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Revolabs Enterprise Connect 2014 Preview

NEW From Revolabs at Enterprise Connect 2014:

Revolabs FLX(TM) UC 500 USB Conference Phone
Setting a new standard for audio quality in PC communication applications during meetings and online collaboration, the Revolabs FLX(TM) UC 500 USB conference phone provides powerful high-fidelity audio capabilities using tweeter and mid-woofer elements — effectively putting the speaker back into the audio equation. Equipped with four embedded microphones, a wider frequency response, and higher power than typical USB audio devices, the FLX UC 500 brings professional-grade sound to unified communication applications such as instant messenger services, softphone calls, or webinars at an entirely new price/performance ratio. Designed specifically for conference rooms, small offices, and home offices, the device furthers its high-level audio clarity using straight-from-the-box echo cancellation without any additional processing required while offering full duplex support for simultaneous audio capture and playback. Users can listen to external audio or link the system to a laptop, PC, or tablet for use with Skype(R), Microsoft(R) Lync(R), Cisco Jabber, IBM(R) Sametime(R), WebEx(R), and many other applications.

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Revolabs Executive Elite(TM) Wireless Microphone System
At Enterprise Connect, Revolabs demonstrates its new Executive Elite four- and eight-channel wireless microphone systems. Using a new distributed architecture, the system’s remote antenna receiver and base units connect via a standard Cat 6 cable with power over Ethernet (PoE) support to facilitate installations. As a result, the system’s remote antenna receiver unit can be placed in the same room as wireless microphones, easing installation while vastly improving wireless connectivity. Executive Elite’s new redesigned microphones feature an elegant Fortune 500 look and feel, superior audio pickup, improved signal-to-noise ratio, easy operation, and enhanced digital signal communication over wireless links. For longer talk times, the various microphone types allow for up to 12 hours of continual usage and intelligently conserve power when not in use. To reach beyond the system’s standard four or eight microphone channels, the Executive Elite receiver can be synchronized with other systems, allowing up to 80 (Americas) or 160 (rest of world) audio channels for its wireless microphones in any given deployment.

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Company Quote:
“Enterprise Connect is a unique opportunity for Revolabs to demonstrate its products before the decision-makers of enterprise IT, telecom, and networking applications. At this year’s show, we will debut the FLX(TM) UC 500 USB conference phone for PC-based communications — providing high-fidelity audio capabilities via two speakers, four embedded microphones, and USB connectivity that set a new standard for price-performance in this category. The FLX UC 500 enables higher meeting productivity by providing best-in-class audio for unified communications applications. Our flagship Executive Elite wireless microphone system will also be on display, redefining conference room wireless audio systems with exciting new features such as gooseneck microphones, automated firmware synchronization, optional direct power feeds, a remote antenna, and new control software allowing remote monitoring and control.” — JP Carney, CEO at Revolabs

Company Overview:
Revolabs Inc. is the premier provider of audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s wireless conferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio and telephony systems with superior products. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Mass., and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

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BenQ Education Outreach Program Brings Color Proofing Monitors to College Campuses

Company’s Latest Initiative Puts PG2401PT Professional Graphics Monitor Into the Hands of Students and Instructors

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Feb. 11, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of professional graphics monitors, today announced an Education Outreach Program to help campuses put the latest color management monitor technologies into the hands of students and instructors. As part of this initiative, BenQ has donated the company’s new PG2401PT certified color management monitor to California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), Clemson University, and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) — putting professional-grade color accuracy into the hands of tomorrow’s creative specialists.

“The students at these institutions are the future imaging professionals and leaders of the color management industry, and we value the opportunity to contribute to their success,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “Produced in collaboration with X-Rite, our PG2401PT display combines a Pro Graphics 24-inch screen with Palette Master software for optimal color control, in addition to being GRACoL and FOGRA certified. Whether it’s students or professional content creators, our Pro Graphics series allows users to produce more fluid digital workflows with color consistency from design to print.”

Made specifically for creatives such as photographers, graphic designers, color re-touchers, and printers requiring accurate and consistent on-screen color matching, BenQ’s PG2401PT provides reliable, printing-certified soft proofing precision at an incredibly affordable price of $999. To increase collaboration and simplicity within the creative process, the new display also supports today’s cloud-based color proofing systems and comes equipped with a factory calibration report to ensure accurate performance. The result is print-like color integrity during the entire workflow: from design to print, and over the cloud. Donated to three college campuses, the monitor promotes active learning during seminars and workshops within subjects such as graphic communications, Web and digital media, design reproduction technology, and graphics for packaging.

