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Biamp Systems’ TesiraFORTÉ Makes South American Debut at TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Brasil 2014

Company realigns smart audio solutions to deliver Biamp(R) quality for any application, from everyday to enterprise audio

BEAVERTON, Oregon — May 8, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of networked media systems, today announced the company’s innovative lineup for TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Brasil 2014. Being held in Sao Paulo from May 13-15, the event will give regional participants their first look at the company’s newly launched TesiraFORTÉ line of Audio Video Bridging (AVB) digital signal processors with configurable USB audio, providing greater simplicity and flexibility for today’s conferencing, telephony, and VoIP environments. more

Renowned FOH Engineers Launch New Business Venture for On-Location Digital Audio Enabled by Apple Mac mini and Sonnet’s Innovative Expansion Systems

Sonnet’s Echo Express III-R and xMac mini Server Enable Diablo Digital Inc. Founders Madix and Price to Offer Musical Acts of All Sizes Affordable, All-in-One Systems for On-Location, Live Audio Recording and Mixing

IRVINE, Calif. — May 7, 2014 — Sonnet Technologies today announced that well-known front-of-house (FOH) engineers Brad Madix and Greg Price have standardized on Sonnet’s Echo(TM) Express III and xMac(TM) mini Server Thunderbolt(TM)-to-PCIe(R) 2.0 expansion systems for their new business venture, Diablo Digital Inc. Madix and Price are using the Sonnet systems in combination with the Apple(R) Mac(R) mini to create highly powerful, portable, scalable, and yet very affordable rackmount solutions for on-location audio recording workflows.

Both Madix and Price have extensive FOH résumés dating back to the 1970s, mixing sound for some of the biggest names in rock music. Madix has worked with Rush, Van Halen, Shakira, Def Leppard, and many more, and Price has worked with Black Sabbath, ZZ Top, Kiss, and Aerosmith, among others. For several years, both had been working on separate paths to develop a portable, rackmount system that would integrate all necessary interfaces and peripherals for on-location music recording. Aside from being the source of live recording products, live multitrack recordings provide FOH engineers an invaluable tool for perfecting the mix on-location and making the most of limited rehearsal time at each venue.

While earlier efforts included the less portable and more expensive Mac Pro(R) computer, Madix and Price realized they could improve on the concept by leveraging the low cost and small footprint of the Mac mini. Working together, they built a new solution around Sonnet’s xMac mini Server, a Thunderbolt-to-PCIe 2.0 expansion system and 1U rackmount enclosure that securely holds the Mac mini in place.

“With its Thunderbolt connectivity and onboard storage of up to 2TB, the Mac mini can provide the server capabilities and computing power of a box many times larger, but at a cost many times lower,” said Madix. “Combined with the right expansion systems and peripherals, the Mac mini can be turned into a high-power multitrack recording system for live shows of any size. The xMac mini Server bridges the gap between the Mac Pro’s extensibility and the Mac mini’s portability and affordability, enabling us to rackmount a Mac mini where it can be easily cabled and extended with Thunderbolt connectivity.”

Madix added, “I recently ran a 91-track, two-plus-hour stress test using the xMac mini Server and an Avid HD Native card connected to an Avid Omni interface. I was working in Pro Tools|HD with hundreds of plug-ins instantiated. Amazingly, the Mac mini handled it all with no issues and only 57 percent of CPU utilization.”

The xMac mini Server increases the Mac mini’s functionality by connecting two PCIe 2.0 expansion slots to the computer’s Thunderbolt port, with an additional port on the chassis for daisy-chaining to other Thunderbolt devices. Panel-mount cables inside the enclosure extend the Mac mini interfaces to the outside of the xMac Mini Server enclosure, enabling quick connection of USB 3.0, HDMI, and Gigabit Ethernet cables without the need to access the computer. Diablo Digital’s custom mixing and recording system includes the Avid Pro Tools|HD audio recording and editing software running on the Mac mini, with the xMac mini Server housing a Pro Tools|HD Native PCIe card for interfacing with the VENUE desk. A Sonnet Tempo(TM) SSD PCIe storage card in the second slot serves as a high-speed, reliable record drive. This means the new recording system is capable of capturing 64 tracks of HD audio content, more than enough for most musical acts.

For larger productions, the Diablo Digital team is including Sonnet’s Echo Express III-R 2U rackmount Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion chassis with the Sonnet RackMac(TM) mini rackmount enclosure for the Mac mini. The Avid-qualified Echo Express III-R offers phenomenal speed through support of 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2 technology, and with a mounting depth of only 16 inches, provides the ideal component for interfacing the Pro Tools|HDX cards with the Mac mini.

