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Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI) CEDIA EXPO 2014 — Booth 476

“We’re very excited to meet with our valued partners and customers at this year’s CEDIA to not only showcase our latest products, but also highlight newly developed two-way drivers and updates to the APEX control platform. We’ve got a host of new and never-before-seen products that we can’t wait to exhibit at the show.” — Pete Baker, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for RTI more

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Harmonic Helps The Weather Channel Improve Efficiency and Flexibility

Harmonic Ingest, Storage, Playout, and Transcoding Systems Enable Agile Production and Delivery of Timely Multiplatform News and Programming

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Aug. 12, 2014 – Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced that The Weather Channel(C) has deployed a comprehensive ingest, playout, and transcoding solution from Harmonic to support the network’s content acquisition management system. The network also installed a complement of new Harmonic systems in its master control for short- and long-form program playout.

The new broadcast infrastructure at The Weather Channel headquarters in Atlanta enables a much higher degree of automation, as well as better tracking of audio, video, and data — and more effective use of these assets in creating the unique content for which the network is known. These benefits extend beyond production and broadcast operations to providing additional programming and data for other business units, such as WSI, weather.com, and Weather Underground.

“Because we cannot send crews to hundreds of locations each day, we rely on local talent and local users to generate content for us, and this means we get a significant amount of inbound content in just about every format imaginable,” said Philip Grossman, senior director of content acquisition and management at The Weather Channel. “From transcoding and ingest to high-speed shared storage and playback for live TV, Harmonic is at the core of our operations. With this installation we can process as many as 200 videos an hour in up to six different bit rates, and we can scale the system beyond this as needed.”

The Harmonic solution includes the ProMedia(R) Carbon file-based transcoder for transcoding with WFS(TM) file-based workflow engine control; Spectrum MediaDeck(TM) integrated media servers for ingest; a Harmonic MediaGrid shared storage system; and, for playout, a new Spectrum(TM) media server system comprising a MediaStore(TM) 5000 storage array, MediaDirector(TM) media server controllers, and MediaPort(TM) real-time video encoder/decoders. These systems are connected to an enterprise service bus (ESB) that establishes interoperability among systems and provides their functionality through scalable services within a service-oriented architecture.

As a result, The Weather Channel has been able to increase efficiency and flexibility for covering multiple simultaneous weather-based news events, as well as the agility that allows it to adapt quickly to changing market demands without interrupting ongoing programming and services. The greater capacity of the new Harmonic Spectrum systems in master control, along with support for the latest codecs, helps The Weather Channel free up storage space while reducing the need for file conversions, which saves time and streamlines the overall flow of content from production to playout.

“We have a long history with The Weather Channel, and we are proud to play a role in its continued evolution as the preeminent source of timely weather-related news and information,” said John Scaggs, director of sales at Harmonic. “The network’s broadcast infrastructure is designed to be adaptive and interactive so that it can continually provide the functionality essential to the top-tier multiplatform offering of weather-focused content by The Weather Channel.”

A two-minute “Industry Spotlight” video about The Weather Channel content acquisition management system is available on the Harmonic website at http://www.harmonicinc.com/content/weather-channel-content-acquisition-and-management-industry-spotlight.

At stand 1.B20 during IBC2014, Sept. 12-16, in Amsterdam, Harmonic will showcase its comprehensive line of market-leading solutions that optimize the production and delivery of high-value video services. 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 MediaDirector(TM), MediaGrid, MediaPort(TM), MediaStore(TM) 5000, Spectrum(TM), Spectrum MediaDeck(TM), ProMedia(R) Carbon products and WFS(TM) workflow engine control 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 higher degree of automation, better tracking of audio, video and data, increased efficiency and flexibility, agility and quick adaptation to changing market without interruption to ongoing programming and services, time saving, and streamlined overall flow of content from production to playout.

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.

