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Blonder Tongue and Monroe Electronics Collaborate on Emergency Alert Management Solution — Well-Suited for Campus Type Distribution

EQAM-420B EdgeQAM With EAS and One-Net(TM) SE Deliver Customized, Set-Top Box-less, Local Emergency Alert Information

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — Feb. 5, 2014 — Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) and Monroe Electronics have teamed up to create a powerful emergency alert information and distribution platform for the campus environment — whether it be university, government, enterprise, retail or stadium — without requiring a set-top box (STB). Monroe Electronics’ One-Net(TM) SE emergency alert system (EAS) has been seamlessly integrated with the EQAM-420B EdgeQAM with EAS from Blonder Tongue, allowing cable operators to deliver customized, local emergency alert information to viewers in a manner that is easy, cost-effective, and scalable. The EQAM-420B with EAS will be demonstrated at NCTC WEC 2014, Feb. 17-18 in Tampa, Fla. at the Monroe Electronics’ booth 304 and by R.L. Drake, a Blonder Tongue subsidiary, at booth 513.

“Blonder Tongue and Monroe Electronics have come together to develop the optimum management and video distribution platform for emergency alert information,” said Emily Nikoo, executive vice president of Blonder Tongue. “While the EQAM-420B with EAS supports a broad range of applications, it is perfect for the campus environment based on the need to deliver timely, accurate emergency alert information to all viewing locations, without the need for set-top boxes.”

After receiving emergency alert information from national, local, and private agencies, Monroe Electronics’ One-Net SE generates a customized EAS message and transmits the information to the EQAM-420B with EAS for distribution into the television system. The EQAM-420B with EAS features a dual Gigabit Ethernet input and a QAM coaxial output with a separate Ethernet management port, simplifying network connections. The EdgeQAM aggregates multiple SD and HD programs received in IP format and delivers them over a standard coaxial distribution network. Standard programming is replaced with full-screen text, video, and accompanying audio to ensure an impactful reception on the viewer. Since no STBs are needed at viewing locations, it’s easy to reach every viewer at the lowest possible cost.

Based on a modular design, the EQAM-420B with EAS can be scaled to support anywhere between one to hundreds of channels, providing operators with a flexible, cost-effective solution that is perfect for a wide variety of markets, including education, enterprise, healthcare, and hospitality. An intuitive Web-based interface simplifies setup and operation, lowering the learning curve for operators and eliminating the need for IT support. Remote monitoring and control can be performed via a comprehensive user interface that is compatible with standard Web browsers.

“By integrating our two technologies, Blonder Tongue and Monroe Electronics provide a means to communicate quickly, with the maximum impact on viewers,” said Bill Robertson, vice president of business development at Monroe Electronics. “Our combined EAS management and distribution platform is easy to set up, manage, and monitor, simplifying the presentation of critical information which is so important when lives and property are at stake.”

Controlled by a simple web browser interface, the Monroe Electronics’ One-Net SE is FCC-certified and IPAWS conformant, ensuring EAS messages are properly formatted and understood by the viewing audience. Optional AM/FM/NOAA internal receivers allow radio inputs for monitoring any standard over-the-air EAS alerts. Using tiered security enables multiple, simultaneous users, and a unique text-to-speech functionality automatically creates a consistent voice to accompany text messages, saving time and eliminating errors.

Blonder Tongue’s next-generation EQAM-420B with EAS supports up to 64 MPEG-2/H.264 single program transport streams (SPTS) or 16 multi-program transport streams (MPTS). Each program can maintain up to one video and two audio elementary streams. The IGMPv3-capable solution can be configured with one to four modules, each with four adjacent QAM channels for a total of 16 QAM channels (40 dBmV). PMT and PID values are passed through without changes to ensure accurate program information. The EdgeQAM solution also features a soft, IP-enabled EAS trigger and SNMPv2 support for product and network management.