“Adding the Echo Express III-R, additional Avid cards, and built-in mobile rack storage enables us to record up to 128 tracks simultaneously, which means we can deliver a solution with the horsepower for even the most elaborate productions — and still at a cost that’s less than our original Mac Pro-based system,” Price said. “Thanks to the possibilities afforded by the Sonnet Technologies and Avid gear working with the Mac mini, we saw an opportunity to build a business around providing Pro Tools recording systems to musical acts of all sizes. We really believe these systems will change the landscape of the music business.”

In the first quarter of this year alone, Diablo Digital has already supplied systems for the Rolling Stones, Kanye West/Jay Z, Eric Clapton, Justin Timberlake, Dierks Bentley, Black Sabbath, and other large tours, as well as for many smaller, budget-conscience acts.

“Brad and Greg are two of the most prolific FOH engineers in the touring concert world. Now they’ve applied lessons learned from nearly 60 combined years of experience to offer a solution that can meet everyone’s needs, from the most discerning rock act performing in the largest arenas to the club band looking for an affordable way to professionally mix and record its live shows,” said Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. “With our xMac mini Server and Echo Express III-R at their core, these new-generation FOH systems have changed the economics of high-end digital audio recording — putting it within the reach of virtually any musical act on tour, as well as indie recording studios and other groups with more limited budgets, such as houses of worship.”

More information on Sonnet products is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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About Diablo Digital Inc.
It’s Live. We Get It. Established in 2013 by renowned FOH engineers Brad Madix and Greg Price, Diablo Digital Inc. builds high-quality, easy-to-implement multitrack touring recorders that offer artists affordable, turnkey, live-recording systems for tours, installations, festivals, one-off shows, and broadcast. Providing more than just a way of capturing performances for posterity, Diablo Digital’s systems enable FOH engineers to perfect the mix at each venue, make the most of limited rehearsal time, and with daily use, capture the best performances of the tour. The company’s systems are custom-configured, scalable, and affordable, with turnkey systems designed to support Avid VENUE, Digico, Midas, and all mixing platforms available. Diablo Digital delivers expert support and consultation on every aspect of any project, and Avid 24/7/365 Technical and Advance Replacement support. With its principals’ nearly 60 combined years of experience in the industry, Diablo Digital’s systems have quickly gained a reputation for excellence, and have already recorded or mixed performances for The Rolling Stones, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Eric Clapton, Justin Timberlake, iTunes Music Festival at SXSW, Rush, Black Sabbath, One Republic, Trisha Yearwood, Outkast, Dixie Chicks, and many others. More information is available at www.diablodigital.com.

About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of storage systems, Thunderbolt(TM) technology PCIe(R) expansion products, interface cards, and media readers for professional users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with mini, portable, and all-in-one computers. The company’s product line features a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable RAID storage solutions. For more than 27 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac(R), Windows(R), and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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Photo Caption: Greg Price, co-owner of Diablo Digital, shows off the integrated multitrack recording solution that he used as FOH engineer for the 2013 Black Sabbath World Tour, featuring Sonnet Technologies’ xMac(TM) mini server.

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Photo Caption: Brad Madix, FOH engineer for the 2013 Rush World Tour and co-owner of Diablo Digital, with the integrated recording solution he designed using Sonnet Technologies’ xMac(TM) mini Server and Echo(TM) Express III expansion chassis.

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Photo Caption: Sonnet Technologies’ xMac(TM) mini Server, a 1U rackmount enclosure for a Mac(R) mini with Thunderbolt(TM)-to-PCIe(R) 2.0 connectivity, on tour with Black Sabbath as part of Greg Price’s FOH recording solution.

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Photo Caption: Sonnet’s Echo(TM) Express III-R played an integral role in Brad Madix’s digital recording and playback workflow for the recently completed Rush Clockwork Angels Tour, which featured a string section for the first time.

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SMPTE 2014 NAB Show Report

SMPTE at the 2014 NAB Show

SMPTE has accomplished much over the past 12 months, with significant achievements in the three pillars of the Society: membership, education, and standards. While the Society was able to highlight progress in standards areas including ultra high-definition, cinema sound and immersive audio, and integration of information technology into the industry, SMPTE also showcased its ongoing work to provide both members and nonmembers with unique opportunities to engage with other professionals in discussion of the technical advances and business strategies driving the industry forward.

The 2014 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema: The Future of Motion Imaging and Sound (TSC), produced in partnership with SMPTE, featured visionary technology innovators and acclaimed creatives from the realm of motion pictures. The fifth annual Student Ice Cream Social was also a draw, and word of mouth and social media posts brought a huge crowd of students to the SMPTE booth.

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Photo Caption: Crowd at 2014 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema
Photo Credit: NAB/Robb Cohen

Conference Session: 2014 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema
The 2014 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema: The Future of Motion Imaging and Sound (TSC), produced in partnership with SMPTE, provided an in-depth global view of the current state and future of filmmaking innovation. Sessions touched on the human vision system and the potential impact of improved motion images, and TSC speakers highlighted the many ways in which new technologies are being used to enhance storytelling. Attendees had the opportunity to see a live demonstration of the latest laser-illuminated projector technology, as well as examples of the effect of high dynamic range on the cinema experience. The latter proved to be one of the hottest topics during the 2014 NAB Show.

