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ADVANCED BROADCAST SOLUTIONS PRESENTS HARRIS SELENIO™ ON ROAD TOUR

SEATAC, WA — Premier systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) will present the Harris® Selenio™ Road Tour, a five-day tour of television stations and other facilities in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, to showcase the new Selenio media convergence platform. The free tour, which runs Aug. 1-5, 2011, will feature demonstrations of the new Harris product.

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As the industry continues to migrate from a traditional broadcast model to a more flexible IP-based workflow, adding new services – without significantly increasing operating expenses – is vital for revenue. Selenio offers a flexible, all-new approach to signal processing and compression for the converging baseband/broadband area. The modular platform integrates into existing fixed or mobile production environments, broadcast facility or digital terrestrial redistribution head end infrastructures, and cable, satellite, and IPTV head ends.

“Selenio represents a significant change in technology for broadcasters, more

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Norfolk State University Installs Three Hitachi HD Cameras in its Studio for Student-Produced Programming

WOODBURY, NEW YORK– Norfolk State University (NSU), in Norfolk, VA, installed three new Hitachi SK-HD1000 digital high definition cameras in its television studio, which provides hands-on training to students enrolled in the school’s Mass Communication program. The studio, which is part of NSU’s School of Liberal Arts, enables students to satisfy media lab requirements and produce their own videos as they work toward a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication.

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“Since our students have different levels of technical proficiency, it was critical for us to choose cameras that are extremely easy to operate, maneuver, and maintain,? said Michael Matovich, CBT (Certified Broadcast Technologist) and chief video engineer for NSU. “The Hitachi SK-HD1000 is all of those things, plus it produces a fantastic picture. As a state university, all major purchases must go out to bid. The Hitachi SK-HD1000 demonstrated more

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HOWARD KIRSCH JOINS DIAQUEST AS MARKET DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Diaquest Products, a software development firm with a focus on the video and film industries, has hired Howard Kirsch as its new market development manager, effective June 13. He will be promoting sales of QueManager, an affordable graphics order management system (OMS) for newsroom applications, as well as developing relationships with vendors and customers.

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Kirsch has extensive experience in the television broadcast industry, including engineering and technical positions with ABC and NBC News in New York, as well as KRON in San Francisco. He also served as a sales manager for ParkerVision and district sales manager for JVC Professional Products Company. Most recently, he was director of sales for E-N-G Mobile Systems in Concord, Calif.

“We are very proud to welcome Howard to the Diaquest team,? said Dave Van Hoy, president of Diaquest Products. “As a veteran more

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SAS Installs Broadcast Pix Granite Systems for New Conference Center

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ announced today that SAS, a leading independent vendor in business analytics software and services, is expanding its use of Granite™ video production systems on its 140-acre main campus in Cary, N.C. With one Granite already in service, four additional systems were installed in a new conference center that opened in April.

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The company’s first Granite system was installed early last year, along with Sony BRC-Z700 robotic HD cameras, to improve production values in a 450-seat auditorium. According to Woody Weaver, SAS senior manager of engineering and operations for New Media and Video Communications (NMVC), the auditorium is used regularly for webcasts, such as developer meetings, for employees and customers around the world. SAS has also hosted external events in its auditorium, including a recent educational conference that was webcast to schools across the state and more

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Thai Channel 7 Rolls Out Second Phase of Upgrades with Vizrt; Contract Worth Approximately USD 1.9 million

Bergen/Norway, Bangkok/Thailand, June 23, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ)

Vizrt Ltd., a leading provider of content production tools for the digital media industry, today announced a deal with Channel 7 from Thailand, worth THB 61 million (Thai Baht; approximately USD 1.9 million). Michael Namatinia, President of Vizrt APAC, stated, “Vizrt is thrilled with Channel 7’s vote of confidence as the network moves into the second phase of its upgrades. This is a substantial purchase that will deepen the partnership between Channel 7 and Vizrt.?

