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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.

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Industry-Leading Harmonic Spectrum Server Line Offers Richer Functionality, Higher Density, and Lower Cost Per Channel

Spectrum Version 7.6 Release Boosts MediaCenter Channel Count and Capabilities, Enriches ChannelPort and MediaDeck Tools and Feature Sets

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Aug. 6, 2014 – Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure and market share leader in broadcast playout servers, today announced the release of version 7.6 of the company’s Spectrum(TM) media server product line. With this release, the Spectrum MediaCenter(TM) (MCP-2200A) media server system now supports 20 channels — eight more than previous models — and up to 32TB of integrated SAS storage in a compact 2-RU enclosure. The company also introduced a series of enhancements to the Spectrum ChannelPort(TM) integrated channel playout system and Spectrum MediaDeck(TM) server system that improve caption support, monitoring and scheduling capabilities, and integrated management tools.

“The MediaCenter platform has always been the best value for customers with moderate channel counts of four to 12 channels, and the MCP-2200A significantly increases that value, making an even more powerful Spectrum system available in a compact footprint and at a compelling price point,” said Andy Warman, director, product management, production and playout, Harmonic. “When combined with our Spectrum MediaPort and/or ChannelPort video I/O modules, this new addition to the MediaCenter family serves as a versatile yet straightforward solution for ingest, media prep, and playout.”

Ideally suited for transmission, studio production, news and sports highlights, and distributed broadcast workflows, the MediaCenter system allows users to simplify operation and maintenance while reducing overall rack space, power, and cost requirements. The high channel count (20 video channels at 50 Mbps or 10 channels at 100 Mbps) and increased SAS storage (approximately 1,200 hours at 50 Mbps) of the MCP-2200A are complemented by file transfer support for the ingest and export of clips, audio, and subtitle files. In addition to being easy to install and maintain, the system offers the rock-solid reliability for which the Spectrum product line is renowned.

The MediaCenter system supports conventional ingest and playout operations when combined with MediaPort I/O systems. When combined with ChannelPort systems for integrated channel playout (ICP) applications, it provides robust functionality including graphic branding, DVE, key and fill, video and audio switching, and much more. The ChannelPort system itself has been augmented with open caption support, which enables caption files that have been imported into a Spectrum server to be played out frame-accurately with the caption text burned into the video as a graphic. This capability is ideal for play-to-air scenarios in which captioning is required for multilingual viewers or the hearing impaired, and its integration into the ChannelPort system reduces the need for costly downstream insertion equipment.

A new Monitor Mode for the ChannelPort system enables each simulcast port to be used as a master control/gallery monitor wall output of the primary output, with timecode, clip status, and clip names burned into the video output. Operators thus gain at-a-glance access to on-air clips. The addition of a Schedule Tool application enables multiple users to create playlists that can later be played to air by Harmonic’s Onboard Playlist Control (OPC) automation.

In refining the company’s MediaDeck server system, Harmonic has embedded all configuration, maintenance, and monitoring tools within the system chassis. The user is presented with a Web page showing alarms and messages, configuration tools, status configuration, and licensing information and maintenance tasks in an easy-to-use interface.

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 in the broadcast, pay-TV, and new media environments. 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, ChannelPort(TM), MediaDeck(TM), MediaCenter(TM), Spectrum(TM) products. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these products may not materialize and are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the possibility that the products may not meet some or all of their anticipated capabilities or provide some or all of their anticipated benefits, such as reliability, versatility, cost savings, robust functionality, and simplification of operations.

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.

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Nexidia QC v2.3 Features Caption Retiming and Expanded Support for International Formats and Languages

ATLANTA — Aug. 5, 2014 — Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, today announced Nexidia QC(TM) v2.3, the latest release of its software tool for automating quality control of closed captions, video description, and languages for broadcast and IP workflows. Nexidia QC v2.3 adds caption retiming, additional caption formats, and more languages to meet the needs of international broadcasters and media outlets that are facing increased caption regulations.

“Closed captions and subtitles have long been a challenge for broadcasters, but recent and pending legislation in the U.S. and throughout the world has created renewed motivation to tackle the complexities once and for all,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “We have added automated caption retiming for live captioned content to Nexidia QC, making it the first caption tool to automatically correct live caption-timing issues, ensuring that captions are synchronized with the speech in repurposed content. Also, we are implementing improvements to address the specific needs of international broadcasters with broader support for languages and caption file formats.”

