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SMPTE Announces 2014 Director Appointments

New Appointees Bring Depth of Experience and Knowledge to SMPTE’s ‘Three Pillars’: Standards, Membership, and Education

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Feb. 27, 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 2014 SMPTE directors. Alan Lambshead, SMPTE standards vice president, appointed Bob Edge, Oliver Morgan, and Howard Lukk to serve as standards directors; Paul Stechly, SMPTE membership vice president, appointed Bruce Devlin, Karl Kuhn, and William C. Miller to serve as membership directors; and Patrick Griffis, SMPTE education vice president, appointed Michael DeValue, V. Michael Bove, Peter Putman, and Al Kovalick to serve as education directors.

“Individually and as a group, the SMPTE members who have been appointed as 2014 directors bring exceptional experience and expertise to the leadership, guidance, and growth of the Society,” said Wendy Aylsworth, SMPTE president and senior vice president of technology at Warner Bros. Technical Operations. “Every one of the incoming directors already has made significant contributions not only to the advancement of the motion-imaging field, but also to the overall success of SMPTE. Over the coming year, each will be a valuable asset in our ongoing work in standards, membership, and education — the three pillars on which the Society is built.”

Edge, who is president of Bob Edge TV Consulting, has been active in television standards work for more than 18 years, participating in projects with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Video Services Forum (VSF), Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), SMPTE, and other organizations. He has served as a SMPTE engineering director and as a technology committee chair; is a Life Fellow in the Society; and has contributed to the development of more than a dozen SMPTE standards and registered disclosure documents (RDD). Edge also is the author of numerous technical papers describing the application of information technology (IT) and data networking for television production.

Morgan is founder and president of Metaglue Corporation. Spanning more than 30 years, his career in the television industry includes roles as director of engineering and senior consulting engineer at Convergence Corporation, Sony Corporation, and Avid Technology. He is a SMPTE Fellow and, as chair of the SMPTE W25 Committee on Metadata and Wrapper Technology from 2000 through 2004, has guided the development of the SMPTE Metadata Dictionary and the Material Exchange Format (MXF). He holds 10 patents and was a founding member of the AMWA.

Lukk is vice president of production technology at The Walt Disney Studios, where he is responsible for helping to incorporate new technologies into the workflow of the studio. He is a SMPTE Fellow and an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

Devlin has worked for more than 25 years in all aspects of media, and today, as AmberFin chief technical officer (CTO), he leads the company’s technology strategy. He is a member of the Internal Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM), a SMPTE Fellow, and a recipient of SMPTE’s David Sarnoff Medal and the British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society’s (BKSTS)’ Achievement Award. Devlin has authored patents, specifications, and books that drive the professional media industry forward.

Kuhn is senior video systems applications engineer at Tektronix, a role in which he supports digital audio and video, compression, Internet protocol (IP), file-based, and radio frequency (RF) test and measurement. He holds three U.S. patents and one Japanese patent that cover in-service testing of digital broadcast video. Kuhn has served on the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Technical and Engineering Emmy(R) Committee from 2007 to 2010; he is the past chair of the Washington, D.C., SMPTE section; and he now serves as the SMPTE Eastern region governor.

Miller is president of Miltag Media Technology LLC, a consultancy specializing in technical standards for television and related industries. He has been a broadcaster for nearly 40 years, earning an Emmy Award for his contributions to ABC’s coverage of the XV Olympic Winter Games, and has been actively involved in the development of television standards for more than 25 years. Miller is a SMPTE Fellow and a SMPTE New York region governor, and was awarded the Society’s Progress Medal in 2002 and its Presidential Proclamation in 2013. He has held numerous leadership roles not only within SMPTE, but also within the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) and the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC).

DeValue is the director of advanced technology at The Walt Disney Studios, where he is responsible for standards, as well as researching new technologies related to content distribution such as 3D, 4K, and high dynamic range (HDR). He has co-chaired several groups related to 3D in the home for SMPTE and presented a session on captions in stereoscopic 3D at the SMPTE 2010 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition. In addition to SMPTE, he is an active participant in the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) and Digital Cinema Initiatives, (DCI) and is also the current chairman of the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society.

Bove holds an S.B.E.E., an S.M. in visual studies, and a doctorate in media technology, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is the head of the Object-Based Media Group at the Media Laboratory. He is the author or co-author of more than 90 journal and conference papers; holds patents on inventions relating to video recording, hard copy, interactive television, and medical imaging; and is co-author of the book, “Holographic Imaging.” He is on the Board of Editors of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal; has served as associate editor of the journal Optical Engineering (OE); and is a fellow of the SPIE and the Institute for Innovation, Creativity, and Capital.