“BenQ’s PG2401PT monitor will be especially valuable in enhancing the Graphic Communication Department’s consumer packaging and color courses,” said Colleen Twomey, professor of Graphic Communication at Cal Poly and a specialist in packaging graphics. “It is a welcome addition that ensures our students will have practical, hands-on experience with the latest advances in virtual proofing.” Ken Macro, Chair of Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department, added, “We are greatly appreciative of the newly formed partnership with BenQ. We are focused on exposing our students to the latest technology in the field as part of Cal Poly’s ‘Learn by Doing’ teaching approach. The BenQ monitor fits nicely in our classroom environment.”

“The addition of the BenQ PG2401PT monitor in the Clemson Graphic Communications and Sonoco Institute labs is a tremendous asset for our students, faculty, and industry partners,” said Sam T. Ingram, Chair and Professor of Graphic Communications at Clemson University. “BenQ technology brings significant accuracy and precision to our soft color proofing across the media platforms used in our coursework. I look forward to further collaboration with BenQ as projects develop since the company’s valued expertise can assist us in both best practices and the application of accurate color management technologies.”

“The BenQ monitor has been installed in our Electronic Still Photography lab in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences,” said Michael E. Dear, Operations Manager at RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. “Students and faculty from the entire College of Imaging Arts and Sciences have access to the display in support of imaging, video, design, and various multimedia projects. We are most grateful for BenQ’s support of our students with its generous gift, helping us provide an exceptional learning experience to the next generation of imaging artists.”

More information on BenQ’s educational support programs and PG2401PT certified color management monitor is available at www.BenQ.us.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP® projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of projectors, flat-panel displays, and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers. More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

About BenQ Corporation
Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today — lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education — with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier, and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions. Because it matters.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $20+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life.”

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

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Archimedia Hires Jeff Cohen for Sales in Eastern U.S.

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Feb. 11, 2014 — Archimedia Technology, a new company whose technology and applications bridge the gap between content producers and their archives without loss of quality, today announced it has appointed Jeff Cohen as vice president of sales. He will be responsible for U.S. sales east of the Mississippi River.

“The other founders and I have known Jeff for many years and have worked with him in other capacities, so we’re well aware of his technical expertise and demonstrated ability to capture new business,” said Mark Gray, Archimedia president and CEO. “Jeff has deep roots in New York and strong relationships in the multimedia industry throughout the Eastern U.S., so he’s the perfect person to help us grow and to support existing customers in the region.”

In a career spanning nearly three decades, Cohen has amassed a strong technical and engineering background with emphasis on end-to-end systems and solutions. He brings to Archimedia a deep understanding of the dynamics of media and technology organizations and a proven track record of sales and marketing within the media and entertainment industry. Most recently Cohen was responsible for business development and oversaw all sales in the Eastern U.S. and Canada for Sohonet, a private fiber network used by Hollywood studios and their supplier ecosystem. His many career accomplishments include a stint at Sony Advanced Systems, where he worked closely with Hollywood studios and played a key role in developing the first digital intermediate (DI) workflows. Cohen also founded Digital Imaging Solutions, a broadcast equipment reseller that grew to $10 million in sales and built more than 500 digital nonlinear editing suites in New York City before it was acquired by Video Corporation of America.

Cohen joined Archimedia effective Feb. 1, 2014. He is based in New York City and reports to Mark Gray.

Information about Archimedia Technology, the Archimedia Master Player, and Archimedia Workstations is available at www.archimediatech.com.

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

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NUGEN Audio Hires Simon Kerr as Chief Marketing Officer; Opens North American Office

NEW YORK — Feb. 11, 2014 — NUGEN Audio, creator of intuitive tools for audio professionals, today announced the appointment of Simon Kerr as chief marketing officer. Kerr will oversee the company’s global marketing strategy and will manage NUGEN Audio’s North American office, newly opened in New York City.

Before joining NUGEN Audio, Kerr served as director of marketing communications for professional imaging products at Canon USA Inc., leading marketing strategy for the company’s professional SLR cameras, camcorders, and pro A/V products. There he spearheaded the launch and marketing of the Cinema EOS line of cameras, winning top market share within two years. With a background in documentary filmmaking for TV, Kerr lectured in video production at Leeds Metropolitan University in the U.K. before migrating to New York 15 years ago.