Nexidia QC v2.3 can now test for and repair out-of-sync captions due to drift. Drift occurs when time codes are misinterpreted or changed as a result of a frame rate conversion to meet a delivery specification. For example, a frame rate mismatch of 29.97 DF (drop frame) versus 29.97 NDF (non-drop frame) will produce a caption drift of 3.6 seconds per program hour. This presents a problem for many organizations as the captions at the beginning of the video appear to be correctly timed, when in fact they are not. Nexidia QC compares the captions with speech throughout the entire audio file to detect and report these kinds of timing issues. Nexidia QC can now automatically correct the caption file timing preventing costly re-captioning.

As part of Nexidia QC’s language identification function, Nexidia QC v2.3 has an expanded library of languages and can now distinguish between dialects, such as Latin American Spanish versus Castilian Spanish.

Nexidia QC v2.3 has added support for STL and EBU-TT, the most widely used caption formats in Europe. It also fully supports the iTunes(R) Timed Text (ITT) format used for distribution to iTunes, enabling it to accommodate all types of media organizations around the globe.

Nexidia QC v2.3 can also identify the language of the captions displayed on screen regardless of the audio track or any language metadata included in the caption file. At the same time, a spell-check function has been incorporated to test for the proper spelling of captions.

These enhancements serve to provide the most thorough automated caption QC tool available today, whether used as a stand-alone application or as part of a unified QC system such as Amberfin’s UQC platform and workflow automation tools such as Telestream Vantage.

Nexidia will demonstrate Nexidia QC v2.3 at IBC2014 in stand 3.A54, in Telestream stand 7.C12, and in Dalet stand 8.B77. The product will be available in Q4 2014.

More information about Nexidia QC and other Nexidia products is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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About Nexidia
Nexidia is the audio and video search company with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that make it quick and easy for customers to gain new insight, boost their competitive advantage, and monetize large volumes of audio and video assets from entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit organizations. More information is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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Studio Lambert Uses Forscene to Help Speed Up Post-Production Process of ‘Gogglebox’

LONDON — Aug. 5, 2014 — Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform Forscene, announced today that London-based production company Studio Lambert is using Forscene for the quick-turn production of Channel 4′s “Gogglebox.” Part of all3media, which is the U.K.’s largest independent television, film, and digital production and distribution company, Studio Lambert uses Forscene to search and select clips from the rushes while editing is in progress on the observational documentary.

“With less than a week to turn around a show like ‘Gogglebox,’ Forscene doubles the efficiency of the editing process. For example, whilst an editor is pulling material on the Avid editing system, the producer can pull different material and even create sequences simultaneously on Forscene,” said Chantal Boyle, series producer of Studio Lambert.

For “Gogglebox,” Studio Lambert shoots about 150 hours of material a week and logs the footage live during filming. As soon as filming wraps each night, the footage is driven straight back to Studio Lambert’s post-production house in central London, where it is ingested into the Avid nonlinear editing system and uploaded to Forscene so that it is ready for the edit team to start work the next morning. Edit producers and senior producers use a combination of shoot logs and Forscene to locate the best clips to weave into the show.

“The way Studio Lambert uses Forscene is a great example of the software’s value as a search tool,” said Greg Hirst, business development director, Forbidden Technologies plc. “Every second counts on this production, and Forscene makes it possible for the show’s many producers to search through a considerable amount of footage quickly without disrupting the editors.”

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.

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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.

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Digigram to Showcase RAVENNA/AES67 Compatibility of IQOYA IP Audio Codec Line at IBC2014

RAVENNA Connectivity Enables Much Greater Levels of Flexibility in Design and Implementation of Radio Broadcasters’ Audio Infrastructures

MONTBONNOT, France — Aug. 5, 2014 – Digigram today announced that it will showcase the addition of RAVENNA/AES67 connectivity to the company’s IQOYA range of audio-over-IP (AoIP) codecs at IBC2014. In enabling radio facilities to take advantage of the technical and cost benefits of high-performance RAVENNA networks and AES67 compatibility, these solutions help ease users’ migration toward greater use of IP audio within their studios and ultimately facilitate more flexible design and use of their audio infrastructures.

“Digigram was among the first members of the RAVENNA consortium launched by ALC NetworX in 2010 and was active in the AES67 standardization committee. We are leveraging the expertise and experience gained to offer an expanding range of products enabled with RAVENNA/AES67 connectivity,” said Pascal Malgouyard, head of product marketing at Digigram. “Our IQOYA products are among the first IP audio codecs to offer RAVENNA and AES67 connectivity, and we look forward to highlighting the significant benefits this product line can bring to radio operations at IBC2014.”