Putman, president of ROAM Consulting LLC, develops training and marketing programs for manufacturers, dealers, and end users of displays, display interfaces, and wireless connectivity products. He is a contributing editor for Sound and Communications magazine, editor and publisher of HDTVexpert.com, and an InfoComm Senior Academy Instructor for the International Communications Industries Association (ICIA), where he was the 2008 ICIA Educator of the Year. He is a member of SMPTE and the Society for Information Display (SID), and he holds certifications from ICIA and the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF).

Kovalick, founder of Media Systems Consulting, has worked in the field of hybrid audiovisual and IT systems for the past 20 years, and he currently focuses on media systems, file-based workflows, and cloud migration for media facilities. He has presented more than 50 papers at industry conferences worldwide, and he holds 18 U.S. and foreign patents. In 2009 Kovalick was awarded the David Sarnoff Medal from SMPTE for engineering achievement. He is a life member of Tau Beta Pi, an IEEE member, and a SMPTE Life Fellow. He is the “Cloudspotter’s Journal” columnist for TV Technology magazine.

Further information about SMPTE is available online at www.smpte.org.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Harmonic to Feature Innovative, Flexible Broadcast and Multiscreen Solutions at 2014 NAB Show

Highlights Include a Groundbreaking Technology Demonstration With Potential to Redefine the Broadcast Video Delivery Ecosystem

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Feb. 27, 2014 — At booth SU1210 at the 2014 NAB Show, Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, will demonstrate a series of solutions that optimize the production and delivery of high-value video services in the broadcast, pay-TV, and new media environments. Building on its position as the No. 1 provider of pay-TV encoders, broadcast playout servers, IPTV headends, and multiscreen transcoding solutions, Harmonic will unveil innovative new solutions and feature sets that enable further efficiencies in the preparation and delivery of high-quality video content to any viewing device.

“During the 2014 NAB Show, the products and solutions demonstrated at our booth will highlight the operational efficiencies, cost savings, and amazing video quality that operators can achieve by leveraging an integrated solution from Harmonic,” said Peter Alexander, chief marketing officer at Harmonic. “In addition to the acclaimed products that have made Harmonic a leading solutions provider to video service providers, we will feature an innovative new solution with the power to change the nature of video delivery as we know it.”

Highlights at the Harmonic booth will include:

Encoding and Stream Processing
Harmonic will unveil and demonstrate a groundbreaking software technology that has the potential to redefine the broadcast video delivery ecosystem. The company also will feature a unique, live 4K Ultra HD 2160p60 demonstration.

The market-leading ATSC 3.0-ready Electra(TM) universal multifunction, multiformat encoding platform, which features the industry’s highest density audio encoding capabilities, will be on display, as will a powerful primary distribution solution built on the Harmonic DMS(TM) video distribution management system and a new ProView(TM) IRD (integrated receiver-decoder).

Harmonic also will show its advanced multiscreen ad insertion solution, which leverages the ProMedia(R) family and ProStream(R) with ACE(R) broadcast and multiscreen transcoder and integrates with advertising ecosystem partners to enable the monetization of multiscreen services. By facilitating commercial insertion, along with program substitution and blackout on the client side, the Harmonic solution gives operators a straightforward and cost-effective way to generate a return on their multiscreen investment.

Storage and Playout
Harmonic will feature enhancements to the market-leading Spectrum(TM) media server product line, including the Spectrum ChannelPort(TM) integrated channel playout system, which augment ingest, storage, and playout broadcast workflows. ChannelPort’s impressive performance includes high-density playout of four SD/HD channels per RU, dual DVE capabilities, and compatibility with the industry’s leading automation systems. In a demonstration of its high-performance storage solutions, Harmonic also will showcase collaborative editing and 4K editing on the Harmonic MediaGrid shared storage system.

In addition to the demonstrations and Ultra HD theater presentations at the Harmonic booth, Thierry Fautier, vice president of solutions marketing at Harmonic, will present his paper, “Ultra HD in 2014: A Real World Analysis,” at the NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference on April 9 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in room S228 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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

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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 Electra(TM), ProView(TM), ProMedia(R), ProStream(R) with ACE(R), Spectrum(TM), ChannelPort(TM) and Harmonic MediaGrid 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 operational efficiencies, cost savings, and 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, 2012, 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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Viaccess-Orca TV Connect 2014 Exhibitor Preview

At TV Connect 2014, Viaccess-Orca, a global leader in the protection and enhancement of content services, will address the key challenges facing the pay-TV industry, including the need for effective anti-piracy security, TV Everywhere, and content discovery solutions.

Armed with Viaccess-Orca’s end-to-end, engagement, and security solutions, broadcasters and content service providers can securely deliver an immersive experience to users on any screen.