One of the most anticipated sessions of the TSC, the “Gravity Gravitas” panel brought together Academy Award(R)-winning cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay, colorist Steven J. Scott, and CG supervisor Harry Bardak, with David Cohen, senior technology editor for Variety acting as the moderator. Focusing on the technical innovations that enabled the movie “Gravity,” the panel discussed how technicians push the envelope by using innovative, creative tools, which results in an audiovisual experience that enhances storytelling and shapes the future of cinematography.

During his keynote to a packed house, industry expert and technical innovator Chris Cookson envisioned a future in which, rather than acquiring images, storytellers instead create images based on acquired models and data. The possibility of using virtual environments to achieve an immersive experience was just one of the future advances Cookson addressed.

In another popular keynote, Elizabeth Daley, dean at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema Arts, discussed the challenge of educators as the art of cinema continues to evolve. She noted that, with technology changing, educating students at the university level has become challenging, and teaching fundamental concept is to teach students to adjust their skill sets to embrace innovations.

A complete summary of the TSC will appear in the May/June issue of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal.

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Photo Caption: Gravity Gravitas: David Cohen, Skip Lievsay, and Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki
Photo Credit: NAB/Robb Cohen

SMPTE Activity and Announcements
SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange announced the availability of three SMPTE Technology Committee Study Group reports on the SMPTE website at www.smpte.org/standards/reports. The reports include “Cinema B-Chain and Distribution,” the findings of the study group on immersive audio systems; “Beyond the Digital Conversion: The Integration of Information Technology and Professional Media”; and the report of the UHDTV ecosystem study group.

Lange highlighted SMPTE’s expanded educational offerings, including new webcasts for SMPTE executive members and a series focused on emerging technologies that complements the Society’s established educational and standards update webcasts. She also directed delegates to the SMPTE Booth, where they could try the new SMPTE mobile app for iOS, Android, and Kindle systems, in addition to a Web-based version for other operating systems.

Looking ahead, SMPTE Education Vice President Pat Griffis discussed the upcoming Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age Conference (ETIA 2014) at Stanford University in June and announced that The SMPTE Forum 2015, produced in collaboration with Fernseh- und Kinotechnische Gesellschaft e.V. (FKTG), will take place in Berlin on May 7-8, 2015.

SMPTE Members Honored at 2014 NAB Show
Ann Marie Rohaly, director of accessibility, policy, and standards for Microsoft’s Corporate Accessibility Group, has been named one of TVNewsCheck’s 2014 Technology Women to Watch. She received the award during TVNewsCheck’s Women in Technology Awards presentation at the 2014 NAB Show. SMPTE Executive Vice President Robert Seidel of CBS received a 2014 NAB Engineering Achievement Award. Ericsson, a SMPTE Platinum Level Sustaining member, was recognized with one of the television industry’s highest honors, the NAB Technology Innovation Award, for his pioneering work in Ultra High Definition TV (UHDTV) 4K. SMPTE member Thomas Edwards of Fox Networks received the NAB Best Paper Award.

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Photo Caption: TVNewsCheck’s 2014 Technology Women to Watch Tania Paz, Ann Marie Rohaly, and Renu Thomas
Photo Credit: NAB/Robb Cohen

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Photo Caption: SMPTE Executive Vice President Robert Seidel
Photo Credit: NAB/Robb Cohen

SMPTE Student Support: Ice Cream Social and Sponsored Memberships
About 75 students from colleges and universities throughout the world flocked to the SMPTE booth to enjoy ice cream while hearing SMPTE members discuss their work in sound, digital cinema, cameras, broadcasting, and manufacturing. SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange addressed the group and informed the students about the Louis F. Wolf Memorial Scholarship and Student Paper Award opportunities.

Lange also invited nonmember students to join SMPTE and receive their first year of membership free through the Student Membership Challenge. Through a challenge grant established in 2012 by William Miller, SMPTE membership director and a SMPTE governor for the New York region, the Society has been able to fund 500 student memberships.

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Photo Caption: SMPTE 2014 NAB Show Ice Cream Student Social

SMPTE Quote:

“The 2014 NAB Show was an enormous success for SMPTE. During the show, the buzz surrounding so many of the initiatives and issues that are a focus of the Society truly reinforced the importance and value of our work. The pace of technological change today is remarkable, and we’re proud that, through the efforts of SMPTE study groups and technical committees, and through conferences such as the TSC, ETIA, and the SMPTE Annual Conference, we’re helping the industry as a whole to examine and take full advantage of this change.”
– Barbara H. Lange, Executive Director, SMPTE

Company Overview

The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. The Society is sustained by 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. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Riedel Communications Expands Marketing and Communications Team With New Assignments

WUPPERTAL, Germany — May 7, 2014 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that their marketing manager, Christian Bockskopf, has been promoted to head of marketing. In addition, Serkan Güner has been hired to be the company’s new marketing and communications manager.

