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Atlona(R) Appoints James Lopez as Senior Director of Product Management

Lopez Brings Rich Background in Product Marketing and Business Unit Management, Most Recently at Logitech, to His New Position

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jan. 15, 2014 — Atlona(R), a leading AV distribution solutions provider, today announced the appointment of James Lopez as senior director of product management. Reporting to Michael Khain, Atlona’s co-founder and vice president of engineering and product development, Lopez will be responsible for managing the ongoing development of Atlona’s complete portfolio of distribution and connectivity solutions.

“We’re very fortunate that a product management professional of James’ caliber has chosen to join our team,” said Khain. “He brings a strong background and deep expertise in product management and marketing, operations, and hardware/software development to his new role — all of which will be great assets as Atlona continues on its strong growth path.”

Prior to joining Atlona, Lopez held various product marketing and management positions at Logitech, most recently serving as general manager of the company’s digital video surveillance business unit. In that role, he was responsible for the company’s market-leading Alert line of digital video surveillance IP cameras, software, apps, and services, which won an Edison Award for innovation and an American Business Award for New Product or Service of the Year — Consumer Products. Before working at Logitech, Lopez served in several product management positions at Electronics for Imaging, Inc. He holds a degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.

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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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International News Organization Adopts Bittree Demarcation Panels for Connectivity During Transition to New Data Center

GLENDALE, Calif. — Jan. 15, 2014 — Bittree today announced that The Systems Group LLC has just completed a major deployment of Bittree’s BNC, RJ45, and E3 feed-through panels in the New York operations center of a leading international news organization. Installed on two floors of the building, the panels give the customer the flexibility to move video and computing equipment between floors without having to run long cables, as the company consolidates its operations in a new main data center.

“The Bittree coaxial panels have proven to be the ideal solution for our customer, offering a fast and easy means of providing temporary connectivity for equipment as the company re-structures its data center and video resources,” said Matt Marino, integration supervisor at The Systems Group. “Like our other projects that require leading-edge patching equipment, we didn’t hesitate to recommend Bittree solutions for this company. Bittree’s large line of products guarantees that we’ll find what we need for our customers’ requirements without having to go to multiple vendors.”

The Bittree feed-through panels serve as demarcation points on two floors of the customer’s North American operations center, one housing a new data center and production studio and the other containing IT and production equipment that will eventually be migrated to the data center. Altogether, the panels provide connectivity for 96 video and 96 data feeds, carried on coax, twisted pair, and Cat6 cable via BNC, E3, and RJ45 connectors respectively. Rather than the extra-long cable runs that would be required to connect equipment directly, the customer simply plugs the equipment on one floor into the panel for that floor for instant connectivity with equipment elsewhere in the building.

Bittree’s coaxial BNC feed-through panels are built with the highest-quality BNC connectors, rated to 4 Ghz. These high-bandwidth connectors were a major selling point for the customer, which has used Bittree patching systems in its control rooms for more than 10 years. In addition, the feed-through panels are HD SDI-compatible and are available in 1-RU or 2-RU configurations of 1 x 16, 1 x 24, 1 x 32, 2 x 16, or 2 x 24.

More information about Bittree’s full range of video and audio patching systems is available at www.bittree.com.

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About The Systems Group
The Systems Group, with offices in Hoboken, N.J., and Burbank, Calif., is an internationally recognized broadcast systems design and engineering firm. Its consulting and design teams have developed and deployed some of the most progressive systems to date, leveraging robust broadcast-LAN architecture, file-based workflows, centralized SNMP monitoring and control, IPTV distribution, multichannel origination, and 3G infrastructure across a wide range of news, sports, entertainment, and network operations.

About Bittree
Bittree is dedicated to offering state-of-the-art patching systems that streamline signal routing and troubleshooting in media and entertainment operations of all sizes. The company offers an innovative line of audio, video, and data patchbays for use in broadcasting, postproduction, and pro A/V operations. Designed and manufactured to rigid quality standards based on consistency and performance, Bittree’s patching solutions are renowned for their long-term functionality and dependability — especially for mission-critical operations. Based in California, Bittree serves high-profile media and entertainment customers around the world. More information is available at www.bittree.com.