Speaking Engagements

At TV Connect 2014, Dr. Ofer Weintraub, Viaccess-Orca’s executive vice president of innovation, will deliver the keynote presentation “Practical Big Data Strategies for Monetisation: Visionary Insight: Viaccess-Orca.” The presentation, scheduled to take place at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, will explore and discuss the importance of Big Data for content service providers, as well as the most practical and useful strategies and how to apply them for constant improvement in service and technologies. The presentation will showcase several case studies and lessons from extensive field experience.

In addition, Haggai Barel, deputy CEO of Viaccess-Orca, will join the keynote super panel discussion “Creating Innovative New VOD Services.” The panel discussion takes place Thursday, March 20, at 11:20 a.m. It will outline strategies for launching next-generation video-on-demand services.

Key Products and Technology Demos

TV Everywhere Solution — Shortlisted for a TV Connect Award: “Best Multiscreen TV Solution”
At TV Connect 2014, the highlight at the booth will be Viaccess-Orca’s TV Everywhere solution, which was recently deployed by Orange Spain for its new state-of-the-art multiscreen service offering.

Viaccess-Orca will demonstrate the latest enhancements to its end-to-end multiscreen TV Everywhere solution, designed to enrich the user experience. Utilizing the solution, operators can securely deliver live, VOD, and catch-up TV content on any network via any screen in order to expand their service offerings, monetize multiscreen TV services, quickly respond to market demands, and increase subscriber loyalty. Leveraging the cloud, content delivery is further optimized, enabling operators to deploy new and engaging services at a much faster time to market, thus reducing CAPEX and OPEX.

A key highlight of the demonstration will be the platform’s user interface, through which subscribers can easily discover compelling applications and television content. The new user interface will be shown on multiple devices at the stand, including an iPad(R), Android(TM) tablet, and TV screen with a set-top-box.

The TV Everywhere demonstration will also highlight Viaccess-Orca’s COMPASS content discovery platform and DEEP (Data Enrichment and Engagement Platform). COMPASS provides operators with a complete platform for reporting, analytics, and control of content discovery. Relying on a combination of sophisticated algorithms, it offers subscribers personalized content recommendations, optimizing the television experience. Through DEEP, operators can generate enriched metadata and offer users additional content related to what they’re already consuming. This enables operators to support new business models such as targeted advertising and branding. DEEP content is presented in a unique magazine-style format, which is populated automatically.

COMPASS Content Discovery
Viaccess-Orca will also highlight COMPASS, a flexible and state-of-the-art content discovery solution recently selected by yes for its “My TV” and “Go TV Everywhere” services. Relying on a combination of sophisticated content discovery algorithms, COMPASS sends subscribers personalized recommendations, enabling them to quickly and easily find content tailored to their specific interests. As part of the content service provider’s headend, COMPASS can be fully integrated with any service delivery platform. By bringing subscribers closer to the content they want, COMPASS increases subscriber engagement and prevents churn, maximizing an operator’s revenue streams.

DEEP Second Screen Engagement
At TV Connect 2014, the company will also conduct a stand-alone demonstration of DEEP on a handheld tablet device synchronized with the TV screen. Through an intuitive user interface, DEEP dramatically enhances TV viewing and enables television viewers to browse thousands of unique digital magazines about movies, TV shows, actors, and themes related to the video content in the provider’s catalog or program guide. After automatically identifying the most engaging topics related to the content, DEEP presents it in a familiar, user-friendly magazine-style format that is viewable on tablet devices for an unparalleled second-screen television experience.

DEEP supports the entire television 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, enabling service providers to deliver targeted advertising content to viewers and increase their revenue streams.

Eye on Piracy — Shortlisted for a TV Connect Award: “Best Component or Enabler”
With the advent of multinetwork content delivery and multiscreen content consumption, content service providers need to embrace intelligent security solutions that will enable them to sustain their investments in content and build a foundation for engaging customer experiences. Viaccess-Orca’s new anti-piracy platform helps content service providers protect their TV services against new forms of content piracy, e.g., Web streaming and peer-to-peer content redistribution. Viaccess-Orca’s Eye on Piracy platform includes a comprehensive suite of services for targeting VOD content on illegal sites and live event (such as major sports matches) illegal redistribution, providing smart analysis of pirated content, and managing website black lists for content service providers.

Meet With Viaccess-Orca at TV Connect 2014
To arrange a meeting with Viaccess-Orca during TV Connect, please visit stand 115 or send your request here: http://www.viaccess-orca.com/what-s-new/events/510-tv-connect-2014.html.

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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.