“Christian has done a remarkable job handling various marketing and communications roles over the past years,” said Thomas Riedel, president at Riedel Communications. “This new role is the direct result of his unwavering ability to take on any challenge as he builds on his 10 years of experience at Riedel.”

Serkan Güner will report to Bockskopf in his new role as marketing and communications manager, where he will develop press and marcom opportunities for Riedel Communications while implementing the company’s sales plans on a global scale.

“Serkan’s remarkable breadth of experience in the field of marketing and communications is complemented by his facility with diverse languages and cultures, and this combination of skills and knowledge will be valuable as we continue to build brand awareness and expand our global footprint,” said Riedel. “We are very pleased to welcome him to the company.”

Prior to joining Riedel Communications, Güner served as international marcom manager for a German manufacturer of pro A/V system products. In this and in preceding roles in marketing and communications, Güner has developed expertise in coordinating and implementing all aspects of marketing and press campaigns, from traditional releases to engagement across social media platforms. He is fluent in German, Turkish, English, Italian, and Spanish.

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 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Blonder Tongue InfoComm 2014 Exhibitor Preview

Visit Blonder Tongue at Booth N2055

At InfoComm 2014, Blonder Tongue, a leading manufacturer of SD and HD digital video solutions, will provide live demonstrations of its next-generation MPEG-2 encoders, QAM/IPTV transcoders, and MPEG transport stream analyzer, all designed to optimize television distribution.

New Products and Technology Demonstrations

HDE-8C-QAM MPEG-2 HD Encoder
At the InfoComm Show, Blonder Tongue will demonstrate its affordable HDE-8C-QAM, a high-performance MPEG-2 HD encoder. Offering an attractive price per channel, the easy-to-use HDE-8C-QAM supports Dolby(R) Digital audio encoding and provides users with reliable and efficient encoding performance.

The encoder is capable of accepting programs from up to eight component or composite inputs, including satellite receivers and cable set-top boxes. After accepting video content, the HDE-8C-QAM digitizes, MPEG-2 encodes, multiplexes, and modulates the eight input programs into four adjacent ClearQAM channels. Any one of the QAM outputs is also available in the ASI format. In addition, the encoder features a built-in ability to switch over any of the primary inputs to a spare input for uninterrupted service.

There are two specialized software versions of the HDE-8C-QAM available that allow the unit to control and manage receivers from DIRECTV and Dish Network. Utilizing this software, operators can effectively reduce truck rolls and increase reliability. The encoder supports Dolby Digital audio encoding and Closed Captioning (EIA-608). It is also equipped with an Emergency Alert System (EAS) interface. A front-panel RF test point allows for monitoring/testing of the QAM output without service interruption. Comprehensive remote monitoring and control is accomplished using any standard Web browser via a rear-panel 10/100Base-T Ethernet connection.

AQT8 Series Transcoder
Blonder Tongue will also showcase its recently introduced (at the 2014 NAB Show) AQT8 Series transcoder, which provides channel processing in a high-density, low-cost, flexible 1-RU chassis that reduces the equipment, space, and power needed for QAM or IPTV in-house distribution. The AQT8 Series transcoder inputs eight 8VSB digital off-air and/or QAM signals, and outputs both in IP and QAM simultaneously, providing operators with maximum flexibility for selecting channels and distributing them.

Through an interactive dashboard, operators can monitor the performance status of all eight channels. An intuitive Web-based GUI simplifies setup and management, enabling local and remote operation. Three models are available depending on the desired output distribution. The AQT8-IP provides an IP output, the AQT8-QAM provides a QAM output, and the AQT8-QAM/IP provides QAM and IP outputs simultaneously. Emergency Alert System (EAS) program switching is featured on the GigE output, triggering either an ASI or IP format EAS input and terminal block contacts, allowing operators to comply with EAS requirements.

HDE-4S-PRO Encoder
An extension of the companys standard HDE-4S-QAM encoder, Blonder Tongues HDE-4S-PRO brings efficiency, quality, and affordability to professional sports encoding applications. In addition to the enhanced motion estimation for HD-SDI inputs, the PRO includes an HD-SDI spare and monitoring points — optimizing encoding in real-time environments. Utilizing the MPEG-2 encoder, operators can accept up to four HD-SDI programs, plus one spare, and simultaneously output in QAM, IP streams (1000Base-T Ethernet), and ASI formats. By allowing operators to assign up to four programs to each QAM output channel, and to individually turn on/off each of the four adjacent QAM output channels, the PRO dramatically improves transport efficiency.