Visit Harmonic at IBC2014, Stand 1.B20

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Pro Control CEDIA EXPO 2014 — Booth 576

“At CEDIA EXPO 2014, Pro Control will introduce powerful new additions to our product lineup that attendees won’t want to miss. The new Pro.zwi Z-Wave interface facilitates the integration of a variety of Z-Wave-enabled devices into one intuitive control interface, eliminating the need for separate two-way drivers for every device — saving both time and money. We will also highlight the Pro.rfz wireless range extender, which provides a cost-effective solution for expanding the convenience of two-way control and feedback over larger areas. With our robust product family and these new innovations on display, we are looking forward to a great show.”
– Mike Everett, General Manager for Pro Control more

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Revolabs Brings More Strength to Global Sales Team

Adds Longtime Industry Pro Jim Fairweather as EVP of Global Sales

SUDBURY, Mass. — Aug. 11, 2014 — Revolabs(R), the premier provider of audio solutions for unified communications (UC), enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications, today announced the appointment of Jim Fairweather to executive vice president of global sales. As the leader of Revolabs’ global sales team, Fairweather will be responsible for the worldwide management and recruitment of the sales organization as well as the growth and profitability of the entire portfolio of Revolabs products. more

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BenQ Now Shipping Latest in its GW Series of RevolutionEyes(TM) Monitors

Monitors Offer Elegant Design and Exceptional Performance for the Home or Office

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Aug. 11, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today introduced its new additions to the GW Series of mainstream monitors, the GW2765HT and GW2265HM. Featuring BenQ’s RevolutionEyes(TM) technology, the displays blend perfectly within any living space or office décor with stylish attributes such as high-gloss frames, curvaceous stands, and extremely slim bezels that enable sharper-looking single or multidisplay configurations for placement in any setting. more

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Blonder Tongue Offers Superior Motion Optimization for Fast-Paced TV Programming With New HDE-HVC-PRO

Introduces Enhancements to SDE-4AV-QAM Encoder to Enable Superior Video Quality at Lower Bit Rates

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — Aug. 12, 2014 — Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) today announced the HDE-HVC-PRO, a new MPEG-2 SD/HD professional series encoder designed to deliver superior motion optimization for fast-paced programming, including live sports events. In addition, the company announced enhancements to its SDE-4AV-QAM MPEG-2 SD encoder, which enables operators to deliver more SD channels at lower bit rates. Both the HDE-HVC-PRO and SDE-4AV-QAM encoders bring increased levels of video quality and bandwidth efficiency to the broadcast, cable, and hospitality markets. more

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Forbidden and Take 1 Partner to Integrate Transcription Capabilities With Forscene

LONDON — Aug. 12, 2014 – Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform Forscene, and U.K.-based Take 1 Transcription, provider of transcription, captioning, and translation services, today announced a partnership that connects Take 1′s transcription capability to Forscene. Now Forscene users will be able to access Take 1′s service directly from the Forscene interface with the touch of a button. This integration eliminates the need to prepare and transport large files or other media manually for transcription, and also helps to create thorough transcripts that can accelerate the post-production process.

“Many of our customers rely on time-coded transcripts as a valuable source of information during post-production, but getting those transcripts in hand can be a cumbersome process,” said Greg Hirst, business development director, Forbidden Technologies plc. “Our partnership with Take 1, which serves many of the major production companies, studios, and networks in the U.K. and the U.S., means our customers can skip the manual steps involved with initiating a transcription and just push a button instead, leaving them well on their way to a more efficient workflow.”

Unlike the usual transcription process, which requires producers to transcode clips, create and transport DVDs, or send files via FTP to a transcription vendor manually, the integration between Take 1 and Forscene creates an automated process. Producers select the content in Forscene to be transcribed, and then simply click a button to send proxy files to Take 1. Take 1 receives the transcription order, where it is processed immediately by the company’s highly trained, distributed workforce. Once completed, the transcript is imported back into Forscene as an XML file so that it gets linked back to the master video in the Forscene cloud.