More information on Blonder Tongue products and Monroe Electronics products are available at www.blondertongue.com or www.monroe-electronics.com.

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About Monroe Electronics
Monroe Electronics began operations in 1954 designing and manufacturing specialized electrostatic discharge (ESD) instrumentation that continues today. From its headquarters in Lyndonville, N.Y. the company provides R&D, manufacturing, sales, and customer service for all Monroe Electronics, One-Net(TM), and Digital Alert Systems brands. Monroe Electronics’ Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) are the widely accepted standard for CATV with a hard-earned reputation for quality, reliability, and service to valued customers around the world. In October 2009, Digital Alert Systems, the leading innovator of next-generation Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) and EAS merged with Monroe Electronics to further extend its product offerings to radio and television broadcasters and better serve their collective customers into the future.

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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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Visionary Solutions, Inc. 2014 NAB Show News Preview

Visionary Solutions, Inc. — Booth SU8602

At the 2014 NAB Show, Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) will demonstrate a complete IPTV environment designed to support a variety of applications.

At the heart of the ecosystem is VSI’s new PackeTV(R), an end-to-end modular-based IP video network and asset management solution that enables secure scheduled or on-demand delivery of live and recorded video to any consumer device.

Key Products and Technology Demos
PackeTV(R) IP Video Network and Asset Management Solution
At the 2014 NAB Show, Visionary Solutions will demonstrate PackeTV(R), a powerful new IP video network and asset management solution. 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, WiFi, cellular, and the public Internet.

The open-standard solution is compatible with a wide range of equipment, including Visionary Solutions encoders and decoders, providing customers with the complete IPTV ecosystem. PackeTV features the same modular architecture as the company’s encoder and decoder product lines, enabling customers to upgrade as their budget permits without purchasing new hardware. This modular flexibility lowers the base price of the equipment by allowing customers to purchase only the features they need at the moment and upgrading the software as requirements change.

The PackeTV platform can quickly and easily be deployed in virtually any IT environment, including the education, enterprise, entertainment, government, healthcare, hospitality, and house of worship markets. 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.

The following modular components of PackeTV will be on display at the show:
- PackeTV Portal: A powerful browser-based administration interface with a familiar look and feel. Provides administrators with total control over the PackeTV system, including user and group permissions and dynamic video asset creation, management, protection, and distribution.
- PackeTV Player: A browser-based, no-install client that provides CPU-efficient, high-quality playback of live, scheduled, and on-demand streams up to full HD (1920 x 1080p60). Powerful features, such as a de-interlacing engine for smooth viewing of high-motion content and broadcast as well as command and control monitoring, enhance the viewing experience.
- PackeTV Mobile Player: An integrated player for iPhones(R), iPads(R), Android” tablets, and smartphones that is controlled by a PackeTV administrator, providing user authentication and full channel guide synchronization.
- PackeTV VOD and NDVR Servers: Enables users and administrators to record live video and upload prerecorded content for on-demand playback. The system offers scheduled recording and continuous archiving for monitoring and time-shift applications. Authorized users may record channels on local storage for private use on an immediate or scheduled basis.
- PackeTV STB Module: Integrates commercial IP set-top boxes into the PackeTV ecosystem 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. A powerful graphical interface and EPG make it easy to view live and on-demand content and record scheduled programming.
- PackeTV EPG: An intuitive guide for scheduled programs is created based on data sourced from the broadcaster. The guide is displayed via an easy-to-read user interface.

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Company Overview:
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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PBS Technology Conference to Offer IEEE BTS ‘Bridging the Gap’ Training Course

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Feb. 5, 2014 — The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) today announced that its “Bridging the Gap” technical training program, which is designed to bridge the knowledge gap between IT technologists and video specialists, will be offered at this year’s PBS Technology Conference (TechCon), a premier annual gathering for broadcast engineers, information technology and traffic professionals, general managers, and senior executives within the public television field.