The encoder supports Dolby(R) Digital and closed captioning (EIA-608 and EIA-708) to ensure superior audio quality. It is also equipped with an EAS interface to support the delivery of emergency messages. A front-panel RF test point allows operators to monitor and test the QAM output without service interruption. Comprehensive remote monitoring and control is accomplished via a user-friendly Web browser.

MTSA-PRO MPEG Transport Stream Analyzer
At InfoComm, Blonder Tongue will also be showing a test bench demonstration of its MTSA-PRO MPEG transport stream analyzer, designed to help operators understand what is going on inside their digital transmission. Utilizing the compact device, users can capture, analyze, and generate MPEG ASI transport streams to troubleshoot problems from outside sources and ensure the best digital delivery. The MTSA-PRO features a single DVB-ASI input and output with USB (half duplex) and RF input. By enabling real-time analysis, monitoring, and decoding of transport streams, the software-based solution helps reduce transport stream issues and ensure superior video quality. The MTSA-PRO can also serve as a PSI/PSIP generator and advertisement inserter.

Company Overview:
Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) together with R. L. Drake Holdings, LLC — its wholly owned subsidiary — offer customers more than 130 years of combined engineering and manufacturing excellence with solid histories of delivering reliable, quality products. As a leader in the field of cable television communications, the Company provides system operators and integrators serving the cable, broadcast, satellite, IPTV, institutional, and professional video markets with comprehensive solutions for the provision of content contribution, distribution, and video delivery to homes and businesses. The Company designs, manufactures, sells, and supports an equipment portfolio of standard- and high-definition digital video solutions, as well as core analog video and high-speed data solutions for distribution over coax, fiber, and IP networks. Additional information on the Company and its products can be found at www.blondertongue.com and www.rldrake.com.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The information set forth above includes “forward-looking” statements and, accordingly, the cautionary statements contained in Blonder Tongues Annual Report and Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 (See Item 1: Business, Item 1A: Risk Factors, Item 3: Legal Proceedings and Item 7: Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations), and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are incorporated herein by reference. The words “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “project”, “target”, “intend”, “plan”, “seek”, “estimate”, “endeavor”, “should”, “could”, “may”, and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to projections for our future financial performance, our anticipated growth trends in our business and other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect managements analysis only as of the date hereof. Blonder Tongue undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof. Blonder Tongues actual results may differ from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in Blonder Tongues “forward-looking” statements.

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Visionary Solutions Brings Award-Winning PackeTV IPTV System to InfoComm 2014

Modular, End-to-End Video Network and Asset Management Solution is Now Shipping

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — May 7, 2014 — Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) today announced that its award-winning PackeTV(R) IP video network and asset management solution is now shipping. The modular, end-to-end video network and asset management solution enables secure, scheduled, and on-demand delivery of live and recorded video, with support for multiple screens and networks. VSI will demonstrate the entire PackeTV IPTV system at InfoComm 2014, booth C7744, June 18-20, in Las Vegas.

Through PackeTV, organizations can easily and cost-effectively deliver high-quality HD and SD, MPEG-2/H.264 video content to TVs, set-top boxes (STBs), PCs, tablets, smartphones, and other IP-connected devices across a wide range of networks, including LAN, WAN, Wi-Fi, cellular, and public Internet. PackeTV supports a variety of applications from corporate communication to video monitoring, training, and distance learning to legacy cable system replacement with TV over IP.

“PackeTV transforms video delivery by providing organizations with a single, end-to-end IP video network solution,” said VSI President Jordan Christoff. “Based on a modular architecture, the PackeTV IPTV system can quickly and easily be deployed in virtually any IT environment, making it perfect for a broad range of markets, including enterprise, entertainment, education, healthcare, IT, broadcast, and house of worship.”

The open-standard solution is compatible with a wide range of equipment, including VSI encoders and decoders, and features the same modular architecture as the encoder and decoder product lines allowing customers to upgrade as their budget permits. This modular flexibility lowers the base price of the equipment by allowing the customer to purchase only the features they need at the moment and upgrading the software as requirements change.

Through an intuitive, Web-based user interface, administrators can dynamically create and manage video assets for distribution across any type of network. Video assets are fully protected via AES 256/128-bit encryption, and access can be controlled right down to the individual user and group level through seamless integration with Microsoft Active Directory. Frontline customer support guarantees a flawless installation and operation for the life of the solution.

The end-to-end PackeTV IPTV system includes:

The PackeTV(R) Core System comprising:
- PackeTV(R) Portal, a powerful web-based administration interface that offers total control over the PackeTV system, including user and group permissions and dynamic video asset creation, management, protection, and distribution.
- PackeTV(R) Player, a browser-based, no-install player that provides CPU-efficient, high-quality playback of live, scheduled, and on-demand streams up to full HD 1920 x 1080p60.
- PackeTV(R) Player Mobile, an integrated player for iPhones(R), iPads(R), Android” tablets, and smartphones providing user authentication and full channel guide synchronization.

