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Meyer Sound at InfoComm China 2014: LYON, CAL with AVB, Audio Education and More

At InfoComm China 2014 in Beijing, visit the Meyer Sound Booth CF5-02 to meet LYON™, the latest addition to the Meyer Sound LEO™ Family of linear sound reinforcement systems as heard at the highest-profile shows worldwide, including the Michael Buble tour, the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, and more. In addition, the InfoComm education programs will feature two sessions from Meyer Sound focusing on room acoustics and AVB audio video bridging networks.

Bringing the sonic performance of the LEO system to a more flexible and compact package, LYON is designed for applications where LEO’s extreme long throw is not required. Ideal applications for LYON include arena and large auditorium installations, as well as tours and festivals. LYON linear loudspeakers are available in two versions: the LYON-M main line array loudspeaker and the LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeaker. Complemented by the 1100-LFC low-frequency control element and the Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system, LYON-M can anchor a powerful system for installations, as well as tours and festivals. LYON-W can serve as down fill to augment a LYON system.

Also making its InfoComm China debut is the MJF-210, the lightest self-powered stage monitor in the Meyer Sound product line. Only 353 mm (13.9 inches) high and weighing just 30.4 kg (67 lbs), the MJF-210 reproduces vocals and instruments with extraordinary accuracy while offering all of the logistical benefits of self-powered systems.

A live technical demonstration will showcase the power of Audio Video Bridging (AVB) interoperability. It will feature a Meyer Sound steerable CAL™ column array loudspeaker and an AVnu-certified Extreme Networks Summit X440-8t switch routing audio signals on an AVB network. CAL loudspeakers are installed at the University of Hong Kong, the world-renowned Musikverein in Vienna, and the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar.

Also shown on the booth will be a variety of externally powered 48 V products, including UP-4XP 48 V and UPJunior-XP 48 V VariO loudspeakers, and an HMS-5 cinema surround loudspeaker.

Jerry Placken, business development manager, global markets at Meyer Sound will lead two InfoComm University seminars. “Introduction to Room Acoustics” at 11:00 on Wednesday, April 9 will focus on the key acoustics concepts that are essential to audio system design and optimization in challenging environments. “Deploying Large-Scale AVB Networks” at 16:00 on Thursday, April 10 will cover the planning, deployment, and management of large-scale AVB Audio and Video networks.

InfoComm China
Booth CF5-02
China National Convention Center
April 9-11, 2014

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Refinement, redefined: Sennheiser expands studio microphone range with the MK 8

Las Vegas, April 7, 2014: At NAB Show, the world’s largest annual conference and expo for professionals who create, manage and distribute entertainment across all platforms, audio specialist Sennheiser [booth C3217] will unveil the MK 8 large-diaphragm, multi-pattern condenser studio microphone.

The new microphone features five selectable polar patterns (omni-directional, wide cardioid, cardioid, super-cardioid, figure-of-eight), a low cut/roll-off filter and selectable pad. “The MK 8 expands Sennheiser’s successful series of large-diaphragm condensers, and professional users will appreciate its versatility,” said Sebastian Schmitz, microphone product manager. “Its sound is direct and harmonious, characterized by a defined bass, beautifully rounded mids and an open treble. Overall, it has a very musical sound.”

Designed and manufactured in Germany, the MK 8 echoes the sleek design of the MK 4 studio microphone. Where the fixed cardioid MK 4 was designed for plug-and-play simplicity, the multi-pattern MK 8 offers additional control for the refined recording engineer. The new microphone features a one-inch, dual-diaphragm capsule, precisely spattered with 24-carat gold and elastically mounted to reduce structure-borne noise. In addition, a three-position filter allows the user to either eliminate low-frequency noise below 60 Hz (-18 dB/octave, low-cut position) or introduce a softer roll-off effect from 100 Hz down to compensate for the proximity effect in close miking (-6 dB/octave, roll-off position).

The MK 8 is also fitted with a switchable pad (off, -10 dB, -20 dB). A -10 dB reduction in the capsule protects against excessively loud audio sources, while an additional -10 dB reduction in the microphone electronics avoids overloads in connected mic pre-amps and subsequent recording equipment.

The five switchable pick-up patterns exhibit relatively constant characteristics, especially in the low end. This ensures better, more defined sound, as the selected pattern is maintained over frequency. For example, the super-cardioid pattern will not “blur” but remain precise, providing the same high attenuation of lateral sound sources regardless of frequency.