At that point, production teams can use Forscene’s powerful logging functions to add even more metadata around visual descriptors, locations, and other key information. From there, Forscene’s robust search tools can be used to scan the transcript and the additional metadata to find just the right clips. Then teams can use Forscene to complete some or all of the editing process, from stringouts to publishing, with review and approval cycles throughout.

“More and more of our clients are embracing cloud-based post-production and using platforms like Forscene, so we needed to ensure our service was accessible directly from the cloud,” said Dom Bourne, CEO of Take 1. “By integrating our transcription service into Forscene, we are removing an entire step in the workflow, allowing content to flow seamlessly from Forscene to Take 1 for immediate transcription with resulting transcripts importing back effortlessly. This integration helps further compress the time between the shoot and the edit, so clients can focus on making TV programmes and not worry about logistics.”

Visit Forbidden at IBC2014 in booth 8.B38e to find out more.

More information about Forscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk. More information about Forbidden Technologies can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk. More information about Take 1 Transcription can be found at www.take1.tv.

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About Take 1 Transcription
Founded in 1998, Take 1 Transcription is the trusted provider of transcription, captioning, and translation services to all the major production companies, studios, and networks in the U.K. and the USA. Take 1 Transcription has a strong understanding of broadcast technologies, file-based workflows, and FTP and has developed sophisticated internal systems to maximize use of its distributed workforce. Take 1 Transcription is a privately held company and is headquartered in Cranbrook, Kent. More information about Take 1 can be found at www.take1.tv.

About Forbidden Technologies plc
Forbidden develops advanced technologies that enable media makers and broadcasters to create and distribute compelling viewing experiences to demanding worldwide audiences. Forbidden’s flagship product, Forscene, is the world’s most advanced cloud-based video post-production platform. It allows post-production professionals to make and deliver stories with high quality and production value in demanding, fast-paced landscapes. Quoted on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market, Forbidden partners with high-profile media and technology organisations, including Atos, BIM, deltatre, EVS, and Key Code Media. More information about Forbidden can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk. More information about Forscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk.

Digigram’s IBC2014 Product Lineup to Feature Low-Cost, High-Quality AQORD *LINK/LE Video-Over-IP Codec

MONTBONNOT, France — Aug. 12, 2014 – Digigram today announced that at IBC2014, it will demonstrate the new AQORD *LINK/LE codec designed to enable simple, cost-effective transport of high-quality video over IP networks, including fiber, xDSL, and satellite for program contribution applications. With an attractive price tag and the ability to serve either as an encoder or decoder, the easy-to-use AQORD *LINK/LE IP video codec lowers barriers to IP-based video transport without forcing users to compromise on video quality.

“IP video transport offers numerous business and operational benefits, and we have introduced the AQORD *LINK/LE in order to make these benefits accessible to a broader range of users and facilities,” said Laurent Gros, video product manager at Digigram. “With this new product, which rounds out our video product range, we offer the high video quality for which our AQORD IP video codecs are known, as well as fundamental, hardware-based, low-latency encoding and streaming capabilities packaged in an uncomplicated design with straightforward configuration options.”

The AQORD *LINK/LE codec is designed for video contribution in broadcast, live event, and IPTV distribution applications. Housed in a 19-inch encoder/decoder rack, the unit features SDI raw video I/O and network I/O for IP-based live streaming. Ready to use right out of the box with minimal configuration, this latest addition to Digigram’s AQORD family allows users to begin streaming almost immediately. With both H.264 encoding or decoding capabilities, the AQORD *LINK/LE also gives users flexibility in system deployment.

Throughout IBC2014, Digigram’s AQORD line of IP video codecs for contribution and AQILIM IP video codecs for over-the-top applications will be on display on stand 8.C51. The AQORD *LINK/LE will be available for shipping shortly after IBC2014 concludes.

More information about Digigram and the company’s products is available at www.digigram.com or by phone at +33 4 76 52 47 47.

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About Digigram
Positioned at the convergence of professional audio and video with IT, Digigram offers IP-based solutions that enable users worldwide to increase their competitiveness through change.