The PackeTV(R) System Modules which are:
- PackeTV(R) Video on Demand (VOD) Module provides on-demand playback of archived/indexed video files, including library management and search capability.
- PackeTV(R) Network Video Record (NVR) Module supports scheduled recording and continuous archiving for monitoring and time-shift applications.
- PackeTV(R) Set-Top Box (STB) Module offers commercial IP STB integration into the PackeTV IPTV system so the entire PackeTV channel lineup can be viewed on HD or SD TV monitors, secured by AES 256/128-bit encryption and access control.
- PackeTV(R) Electronic Program Guide (EPG) Module creates an intuitive guide for scheduled programs based on data sourced from the broadcaster. The guide is displayed via an easy-to-read user interface and programs can be effortlessly recorded directly from the electronic programming guide.

To schedule a demonstration of PackeTV at InfoComm 2014, please contact: packetv@vsicam.com.

More information about the company and its products is available at www.vsicam.com.

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About Visionary Solutions, Inc. (www.vsicam.com)
Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) develops and manufactures open-standard solutions that harness the power and flexibility of IP networks to deliver real-time video and audio. With a passion for innovation and customer service, VSI provides outstanding products recognized for their value, performance, versatility, and quality. VSI products support the industry’s latest technology standards, including H.264, making the company a trusted partner for solutions in the enterprise, education, government, house of worship, entertainment, healthcare, and broadcast markets. VSI sets the industry standard for high-quality video transport over IP networks.

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Riedel Artist Intercom Enables Flexible Comms for Macau’s Spectacular Live Water Show, The House of Dancing Water

WUPPERTAL, Germany — May 6, 2014 – Riedel Communications, a leading provider of real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that its Artist digital matrix intercom system is being used for communications throughout The House of Dancing Water, a breathtaking in-the-round water show created by the Franco Dragone Entertainment Group for Macau’s City of Dreams entertainment complex.



“The Riedel solution was originally specified by the sound designer, Francois Bergeron of the Thinkwell Group in the U.S.,” said Jason Graham, head of sound at Dragone Macau Limited. “We continue to work with Riedel’s Artist primarily for its reliability, stability, and seemingly limitless flexibility. All of these factors are important due to the integral role the system plays in uniting everyone who is working on the show.”

Designed by Pei Partnership Architects, the state-of-the-art Dancing Water Theatre created for The House of Dancing Water includes a stage pool that holds a record-breaking 3.7 million gallons of water, equivalent to five Olympic-sized swimming pools, within an arena boasting a 40-meter-high steel-trussed space that provides the generous height required for the show’s diving and acrobatics elements. The show itself centers on an epic love story and spectacular journey through time, showcasing dazzling costumes, special effects, and performances.

One Riedel Artist 64 frame and two Artist 32 frames support 62 panels distributed across the Dancing Water Theatre. The motocross stunt riders and acrobatic performers, coupled with the technical teams, use the Artist intercom system for continual communication during the show, which features visuals, water, and atmospheric effects. Even in the aquatics area, the Artist system supports communications with performers and underwater performer handlers in the pool via underwater speakers, in-mask communications systems, and buddy phones. Lighting, stage management, rigging, automation, sfx, and audio technicians use the remaining bulk of the panels.

Riedel’s Director software enables intuitive management and configuration of the system while also facilitating real-time system monitoring from multiple computers. Monitored by the sound department, the Director software gives the sound team the ability to respond to configuration requests and to perform troubleshooting at a moment’s notice.

“Our Artist intercom system delivers the exceptional versatility and performance required in the most demanding and complex live production environments,” said Hans Chia, rental operations manager at Riedel Communications. “The House of Dancing Water is no exception. The Artist provides the clear, reliable communications that are essential in orchestrating this ambitious live show.”

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 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Drake InfoComm 2014 Exhibitor Preview

Visit R.L. Drake at booth N1763

At InfoComm 2014, R.L. Drake, a leading global provider of digital and analog cable, digital signage, and MPEG encoding systems, will introduce the SDE24A and HDE24A encoder modules, both of which offer a wide range of improvements over the company’s popular SDE24 and HDE24 units, including superior video quality at lower bitrates.

The DSE 2 PLUS dual multiplexing encoder, which is now shipping, will also be demonstrated at the show.

New Products and Technology Demonstrations

DSE 2 PLUS Dual Multiplexing Encoder — NOW SHIPPING
A key highlight at Drake’s InfoComm booth will be the DSE 2 PLUS dual multiplexing encoder, which combines encoding and QAM modulation capabilities within a single stand-alone unit. Ideal for digital signage applications, the DSE 2 PLUS can also be used to simplify HD video distribution for various applications across the house of worship, education, healthcare, government, and hospitality markets.