“Bridging the Gap” ensures that the chief and senior engineers responsible for designing, upgrading, and maintaining broadcast facilities are up to speed on next-generation technologies and workflows. A one-day, condensed version of the training program will take place during PBS’ TechCon on April 2 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Attendees in prior years have indicated that the course was tremendous in terms of both content and value. IEEE continuing education credits are available to those who complete the seminar.

“TechCon provides broadcasters with a forum for education, professional development, networking, and exposure to new ideas and technologies. As such, it is an ideal venue for the IEEE BTS ‘Bridging the Gap’ training course,” said Kevin Ruppenthal, manager, technology strategy at PBS. “As more broadcasters transition to file-based workflows, it’s important that they’re cross-trained in IT and broadcast technologies. ‘Bridging the Gap’ will help the broadcast community become more proficient in both concepts to deliver the best possible quality of service to viewers.

The “Bridging the Gap” technical training course is open to the public, regardless of whether individuals are attending the PBS TechCon. Cost for the seminar is $150. Online registration is now open and can be accessed at http://www.pbstechconference.org/registration/. Space is limited, so attendees are encouraged to register by Feb. 21.

The “Bridging the Gap” training course at PBS TechCon will be taught by well-known broadcast industry experts John Luff and Wes Simpson. Professionals taking the course will walk away with a deeper understanding of a wide range of current and emerging technologies used in broadcast facilities, 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. Attendees receive a printed copy of the course materials featuring detailed diagrams and tables for future reference.

The IEEE BTS is also accepting hosts for future training sessions. The two-day seminars accommodate 30 or more students at a cost of $395 per attendee. Sessions can be hosted privately by a broadcast organization or can be open to the public. Host organizations may be entitled to receive a discount on student tuition, and IEEE BTS members receive a 5 percent discount toward tuition.

For more information about attending or hosting the IEEE BTS’ “Bridging the Gap” technical training program, please contact Amy Reeder, technical community program specialist, via phone at +1 732 562 5416 or by emailing her at a.reeder@ieee.org.

Additional information is available at http://bts.ieee.org/.

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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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Biamp Systems Announces New Paging Input Options and Adaptors for VoIP and Analog Paging System

Vocia(R) 1.6 delivers new functionality and three new devices to public address and voice evacuation system

AMSTERDAM, ISE 2014 — Feb. 5, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced the launch of Vocia(R) 1.6, a significant addition to the company’s networked public address and voice evacuation system. Vocia 1.6 provides three new hardware devices — the eight-channel Vocia Input (VI-8) for analog and digital paging inputs, the VoIP-1 telephone-paging adaptor, and the POTS-1 analog telephone-paging adaptor. A large number of new features and enhancements in Vocia 1.6 software include impedance monitoring for the Vocia VA-8600 amplifier, support for unicast CobraNet(R) local inputs, and a dry contact control input mode for Vocia Life Safety Interface (LSI-16e), VI-8, and Vocia General Purpose I/O (GPIO-1) devices.

“Vocia 1.6 introduces new components and features to extend our industry-leading platform to an even broader range of installations of varying sizes, while bringing our Vocia and Tesira platforms closer together as an integrated solution for flexible, multi-functional environments,” said Graeme Harrison, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Biamp Systems. “Vocia 1.6 delivers the flexibility within a system to integrate paging directly with both VoIP and analog telephone systems.”

Supporting up to eight analog or CobraNet paging audio inputs, the new Vocia VI-8 input device rapidly routes signals to any assigned page code. Expanding the interoperability of the Biamp(R) product line, the VI-8 accepts paging audio inputs from Audia(R) and Tesira(R) systems, and can be used in conjunction with monitored Vocia GPIO-1 devices for fire panel supervision and priority for emergency pages. Designed to interface with existing paging stations, the VI-8 is ideal for large venues such as airports, convention centers, and healthcare campuses.

