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Shotoku Broadcast to Highlight Manual Camera Support Range at BVE 2013

BVE Stand # L13

Staines, UK • Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, today confirmed plans to exhibit at BVE – 26 to 28 February 2013 – to be held at EXCEL London. The Company will demonstrate its globally renowned product line in Stand L13 and be available for customer consultations and meetings with potential distribution partners.

BVE is the largest gathering of production, post and content delivery professionals in the UK with attendance numbers expected to exceed 16,000. Shotoku will join over 300 exhibitors who will showcase products, services and technologies, ranging from camera accessories to workflow solutions.

Shotoku will highlight the manual side of its high quality and innovative camera support systems, including pan and tilt heads, pedestals, tripods and virtual reality systems. “BVE offers an excellent opportunity to network with industry professionals and promote our rapidly growing product ranges to operators and key decision makers,” said David Shepherd EMEA Sales Manager, Manual Products.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoonComm.com

Cobalt Digital Adds Darren Fordham as Director of Sports Business Development & Southeast Sales Manager

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), a manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear, has added Darren Fordham to the team in the newly created position of director of sports development and southeast sales manager. Bob McAlpine, senior vice president of North America sales, announced Fordham’s appointment today from headquarters in Urbana, IL.

Reporting to McAlpine, Fordham will concentrate on Cobalt’s current sports-oriented customer-base while continuing to build that business segment through targeted products, including its award-winning card-based solution for MADI embedding/de-embedding and signal distribution. His responsibilities also include managing sales operations in the southeastern region; a territory encompassing nine states.

Fordham joins Cobalt with three decades of broadcast experience, predominantly in the sports arena. He most recently served as director of sports business development and southeast area account manager for Telecast Fiber where he managed product development for the sports-based market, as well as sales functions in the southeast region. Fordham’s career in broadcasting began behind the scenes at WBRC-TV as senior director and technical director of the news division. He subsequently served in specialist positions at industry leading companies such as Sony, Tektronix/Grass Valley Group, and QuStream (formerly PESA switching systems), and spent several years at Cross Creek Television Productions where he built and operated mobile television trucks, and engineered live sporting events for all the major networks.

“We just couldn’t ask for a more appropriate professional to drive our activities in this growing industry segment,” exclaimed McAlpine. “Engineering quality sporting events, from all aspects, has been at the core of Darren’s entire career. I’ve personally worked with Darren for many years and know what a tremendous customer resource he is. The entire Cobalt staff is delighted to welcome him”

“Chris Shaw, evp of sales and marketing, echoed McAlpine’s enthusiasm, “The importance of sports in broadcasting is a thriving and growing segment of the industry. We’re proud of our leadership position in that marketplace. We’ve been very successfully reacting to our customers’ requests with targeted products, and are happy to strengthen our support further by committing Darren as a resource.”

Fordham is a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and the Sports Video Group (SVG). Based in Huntsville, Alabama, he can be reached at205.907.2865 or Darren.Fordham@cobaltdigital.com

ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Cobalt Digital Supports European Expansion With Presence at BVE 2013

BVE 2013 (Digi-Box.co.uk) Stand F12

FULL COMPLEMENT OF PRODUCTS WILL BE DEMONSTRATED ON DIGI-BOX.CO.UK STAND

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital’s (www.CobaltDigital.com) European expansion is on the fast-track as the manufacturer reveals plans to demonstrate its extensive range of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear at BVE 2013 in London on 26-28 February. Chris Shaw, executive vice president of sales & marketing, announced that the Company will have its latest loudness processing innovations alongside their new line of throw down boxes, established terminal gear, and control panels in Stand F12, a space shared with Digi-Box.co.uk, a well known and established UK-based master distributor.

“With the recent appointment of Digi-Box as Cobalt Digital’s master distributor for the UK and Southern Ireland, it is vital that we support their efforts in this region,” stated Shaw. “BVE provides an ideal launching pad for this new partnership and offers the opportunity to demonstrate the latest additions to our product line.”

Cobalt’s timely loudness processing solutions will take center stage at BVE. Using LINEAR ACOUSTIC® Aeromax™ technology, the multi-award-winning LMNTS™ (Loudness Management for n-Transport Streams), represents a quantum leap in multi-stream loudness processing by offering an economic, consistent solution that’s easy to integrate. LMNTS performs automatic loudness processing across many transport streams making it ideal for MVPDs and MSOs where a large number of diverse programming sources must be simultaneously controlled.