“Simon brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the U.S. industry to his new role as CMO, and he’s the ideal professional to lead the effort to expand our presence in North America,” said Jon Schorah, founder and creative director, NUGEN Audio. “Establishing a base in New York will help us more directly reach and support the North American broadcast and post-production marketplace, and will enable us to provide enhanced service for our rapidly growing user base in the U.S.”

NUGEN Audio’s new North American office is located at 59-26 Norman St., New York, NY. The telephone number is 844-592-1853. More information about NUGEN Audio products is available at www.nugenaudio.com.

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About NUGEN Audio
NUGEN Audio creates innovative, intuitive professional audio tools for high-end music producers, post-production engineers, and broadcasters. Reflecting the real-world production experience of the design team, the company’s products make it easier to deliver better quality, save time, and reduce costs. NUGEN Audio’s tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top names in broadcast, music, and audio production. For more information, visit www.nugenaudio.com.

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AmberFin Becomes Global Reseller for Nexidia QC”

Nexidia’s Language and Caption Verification and QC System Available as a Plug-in for AmberFin’s Unified Quality Control (UQC) Solution

BASINGSTOKE, UK — Feb. 11, 2014 — AmberFin, a leading developer of file-based media ingest, transcoding, and quality control solutions for owners, broadcasters, sports organizations, and postproduction houses, and Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, today announced an agreement where AmberFin will become a global reseller for Nexidia QC” closed caption, language, and video description verification software.

Available as a plug-in for AmberFin Unified Quality Control (UQC), Nexidia QC is a software tool that automates the verification of closed caption, video description, closed caption alignment, and language identification in broadcast and IP workflows. Nexidia QC ensures that content is being created, edited, distributed, and received in the right languages, with the correct captions, at the right times. By automating the process, it saves on time-consuming and cumbersome manual testing, reduces operating expenses, and automatically identifies errors to avoid fines and improve quality for viewers.

AmberFin’s UQC represents a unique approach to file-based media quality control since it combines multiple tools for baseband checks during tape ingest, file-based QC after ingest, and overall operator-controlled QC, including annotation and markup. With a palette of 10 different vendors and systems  including Interra Systems, Digimetrics, and Tektronix  UQC users are able to mix and match tools to create the optimum QC environment for their needs. Nexidia QC’s API allows it to integrate easily into other workflows and QC applications, giving UQC customers the ability to see Nexidia QC results on the AmberFin iCR Works timeline and use Nexidia QC in conjunction with other UQC plug-ins.

“Language and caption quality can impact the entire delivery chain for broadcasters, so we are very pleased to have added Nexidia QC to our UQC partner ecosystem. While there are many quality-control products available for video analysis, audio quality, and loudness, Nexidia’s language and caption verification QC software is unique. With this addition to our UQC solution, users will be able not only to QC their files, check their audio, and test their workflow, but also to automate the QC of their closed-captioning and language tracks within a single unified timeline,” explained Bruce Devlin, AmberFin’s CTO.

“We are very pleased that AmberFin has become a distributor for Nexidia QC and integrated our solution into UQC because no other QC platform available today offers this degree of intuitive operation, power, and sophistication,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “By leveraging AmberFin’s global distribution capabilities, we will expand our reach and introduce Nexidia QC to broadcasters worldwide.”

QC software tools integrated within UQC now include:
Vendor — Product Name — Application Focus
Digimetrics — Aurora — General File QC
Tektronix — Cerify — General File QC
VidCheck — VidChecker — General File QC
Interra — Baton — General File QC
Snell — Hyperion — Baseband QC
Metaglue — MXFixer — MXF Wrapper
MediaArea.net — MediaInfo — General Wrappers
Venera — Pulsar — General File QC
Nexidia – Nexidia QC — Language and caption verification
Minnetonka — AudioToolsServer — Audio QC & Loudness

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About AmberFin
AmberFin’s business is intelligent media conversion, solving file-based workflow challenges for broadcasters, sports organizations, post-production houses and other media content owners. Scalable, agile and efficient, the AmberFin iCR (intelligent Content Re-Purposing) Platform brings true innovation and cost-effectiveness to the demands of multi-platform delivery, enabling the industry to deal with high volumes and true-to-source high quality pictures at the same time, all with exclusive slim-file technology.