The significant follow up sale provides the Thai public television channel with faster Virtual Studio Engine performance by increasing the number of Viz Engine renderers per camera tracking system to four. The increase provides greater depth to the network’s advanced Viz Virtual Studio scenes, enabling an even more dynamic and visually enhanced viewer experience. It also installs redundancy on the critical software points more

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Scott Rogers Joins T-VIPS America as Director of Sales, Mid-America Region

Millburn, New JerseyT-VIPS America Inc, a global leader in professional video transport solutions for contribution, distribution, and digital terrestrial television, today announced that Scott Rogers has joined the company as Director of Sales—Mid-America. With over 19 years of professional sales experience in the broadcast television industry, Rogers is entrusted with expanding T-VIPS America Inc.’s market share across the Central U.S. region. T-VIPS offers a wide array of solutions for broadcast video contribution, terrestrial television, JPEG2000 based video transport over IP networks, and transport stream processing and monitoring.

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In his new position, Roger’s responsibilities include expanding T-VIPS’ broadcast customer base—including station groups, independent stations, network operators and other key accounts through direct sales and channel marketing efforts—and developing new business sectors, such as stadium facilities and content providers.

“T-VIPS is a dynamic, fast-growing company focused more

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JVC LAUNCHES COST-EFFECTIVE GY-HM710U PROHD CAMCORDER AT INFOCOMM 2011

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today unveiled the new GY-HM710U ProHD camcorder – a cost effective choice for event coverage, documentaries, ENG news, and educational applications – at InfoComm 2011 (Booth 1062), which runs through June 17 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The compact, shoulder-mount camcorder has a similar body style and many of the same features of the GY-HM750U that was introduced earlier this year, but does not include the option to attach external modules for additional functionality.

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Using the same 3-CCD imaging system found in the GY-HM750U, the GY-HM710U records 1920×1080 HD footage in 1080p and 1080i at 25 Mbps or 35 Mbps. JVC’s native file recording technology allows recording in ready-to-edit file formats for Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere (.MOV), as well as other more

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PANAMA’S TVN UPGRADES WITH FOR-A HVS-350HS AND HVS-300HS SWITCHERS

Fort Lee, N.J.- FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, announced the installation of the FOR-A HVS-350HS HD/SD 1.5 M/E digital video switcher and the FOR-A HVS-300HS HD/SD portable video switcher to Televisora Nacional, S.A. (TVN), a television network in Panama known as TVN.

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With offices and its main studios in Panama City, TVN features news, soap operas, movies, talk shows, and variety shows. “Our network is growing with the global popularity of reality programming and contest shows,? said Rolando Guerra, Director of Engineering at TVN Panama. “The HVS-300HS and HVS-350HS switchers from FOR-A allow us the flexibility of working with HD in two different form factors.?

Last spring, TVN-2 launched the reality show My Big Talent competition based on the British format Britain’s Got more

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Broadcast Pix Showcases New Live Video Production Systems at Broadcast Asia 2011

Granite 500 and Slate 500 Live Production Systems Now Available

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ will showcase the new Granite 500, Slate 500, and Granite 2000 live video production systems, as well as its updated Granite™ 2.0 and Slate™ 8.5 software, at Broadcast Asia 2011, which runs 21-24 June in Singapore at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre (Booth 4P2-05). The new systems provide an ideal toolset at an attractive price point for stadiums and auditoriums, houses of worship, government facilities, and other AV installations.

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“We have the best live production system that integrates cameras with an internal clip store and CG to create compelling live video,? said Dennis Breckenridge, director of Asia-Pacific sales for Broadcast Pix. “The new 500 systems deliver all the benefits you expect from Broadcast Pix – but with a much smaller footprint and more

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Broadcast Pix Showcases New Live Video Production Systems at InfoComm 2011

Compact Granite 500 and Slate 500 Systems Ideal for AV Installations

Billerica, MassachusettsBroadcast Pix™ will showcase its new Granite™ 500 and Slate™ 500 live video production systems at InfoComm 2011 (Booth 3968), which runs June 15-17 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The new systems, which include recently upgraded Fluent™ workflow software, provide an ideal toolset at an attractive price point for stadiums and auditoriums, houses of worship, government facilities, and other AV installations. Broadcast Pix will also show the new Granite 2000, its most powerful 1 M/E video production system.

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“We have the best control surfaces for combining cameras, clips, and graphics to create compelling live video,? said Ken Swanton, president of Broadcast Pix. “Now our 500 systems feature a new control panel and enhanced Fluent-View display, which lowers the cost of more

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