Encased in a sturdy metal housing, the MK 8 has relatively low sensitivity to humidity as the impedance conversion is done within the capsule. It is packaged with a microphone clip and a protective pouch, and optional accessories include an elastic suspension, a foam windshield, a pop filter and a hard case. The new MK 8 microphone will be available in late summer.

Technical data of the MK 8:

Transducer principle externally polarised condenser microphone
Diaphragm diameter 1” (25.4 mm)
Pick-up patterns omni-directional, wide cardioid, cardioid,
super-cardioid, figure-of-eight
Frequency response 20 to 20,000 Hz
Sensitivity 17.4 mV/Pa (–35 dBV)
Maximum sound pressure level 140 dB (pad: 0 dB)
Equivalent noise level 10 dBA, 16 dB CCIR
Dynamic range 130 dB
Nominal impedance 50 ohms
Min. terminating impedance 1 kohm
Power supply 48 V phantom power (P48)
Low-cut/roll-off filter, switchable roll-off: -6 dB/oct. from 100 Hz
low-cut: -18 dB/oct. from 60 Hz
Switchable pad 0 db, -10 dB, -20 dB
Current consumption 4.1 mA
Diameter approx. 57 mm
Length approx. 160 mm
Weight approx. 485 g
Operating temperature 0° to +40°C
Storage temperature -10° to +60°C

Optional accessories:

MKW 4 Windshield
MZP 40 Pop filter
MKS 40 Elastic suspension
MKC 4 Hard case

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headsets and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

Captions:
1) The MK 8 recording microphone
2) The MK 8 offers the recording engineer a full set of control options

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Front Porch Digital Brings LYNX Cloud-Based Digital Media Service to Canada

Leader in Content Storage Management Solutions Offers First Object-Based, Big-Data Private Cloud Storage Service Based in Canada

LAFAYETTE, Colo. — April 5, 2014 — Front Porch Digital, the global leader in cloud-based content storage management (CSM) solutions, today announced it has expanded its LYNX(SM) cloud-based CSM platform into Canada with the launch of a new private LYNX superhub located in Ontario. The superhub has multiple backbone connections to all of the country’s major production centers including Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver.

LYNX is designed from the ground up as a scalable, secure, high-performance private cloud-based storage service for media organizations but is also flexible enough to address enterprise, government, medical imaging, oil and gas, and many other sectors.

“Ours is the first object-centric, big-data storage service to launch in Canada, and it has broad appeal beyond media and entertainment. The importance of serving the Canadian market and its specific requirements cannot be understated,” said Brian Campanotti, chief technology officer at Front Porch Digital. “We have had a very long and successful presence in Canada, with more than 25 of our DIVArchive CSM systems currently storing and protecting close to 30 PB of content, and installations at every major media organization. In addition to serving the special requirements of the Canadian market, this new LYNX superhub is attractive to our U.S. and Mexico customers looking to add geopolitical diversity to their SLA offerings. LYNX has been very successful in other regions including the U.S. and EU, and we are excited to extend the reach of our cloud services into Canada.”

The LYNX platform is the first enterprise-level CSM-as-a-Service offering to embrace and fully leverage the cloud. It is tuned for large file-based collections and leverages AXF as an open standard for object-based transport, storage, protection, and preservation. LYNX is available as a private cloud-only service or as a hybrid of on-premise and cloud-based storage and integration solutions.

With the ability to scale from 50 TB of storage to multiple petabytes with near-immediate and protected access to all assets, LYNX services are available at a fraction of the cost of competing solutions and offer more robust service level agreements (SLAs). Base-level SLAs for LYNX include redundant copies of all data transferred to the Front Porch Digital private data center; encrypted and UDP-accelerated WAN/private connectivity; automatic proxy generation for all media content; and a Web-based, secure, SaaS-based media asset management interface for content browsing, searching, and access. LYNX also provides all of the features, functionality, and deep device integration offered by Front Porch Digital’s market-leading DIVArchive(R) on-premises CSM solution.

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

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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.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Photo Caption: Front Porch Digital LYNX(SM) Cloud-Based Platform

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MuxLab Releases LongReach HD-SDI Extender Kit & LongReach HD-SDI to HDMI Extender Kit

New extenders for the broadcast market support 3G HD-SDI & transmit it over Cat5e/6

NAB SHOW 2014, LAS VEGAS, NV – MuxLab Inc. is excited to release its LongReach HD-SDI Extenders. Live demos of the MuxLab extenders can be seen at the NAB Show in Las Vegas at booth # SU11914.