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LynTec Products on Display at USITT 2014

Remote Power Control Mobile (RPCM)
LynTec’s all-new, award-winning Remote Power Control Mobile (RPCM) is the first intelligent power distribution panel to bring three new features to the mobile power distribution market. First, the RPCM uses switch-grade motorized circuit breakers to provide remotely managed electrical protection and on/off control within a single enclosure. Second, the unit offers current monitoring at the branch circuit level — enabling real-time current draw on a branch breaker, phase, or panel basis in addition to notification alarms that alert users of electrical panel anomalies via text or email. Third, the RPCM’s built-in Web server enables users to monitor and control distribution with ease, directly on the network, from a Web interface on any browser-enabled smart device. RPCM also interfaces with most third-party control systems using IP, DMX, and sACN protocols.

Ideal for temporary live events in settings including houses of worship, stadiums, and theaters, the RPCM provides direct on/off control for LED lighting and takes loads out of standby mode by directly shutting down circuits — reducing energy and system maintenance costs, and facilitating more sustainable setups within a portable, road case design.

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Remote Power Controller (RPC) — New Version!
LynTec’s Remote Power Controller (RPC) Series Panel version 2 combines the latest motorized breaker technology with a new and improved controller featuring more memory, a faster processor for real-time monitoring down to the circuit level, and the capacity to use multiple control protocols simultaneously — now including sACN. These new features complement the device’s onboard server with network or smart-device access, load-specified switch-grade motorized circuit breakers, built-in auto-off brownout protection using controlled circuit breaker shutdown and restart, optional sequential circuit level on/off capabilities, and ability to interface with third-party control systems via contact closure, TCP/IP, DMX, or RS-232.

This new version also provides the market’s only auto-on function to activate egress lighting via contact closure inputs from fire alarms in the event of an emergency. Supporting UL 924 requirements, the upgrade replaces the need for separate emergency lighting panels and high voltage switches. The software also turns on lighting circuits regardless of control protocol or zone assignment — similar to the function of existing emergency-off or kill features used for silencing sound reinforcement systems during alarms.

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RPCR Relay Panel
Ideal for houses of worship, schools, performing arts centers, auditoriums, and other large assembly spaces, LynTec’s RPCR is the only relay panel built specifically for the entertainment industry. Based on LynTec’s popular RPC series panel, the RPCR brings branch circuit control and monitoring to any existing breaker panel, regardless of brand, make, or model. The unit combines relay functionality with a built-in Web server to provide remote electrical control to applications, including LED lighting, powered amplifiers, and energy management programs. Additionally, a Web-enabled browser-based interface allows users to set up, troubleshoot, control, and monitor relay status remotely across existing networks — resulting in simpler, more efficient power management from any computer, tablet, or handheld smart device. The point-and-click interface enables users to set up zones easily, perform sequential on/off switching and scheduling, activate emergency overrides, and provide dependable brownout protection.

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Company Quote:
“The past year has been a very exciting time for LynTec, and we are looking forward to bringing our new theater-focused solutions to USITT 2014. Among our award-winning products on display will be the industry-changing RPCM intelligent power distribution panel, which provides portability and built-in Web capabilities for complete mobile power management, protection, and control. We will also exhibit our entire RPC line of remote power control systems — now featuring the latest motorized breaker technology, enhancements for LED lighting applications, and the market’s only emergency auto-on function for egress lighting requirements. We are very enthusiastic to be back at USITT and look forward to a successful event in Fort Worth.”
– Mark Bishop, President of LynTec

Company Overview:
LynTec is a leading manufacturer of remotely operated AC power control systems for the professional sound, lighting, and video industries. The company offers both electrical protection and circuit switching capabilities within the same enclosure — saving space, lowering installation costs, and building trusted relationships with system designers. LynTec’s continuous growth in electrical and expanded lighting control, energy monitoring, built-in power conditioning, and mobile applications positions the company as a leading resource for the A/V and lighting industries and an integral partner for sustainable energy practices. More information is available at www.LynTec.com.

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Women in CE Announces Lineup for Third Annual Career Enhancement Forum: The Power of Connectivity

Charlotte Beers, Author of ‘I’d Rather Be in Charge,’ to Deliver Opening Keynote

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Feb. 26, 2014 — Women in Consumer Electronics (CE), an industry organization that promotes the advancement of women in the CE industry, today announced that registration will open on March 15 for the third annual Women in CE Career Enhancement Forum titled “The Power of Connectivity.” Taking place on June 24 at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, the event will be held in conjunction with CE Week and is hosted by Women in CE. The forum will kick off with a networking breakfast, followed by a full day of sessions, workshops, and keynote speakers that relate to career enhancement for all corporate, small business, and entrepreneurial women pursuing a career in consumer electronics. A closing reception will wrap up the day’s events.