The DSE 2 PLUS digitally encodes two uncompressed HDMI, high-resolution component video or VGA inputs to MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 (H.264), and then uses an internal multiplexing QAM modulator and low-noise upconverter to enable distribution of two HD programs over existing legacy fiber and coaxial networks while providing a superior reliability and consistent performance. Leveraging the bandwidth savings provided by the encoder, users can deliver twice as many HD programs or multiple channels at half the bandwidth. This enables users to tap into existing networks of digital HD displays to provide informational video, revenue-generating advertising, or promotional content in a vibrant high-definition format.

SDE24A Dual SD MPEG Encoder
At InfoComm, Drake will introduce the SDE24A encoder module, an advanced version of the company’s popular SDE24 module. Improvements include the capability to encode two SD programs in MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 (H.264), the ability to deliver a higher video quality at lower bitrates, and sharper image and text detail.

With the SDE24A dual-input SD MPEG encoder, users can perform analog to digital encoding of up to two separate input sources in real time. The unit can be configured to encode sources in either MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 (H.264) transport streams to optimize bandwidth efficiency. Each module provides two sets of input connectors for NTSC Composite Video with stereo (L+R) audio. Audio is encoded using Dolby Digital audio encoding, as with the HDE24A.

HDE24A Dual HD MPEG Encoder
At InfoComm 2014, Drake will unveil the HDE24A encoder, which provides high-quality, low-cost HD encoding in MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 (H.264) with Dolby Digital or MPEG-1 Audio Layer II. The HDE24A offers an improved video quality at lower bitrates, especially in the MPEG-2 mode, and sharper image and text detail than the company’s popular HDE24 module.

As with the SDE24A, the HDE24A HD encoder module is designed to be installed into Drake’s EH24, EH244, or MEQ1000-style chassis. This configuration provides users with the ultimate in bandwidth management and economy by allowing multiple HD and SD streams to be multiplexed together dependent upon the limitations of the bandwidth of the chosen output, whether QAM or ASI.

The HD encoder accepts non-encrypted HDMI or component video inputs and can inject closed-captioning data from a synchronized composite video source, which is typically provided by the same decoder that produces the HD video stream. Composite analog audio inputs provide the audio source when an HDMI source does not contain embedded audio. Typically, HDMI has embedded audio but if the HDMI is derived from a source converter that does not provide audio, such as DVI-to-HDMI, then the analog composite inputs may be used.

Company Overview
Headquartered in Ohio, R.L. Drake is an American cable TV institution that has been designing and building innovative end-to-end communications systems and video engineering components for over 65 years. Drake Digital headends are deployed in demanding locations worldwide. Commercial, government, and MSO customers of all sizes use Drake Digital systems. Drake arms multichannel service providers with the technical solutions they need to effectively compete in the residential, enterprise, and hospitality environments.

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LynTec RPC Panelboards Support Light Beam Atop One World Trade Center

Motorized Panelboards Bring Electrical Protection and Remote Control Capabilities to New York City’s Leading Landmark

LENEXA, Kan. — May 6, 2014 — LynTec, a leading manufacturer of customized electrical power control solutions for professional audio, video, and lighting systems, today announced that the company’s RPC 329, RPC 341, and RPS 342 panelboards are being used to operate the rooftop lighting of one of the world’s most iconic structures: One World Trade Center in New York. Renowned for their ability to provide both built-in circuit switching and electrical protection within a single enclosure, LynTec’s RPC (Remote Power Controller) panelboards bring remote control capabilities, talk-back features, and seamless third-party GUI integration to the lights atop the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

Installed above the structure’s 408-foot rooftop spire, the 104-story One World Trade Center’s lighthouse-inspired rotating beacon brightens the skyline by outputting more than 300,000 lumens at bidirectional distances of up to 50 miles. The one-of-a-kind solution employs a series of single and double-headed custom LED color uplight fixtures to illuminate the spire’s open steel frame while the structure’s rotating beacon uses a complex array of white LEDs and revolving mirrors to create an extraordinary sky-bound lighthouse effect. To enable advanced electrical protection and simple third-party integration throughout the world-class lighting installation, system integrator Barbizon — the nation’s largest lighting integration company — turned to LynTec’s award-winning line of RPC panelboards with motorized breaker technology.

“For this once-in-a-lifetime project, it was essential that every component provide the uncompromised reliability, market-leading quality, and innovative features that would allow us to create a lighting solution that was worthy of an internationally renowned monument,” said John Gebbie, systems business development manager, Barbizon. “By selecting LynTec’s RPC panelboards, we gained a space-saving combination of switching and circuit protection capabilities in one panelboard, remote control functions via integration with our custom GUI, and the ability to receive instant alerts for lighting maintenance and service — all key features for such a hard-to-access, high-altitude installation. LynTec is known for its unparalleled tech support, which proved to be invaluable for an endeavor of this importance and complexity.”