Unique to the iCR Platform, AmberFin’s industry leading approach to Quality Control, known as Unified Quality Control (UQC), introduces a QC mark that brings a new level of trust to media assets. UQC uniquely combines, automated processes that integrate third party verification tools with a human touch, enabling more efficient and effective decision-making and new levels of confidence in the file creation and transformation processes. AmberFin continues to experience market growth thanks to hundreds of iCR systems being deployed worldwide. Systems that are trusted where quality matters by some of the world’s leading media organizations including Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, Turner Broadcasting, Canal+, ITV, ZDF, NRK, Nine Network Australia, Discovery and National Geographic. To follow the latest innovations in Broadcast-IT workflow technologies visit blog.amberfin.com

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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Harmonic Boosts Features and Functionality of Industry-Leading Spectrum Media Server Line

Software Release Yields Improvements Across Spectrum Line, Including ChannelPort(TM) Integrated Channel Playout System

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Feb. 11, 2014 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced sophisticated new playout and graphics capabilities for the company’s market-leading ChannelPort(TM) integrated channel playout system. The latest Spectrum(TM) software also enhances the complete Spectrum media server platform with augmented ingest, storage, and playout broadcast workflows.

“Spectrum 7.5 software introduces a series of high-value system enhancements that build on Spectrum systems’ unparalleled reliability, flexibility, form factor, and power usage advantages,” said Andy Warman, director, product management, production and playout, Harmonic. “With this major release, Harmonic continues to build on the industry-leading functionality and performance that keep Spectrum systems well ahead of the competition.”

Substantial functional gains for the ChannelPort system include options for supporting up to six live sources, which may include two key-and-fill pair inputs (one key-and-fill pair usable at a time) and HD and SD simulcast output. With these extended input options, ChannelPort becomes more flexible when dealing with complex video source needs and, at the same time, reduces the demand on upstream switcher/router control. The Spectrum 7.5 software release also provides audio downmixing, which ensures that the audio output — 5.1, stereo, or mono — matches the HD or SD output needs of the channel.

With this new software release, Onboard Playout Control (OPC) for ChannelPort and MediaPort(TM) has been enhanced with an interactive playlist mode that allows an operator to control ChannelPort channels while on-air. Operators can cut, copy, paste, and delete events/blocks; insert new primary and secondary events; and take, drop, or hold the next event in the playlist. The result is centralized playback monitoring with easier management and control that enable the operator to react quickly to schedule changes and unplanned events.

As part of its standard functionality, ChannelPort now also includes previously announced features for integrating rich graphics directly into the playout workflow, dynamic closed-caption file insertion, and an Enhanced Channel mode that enables dual DVE support and independent branding of simulcast SD and HD channels. Further enhancements to the Spectrum MediaPort video encoder/decoder include real-time SD and HD MPEG-2 ingest and playout for the MediaPort 7100 and 7600 models.

Spectrum 7.5 software also includes a number of core server enhancements. The new features begin with file-system improvements, including directory-based user-rights access and a key file-system security measure that enables more granular control over read, write, and delete access. Improvements to ancillary data management include a new WSS blanking feature that allows widescreen signaling to be stripped for ancillary data as needed and supports the insertion of SCTE-104 triggers during playout, which eliminates the cost and complexity of using external insertion devices downstream. In addition, the MediaStore(TM) 5000 storage array can now accommodate 1.2 TB 2.5-inch drives, a 33 percent gain in storage capacity compared with the previous version.

Harmonic’s line of market-leading broadcast and multiscreen solutions, including Spectrum ChannelPort, will be featured at Harmonic’s booth SU1210 during the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 7-10. 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), Spectrum(TM), and MediaPort 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 reliability, flexibility, cost savings, easier channel management and control by operators, improved data management, power usage advantages, and gain in capacity storage.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, such as those more fully described in Harmonic’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec.31, 2012, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Harmonic as of the date hereof, and Harmonic disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

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Joseph Electronics Hires Jeff McNall as Sales Engineer

McNall Brings 30 Years of Broadcast and Operations Experience to New Role

NILES, Ill. — Feb. 11, 2014 — Joseph Electronics (JE), the premier one-stop shop for the broadcast industry and provider of fiber termination and custom fiber solutions through Joseph Fiber Solutions (JFS), today announced that Jeff McNall has joined the company in the role of sales engineer. McNall comes to this position with 15 years of experience in operations, followed by another 15 years’ experience in sales and marketing to broadcast clients.