At “The Power of Connectivity,” attendees will be treated to an opening keynote by Charlotte Beers, CEO, chairman, Undersecretary of State, teacher, and author of “I’d Rather Be in Charge: A Legendary Business Leader’s Roadmap for Achieving Pride, Power, and Joy at Work.” Currently serving on the Board of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Beers has received a number of accolades throughout her remarkable career, including the Distinguished Service Medal — the State Department’s highest honor — and induction into the Advertising Hall of Fame.

Returning to the Career Enhancement Forum to lead a featured workshop is Sam Horn, ideapreneur and author of “POP! Create the Perfect Pitch, Title and Tagline for Anything.” In her presentation “Intrigue: Create Interest, Earn Respect, Connect With Anyone,” Horn will provide audience members with new and inspiring ways to scale their influence and win buy-in from busy, distracted decision makers for priority projects. In addition, award-winning news and technology journalist Andrea Smith will present the featured workshop “The Power of Connectivity.” In this workshop, Smith will discuss social media best practices geared toward professional empowerment and promoting business success.

Featured panels at the event will be led by Samantha Smith, executive vice president of Etail Eye, North America, and Deena Ghazarian, vice president of sales and finance for Monster Products Inc. Smith will lead a spirited discussion with women who have truly mastered the power of connectivity in “The Power of Connectivity Success Stories.” Ghazarian, a 2014 Women in CE Legacy Award Honoree, will lead “The Power of Lean in Circles,” where she will introduce the Lean in Circle as made popular in the book of the same title by Sheryl Sandberg.

“Connectivity is changing the business landscape, and our third annual Career Enhancement Forum is dedicated to providing women with the tools they need to harness its power to drive success,” said Carol Campbell, founder of Women in CE. “We have an incredible lineup of speakers and panelists set to explore connectivity on many levels, from social media to peer groups, and are excited to have Charlotte Beers deliver the opening keynote. Previous year’s events have sold out quickly, so we encourage attendees to register early to secure their spots.”

The forum, to be held at the Rubin Museum of Art at 150 W. 17th St. in New York, is open to women working in all segments of the CE industry, including manufacturers, major retailers, specialty retailers, suppliers, integrators, distributors, manufacturers’ representatives, buying groups, and consultants. Additional sessions will be announced soon.

Early bird registration for the Women in CE Career Enhancement Forum opens March 15 and ends on May 15 for a $50 savings. For members, the early bird rate of $199 expires on May 15, and a standard rate of $249 will apply while seating lasts. For non-members, the early bird rate of $249 expires on May 15, and a standard rate of $299 will apply while seating lasts.

For more information and to register for the Women in CE “The Power of Connectivity” Career Enhancement Forum, please visit www.womenince.org.

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Archimedia Technology at the 2014 NAB Show

Conceived at last year’s NAB Show out of the need to deliver and read files originating from 4K cameras, Archimedia Technology offers a range of tools that allows video engineers and archivists to access, play, manage, and test files in mastering formats, including JPEG 2000, ultimately making content deliverable more quickly at higher quality. In its inaugural run at the NAB Show, Archimedia invites visitors to its booth to experience the power of this unparalleled line of tools on HD and UHD screens, including the foundation of its product line, the Archimedia Master Player.

Archimedia Master Player
At the 2014 NAB Show, Archimedia will display its inaugural product, the Archimedia Master Player. Designed for video engineers, producers, directors, manufacturers, and archivists who work with video mastering formats such as JPEG 2000, Archimedia Master Player is the first software player to support all common master formats in use around the world today — including the long-awaited, studio-driven SMPTE IMF — and the first to allow users to view, test, and measure archival-quality files on a standard UHD/HDTV and traditional SDI equipment. Even XYZ files such as DPX and TIFF can be viewed on an RGB projector or TV that many people already own. This revolutionary capability not only makes content deliverable more quickly at higher quality, but also makes it unnecessary to create and store the content in other formats. The latest release contains features that make the player a true 4K-era replacement for videotape machines for master-grade quality control and archiving functions. Key among them is the ability to control audio and video remotely using RS-422 jog/shuttle wheels, with smooth scrub sounds for all supported formats in slow-motion, forward, and reverse. The Archimedia Master Player is available in both HDTV and 4K/UHDTV/Digital Cinema versions.