Cobalt’s SpotCheck™, their audio loudness measurement and recorded data logging system, takes the guesswork out of loudness measurement and logging, and facilitates EBU R128 and CALM compliance. SpotCheck monitors an IP, ASI, or a transmitted over-the-air MPEG stream at the transmit (emission) encode point, and provides easy-to-use, convenient, long-term access to loudness records for all programming initiated from a broadcasting facility.

Also new is Cobalt’s Blue Box Group, a series of throw down boxes providing HDMI to SDI, SDI to HDMI, analogue to digital, and digital to analogue conversion with audio embedding/de-embedding.

Cobalt will additionally feature its widely-popular FUSION3G® line of terminal gear that offers extensive signal processing options including up/down/cross conversion, loudness processing, up-mixing, and Dolby® transcoding; the COMPASS® colour correction card with OGCP-9000/CC remote control panel; the 9223 MPEG-4 Encoder card; OGCP-9000 and WinOGCP remote control panels for control and monitoring of FUSION3G and COMPASS cards with loudness metering and monitoring options; and much more!!!

ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

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Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

FSR Announces Plans to Return to ISE 2013

ISE Stand #7-T175

Woodland Park, NJ– FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, has affirmed plans to exhibit at ISE 2013, Europe’s largest tradeshow for the professional AV and electronic systems industry held from January 29-31 in Amsterdam. The Company will highlight its new T-6 Flex Control System, and accessories for the popular iPad® tablet including a secure wall holder and a PoE to USB charger.

T6-FLEX
The T6-FLEX merges FSR’s powerful, easy-to-program room control system with its popular T6 table box for easy access to a full-range of AV equipment from an elegant table box. Ideal for classrooms, boardrooms, training facilities and municipal meeting spaces, users can remotely change the volume, turn lights on and off, raise or lower the shades or screen from a touch screen integrated in the cover of a conveniently installed table box.

iPad Accessories – iPad Holder and PoE to USB Charger
FSR will also highlight recently launched and extremely practical iPad® accessories. Engineered for strength, but designed for elegance, the iPad holder provides a graceful housing for digital signage applications. The holder, compatible with the iPad 2 and the new iPad, mounts to a standard 2-gang wall box and provides an attractive, safe and secure method to mount the tablet to a wall in either landscape or portrait mode. It is available with or without access to the home button and camera to fit any application requirements. The tasteful housing features curved edges with no visible hardware, and is available in white, silver and black.

Another useful innovation, the new PoE to USB module, will be at show to offer a sensible tool for charging the iPad. The module meets the Apple iPad charging standards and can be used stand alone, with a table box, or with the iPad holder. It can easily fit inside the 2-gang box behind the iPad mount for a clean installation.

FSR will also show AV table enclosures developed specifically for the European market as well as a sampling of wall, floor and ceiling AV enclosures in Stand # 7-T175 in the RAI. Further information regarding all FSR products can be found at: www.fsrinc.com. Please contact harriet@desertmooncomm.com to schedule a visit at ISE!

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet.
FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

BHV Broadcast Adds Board Members

HARRIET DIENER AND MARTIN COOK APPOINTED DIRECTORS

Owslebury, UK – BHV Broadcast Limited, the UK-based manufacturer and supplier of award-winning vision mixers, standards/format converters and the thrice acknowledged Video Ghost phantom power system has added Harriet Diener of Desert Moon Communications, and Martin Cook, an independent broadcast consultant to its board with immediate effect. Julian Hiorns, founder of BHV Broadcast made the announcement from headquarters in Owslebury, UK.

“We are delighted to welcome Harriet and Martin on board,” said Hiorns. “Both are well-known in our industry and will bring an impressive array of experience and talent to BHV Broadcast, adding considerable breadth and depth to the team.”

Diener serves as president of Desert Moon Communications, an all-inclusive public relations, marketing and advertising firm located in Nyack, NY, USA that supports manufacturers and service providers in the broadcast community. Cook operates as a marketing and sales consultant from offices in Winchester, UK.

“Martin and I both deeply respect the quality and integrity of BHV’s innovative equipment line,” Diener stated. “Each product is built upon a foundation of intense research, skilled engineering, and a profound understanding of what it takes to excel in a competitive market. We’ve worked with Julian and the Company for many years and are thrilled to take a more active role in its growth on a global scale.”

