology, please visit www.CasioLampFree.com.

About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.CasioUSA.com.

 

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Riedel’s Canadian Sales Manager Daniel Huard Takes on Northeast U.S. Sales Management

WUPPERTAL, Germany — April 1, 2014 — Riedel Communications, a leading provider of real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that Daniel Huard, who previously served as the company’s sales manager for Canada, has taken on a larger role that includes oversight of the Northeast United States. In this new capacity, Huard will work closely with key Riedel clients including broadcast networks in New York, as well as ESPN in Connecticut.

“Since he joined the company in 2013, Daniel has proved to be an excellent fit for our North American sales operations,” said Christopher Street, general manager – North and Central America at Riedel Communications. “As we anticipated, he has been able to leverage his experience, knowledge, and connections to strengthen our business in Canada, and we’re confident that he will find the same success as he takes on key markets and clients in the Northeast United States.”

Prior to joining Riedel, Huard owned and operated DHH, an equipment sales agency for brands including Riedel, Sennheiser, Stagetec, L-Acoustics, Digigram, and Neumann. Under his leadership, DHH provided solutions to broadcasters including CBC, Global TV, CTV, Rogers, and TVA. Huard’s company also supplied equipment to Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, and various professional equipment rental houses. In his earlier role as vice president of TV production for Montreal-based group Pram, he was responsible for line production of Surprise sur Prise in France and the United States, as well as for management of the company’s mobile production units.

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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NAB 2014: Digital Nirvana’s Open Media Appliance Offers Industry-Leading Price for Performance

Fremont, CA – Digital Nirvana will showcase the latest version of its Open Media Appliance, a feature rich platform for its Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring and MediaPro content repurposing systems during the NAB 2014 convention, to be held from April 5-10th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Digital Nirvana will exhibit in Booth #SU11017.

The Open Media Appliance is a true hybrid appliance with the ability to accept multiple input formats in one unit. “Our Open Media Appliance is a single, versatile server that helps broadcasters dramatically reduce their hardware expense associated with monitoring and content repurposing,” said Arco Groenenberg, Director of Sales and Marketing for Digital Nirvana. “With our solution, customers can do more with less hardware.”

Open Media Appliance

Digital Nirvana’s cost-effective open platform accepts a wide range of inputs, including SD/HD SDI, ASI, ASI-IP, ATSC, and QAM. Supported formats include 50 Hz, 60 Hz and DVB-T/C/S2. Digital Nirvana’s cable card technology records from encrypted cable feeds in full HD – allowing for direct cable and off-air antenna recording and expansion up to hundreds of channels. It also delivers 30/60/90 days of low-res or 1/7/14 days of high-res storage.

This appliance includes NAS Connect which allows users to push recorded files to storage and then easily manage and search recorded media in the NAS. The appliance also includes: a Linux operating system, industrial grade server with Raid 6HDD, built-in redundant power supplies, and system alerts – all incorporated into a 2- or 3-RU device.

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The company’s product portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring solution, and the MediaPro content repurposing system. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Fremont, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

ADDER TECHNOLOGY UNVEILING 4K CONNECTIVITY SOLUTIONS AT NAB

 Adder and Stagebox to Demonstrate Full IP-Based Broadcast Workflow

New York, April 1, 2014: Adder Technology, the leader in high performance, keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) connectivity solutions, will unveil its 4K-ready solutions at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. In addition, the company will demonstrate the power and flexibility of its end-to-end IP based workflow across the broadcast chain at its booth, SL10105.

Adder will be launching its 4K capable KVM products at the show, including a firmware upgrade to the AdderLink XD522 – a high resolution DisplayPort and Thunderbolt display extender. This upgrade – available for download on the Adder website –  makes the device capable of extending 4K signals. This means existing XD522 users can upgrade to 4K absolutely free of charge. The firmware update will provide native 4K resolution (4096×2160) and 4K UHD 3840×2160 at 30Hz, as well as advanced EDID management, with user hotkeys on top of all the existing features.

“The AdderLink XD522 firmware upgrade is something we’ve been working on around the clock, and we can’t wait to show off what our products can do in 4K at NAB,” said Tim Conway, vice president, Adder Corp. “This upgrade will be available to our existing customers free of charge, delivering native 4K capability, as well as an updated feature set.”

In addition to unveiling its products’ 4K capabilities, Adder has teamed up with Stagebox, developed in part by BBC Research and Development, to demonstrate how IP technologies can enhance each stage of the broadcast production chain. Using AdderLink Infinity to manage the broadcast workflow environment, Adder will send captured content through the entire chain, from ingest through to transmission, over a standard 1Gb/s IP network.

“We’re genuinely excited for NAB this year. Not only are we witnessing history being made, as emerging technologies such as 4K become the industry standard, we also believe that IP-based high performance KVM solutions are the platform needed to lift this technology to its fullest potential,” Conway concludes.

Visit Adder at booth SL10105 at NAB from 7-10 April.

About Adder

Adder Technology is a leading developer and thought leader in connectivity solutions. Adder’s media networks, extenders and keyboard, video and mouse switch solutions enable the control and distribution of IT systems around the world. The company distributes its products in more than 60 countries through a network of distributors, resellers and OEMs. Adder has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, China and Singapore.

Adder’s user base includes markets such as Retail, Financial, Industrial, Medical, Broadcast, Air Traffic Control, Digital Signage, Military and Server Management. Adder manufactures products under its own brand as well as for a number of OEM customers and its products are marketed and supported by a global network of resellers and distributors. For more information please visit www.adder.com.

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HARMAN’s AKG Enters the Aviation Market with Introduction of AV100 Headset

VIENNA, Austria – HARMAN’s AKG today announced it is expanding into a new market with the introduction of its AV100 aviation headset, the company’s first headset designed for general aviation pilots. The AV100 utilizes proprietary hybrid noise-reduction technology to block cockpit noise and offers features specifically designed for aviation use. The AV100 was developed in collaboration with pilot Hannes Arch, a member of the Red Bull Air Race Team and Red Bull Air Race World Series champion.

“When AKG approached me to collaborate on their first aviation headset, I was totally confident that we could create the best product of its kind,” said Arch. “By combining my piloting experience with AKG’s more than 65 years of experience in acoustical design, I am confident we have set a new standard for aviation headsets.”

The AKG AV100 employs exclusive AKG-developed hybrid active noise-cancelling technology and signal processing that is calibrated to most effectively attenuate the specific frequencies heard within an airplane. The addition of a superior audio reproduction system creates the most enjoyable and relaxing listening environment within today’s market. The AV100 incorporates top-quality drivers and electronics to deliver clear, intelligible speech and music reproduction. It has a built-in microphone and boom that can be mounted on either the left or right side of the headset. The windscreen is washable, replaceable and a spare is included in the premium carrying bag.

The AV100 offers a number of additional aviation-centric features. It has built-in LED map lights on each ear cup that provide illumination during night flights or added visibility in cockpits with dim lighting. Its cable-mounted control unit offers Bluetooth connectivity and an AUX input enabling wireless or wired interfacing with navigation devices, tablet PCs, phones or other devices. An adjustable automatic input switch lets the wearer set his or her audio preferences so that intercom messages take precedence over other channels if so desired. The headset has a 6-pin LEMO connector and a standard dual-plug adapter is included. The AV100’s large padded ear cups and headband ensure lasting comfort even during long flights.

The AKG AV100 comes with a premium carry bag with enough spare space for sunglasses, navigation devices, a tablet device and more.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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