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Archimedia Workstations
Visitors to the Archimedia booth at the 2014 NAB Show will get a close look at Archimedia Workstations driven by Archimedia’s breakthrough Master Player software. For QC operators, producers, directors, archivists, managers, and other media professionals in the digital cinema and broadcast industries, Archimedia Workstations take the guesswork and headache out of buying hardware for critical viewing and quality control of master media files. Available in broadcast HD, 2K Digital Cinema, and 4K/UHDTV versions, each Archimedia Workstation comes with a state-of-the-art HDMI output up to 4K@60Hz, 70 alignment test patterns up to 4:4:4 12 bits, and remote control support for the user’s choice of jog/shuttle/scrub device by Sony 9-pin protocol. Optional HD-SDI, 4K-SDI, and Quad 4K-SDI cards are available for SDI monitoring, and an optional Fibre Channel card enables use with a storage area network. Optional advanced test patterns up to 4:4:4 12 bits allow the most sophisticated users to set up critical workflows and systems.

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Archimedia HD, 4K, and Quad 4K SDI Cards
At the 2014 NAB Show, Archimedia will display the Archimedia HD-SDI, 4K-SDI, and Quad 4K-SDI cards for the Archimedia Master Player. The cards, made by Bluefish444, include a Master Player installer that will flash the cards’ firmware so that they behave properly under control of the Master Player. By deploying the cards, video engineers and archivists can use an Archimedia Workstation as a HD or cinematic-quality videotape player or disk-based SDI video server. (The most sophisticated users could even deploy the cards with the Archimedia Master Player software on a standard Windows(R) 7 or 8 computer.) Under the control of the Archimedia Master Player, the user’s HDTV or UHDTV can display a video file at the same frame rate as the original when in full-screen mode, marking the first time that an HDMI monitor and SDI monitor can be faithfully compared up to 4K resolution alongside a computer desktop. For quality control, the file’s technical metadata can be viewed while the file is playing.

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Archimedia Advanced Test Suite
Along with other products that accompany the Archimedia Master Player, Archimedia will demonstrate the Archimedia Advanced Test Suite, a set of advanced test patterns developed by renowned video test and measurement company VideoQ specifically for aligning monitors precisely and pushing codec systems to the limit. Designed for use with the Archimedia Master Player and available in HD and 4K versions, the Archimedia Advanced Test Suite allows users to test, align, configure, troubleshoot, and stress any equipment with an SDI or HDMI input. Such devices include encoders, transmitters, video recorders, monitors, projectors, standards converters, editors, and ingest and capture devices. When combined with partner VideoQ’s VQMA-3 software analyzer and one of Archimedia’s SDI conversion cards, the Master Player and Advanced Test Suite offer the industry’s first full-featured test environment that is far less costly and far easier to transport than previous comparable test environments.

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Photo Caption: Archimedia Advanced Test Suite

Company Quote:
“The idea for Archimedia was born at the NAB Show last year, and after a lot of hard work, we’re especially excited to be able to demonstrate our products to the media and entertainment world this year. We’ve created tools that streamline the incredibly complex file interchange process and allow both archivists and production teams to make use of their master files without expensive hardware or software. Archimedia gives these users innovative tools that they’ve never had before but have long needed. As we march ever closer to a 4K world (and beyond), these tools will become indispensable.”
– Mark Gray, President and CEO, Archimedia Technology

Company Overview

About Archimedia Technology
Archimedia Technology specializes in the processing, conversion, and playback of mastering formats, including JPEG 2000, for the professional broadcast, digital cinema, and video archival industries. Its technology and applications bridge the gap between content producers and their archives without loss of quality. Archimedia’s products fulfill a critical piece of the production and archival workflows, encapsulating complex file interchange and quality control processes for mastering and archive formats into practical solutions that give end users a new level of access to their assets. More information is available at www.archimediatech.com.

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

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Joseph Electronics Hires Ryhaan Williams as Director of Strategic Accounts

NILES, Ill. — Feb. 25, 2014 — Joseph Electronics (JE), the premier one-stop shop for the broadcast industry and provider of fiber termination and custom fiber solutions through Joseph Fiber Solutions (JFS), today announced Ryhaan Williams as the new director of strategic accounts. Williams will be responsible for strengthening existing relationships, expanding the reach of JE into the broadcast market, and securing project and integration specifications for custom fiber solutions.

“In her 25 years in the broadcast industry, Ryhaan has demonstrated success in uncovering new business opportunities, as well as cultivating relationships within an existing customer base,” said JE President Yohay Hahamy. “Her combination of broadcast operations and production experience mixed with a reputation for resourcefulness makes her a perfect match for our company as we move into the next phase of growth.”

Prior to joining Joseph Electronics, Williams was the principal and general manager of Tandem Solutions LLC, based in New Jersey. Tandem Solutions brokers and resells broadcast equipment and copper and fiber cabling, handling integration projects through a vast reseller network.

Before starting Tandem Solutions, Williams was a business development manager for Bexel in its New York office. At Bexel, Williams broadened her relationship with companies, such as MLB.com, that are market leaders in the digital media space.