The Vocia VoIP-1 is a simple VoIP telephone-paging adapter, and the POTS-1 is an analog telephone-paging adapter. Both are ideal for installations in smaller hospitals and industrial environments, or those that require a simple VoIP or POTS extension capability. Both the VoIP-1 and POTS-1 enable live paging as well as store and forward to assigned page codes within any Vocia installation. The units support two lines with an option to support four lines by ordering the units with an expansion card.

In addition to Vocia’s current End of Line (ELD-1) device, Vocia 1.6 provides the VA-8600 amplifier as an additional way to monitor speaker line health via impedance monitoring. This makes Vocia ideal for installations in which the speaker infrastructure is already in place. Additionally, Unicast CobraNet inputs from both Audia and Tesira systems can be directly routed to Vocia amplifiers, allowing an increased number of background sources to access any one area without affecting the number of simultaneous pages that are possible.

Vocia 1.6 will be available in June 2014. More information on Biamp’s full line of audio solutions is available at www.biamp.com.

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About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona” AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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Biamp Systems Makes AVB Connectivity Smarter and Available to Applications of All Sizes

Tesira(R) 2.0 delivers preconfigured products for greater simplicity and increased flexibility for everyday and enterprise-level audio

AMSTERDAM, ISE 2014 — Feb. 4, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced the launch of Tesira(R) 2.0, the latest version of the company’s flagship family of digital signal processor (DSP)-based media systems. The centerpiece of Tesira 2.0 is TesiraFORTÉ, an all-new series of audio processors that extend Audio Video Bridging (AVB) to application-specific settings. TesiraFORTÉ consists of eight preconfigured models (four AVB models and four non-AVB models) designed to bring greater simplicity and more options to today’s conferencing, telephony, and VoIP environments.

Also shipping with Tesira 2.0 is Biamp’s new Dante(TM)-enabled DAN-1 digital server networking card, which, like its current CobraNet(R) card, functions as a gateway interface to support 64×64 channels of Dante networked audio. The DAN-1 card provides system integrators with a Dante digital transport within Tesira media systems. While the Tesira platform operates over AVB, with the addition of the DAN-1 card, customers will have the flexibility of integrating with different system types. The DAN-1 can also be used alongside AVB and/or CobraNet in the same Tesira SERVER or SERVER-IO.

In addition, Tesira 2.0 includes new firmware and software that enable two Tesira SERVERs to act as a redundant pair — with the secondary Tesira SERVER providing a mirrored backup to prevent any interruption in service in case of failure in the primary SERVER.

“As an enterprise-level platform, our Tesira family has been widely applauded since its initial release,” said Justin O’Connor, Audio Product Manager, Biamp Systems. “And now, with TesiraFORTÉ, we’re extending that sophisticated technology to application-specific and value-conscious designs — bringing exceptional AVB audio solutions to everyday applications. And the new DAN-1 server card is the latest in our series of interfaces designed to bring the power of the Tesira platform to a greater number of audio systems.”

Ideal for corporate, government, and higher education settings, TesiraFORTÉ leverages a customer’s existing cabling infrastructure to enable cost-effective installations wherever there is a need for networked audio. The Tesira network can be set up and managed centrally or remotely, with the ability to incorporate additional Tesira products quickly and easily as needed. Class-leading audio technologies including Sona(TM) AEC technology, SpeechSense(TM), and AmbientSense(TM) provide clear, echo-free audio communication within any conference room, auditorium, or training space. Each TesiraFORTÉ solution is equipped with 12 mic/line inputs, 8 mic/line outputs, 4-pin GPIO, and 128×128 channels of AVB.

The four new models of TesiraFORTÉ include both AVB and non-AVB versions:
- TesiraFORTÉ AI provides a basic audio interface for high-quality audio in small- to medium-sized spaces.
- TesiraFORTÉ CI includes Sona AEC technology for conferencing applications.
- TesiraFORTÉ TI provides specialized conferencing over a standard telephone service and includes Sona AEC technology.
- TesiraFORTÉ VI is a VoIP conferencing solution with Sona AEC technology.