Nearly every product in BHV Broadcast’s product line has been acknowledged for excellence with industry awards. Its latest addition – the Video Ghost phantom power system – took home a coveted Mario from TV Technology, a Broadcast Engineering Pick Hit, and was included in IBC 2012’s What Caught My Eye presentation.

About BHV Broadcast
BHV Broadcast designs and manufactures award-winning compact and cost-effective equipment for production and post-production including a full range of rack-mount and portable digital switchers to accommodate any application where space is at a premium. The Company also manufactures rate/standards and format conversion equipment. For further information: www.bhvbroadcast.com
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BHV Broadcast contact: Martin Cook
+44 (0) 1962 777733 • sales@BHVBroadcast.com

Press contact: Harriet Diener / Desert Moon Communications
1-845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

FSR’s New CORE Product Line Addresses Floor Space Challenge

COOL OVERHEAD RACK ENCLOSURES OFFER SOLUTIONS FOR CLASSROOMS, BOARDROOMS AND MEETING ROOMS

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, is debuting its new CORE family of products to help solve the challenges of today’s classrooms, boardrooms and meeting rooms where floor space has reached an all-time premium.

With FSR’s Cool Overhead Rack Enclosures (CORE), which consists of the Ceiling Box family of above ceiling rack enclosures, and the brand new Top Shelf wall mounted rack enclosure, the company can offer viable options to facilities which can no longer afford to devote floor space to equipment racks or credenzas.

“Let’s face it, many facilities today just don’t have the same amount of floor space any longer to devote to large equipment racks,” says Jan Sandri, president, FSR. “With our new CORE family of products, FSR has the solution. We are thrilled to be able to introduce these powerful options to the industry, which includes the Ceiling Box family and Top Shelf wall-mounted rack enclosure, that target today’s challenges of space constraints.”

The Ceiling Box family is installed in a standard 2’ x 2’ or 2’ x 4’ drop ceilings and provides from 2 ½ rack to 4 full rack spaces for equipment mounting. Optionally, the Ceiling Box family can be equipped with a projector pole mount adapter so that the projector can mount directly to the ceiling box and cables can disappear through the pole.

The newest member of the CORE family is the Top Shelf wall mounted rack. Top Shelf mounts to a wall just below the ceiling in installations without a drop ceiling or where space above the drop ceiling is limited. The Top Shelf provides four rack units of mounting space and the plastic cover allows RF and WiFi signals to pass unobstructed between the equipment and the room.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

FSR complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is a woman owned business. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information visit www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Cobalt Digital’s Blue Box Group™ Wins “SALUTE” Award From the Editors of Government Video

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Cobalt Digital’s Blue Box Group™ is the recipient of the 2012 Government Video SALUTE Award presented by the editorial staff of Government Video magazine during the 2012 Government Video Expo. BlueBox™ is Cobalt’s new line of interface converter boxes that deliver peak performance from low-cost, compact modules.

Founded in 2003, Government Video’s SALUTE Award is designed to honor and showcase innovative technologies, products and services for the public sector demonstrated at Government Video Expo. Industry professionals, Government Video editors and contributors nominate candidates for Government Video SALUTE Awards with the decisions on the final awards made by Government Video’s editors.

“The Government Video SALUTE recognizes some of the innovative products and services for video professionals on display at GV Expo. We are proud to call attention to these tools that specifically help public-sector video professionals support the missions of their agencies and provide better information to the citizenry,” said J.J. Smith, editor of Government Video.

Cobalt’s easy-to-operate BlueBox™ modules attach easily and securely to cameras or host device chassis for dependable, uncomplicated installation. They receive power directly via USB from video monitors or other equipment without bulky and non-secure “wall wart” adapters.

“Cobalt recognized the need for first-class quality and affordable signal conversion in a compact package,” commented Chris Shaw, Cobalt EVP of Sales & Marketing. “BlueBox delivers exceptional performance from a small footprint with a full feature list packed into one convenient converter box; perfect for applications that need to stretch the budget but not compromise on quality.”

Government Video (http://www.governmentvideo.com)is the only magazine dedicated to providing comprehensive coverage of video professionals in all levels of public service. The magazine is published by NewBay Media LLC, the world’s largest publisher of audio and video publications. NewBay Media and Government Video are the organizers of the annual Government Video Expo, the largest trade show targeting government buyers and suppliers of video, AV, broadcast and multimedia technology.

ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

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Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Industry Veteran John T. O’Keefe Joins Shotoku Broadcast Systems as VP Sales & Marketing

Torrance, CA – Naoki Ebimoto, president of Shotoku Broadcast Systems, the international manufacturer of advanced manual and robotic camera support products, today announced that John T. O’Keefe has been named vice president, sales & marketing. O’Keefe, a highly-respected industry veteran with over 25 years experience, will oversee all sales and marketing operations in North America.

“John enjoys a well-deserved reputation as an expert in the field with high standards and uncompromised integrity,” said Ebimoto. “He not only supports his customers, but truly partners with them to ensure they benefit from the very best operational and business solutions possible. He’s the ideal candidate to drive our business as it continues to expand in North America.”

O’Keefe is best known as president/CEO and co-founder of ProSource, a firm specializing in the import and distribution of broadcast television equipment. He joins Shotoku directly from Panasonic Systems Communications in Secaucus, NJ where he was an area/partner sales manager. O’Keefe previously served ten years as vice president, sales and marketing for Anton Bauer where he had complete sales and marketing responsibility for both the domestic dealer/reseller and overseas distribution networks.

O’Keefe holds a BS degree in Marketing from the University of Bridgeport. He is based in Shelton, CT and can be reached at okeefe@shotoku.tv or +1 866 SHOTOKU.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

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Shotoku contact: Naoki Ebmioto
1-866-Shotoku • mailto:info@shotoku.tv

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications, Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

FSR Revolutionizes Wall Mounted Raks With Top Shelf

Woodland Park, NJ • FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, announces the launch of Top Shelf, a revolution in wall mounted equipment racks. Drawing on their extensive experience with UL Listed Ceiling Racks, FSR designed Top Shelf to provide an unobtrusive and secure enclosure for audio, video and network equipment. Top Shelf mounts to a wall close to the ceiling in locations without drop ceilings, or where space above the drop ceiling is limited.

Top Shelf holds up to 4 RU of equipment with multiple mounting locations for power as well as signal connections for easy installation. The unit’s steel frame ensures the equipment will be securely mounted; and a plastic cover allows wireless signals to pass in and out of the enclosure unobstructed. The cover can be painted to match the room décor, and the box can be mounted in the best location to ease wiring and visual impact.

“Top Shelf is the newest addition to our wall-mounted enclosure line of products,” says Jan Sandri, president, FSR. “With its unique ability to solve challenges many classrooms, boardrooms, schools, hospitals and more face with limited space, we are thrilled to bring this new solution to market. The unit’s ability to pack up to 4RU of AV equipment in a visually appealing housing make it a perfect fit for almost any AV environment.”
For further details contact FSR at (800) 332-3771 or via e-mail at sales@fsrinc.com.
About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

FSR complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is a woman owned business. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information visit www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Cobalt Digital Appoints Digi-Box Master Distributor in UK, Southern Ireland and Middle East

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear, today announced that UK-based Digi-Box.co.uk (www.digi-box.co.uk) will serve as Master Distributor in the UK, Southern Ireland and Middle Eastern countries. The appointment was revealed by Chris Shaw, Cobalt’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, from US headquarters in Urbana, IL.

“We are extremely pleased to have Digi-Box as a partner in Cobalt’s continuing global expansion”, Shaw stated, “Digi-Box is a well known and established company in its own right, and we are proud to be associated with its professionalism and expertise in these markets”.

Jon Phillips, Managing Director of Digi-Box commented, “We are delighted to be working with Cobalt Digital. Their innovative current and future technology fulfils a need in the EMEA marketplace. Digi-Box is in a perfect position to develop business through its well-established network of Value Added Resellers and Systems Integrators. We are confident that Cobalt’s extensive and high-quality product lines will add to our success in the territory.”

ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

ABOUT DIGI-BOX.CO.UK
Celebrating its 15th year of business, Digi-Box is committed to bringing state of the art technology to existing channels and emerging vertical markets. As a Master Distributor Digi-Box values its channel partners and builds long-term, successful relationships with them through a variety of distribution models. Digi-Box works with leading edge suppliers whose products offer a complete range of solutions with the innovation, performance and reliability to move its customers forwards. This successful, motivated company has earned the respect of suppliers and customers worldwide with its expertise and experience in the broadcast market and commitment to excellent customer service. For further information, visit www.digi-box.co.uk.
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Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

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