“Jeff’s rich experience on both the operations and sales sides of the broadcast industry will be a tremendous asset for us,” said Yohay Hahamy, president at Joseph Electronics. “He’s been enormously successful in driving the development and delivery of solutions that meet specific customer requirements, and we are confident that his contributions will further our own ability to provide and support valuable fiber-based systems for the broadcast and pro A/V markets.”

McNall most recently served as vice president of sales for the Americas at TSL and as director of product line management at Wohler Technologies. He earlier worked with Dolby, where he successfully launched Dolby 3D into more than 500 movie theatres around the world, and at Sony, where his responsibilities included marketing activities for remote monitoring solutions. Before moving into sales, he held engineering roles at major market television stations and in live sports production, including a technical operations coordination role for the 1996 Olympic Games. McNall graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in radio and television.

“Over my career, through a variety of collaborative development projects, I have enjoyed a great working relationship with Joseph Electronics,” said McNall. “Now, as a sales engineer within the company, I look forward to providing continued service and support both to new customers and the many clients I have worked with over the years.”

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

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About Joseph Fiber Solutions
Joseph Fiber Solutions (JFS), the fiber division of Joseph Electronics Inc., offers consultation, design, and integration of fiber-optic systems for broadcast and pro A/V applications. JFS represents 16 select high-end fiber manufacturers and also creates innovative custom solutions — such as the Caddie Series and 4K Replay — for broadcasters and system integrators alike. Equipped with a state-of-the-art fiber lab staffed with fully certified professionals, JFS can fabricate, terminate, or repair any connector, assembly, panel, breakout, or interface in use today. JFS has representatives in California, New York, London, and Zurich. More information about JFS is available at www.jfstv.com. More information about Joseph Electronics can be found at www.josephelectronics.com.

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Front Porch Digital Inks Deal With thePlatform to Provide Leading Cloud-Based Video-Publishing Service Via LYNX Cloud CSM System

Front Porch Digital’s LYNX Customers Can Now Access thePlatform’s mpx for Easy, Scalable Means of Monetizing Video

LAFAYETTE, Colo. — Feb. 10, 2014 — Front Porch Digital, the global leader in content storage management (CSM) solutions, today announced that it has signed an agreement with thePlatform(TM), the leading white-label video-publishing company, to offer cloud-based video-publishing services to Front Porch Digital customers throughout the global media and entertainment industry. Under the agreement, Front Porch Digital will integrate thePlatform’s mpx video-publishing system into the Front Porch Digital LYNX(SM) cloud-based CSM system for managing media assets. By taking advantage of mpx through the LYNX platform, LYNX users can more easily and affordably monetize assets and build new revenue streams.

“Front Porch Digital is a global leader in mission-critical workflow solutions for digital file-based video operations of all kinds,” said Chris Drake, vice president of business development at thePlatform. “With mpx, Front Porch Digital can now offer its customers a complete, hosted multiscreen video-publishing solution in the cloud. We look forward to supporting the needs of the company’s diverse customers around the world.”

Front Porch Digital’s LYNX customers will be able to use mpx to upload, manage, and distribute videos to their own websites, third-party sites, smartphones, tablets, and more. In addition, mpx provides LYNX users with a simple Web-based console for managing their video libraries, highly customizable video players with automated social networking tools, enterprise-grade reliability, and more — all accessible from the LYNX interface.

“More and more of our DIVArchive customers are embracing our LYNX cloud-based solution for storing and managing their assets with adaptable, on-demand scalability that reduces capital expenses and operational costs. Now, those customers can get the same benefits from a renowned video-publishing solution that’s available directly through LYNX,” said Andy Hurt, vice president, product management and marketing, Front Porch Digital. “thePlatform makes video publishing easy and scalable for many of the largest media and entertainment companies in the world, and now the same mpx reliability and performance our customers get through our DIVApublish system is available in our cloud solution as well.”

More information about Front Porch Digital can be found at fpdigital.com. More information about thePlatform is available at www.thePlatform.com.