Each model can be used as a stand-alone system (non-AVB) or within an AVB-networked solution to deliver the specific features and connections needed for each application. Each device also offers eight-channel USB audio support to interface directly with third-party technology, supporting a variety of conferencing, recording, and background music requirements.

With the launch of Tesira 2.0, Biamp(R) is expanding its world-renowned certification training by offering the company’s first-ever online certification course. This online course is focused on TesiraFORTÉ, providing an alternative to the in-person certification training offered around the globe for those who desire TesiraFORTÉ certification only.

TesiraFORTÉ will begin shipping on April 7, 2014 and is backed by Biamp’s five-year warranty. More information on Biamp’s full line of solutions is available at www.biamp.com.

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About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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Biamp Systems Repositions Nexia to Support a More Robust DSP Product Family

Nexia’s repositioning complements the new TesiraFORTÉ products and overall DSP product offering

AMSTERDAM, ISE 2014 — Feb. 4, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced the repositioning of Nexia(R), its award-winning distance conferencing system. This repositioning, effective today, is done in conjunction with the launch of TesiraFORTÉ — the latest in the company’s family of digital signal processor (DSP)-based media systems — and provides a well-rounded, powerful DSP product offering for the industry.

Designed for everyday audio solutions, Biamp’s Nexia products are engineered to satisfy users’ simple, routine requirements with professional AV solutions at an affordable price. Designed for reliable DSP delivery, Nexia provides the power needed for single-room provision of video- and teleconferencing, speaker processing, and multimedia presentations. In addition to the Nexia repositioning, the AudiaSOLO discontinuation (announced October 1, 2013) is on target for April 1, 2014. The AudiaSOLO product is the only device that will be discontinued in the Audia(R) line.

“This is a very exciting time for Biamp, and we are taking steps to ensure that even more customers have access to the most innovative commercial audio products available, regardless of the size of their need,” said Ron Camden, Vice President of Global Sales, Biamp Systems. “Our recent launch of TesiraFORTÉ provides us with the perfect opportunity to reposition our range of Nexia products, reinforcing their position as an easy entry to an incredibly robust DSP family of products.”

The repositioning of Nexia is effective starting today. More information on Biamp Systems’ full line of audio solutions is available at www.biamp.com.

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About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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Atlona Now Shipping New AT-HD-M2C Audio Converter

Mixed Audio Conversion Now Available for Display Installations and Legacy Devices

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Feb. 4, 2014 — Atlona(R), a leading AV distribution solutions provider, today announced that the company is now shipping its new AT-HD-M2C multichannel audio converter. Designed to simplify mixed audio installations, the AT-HD-M2C accepts Dolby(R) and DTS multichannel audio before converting signals into a two-channel audio format. This enables the reception of multichannel audio content, conversion into two channels, and playback on endpoints that normally cannot accept multichannel sources — delivering full compatibility with both displays and legacy devices such as audio receivers.

“When used with an Atlona HDMI matrix switcher, our new AT-HD-M2C delivers unparalleled audio experiences for both home and office settings,” said Steve Heintz, senior product manager, Atlona. “This seamless integration between devices enables sources such as Blu-ray players, game consoles, and set-top boxes to distribute the same content easily within multizone environments — ensuring that signals are received and properly processed in applications such as multichannel home theaters and two-channel bedrooms.”

To convert optimized audio signals reliably from source to display, the AT-HD-M2C uses EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) to provide plug-and-play simplicity — eliminating the need for complex programming, which results in automatic signal detection and delivery. Taking the guesswork out of managing audio, discreet status lights for PCM, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS Digital Surround”, and DTS-HD Master Audio allow users to determine the incoming audio signal at a glance.

For amplifiers and legacy audio receivers, a variety of output ports such as L/R analog audio, coaxial, and TOSLINK digital audio enable pass-through even without HDMI support, while retaining the ability to distribute both audio and video to HDMI displays.