The new extenders transmit HD-SDI signal over Cat5e/6 cable up to 500ft, adding an additional 170 feet to the current versions of the extenders.

The LongReach HD-SDI Extender Kit (model 500702) features LED diagnostics for sync, signal detect and supports transmission of up to 2.97/3.0 Gbps uncompressed, un-encrypted digital video within television facilities and between professional video equipment.

The LongReach HD-SDI to HDMI Extender Kit (model 500716) converts HD-SDI to HDMI and then transmits it up to 500 feet via Cat5e/6 cable at all resolutions in a point-to-point configuration.

Daniel Assaraf, MuxLab’s President, states “these new extenders are the latest additions to our existing range of broadcast products and increase MuxLab’s line of structured cabling solutions for the broadcast market”.

“The demand for long distance HD-SDI transmission was increasing so we designed these products to meet those demands” states Ivan Khanikian, MuxLab’s Technical Support Manager.

MuxLab HD-SDI extenders now range in distance from 330 ft / 100m up to 500 ft / 150m.

For more information on the LongReach HD-SDI Extender Kit

For more information on the LongReach HD-SDI to HDMI Extender Kit

About MuxLab

MuxLab Inc. is a leading designer of value-added connectivity hardware allowing CCTV and audio-video equipment to be connected via cost-effective copper twisted pair. For almost 30 years, the MuxLab brand has been synonymous with quality, performance and reliability. MuxLab is Your #1 Choice for CCTV and Audio-Video Connectivity Solutions. www.muxlab.com

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Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) Names Evan Hall Project Manager

ORLANDO, FL, APRIL 7, 2014 — Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, is pleased to announce that Evan Hall has been hired as project manager. Hall will oversee and coordinate frequencies for a variety of PWS events that require the expert frequency coordination and management needed in today’s congested RF landscape. He will be an integral part of the development of future plans focusing on all PWS’ business divisions: Live Events, Broadcast, Music Festivals, Design Services, Product Manufacturing and Business Development.

“Evan’s wealth of industry knowledge and experience in managing audio and wireless for large events will be a great asset to PWS,” says PWS General Manager Jim Van Winkle. “Evan will be called upon to make a positive impact on our business, as well as help grow and maintain PWS’ standing as an industry leader. We are pleased to welcome him to the team.”

Hall brings more than 20 years of industry experience to PWS, having most recently worked for Funa International, Inc., while holding the position of Principle Park-Wide Audio Designer for a newly constructed theme park, Chimelong’s Ocean Kingdom, located on Henquin Island, China. Prior to that, Hall spent nine years at LMG, Inc. as Audio Manager, Mixing Engineer and Touring Audio Crew Chief for various recording artists including Avril Lavigne, Rob Thomas, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, One Republic and countless corporate events for Fortune 500 companies. Earlier in his career, Hall spent five years as an Audio Engineer and Designer with Walt Disney World Entertainment.

“I am excited to be joining the PWS team, and I look forward to working with the company on the upcoming line-up of high-profile summer events and design projects,” says Hall. “To play a role in PWS, a dynamic company immersed in such a diverse range of live events, design projects and product development, gives me the opportunity to continue working in an industry that I know and enjoy.”

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 Vice President 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,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” 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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ICE Cable Systems Receives HDBaseT Certification on Cat5e and Cat6 Products

The certification propels the brand towards a leadership position in the CEDIA channel and further cements its value proposition of high-performance yet cost-effective structured wiring solutions

Los Angeles, CA – April 7, 2014 – ICE Cable Systems today announced that its Cat5e and Cat6 cables have received HDBaseT certification. This means the products perform to specs as defined by the HDBaseT Alliance.

According to ICE Cable President Brian Rizzo, the certification serves to propel the company towards a leadership position of HDBaseT Cat 5e/6 cable solutions in the CEDIA channel. It also further cements the brand’s value proposition of delivering high-performance yet cost-effective solutions.

HDBaseT
HDBaseT is a connectivity standard for whole-home and commercial distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content. The cornerstone of HDBaseT technology is 5Play™, a feature set that converges uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power over cable and various control signals through a single LAN cable.