As the former northeast regional manager for Gepco, Ryhaan was instrumental in fostering relationships among engineers, integrators, and consultants for creating custom fiber solutions. She oversaw installations at Red Bull Arena, PPL Park, and Yankee Stadium, in addition to mobile units built for Metrovision and New Century Productions.

As a project manager for Venue Services Group (VSG), National Mobile Television’s integration arm, Williams was tasked with managing installations at venues such as Fenway Park, TD Banknorth Garden, Yankee Stadium, and Dodger Stadium. Prior to working with VSG, she was the director of production for Sportvision, managing relationships with ESPN, ABC, NBC, and Turner. She also held positions at VH1, Courtroom Television, Medical News Network, and SportsChannel.

“Working in broadcast and remote operations for my entire career has allowed for a seamless transition from production and integration to projects and sales, giving me a unique perspective regarding client needs. Working collaboratively with the sales and engineering team at Joseph Electronics will enable me to further support customers with creative and project-specific solutions,” Williams said. “I am truly excited to be part of the expansion of Joseph Electronics.”

Further information about JE is available at www.josephelectronics.com.

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About Joseph Electronics
Joseph Electronics (JE) is an authorized stocking distributor for a wide range of premier broadcast and Pro A/V brands, including Wohler, Belden, Neutrik, Kings, Lawo, and DirectOut. Its full-service fiber division, JFS, designs and supplies innovative custom fiber solutions — such as the Caddie Series, Live-Link, and 4K Replay — for broadcasters and system integrators alike. Equipped with a state-of-the-art fiber lab staffed with fully certified professionals, JFS can fabricate, terminate, or repair any connector, assembly, panel, breakout, or interface in use today. JE has served the broadcast industry for more than 60 years and has representatives in California, Texas, New York, London, and Zurich. More information about Joseph Electronics can be found at www.josephelectronics.com.

Product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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Primestream Unveils Xchange Suite v3.0

Upgrades to the FORK Remote-Access Application Create New Level of Stability and Flexibility for Multisite Production Operations

MIAMI — Feb. 25, 2014 — Primestream(R) today announced FORK(TM) Xchange(TM) Suite v3.0, a major upgrade to the application that gives broadcasters instant Web access to content on their FORK Production(TM) servers from any Windows(R), Mac(R), or tablet device. Xchange v3.0 has a wealth of new features and capabilities that make it more flexible and stable than ever before, allowing concurrent users in multisite production operations global access to content and workflows within a reliable, centralized, efficient infrastructure.

“Some clients have increased the amount of clips handled in Xchange by more than 400 percent in the past year alone, so it’s clear that our clients need ever more flexible, scalable workflows and unwavering stability. The enhancements in Xchange v3.0 make it one of the first market solutions that can expand to the scale that our clients demand and allow users to create all kinds of new workflows,” said Claudio Lisman, Primestream president and CEO. “Through Xchange, large-scale media enterprises can unify multiple parts of the organization through a single user experience while addressing limitations in networks and infrastructure to increase stability.”

Yahoo! Studios, Albavision, Clio TV, and Radio and TV Marti are just a few of the media enterprises around the world that use Xchange for their daily production workflows. For the enterprise, Xchange v3.0 extends workflows to remotely connected users and facilities, a benefit that streamlines operations and reduces the time and cost of producing content. Users see direct benefits through ease of operation, increased quality of service, increased speed of workflow, and added functionality in remotely connected environments.

Xchange v3.0 features a completely redesigned iPad(R) interface optimized for Apple(R) iOS 7. Its many other new features and capabilities are:

- Xchange Uploader: Allows users to submit raw or finished packages directly into the FORK Production environment via a Web-based interface.
- Xchange Downloader: Allows users to download source content in order to edit final packages locally, with the ability to choose among multiple qualities to download.
- Xchange Partial File Download: Users can download sections of media, allowing faster download workflows and eliminating the need to download entire media.
- Xchange Load Balancer: Allows for distribution of network traffic across multiple servers for added stability and scalability.
- Xchange Encoding Engine and Render Farm: Allows Xchange to offload rendering processes from the FORK Production environment and adds flexibility with file creation.
- Quick, Cuts-Only editing: Allows users to create a rough cut with footage in Xchange and send the timeline to the FORK Production environment for distribution.
- Multiple Video Resolutions for Video Playback: Allows users to play back and select among multiple qualities of video in order to cope with various network conditions.
- Modular Back-End Extensions for Large-Scale Deployments: Allows the Xchange back-end to be installed modularly across multiple servers to ensure stability and scalability.
- Status Messaging/Alerts to FORK MAM: Gives FORK users visibility into the processes Xchange is running on assets being registered.
- Keyboard Shortcuts: A preconfigured set of keyboard shortcuts to drive the Xchange front-end user interface.
- Multithreading: Allows system to thread back-end processes, including rendering, which increases performance dramatically.