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Atlona Revamps Atlona Academy Training Portal

Atlona Revamps Atlona Academy Training Portal

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BenQ Appoints FineEye Color Solutions as Official Distributor for PG Color Management Monitor Series

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Jan. 14, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of professional graphics monitors, today announced the appointment of FineEye Color Solutions of Grand Rapids, Mich., as an official distributor for the BenQ Professional Graphics (PG) series of certified color management monitors. Following the successful launch of the PG2401PT in Sept. 2013, BenQ is extending its commitment to serving digital imaging, graphics, and print media professionals with superior products and support.

FineEye Color Solutions is the result of a Sept. 2009 merger between Chromaticity Inc. of Grand Rapids and FineEye Color Solutions of Mountain View, Calif. Chromaticity was founded in 1997 as a color technology professional services provider serving the printing and publishing industry. FineEye Color Solutions was formed as a software start-up to deliver the first truly user-simple and press-reliable solution to complex color reproduction challenges still widely encountered in today’s commercial print production. With its deep roots in inkjet media and the color reproduction process, FineEye Color Solutions provides revolutionary new core technology offering sales, marketing, support, and distribution expertise to the print and graphics industry.

“FineEye Color Solutions’ experience and expertise in proofing and color management is world class,” said John Sweeney, Business Development Manager for BenQ. “They have an excellent track record in helping launch new color technologies to the graphics industry and we’re looking forward to a mutually beneficial partnership as we raise awareness of our new PG Series of monitors purposely built for the creative class.”

Made specifically for creative professionals such as photographers, graphic designers, color retouchers, and printers requiring accurate and consistent on-screen color matching, the new BenQ PG Series provides reliable, printing-certified soft proofing precision at an incredibly affordable price. The self-calibrating PG2401PT 24-inch monitor covers 100 percent CMYK, 99 percent of the Adobe(R) RGB color space, and is designed to take advantage of today’s most popular cloud-based color proofing services, such as Adobe’s Creative Cloud(TM) and PantoneLIVE(TM). To further ensure that on-screen colors visually match off-the-press colors for accurate reproduction, the PG2401PT is FograCert Softproof Monitor certified, as well as SWOP(R) and GRACoL(R) certified by the IDEAlliance(R).

“The BenQ PG series monitors make color-accurate soft proofing truly affordable and reliable,” said Peder Nelson, President of FineEye Color Solutions. “We are excited to represent and promote BenQ in the U.S. market, and champion what we have termed the Soft Proofing 2.0 movement. From the photographer, to the designer and color retoucher, and all the way to the press, everyone in the supply chain will be viewing color the same way, eliminating costly and time consuming intermediate proofs.”

Available now at $999, BenQ’s PG2401PT monitor includes a free hood and is offered with the X-Rite(R) Pro calibrator.

More information on BenQ’s full line of products can be found at www.BenQ.us.

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About FineEye Color Solutions
FineEye Color Solutions, Inc. is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based software development company focused on creating cutting edge color technologies for print and imaging. For more information, visit the website at www.fineeyecolor.com.

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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Core Brands Honored With 2013 Most Innovative Product Award From Sound & Video Contractor

Panamax(R)/Furman(R) Vertex VT-EXT Vertical Power Strip Wins Bold Engineering 2013 Award

PETALUMA, Calif. — Jan. 14, 2014 — Core Brands(R) today announced that its Panamax(R)/Furman(R) Vertex VT-EXT vertical power strip for A/V racks has been named one of the industry’s Most Innovative Products of 2013 by Sound & Video Contractor (SVC) magazine. As one of only 30 solutions to receive the magazine’s prestigious Bold Engineering 2013 award, the Vertex VT-EXT was chosen by SVC readers from a broad array of submissions.

“Our thanks go out to the readers of SVC, who recognize innovation can also come in the form of a product that simply makes our jobs easier,” said John Benz, director of power and accessories, Core Brands. “The unique and ingenious design of the VT-EXT vertical power strip saves significant installation time and costs, while providing critical protection and filtration for costly equipment.”