The company’s products enable the reliable capture, production and delivery of high-quality audio and video over IP networks. Its innovative IP audio codecs, professional sound cards, and audio processing software are used by thousands of journalists, broadcasters, and audio engineers worldwide. Digigram’s all-IP video product line provides advanced contribution and distribution solutions to broadcast, IPTV, Web TV, and OTT operators. The company also delivers key audio/video technologies and OEM solutions to software vendors and manufacturers.

For more than 25 years, through constant innovation and the development of fruitful partnerships, Digigram has been influential in energizing the industry, raising standards, and pushing forward technological development.

Further information on Digigram and its product portfolio is available at www.digigram.com.

Please Visit Digigram at IBC2014, Stand 8.C51

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Photo Caption: AQORD *LINK/LE IP Video Encoder/Decoder

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Riedel Hires Erik Miehs as Service Engineer for Australia

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Aug. 12, 2014 – Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that Erik Miehs has joined the company as service engineer for Australia. In his new role, Miehs will boost Riedel’s ability to support existing customers and equipment rentals while contributing to the company’s continued overall growth in sales and rentals across the region.

“As an end user in his previous position, Erik brings a wealth of operational Riedel knowledge to our team. With his appointment, we’ve instantly expanded our ability to deliver excellent service to our growing client base,” said Cameron O’Neill, general manager, Riedel Australia. “We’ve had an explosion of new installations in the past two years, and keeping those systems in peak condition is one of our core values.”

Miehs has more than ten years of experience working in audio and pro sound. Most recently, he was a communications and broadcast engineer at the Sydney Opera House, where he was responsible for all Riedel Artist, Performer, and Acrobat systems deployed in the Opera House venues and its new recording and broadcast facility. Previously, he served as an A/V technician for corporate functions and events at Revolver Audio, and was an audio technician and FOH engineer for Glass Chain Audio Services.

Miehs is based in the Riedel Sydney office and can be reached at +61 (0) 2 9669 1199 or at erik.miehs@riedel.net.

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 350 people at 12 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

Visit Riedel Communications at IBC2014, Stand 10.A31

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Photo Caption: Erik Miehs, Service Engineer for Australia, Riedel Communications

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Wohler Appoints Alex Collins to Serve as Asia-Pacific Sales Director

New Hire Joins Wohler’s Asia-Pacific Team With Extensive Experience in Sales and Marketing of IT-Based Broadcast Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO — Aug. 6, 2014 – Wohler Technologies today announced the appointment of Alex Collins as sales director in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. In this role, Collins will focus on extending awareness and adoption of the company’s RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) and other RadiantGrid-driven solutions in the region.

“With experience in both sales and integration of advanced file-based broadcast solutions, and a strong track record in each area, Alex has the proficiency to support the growing interest around RadiantGrid and quickly become a valuable part of our APAC team,” said Craig Newbury, vice president of sales at Wohler. “We see great potential for our RadiantGrid solutions in APAC markets, and Alex will be instrumental in our efforts to expand upon these opportunities.”

Collins joins Wohler having most recently served as sales and marketing director at Megahertz Ltd. (previously OKNO-TV), a U.K.-based provider of integration services to leading broadcasters worldwide. He also has held sales and marketing roles with Evertz Technologies and Television Systems Limited.

Collins will be based in Wohler’s Hong Kong office and will report directly to Newbury.

Information about Wohler products, including the RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform and other RadiantGrid solutions, is available at www.wohler.com.

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About Wohler Technologies Inc.
Wohler’s tradition of innovation began more than 30 years ago with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio monitoring product, and it continues today through the company’s continued development of unique solutions that span the baseband, stream, and file-based domains and include advanced monitoring solutions for video, audio, and captioning applications; solutions for IP monitoring, encoding, and decoding; and the award-winning RadiantGrid(TM) platform for efficient file-based content transformation and distribution. Together, Wohler’s advanced, cost-effective confidence monitoring and media transformation products ensure high-quality production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler is available at www.wohler.com.

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

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Photo Caption: Alex Collins, Wohler Asia-Pacific Sales Director

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