”With HDBaseT, installers are running video, audio, ethernet, control and power all on one cable, all of which requires equipment “handshakes” on each end. We want to help installers do it right the first time so they can move onto other areas of the job,” says Rizzo. “ICE Cable has spared no expense in the making of our product, from the quality and quantity of copper and compounds we use, to our tangle-free dispensers,” says Rizzo.

ICE Cable HDBaseT Products Feature Set
ICE Cable Systems’ HDBaseT-certified Cat5e and Cat6 cables are sold in bulk cartons of 1,000 feet/ 305 meters. For installation convenience the cartons incorporate REELEX II® payout technology which delivers tangle-free pulls and according to Rizzo also contributes to signal performance. The wire is also UL listed, ETL verified and RoHS compliant.

Where to Purchase ICE Cable
ICE Cable Systems has more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally. Integrators can locate distributors in their area by visiting http://www.icecable.com/where-to-buy or by calling ICE Cable Systems at 310.444.1950.

About ICE Cable Systems
Founded in 2004 by president Brian Rizzo, ICE Cable Systems is a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products serving the Audio Video, Alarm and Security, Commercial, Electrical Contracting and Data Center channels. The company’s products are available to integrators both directly and through more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally. ICE Cable’s success is driven by ingenuity and its desire to make superior products that offer more value to installers. www.icecable.com

Tekserve Makes Shared 4K Broadcast Production a Reality at NAB 2014


Tekserve to Demonstrate Complete Video Workflows Leveraging the Extreme Bandwidth of the NetApp E-Series and EF550 Storage Arrays

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 7, 2014 – Tekserve, a leading provider of technology solutions for creative professionals in a variety of markets, will demonstrate a complete video workflow solution at NetApp’s NAB booth (SL9510), featuring the new NetApp E-5500 series and EF550 all-flash array.

The joint demonstration will highlight 4K 60 frame-per-second (high frame rate) acquisition and playback. Region-of-interest control enables replay of an HD-sized frame from within the acquired 4K content. A joystick controls frame position, pan and tilt during slo-mo playback. The extreme performance and enterprise-grade reliability of the NetApp E-5500 series and EF550 all-flash array, when used with ATTO Technology Celerity 164E quad-channel PCIE 3.0 host bus adapter card running Multi-path Director software, makes shared 4K productions a reality.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the NetApp booth, sharing this technologically advanced broadcast solution with NAB attendees,” says, Matthew Cohen, Principal, Tekserve. “Not only does this concept demonstrate our ability to work with our broadcast customers for customized workflow consulting, but also demonstrates the benefits of working with multiple vendors to pool the right resources in order to define the most accurate workflow technology for a project.”
With density and modular flexibility for the widest range of data-intensive workloads, NetApp’s new E-Series controllers are plug and play with the existing line of modular chassis holding 12, 24, or 60 drives. These chassis can be configured with SAS, NL-SAS or SATA hard disk drives or SSDs. In addition, hybrid architectures can mix types in a single enclosure. NetApp’s EF550 all-flash array can independently scale compute and capacity up to 96TB at 450K IOPS with less than one millisecond latency.

“NetApp welcomes Tekserve at our NAB booth this year,” says Jason Danielson, Solutions Marketing Manager, Media and Entertainment Solutions at NetApp. “We are proud to showcase how our new E-5500 series and EF550 all-flash array offers the external storage solution necessary to fully complement the video workflows Tekserve is implementing for their customers. Attendees are welcome to join us for a glimpse of it in action.”
Designed to support the recording and distribution from 4K sources for ROI HD extraction using AJA’s TruZoomTM application and Corvid Ultra hardware with TruScaleTM card’s superior scaling technology for live-action sports broadcasts; a version of the complete Tekserve workflow solution was first used earlier this year during a major U.S. sports broadcast.

About Tekserve
Tekserve delivers a broad range of enterprise services, solutions and products to support the technology needs of businesses in fields ranging from finance and retail to media and entertainment. Employing best in class products from a wide range of technology manufacturers, Tekserve helps clients by identifying, engineering, deploying and supporting the best possible solutions for their technology challenges.

From its famous New York City retail location in Chelsea, Tekserve, stocks a wide variety of Apple products, accessories, storage solutions and display devices. Tekserve also provides system rentals, workshops and certified training, as well as the finest repair and support services. Since its inception in 1987, Tekserve has been dedicated to the service of its customers and the surrounding community. For more information, visit www.tekserve.com.