Ideal for bringing order to equipment racks in busy A/V facilities, the Vertex VT-EXT offers eight outlets including three with transformer spacing. Mounting clips with plastic spacers allow the strip to be mounted vertically to an equipment rack, which helps prevent ground loop issues. This vertical orientation enables integrators to use component power cords of various lengths to save space, eliminate cord clutter and reduce installation time and costs. Additionally, the unit features a detachable 10-foot power cord that can easily be swapped out for a shorter cord.

The Vertex VT-EXT can be used as a stand-alone power strip or as an extension of an existing Panamax/Furman power management component, further extending Panamax and Furman’s advanced protection and filtration technologies to deliver clean, safe power to connected equipment.

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About Panamax(R)/Furman(R)
Panamax(R) and Furman(R) have been international leaders in providing award-winning, innovative power management products for more than 35 years. Their power and energy management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance, providing longevity to the components connected while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Together — as part of Panamax LLC — Panamax and Furman address all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and music, broadcasting, audio/video recording, OEM and office equipment. Panamax/Furman’s cloud-based power and energy management platform, BlueBOLT(R), sets a new industry standard in ease of installation and use. The company is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets. More information is available at www.panamax.com and www.furmansound.com.

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Panamax and Furman are part of Core Brands(R), LLC, a Nortek company. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic audio, power management, and control brands into a single business unit that includes the ATON(R), BlueBOLT(R), ELAN(R), Furman(R), Korus(TM), Niles(R), Panamax(R), Proficient(R), SpeakerCraft(R), Sunfire(R) and Xantech(R) brands.

Nortek Inc. (NASDAQ: NTK) is a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

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RTI Introduces Two-Way Driver for Top-Ranked Venstar ColorTouch Programmable Thermostats

RTI and Venstar(R) Partner to Create New Driver That Allows Users to Control and Receive Feedback From Popular Touchscreen Thermostats on RTI Control Interfaces

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Jan. 14, 2014 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced the availability of a new two-way driver that allows users to control and receive feedback from the Venstar(R) ColorTouch(R) residential (T5800/T5900) and commercial (T6800/T6900) color touchscreen, programmable thermostats on their two-way enabled RTI control system. For installers, the driver makes it simple to integrate these top-ranked thermostats into an automation system, providing their clients with a single, customized control interface for their entire home or commercial facility.

ColorTouch thermostats are multifunctional, simple-to-use, programmable touchscreen thermostats that provide users with easy access to temperature and heating/cooling status, humidity control support, energy usage information, and conservation options. Compatible with virtually every type of heating and air conditioning system and packed with user-friendly features, the thermostats offer simple configuration, free Skyport(TM) Cloud support for remote access, one-touch “Home” and “Away” buttons, Supply Air Alerts, and much more.

Offering the sleek look of a digital picture frame, ColorTouch thermostats are completely customizable. Users can choose how their environmental information is displayed and easily program a schedule to reduce energy for unoccupied periods. In addition, they can personalize the thermostats’ appearance for their home or commercial facility. The units are available in white. Black, silver, and wood grain faceplates to match any room’s décor are available, while up to 100 photos or graphics can be posted on the screen for use as a custom screensaver and wallpaper.

With RTI’s new driver, residential and commercial users have a slick interface that allows them to receive feedback from their ColorTouch thermostat and view it on their RTI user interface — including temperature, humidity levels, and energy usage information — and make quick adjustments to their environmental and conservation settings from anywhere within a home or facility. In addition, with the RTiPanel application, users can control the thermostat and all other home electronic systems from virtually anywhere in the world, without having to switch between apps on their mobile devices.

“We are very excited to add Venstar’s ColorTouch thermostats to our rapidly growing list of two-way drivers for home and facility automation,” said Pete Baker, vice president of sales and marketing for RTI. “Venstar’s ColorTouch thermostats are rated at the top of their category by Consumer Reports, are affordably priced, and are sold exclusively through professional distributors in the custom install and HVAC markets. For all of these reasons, they have become incredibly popular and trusted devices, and we couldn’t be happier that our dealers can now easily integrate them into their customers’ automation systems for more convenient control than ever before.”