More information about Atlona’s full line of products is available at www.atlona.com.

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About Atlona(R)
Atlona(R) is a leading provider of innovative, reliable AV and IT distribution and connectivity solutions. Since 2003, the company has been designing and engineering award-winning products for a diverse range of residential and commercial AV and IT markets, including education, business, government, entertainment, and healthcare.

Atlona’s products and services enable system designers, integrators, consultants, and installers to simplify installation, minimize maintenance, and maximize the versatility of premier automated control solutions. Atlona’s vision is simple: deliver customer-driven products designed and developed with the features, performance, and reliability that industry leaders demand; and deliver the best value in the industry.

More information about Atlona is available at www.atlona.com.

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Digigram Lowers Barriers to Live Video Streaming With Low-Cost AQILIM *FIT/LE Broadcast-Quality Encoder

New Encoder Enables Use of Live Streaming in Growing Array of applications

MONTBONNOT, France — Feb. 3, 2014 — Digigram today announced the release of the AQILIM *FIT/LE professional video encoder, an intuitive and cost-effective solution for high-quality live event broadcasting over an IPTV network or multiscreen video distribution over the Internet. With flexible input options and compatibility with leading CDNs, this latest addition to Digigram’s encoder line is ideal for increasingly popular streaming applications for live video, particularly filmed radio; live distribution of corporate, sporting, or news events; the creation of WebTV; the live distribution of electronic sports events; and live education via e-learning.

“AQILIM *FIT/LE is an affordable professional encoder that makes it easy to connect to most major CDNs and stream live broadcast-quality video to PC, Mac, smartphone, and tablet users around the world,” said Laurent Gros, video product manager at Digigram. “Built on proven technology and ready to use, right out of the box, the AQILIM *FIT/LE provides reliable, straightforward operation for the user while assuring exceptional video quality. By making live streaming both simple and affordable, the AQILIM *FIT/LE opens up new and valuable opportunities for a broad variety of businesses, institutions, and organizations.”

The AQILIM *FIT/LE connects directly to the camera or video mixer, capturing live video and streaming encoded video either to an IP network or to the CDN responsible for Internet distribution of live video. A Web-based interface gives users convenient access to simple configuration parameters for video streaming, eliminating the need for specialized training or dedicated operators.

Occupying just one rack unit, the robust hardware system is available with analog, SDI, and/or HDMI video inputs. Quiet operation enables use of the encoder even in a meeting or conference room.

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.

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BenQ Strengthens Commitment to Pro A/V Partners With New Integrators’ Choice Program

Initiative Provides Exclusive Dealer Benefits on Commercial Line of Professional Projectors and Interactive Flat Panel Displays

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Jan. 30, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today unveiled a new program designed to provide direct dealers with exclusive benefits on the company’s commercial line of projectors, interactive flat panel (IFP) displays, and accessories. Including preferred access to BenQ’s systems integration projectors with interchangeable lenses and other notable advantages, the BenQ Integrators’ Choice Program provides pro A/V partners with a wide range of incentives backed by limited distribution to secure profit margins.

An invaluable asset for Integrators’ Choice Program partners, BenQ’s value-added program offers exclusive advantages on the company’s new line of P Series projectors, including the devices’ seven interchangeable lenses ranging from 3.4M short-throw optics to long zoom 16.41  24.71M capabilities, giving partners the options needed to suit any projection distance or specific setting. The program also features dedicated training and certification, sales and technical support, co-op rebates, and superior product service warranties. As part of the Integrators’ Choice Program, BenQ’s commercial products will only be available via select distribution partners including AVAD and Starin.

“Through the Integrators’ Choice Program, BenQ will continue its growth within the commercial space by offering dealers dedicated products, exclusive benefits, and unmatched customer service and support,” said Kristin Kennedy, Associate Vice President of Sales, BenQ America Corp. “In addition, our limited distribution strategy ensures the best overall value to end users through expert installations by strong program partners like Summit Integration Systems and CCS Presentation Systems, who are already onboard. Throughout 2014, we will be looking to expand the breadth of the program for our dealers, adding exclusive benefits for new product categories.”