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Blonder Tongue NAB 2014 Exhibitor Preview

Blonder Tongue — Booth SU10202

New Product and Technology Demonstration

At the 2014 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue, a leading manufacturer of SD and HD digital video solutions, will perform live demonstrations of its latest Professional Series of MPEG-2 encoders and ATSC/QAM transcoders for broadcasters. The featured products will provide an Emergency Alert System (EAS) solution needed in campus-style applications, including university, government, and business enterprise.

Stay tuned for more details on these upcoming product releases that will be part of the show demonstrations.

Blonder Tongue staff will also be available at the company’s booth for consultation on solutions for a wide variety of applications.

About Blonder Tongue
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 Tongue’s Annual Report and Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 (See Item 1: Business, Item 1A: Risk Factors, Item 3: Legal Proceedings and Item 7: Management’s 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 management’s 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 Tongue’s actual results may differ from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in Blonder Tongue’s “forward-looking” statements.

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IEEE BTS 2014 NAB Show News & Tutorials

IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) — Booth L28

Committed to advancing electrical and electronic engineering, the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) offers a variety of educational opportunities for its members, including technical presentations, events, conferences, and training programs. With more than 2,000 members and chapters worldwide, the IEEE BTS is the leading professional resource for broadcast engineers around the world.

The IEEE BTS will offer technical tutorial programs prior to and at the 2014 NAB Show. Designed to bring attendees up to speed on next-generation television technologies, the sessions continue the society’s longstanding mission of providing scientific and technical educational training programs to the broadcast engineering community.

From its new booth location, the IEEE BTS will also be on hand to discuss details about the society’s upcoming Annual Broadcast Symposium, which will take place Oct. 14-17 at the Hilton Palacio del Rio in San Antonio, Texas, as well as information about and benefits of BTS membership.

Educational Opportunities

“Bridging the Gap” Technical Training Seminar
Prior to the start of NAB, the IEEE BTS will offer its “Bridging the Gap” technical training course as part of the PBS Technical Conference (TechCon). The abbreviated, one-day course will take place April 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The cost is $150. Registration is open now through Feb. 21 at www.pbstechconference.org/registration/.

The “Bridging the Gap” technical training course is open to the public, regardless of whether attendees are registered for the PBS TechCon. Designed to resolve the knowledge gap between IT technologists and video specialists, “Bridging the Gap” covers a wide range of technologies including baseband digital video transport, data networking for broadcast facilities, metadata, loudness, monitoring, and video compression, enabling them to more efficiently resolve day-to-day issues.

Future Television Technology Tutorial
The IEEE BTS will host a tutorial session at the NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference. On April 7 at 2:00 p.m., Richard Chernock, chief science officer at Triveni Digital, will chair the tutorial on “Future Television Technology — Advanced Coding.” Presented by broadcast industry technology experts, the tutorial session will explore next-generation television video and audio coding technologies, offering attendees a balanced perspective between understanding the underlying technologies and how such technology advancements affect their business and operations.

Membership Discounts for 2014 NAB Show Attendees

The society is offering 2014 NAB Show attendees a 50-percent discount on IEEE membership plus an additional discounted price of $7.50 to join BTS. IEEE membership includes attendance to local events and activities, discounted membership to individual societies, and a wide range of educational opportunities including conferences and presentations. Members also receive the latest industry news from IEEE, IEEE Spectrum, IEEE Standards News, and The Institute.

Annual Broadcast Symposium Registration

NAB attendees who stop by the IEEE BTS booth will receive a special discounted price to attend the society’s upcoming Annual Broadcast Symposium. The Annual Broadcast Symposium is one of the world’s premiere technical conferences on broadcasting technology. The three-day symposium, to be held Oct. 14-17 at the Hilton Palacio del Rio in San Antonio, Texas, offers attendees a variety of informative tutorials and technical sessions. Topics are presented by respected broadcast engineering experts from around the world. Additional details, including the symposium agenda, will be available at the IEEE BTS booth.

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About IEEE BTS
The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) is a technical society and council dedicated toward advancing electrical and electronic engineering by maintaining scientific and technical standards as well as educating its members through various meetings, presentations, events, conferences, and training programs. IEEE BTS has more than 2000 members and chapters worldwide and has its own business office located in Piscataway, N.J.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IEEEBTSociety
Twitter: https://twitter.com/IEEEBTSociety
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/IEEE-Broadcast-Technology-Society-IEEE-4937489

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