“Venstar is pleased to partner with RTI and enable this powerful integration between our ColorTouch thermostats and RTI’s home automation platform,” said Steve Dushane, CEO of Venstar. “Together, we are giving homeowners a single access point to control and manage every aspect of their home, including energy usage and costs.”

Joining RTI’s previously released two-way HVAC drivers for Aprilaire(R), Lutron(R), Radio Thermostat Company of America, and more, the ColorTouch driver is compatible with all RTI XP control processors. Using the latest version of RTI’s award-winning programming software, installers can provide their clients with a completely customized, intuitive control experience in a drag-and-drop programming environment.

The ColorTouch driver is available now on the RTI dealer website.

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

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

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

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New Dual Multiplexing Encoder From Drake Enables HD Digital Signage With Single-Unit Solution

DSE 2 PLUS Encodes Analog and Digital Inputs, Yields Multiplexed QAM Output, Offers Bandwidth Savings and Cost-Effective Distribution of HD Video Channels Over Legacy Networks

MIAMISBURG, Ohio — Jan. 14, 2014 — R.L. Drake today announced the release of its DSE 2 PLUS dual multiplexing encoder designed specifically for digital signage applications. Combining encoding and QAM modulation capabilities within a single, stand-alone unit, the DSE 2 PLUS can also be deployed to simplify HD video distribution for various applications across the worship, education, healthcare, government, and hospitality markets. The encoder will be on display in Drake’s booth 513 at the 2014 NCTC Winter Education Conference, Feb. 17-18 in Tampa, Fla.

“The DSE 2 PLUS is a simple-to-operate, reliable, and attractively priced solution for any organization planning to distribute more than one HD channel,” said Andy Ruffin, vice president of sales at Drake. “Handling multiple input types and offering both encoding and modulation capabilities, the DSE 2 PLUS makes it easy to launch or expand digital HD program delivery. Users imagine and create the content, and the DSE 2 PLUS looks after the rest.”

The DSE 2 PLUS digitally encodes two uncompressed HDMI, high-resolution component video or VGA inputs to MPEG-2 or MPEG-4/H.264, and then uses an internal multiplexing QAM modulator and low-noise upconverter to enable distribution of two HD channels over existing legacy fiber and coaxial networks. The bandwidth savings provided by the encoder allow users either to double the HD channels they can deliver, or to cut by half the bandwidth required to deliver multiple channels. As a result, DSE 2 PLUS users can leverage existing networks of digital HD displays to provide informational video, revenue-generating advertising, or promotional content in a vibrant high-resolution format.

Leveraging the technology and engineering expertise behind the proven Drake DSE24 digital signage encoder, the Drake DSE 2 PLUS offers superior reliability and consistent performance. The dual multiplexing encoder receives high-resolution component video, VGA, or HDMI from two separate sources and encodes these inputs to MPEG-2 or MPEG-4/H.264 at resolutions of up to 1080i. Audio is encoded to Dolby(R) Digital or the MPEG-1 Layer 2 compression format. Support for closed-captioning assures the continued accessibility of captioned content.

The encoder’s GUI-based remote network control and monitoring gives users the option of configuring and adjusting parameters either via an Ethernet connection or by using the front panel. The DSE 2 PLUS is offered as a rack-mount unit, but a desktop configuration is also available.

More information about the new Drake DSE 2 PLUS and other Drake products is available at www.rldrake.com.

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

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SMPTE Updates SMPTE-TT Standard and Recommended Practices to Assure Interoperability

Update to 2010 Versions of SMPTE-TT Documents Includes Essential Corrections and Clarification, Adds New RP for CEA-708 Mapping

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Jan. 14, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that the standards and recommended practices governing the SMPTE Timed Text (SMPTE-TT) caption format have been updated with critical corrections and edits that improve clarity and assure interoperability. SMPTE also has released a new recommended practice that addresses Consumer Electronics Association 708 (CEA-708) mapping.