Enabling new levels of performance and flexibility in IP audio transport, RAVENNA is an AES67-compatible open technology standard that represents a major technological advance for low-latency synchronous audio distribution over IP infrastructures. The RAVENNA/AES67-compatible IQOYA solutions being shown at IBC2014 allow users to get audio programs directly from an in-studio RAVENNA network and subsequently encode and stream them over IP to transmitter sites via a WAN in compliance with EBU ACIP (Tech 3326). Users likewise can decode EBU ACIP streams from a WAN to their in-studio RAVENNA network.

Digigram’s IQOYA IP audio codec product range, now equipped with RAVENNA/AES67 support, includes the IQOYA *LINK, IQOYA *LINK/LE, IQOYA *SERV/LINK, and IQOYA *CALL products. These enhanced solutions will be available for demonstration during IBC2014 and available for shipping before the end of 2014.

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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BenQ Simplifies Installations With Two New High Brightness Professional Projectors

SH963 and TH963 Provide Brighter Projection and Greater Flexibility to Large Venues With Optional Lenses, LAN Control, and Colorific(TM) Technology — All at a Lower TCO more

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Biamp Systems to Share Advantages of AVB Technology at InfoComm Mexico 2014

InfoComm session to highlight how Audio Video Bridging can bring increased flexibility and scalability across AV and IT systems

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Aug. 7, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced that Biamp(R) Area Manager for Central America Ernesto Montañez, will be presenting a session titled “Understanding AVB and its Advantages” at TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Mexico 2014. The presentation will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 22 in the Tajin-Peten Lounge at Mexico City’s World Trade Center. more

Blonder Tongue SCTE CABLE-TEC EXPO 2014 EXHIBITOR PREVIEW — Booth 1714

At the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014, Blonder Tongue, a leading manufacturer of SD and HD digital video solutions, will provide live demonstrations of its next-generation MPEG-2 encoders, TV signal analyzer, and MPEG transport stream analyzer, all designed to optimize cable television distribution. more

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Hungary’s Liga TV Builds New HD OB Van With Complete Riedel Communications Solution

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Aug. 5, 2014 – Riedel Communications, a leading provider of real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, announced that Liga TV, Hungary’s leading outside broadcast (OB) company, has equipped its newest HD OB van with a Riedel solution including the Artist digital matrix intercom, Acrobat digital wireless intercom, RiFace universal radio interface, and the country’s first MediorNet real-time media network. With this robust and versatile communications solution, Liga TV is positioned to continue its expansion into production of high-profile international sports events. OB3 was fully supplied and integrated by Rexfilm Ltd.

“We had tremendous success with Riedel equipment in our OB2 truck, which was Hungary’s first large HD OB van, so the decision to incorporate the company’s products into our new OB3 HD unit was quite simple,” said Zoltan Tihanyi, sound engineer at Liga TV. “The reliability, connectivity, and rich feature sets of Riedel intercom systems, as well as their popularity and widespread use, will be valuable as we extend our international activity.”

The Riedel solution in OB3 is identical to that installed earlier in OB2, with the addition of a MediorNet system that gives Liga TV valuable fiber-based signal transport capabilities. When more than one truck is required for a production, Liga TV can use OB2 and OB3 in tandem, connecting the two Riedel intercom solutions to serve as one.

“With OB2 and now OB3, Liga TV has implemented the advanced production technology necessary to meet international broadcast standards, as well as the requirements of the most demanding events and customers,” said Thomas Kloiber, international sales manager at Riedel Communications. “The Riedel gear installed in these units assures that as Liga TV continues its growth, it also will be able to maintain the clear, flexible communications that are critical to high-end productions.”

In addition to broadcasting matches from Hungary’s national football league, the OTP Bank League, Liga TV has completed international projects including production of various UEFA championship games, the LEN European Swimming Championship, and the KHL All-Star Game.

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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R. L. Drake SCTE CABLE-TEC EXPO 2014 EXHIBITOR PREVIEW — Booth 1710

At the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014, R.L. Drake, a leading global provider of digital and analog cable, digital signage, and MPEG encoding systems, will demonstrate its new PEG-NE24-IP encoder and EEG-QIP electronic enterprise guide, which bring increased efficiency and reliability to cable TV operations. more

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