Harmonic Partners With Encoding.com on Cloud-Based Transcoding Service for Professional Video Applications

Powered by ProMedia Carbon and Operated by Encoding.com, New Service Offers Greater Flexibility for Broadcast-Quality Video Transcoding

SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 7, 2014 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, has teamed up with Encoding.com, the world’s largest video transcoding service, to offer a highly flexible, cloud-based transcoding service that provides superior video quality, robust format support, and the flexibility of a feature-rich web application. Available as either a pure cloud-based or integrated cloud-burst offering, the new service provides content creators, service providers, and media professionals with an unlimited cloud capacity for converting broadcast-quality video content into virtually any standard media format, including HEVC, utilizing a pay-per-use business model for optimizing costs.

“Through the virtualization of data centers and cloud-based transcoding, we’re able to provide service providers and media professionals with a flexible, scalable and, most importantly, affordable strategy for media processing and multiscreen delivery while offering amazing video quality,” said Yoav Derazon, director of product management for cloud services and transcoding, Harmonic. “With this Encoding.com service, Harmonic customers can simplify operations by using their existing presets and profiles either locally or in the cloud, as well as seamlessly divert workloads to local processing or the cloud as needed, thereby speeding up the transcoding process and controlling costs by allocating workloads dynamically.”

Harnessing the pure cloud-based service, users can achieve specialized professional media workflow capabilities (e.g., production, playout, DRM, etc.) without actually operating any equipment. By allowing users to rely on existing ProMedia(R) Carbon presets, without having to redefine the settings, the pure cloud-based solution operated by Encoding.com offers exceptional video quality.

Designed for existing Harmonic customers utilizing ProMedia Carbon with a WFS(TM) file-based workflow engine, the cloud-burst service enables users to affordably address fluctuating transcoding volume requirements by giving them access to an unlimited cloud capacity without requiring additional infrastructure equipment. Operation is seamless; users can simply divert workloads to a watch folder that is routed to the Encoding.com cloud. Armed with the ability to burst to the cloud, users can significantly reduce content turnaround time from source to target.

As the leader in cloud-based media processing, Encoding.com not only offers Harmonic ProMedia Carbon customers a dynamically scalable and affordable burst solution while maintaining existing profiles, but also enables a powerful suite of workflow features for DRM, caption conversion, video hosting, watermarking, and more.

“With this partnership, we are combining the best in on-premise encoding solutions with the best in cloud-based media processing,” said Jeff Malkin, president at Encoding.com. “ProMedia Carbon implemented within the Encoding.com platform empowers customers to generate best-in-breed quality videos while leveraging the elastic capacity of the cloud and the flexibility to maintain workflow requirements in the ever-changing broadcast and multiscreen video landscape.”

Further information about Harmonic and the company’s products is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

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About Encoding.com
Encoding.com is the world’s largest video encoding service, powering video transcoding for 3,000+ leading companies across media and entertainment, eLearning, retail, telecommunications, lifestyle, and advertising. Blending an affordable SaaS model with sophisticated integrations on public and private cloud computing platforms, Encoding.com enables publishers and developers to instantly scale without expensive infrastructure investments. Encoding.com supports all popular broadcast, IPTV, web, and mobile formats, accelerating processing for optimized delivery to every device. With more than 60 million successful encodes, Encoding.com is the only cloud media service to offer an SLA for performance, so its customers can focus on what they do best. Encoding.com is headquartered in San Francisco, Calif. with offices in Aspen, Colo. and St. Petersburg, Russia. For the latest news from Encoding.com, follow them on Twitter @encodingdotcom.

About Harmonic
Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure for emerging television and video services. The company’s production-ready innovation enables content and service providers to efficiently create, prepare, and deliver differentiated services for television and new media video platforms. More information is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements related to the anticipated capabilities and benefits of Harmonic’s ProMedia(R) Carbon and WFS(TM) products. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize and are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the possibility that the products do not meet some or all of their anticipated capabilities or provide some or all of their anticipated benefits, such as flexibility, scalability, affordability, simplification of operations, cost control, significant reduction in content turn-around time, and the delivery of amazing video quality.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, such as those more fully described in Harmonic’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec.31, 2013, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Harmonic as of the date hereof, and Harmonic disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

EDITOR’S NOTE – Product and company names used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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Winter is Coming – Orange Cinema Series (OCS) Chooses Viaccess-Orca’s DEEP to Enhance its French Second-Screen App for Season 4 ‘Game of Thrones’ (GoT 4 Officiel)