Primestream will demonstrate Xchange v3.0 at the 2014 NAB Show at booth SL10216. The application will be available in the second half of 2014. Pricing is available through local resellers and integrators or directly from Primestream at sales@primestream.com.

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About Primestream
Primestream(R), a leader in advanced media asset management and broadcast automation software, offers a seamless end-to-end platform for digital acquisition of live and file-based video content, media asset management, editing, logging, control room and master control playback, smartphone and tablet video contribution, publishing to the Web, and dynamic archiving. The company’s portfolio includes the FORK(TM) suite of applications, as well as Mobile2Air(R), ControlStation(TM), DIG-IT(TM) and Xchange(TM) Suite. Deployed in more than 300 broadcast operations across 40 countries, Primestream’s proven solutions are implemented by some of the world’s leading broadcasters, uplink services providers, digital media operations, and production/postproduction facilities. More information is available at www.primestream.com.

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Joseph Fiber Solutions at BVE 2014

The Camera Caddie-FP Series
Designed to reduce setup and teardown time while providing all the signal transport necessary to streamline live video acquisition workflows, the Caddie Series by Joseph Fiber Solutions (JFS) maximizes the amount of time camera operators can spend on production and content. The series contains 13 different stageboxes — each contained in a portable, flypack-friendly package — that have been optimally configured to meet the demands of different types of events. The innovative, JFS-exclusive OPTC port on all camera Caddies allows operators to daisy-chain additional Caddie systems in the series on a single camera cable. All feeds and returns ride on the original camera cable and can be deployed to distances of up to 6 miles (10 kilometers) with local power, or up to 1,600 feet (500 meters) when powered remotely from the base station. The rugged, reliable Caddie units are easy to set up and troubleshoot, thanks to their modular structure and Bluebell Opticom transport modules.

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Photo Caption: JFS Caddie-FP Series

Also on Display From Bluebell Opticom Limited:

- The PW140 is a universal 10G/3G SDI signal transport over fiber in a compact 1-RU frame. The initial base configuration supports up to six bidirectional HD-SDI signals over two fibers, or when using CWDM, up to 96 HD-SDI signals per fiber.

- Net Caddie is a new compact camera interface that uses revolutionary “Stagebox by BBC Research and Development” technology. Net Caddie allows HD-SDI to be injected directly into a standard network environment, bringing IP to the camera. Net Caddie transforms the entire camera’s bidirectional linear control, audio, and video signals into packet-based IP protocols, all on a single Cat6 cable, to simplify workflows and rigging.

- The new BlueLite and Caddie-LB 3G are specifically designed for outside broadcast and deployable applications.

Joseph Electronics Quote:
“BVE is critical to our strategic marketing goals and provides us with a great opportunity to meet with our partners and customers to discuss their immediate and future needs for fiber transport. This year’s attendees will see powerful, flexible designs that make live broadcast productions easier while taking today’s economic challenges into account.”
– Yohay Hahamy, President, Joseph Electronics
– Paul McCann, President, Bluebell Opticom

Company Overview:
Joseph Electronics (JE) is an authorized stocking distributor for a wide range of premier broadcast and pro A/V brands, including Wohler, Belden, Neutrik, Kings, Lawo, and DirectOut. Its full-service fiber division, JFS, designs and supplies innovative custom fiber solutions — such as the Caddie Series, Live-Link, and 4K Replay — for broadcasters and system integrators alike. Equipped with a state-of-the-art fiber lab staffed with fully certified professionals, JFS can fabricate, terminate, or repair any connector, assembly, panel, breakout, or interface in use today. JE has served the broadcast industry for more than 60 years and has representatives in California, Texas, New York, London, and Zurich. More information about Joseph Electronics can be found at www.josephelectronics.com.

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BenQ’s New Full HD 3D Wireless Projectors Shine in Corporate and Home Applications

The Company’s Latest Multi-Application Solutions, the MH680 Delivers Wireless Connectivity While the MH740 Features LAN Control

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Feb. 24, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today introduced its new MH680 and MH740 projectors. Designed to be the central components of any entertainment or presentation setup, the new devices combine crisp 1080p picture quality with 3D PC/Blu-ray readiness. The MH680 offers the flexibility to display content wirelessly via BenQ’s QPresenter app, while the MH740 boasts LAN control for remote monitoring. To lower the units’ total cost of ownership (TCO), the projectors also feature BenQ’s power-saving SmartEco(TM) technology, which extends projector lamp life up to an amazing 6,500 hours. more

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