BenQ’s professional product lineup, offered exclusively through Integrators’ Choice partners, features the PW9500, PX9600, and SH963 large-venue projectors; interchangeable projector lenses for the professional series; and the IL650 multitouch IFP display. Designed for commercial applications across education, retail, and corporate environments, BenQ’s professional projectors provide integrators with top-end industry features such as ultra-high brightness, 360o projection capabilities, lens options, and switchable color wheels to fit any specific installation requirement. Offering multitouch interactivity, BenQ’s IL650 professional-grade display delivers a large 65-inch viewing area, full HD imaging, and fast response times for truer touch responses and interaction.

For more information on BenQ’s new Integrators’ Choice Program, please contact Stephanie Kohler, CTS, Director of Pro AV Sales at BenQ America Corp. at 727-452-5419 or Stephanie.Kohler@BenQ.com. Additional product information 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(R) 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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NETIA Products at NRB 2014

Radio-Assist(TM) 8.2 — Upgraded Radio Automation
At NRB 2014, NETIA will showcase the latest version of its powerful Radio-Assist(TM) range of digital audio automation software. Radio-Assist 8.2 will offer the same robust array of tools for streamlined end-to-end multimedia production, broadcast, and publication workflows, along with two significant new features: an integrated music-scheduling application and a video editing capability. Users can access both new features from a single user interface.

NETIA’s Radio-Assist family of digital audio software programs covers each part of the production and broadcast workflow, allowing users to record, edit, or prepare a playlist. In addition to new browsing and publishing tools for full multimedia functionality, the software features tools for acquisition, sound-file editing, commercial and music production, newsroom systems, scheduling, multicasting, and administration.

Radio-Assist 8.2 allows users to leverage built-in music-scheduling functionality. With music management tools integrated into Radio-Assist 8.2′s FederAll playlist preparation module, users are able to automate playlist generation according to preset criteria, business policies, and a wide range of intelligent options for sequencing music.

The video editing tool now available within the Radio-Assist 8.2 interface complements the software’s Snippet and Snippet+ audio editing tools. Offering a convenient editing solution, this enhancement addresses the growing demand for radio broadcasters to provide video via their online portals. This simple and easy-to-use editing tool is available through the same GUI as the Snippet tool, providing a familiar utility that allows staff to produce video clips with very little training.

Additionally, NETIA will highlight further functional and technical enhancements that add to the value of Radio-Assist 8.2 in today’s radio broadcast operations.

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iSnippet Audio Editing Tool for iPhone(R) and iPad(R)
The Snippet range of editing tools available within the Radio-Assist(TM) automation products is now available for iOS devices. Sharing the same look and ergonomic principles as the Snippet desktop interface, the new iPhone(R)- and iPad(R)-compatible iSnippet tool allows field reporters and other remote users to enjoy Radio-Assist audio editing capabilities — familiar from the desktop — on their portable devices.

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Teleprompter
The new teleprompter module for the Radio-Assist(TM) suite gives presenters and journalists convenient visual access to news scripts, which scroll continuously down the presenter’s screen and are linked to the playout system in the studio. Customizable features such as text size, color selection, automatic speed control that adapts to reading speed, and read length may be configured in user profiles that are tailored to presenter preferences.

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Company Overview:
NETIA, a Globecast company, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 10,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides radio automation, media asset management, and workflow management solutions to major radio and television brands and to multimedia groups around the world. Clients include the Associated Press, ABC News Radio Network, Cumulus Radio, Vatican Radio, TWR, Radio Globo in Brazil, SBS and ABC in Australia, MediaCorp Singapore, RAI Italy, RTL France, Radio France, RTBF in Belgium and France Televisions. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

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