DEEP Automatically Amplifies Content in a Digital Magazine Format

PARIS — April 7, 2014 — Viaccess-Orca, a global leader in the protection and enhancement of content services, announced today that OCS, part of one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, Orange, has chosen Viaccess-Orca’s award-winning DEEP (Data Enrichment and Engagement Platform) to provide the ultimate content experience through an immersive second-screen app for the fourth season of the popular television series, “Game of Thrones.” By automatically generating content about “Game of Thrones” in a digital magazine format, DEEP amplifies OCS subscribers’ experience. Orange will demonstrate this groundbreaking new service for the first time at MIPTV, April 7-10, in Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France at stand R8C14.

Content service providers need to employ the right strategy for providing their subscribers with the ultimate content experience on multiple screens. Viaccess-Orca’s vision for shaping the ultimate content engagement starts with protecting premium content, continues with enabling the smooth delivery of content to users — at any time and on any device, personalized according to users’ preferences — and ends with an immersive user experience. DEEP provides this immersive experience on a second screen, automatically generating thousands of digital magazines based on advanced metadata and algorithms.

Using DEEP, Orange can create a unique experience around “Game of Thrones.” DEEP presents rich, informative, and entertaining content to subscribers in a familiar, user-friendly magazine-style format on tablet devices to increase viewer engagement and maximize revenue opportunities.

“In today’s multiscreen world, subscribers are increasingly using second-screen devices to enhance the traditional television experience,” said Serge Laroye, Executive Vice President, Content Division, Orange, and Chairman of the Board, OCS. “Viaccess-Orca’s DEEP will automate the creation of our TV companion apps, providing us with a dramatic cost and time savings, while enabling us to offer our subscribers an augmented content experience on second screens to boost user engagement.”

DEEP can be deployed either as a standalone application or easily integrated within an existing app, as was the case for the OCS “Game of Thrones” app. By supporting the entire content consumption experience, from the discovery process prior to viewing TV content, through the interaction and engagement stage while viewing, and finally to the exploration phase once the program is over, DEEP provides television viewers with the ultimate end-to-end entertainment experience.

“A great way for service providers to tap into new revenue streams is by offering complementary content on second screens,” said François Moreau de Saint Martin, CEO of Viaccess-Orca. “Our award-winning DEEP platform makes it easy and cost-effective for content owners and service providers to develop second-screen companion apps that increase viewer engagement.”

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About Viaccess-Orca
As a leading global provider of content protection, delivery, and discovery solutions, Viaccess-Orca is shaping the ultimate content experience. Through its integrated range of business-savvy products and solutions, Viaccess-Orca helps service providers in the cable, DTT, satellite, IPTV, and OTT industries gain a competitive edge in today’s rapidly evolving multiscreen environment. By enabling service providers to securely deliver an engaging user experience on any device, Viaccess-Orca is reinventing the entertainment landscape. Viaccess-Orca is part of the Orange Group. For more information, visit www.viaccess-orca.com or follow the company on Twitter @ViaccessOrca and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/viaccess-orca.

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Middle Atlantic Unveils New Customer-Focused Website


Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products has launched a new, totally re-imagined website to improve the user experience and help its customers find the exact information they need from the company’s extensive product offering.

Exceptionally useful, middleatlantic.com features an elegant new look, easy to navigate design and a wealth of downloadable information including Revit®, CAD and Visio™ drawings, Designer™ and Racktools® free design software, white papers, and easy to reference A&E specifications.

The new website includes a separate page for every rack model offered by Middle Atlantic with dynamic specification information and complementary products for that specific model. For example, a customer can simply click to a specific rack to see a variety of appropriately sized vertical power strips for that model.

A unique Market Solutions section demonstrates how Middle Atlantic products are used to build systems for Commercial A/V, Broadcast, Residential A/V, Security, Structured Cabling and Education applications.

New videos are constantly being loaded onto the website as an easy and effective way of helping customers find and evaluate the right product with tips and tricks to facilitate and improve their installation and use.

A Live Chat feature demonstrates Middle Atlantic’s commitment to its customers by providing a new means to communicate directly with the company’s support team during support hours.

Interactive, wide-ranging and entirely dedicated to the customer, middleatlantic.com marks a significant evolutionary step for the company.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com, or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

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