Built specifically to manage installed audio and lighting systems of any size, LynTec’s RPC panelboards combine the latest motorized breaker technology with Web-enabled circuit control, allowing integrators to easily set up, program, monitor, and control loads on a circuit-specific level. Accessible from any Web-enabled device, the solutions provide a complete overview and allow users to take action remotely, resulting in greater installation flexibility, more efficient power control, and the ability to provide direct on/off control for LED lighting. The panelboards also bring built-in auto-off brownout protection, optional sequential circuit level on/off capabilities, and the ability to interface with third-party control systems via contact closure, TCP/IP, DMX, or RS-232.

“Being selected for this unique application truly distinguishes LynTec as an emerging market leader in the protection, monitoring, and control of large-scale LED lighting installations,” said Mark Bishop, president of LynTec. “In addition to supporting the project’s lighting effects, our RPC solutions increase the installation’s energy efficiency, enable more cost-effective maintenance, and allow easier access via powerful remote capabilities. We are thrilled to play a direct part in such a compelling landmark.”

A fully collaborative project, the lighting installation atop One World Trade Center features Strong Lighting Mini Solutions LED fixtures with internal engines by DTS. The beacon’s rotating mechanism was enabled by JR Clancy while program control was provided by Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) and Pathway Connectivity. All installation labor was provided by Five Star Electric and its IBEW electricians. All electrical control was made possible by LynTec.

More information on LynTec’s RPC panels and full line of products is available at www.LynTec.com.

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About LynTec
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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RTI Brings Voice Control to Home Automation With New Two-Way Driver for Tenflare’s Voice Viper System

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — May 5, 2014 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced the availability of a new two-way driver for Tenflare’s Voice Viper CTL voice control system. Developed by RTI, the new driver makes it simple for integrators to incorporate voice control into RTI’s cost-effective control and automation systems, providing their clients with a powerful “hands-free” complement to the company’s extensive line of user interfaces.

Developed exclusively for the custom integration market, the Voice Viper hardware solution is remarkably accurate and responsive. Always on, the system does not require any button presses to activate — reacting only to spoken commands, via in-wall microphones, while ignoring ambient conversation. Simple to program and integrate into an RTI control system using the Integration Designer(R) drag-and-drop programming environment, the two-way driver allows up to 256 different control phrases.

To execute voice commands, Voice Viper’s compact module communicates to an RTI control system via RS-232 or Ethernet for quick, reliable control. Using just the user’s voice, the RTI system provides complete control over all electronic systems in a home or commercial facility from A/V equipment to HVAC, lighting, security systems, and much more.

“We are very excited to add RTI to our growing list of home automation partners,” said Stephan Hosterman, co-founder of Tenflare. “By providing high functionality at a low price point, RTI has quickly become the control solution of choice in many residential and commercial installations. Through this seamless integration into the company’s control platform, we will greatly increase our market exposure as we continue to grow in Europe and the United States, while delivering the ultimate control experience for users.”

“The Voice Viper driver adds another exciting interface to the RTI control ecosystem: the human voice,” said Pete Baker, vice president of sales and marketing for RTI. “While voice control products have traditionally had limitations — whether it’s the need to physically activate them or their limited number of control phrases — Tenflare’s solution has really taken the concept to new heights. Voice Viper is the perfect complement to our user interfaces in settings where users need both hands free, such as a residential kitchen or entryway, or a corporate boardroom.”

The Voice Viper driver is available now on RTI’s website at www.rticorp.com in the Driver Store.

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About Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI)
Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) is a leading control systems manufacturer offering innovative, sophisticated, and user-friendly devices for professionally installed electronic systems. The company’s wide array of award-winning handheld and in-wall universal controllers, central processors, audio distribution systems, and accessories are marketed exclusively through a worldwide network of professional integrators. For complete control and monitoring over electronic systems from virtually anywhere in the world, the power of RTI is available on iPhone(R), iPod touch(R), iPad(R), and Android(TM) devices through the company’s RTiPanel application, just as the award-winning RTI Virtual Panel program offers access and control via any PC running Microsoft(R) Windows(R). All RTI solutions are programmed through the company’s world-renowned Integration Designer(R) software, easily allowing dealers to provide a completely customizable user interface for intuitive command over the entire electronics system.

Founded in 1992 with a committed focus on the custom installation market, RTI offers a number of award-winning support and incentive programs to its dealers, including educational opportunities through the Advanced Control University (ACU), and the popular Control Bucks and Dealer Accommodation programs. In addition, through RTI’s Integration Partner Program, the company has reached out to manufacturers across the industry to ensure that RTI products integrate seamlessly with a wide variety of components and systems.

Additional information on RTI and its innovative control solutions is available at www.rticorp.com.

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