“The updates to ST 2052-1 and RP 2052-10 correct and clarify text that could potentially lead to interoperability issues,” said Peter Symes, director of standards and engineering at SMPTE. “It is important that anyone using the 2010 versions of these documents be aware of these changes to SMPTE-TT.”

Adopted by the FCC as a “safe harbor interchange and delivery format,” the SMPTE-TT standard provides a means by which closed-captioning may be made available to the greatest number of media consumers. The updated SMPTE-TT documents, available for free at www.smpte.org/standards as a public service, facilitate compliance with the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) that the FCC began implementing on Jan. 1, 2014.

For previously broadcast over-the-air programming, the CVAA mandates that consumers have access to closed captions via almost every type of device — including a smartphone, tablet, personal computer, and television set-top box — that is capable of receiving or playing back video programming. This mandate affects TV stations, cable systems, broadcast and cable networks, streaming online video services, and virtually every other professional video program producer that makes television programming available online.

SMPTE ST 2052-1, the standard governing SMPTE-TT, has been updated to allow tunneled data to be located in places other than in the head of the document and to include recommendations about timebase. Updates to SMPTE RP 2052-10, the recommended practice that addresses CEA-608 mapping for conversion to SMPTE-TT, include the addition of an extensive example of real-world caption translation and clarification of the XDS metadata. In both documents, XML schema has been separated from prose, which itself has been improved and made more precise.

The new document in the SMPTE-TT family is RP 2052-11, the recommended practice that specifies mapping of the enhanced captioning data defined by CEA-708 into the SMPTE-TT format.

Further information about SMPTE and the SMPTE-TT standard is available at www.smpte.org.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Harmonic Launches Partner Advantage Program

Program Provides Channel Partners With Resources to Grow Harmonic Video Delivery Infrastructure Sales, Extending Business and Profitability

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jan. 14, 2014 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced the Harmonic Partner Advantage Program, which supports the growing ecosystem of channel partners that represent Harmonic video delivery infrastructure in the marketplace. The new program provides the more than 400 global value-added resellers, solution providers, and systems integrators with valuable tools and resources, targeted sales incentives, along with technical enablement and marketing services.

“Harmonic is dedicated to providing our customers with an excellent experience at every step of the sales process, and to this end we offer our partner companies access to resources that enable them to become trusted advisors to their customers,” said Lauren Ventura, vice president, global channels, Harmonic. “In the hands of our channel partners, the tools provided by the Harmonic Partner Advantage Program serve to drive business, create new opportunities, speed the closing of deals, and increase profitability while improving pre- and post-sales services for our customers.”

Harmonic Partner Advantage Program elements give partners significant opportunities to grow their business at every stage of the sales cycle, from initial engagement through deployment and delivery of their valued services to customers. Advantage partners will receive the technical guidance, sales alignment, and enablement needed to be highly effective end-to-end solution providers for Harmonic. Partners also have access to marketing collateral and resources, technical support, a discount purchase program, and joint sales and marketing opportunities.

In conjunction with the launch of the Harmonic Partner Advantage Program, Harmonic also has unveiled the Harmonic Influencer Program, a worldwide program designed to acknowledge people who influence business decisions at its end customers. Open to independent technology consultants, the program provides partner-level access to Harmonic’s strategic direction on products and solutions. Consultants are enabled with the latest Harmonic technology and solutions, with access to other resources that provide education and updates across Harmonic’s portfolio. There is an incentive to provide technology vision and validation of Harmonic’s solutions that positively influence the outcome of a customer’s purchase decision.

Further details and information about eligibility are available at www.harmonicinc.com/partner-list.

More 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 the Harmonic Partner Advantage Program and the Harmonic Influencer Program. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these programs may not materialize and are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the possibility that the programs may not meet some or all of their anticipated capabilities or provide some or all of their anticipated benefits, such as enabling our partners to drive business, create new opportunities, speed the closing of deals, and increase profitability while improving sales and services for customers.

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.

EDITOR’S NOTE – Product and company names used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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Riedel Products at The 2014 NAMM Show:

RockNet Real-Time Low Latency Audio Distribution Networks
The RockNet audio distribution network is tailored to tour and installed sound applications. RockNet provides a universal solution to almost any imaginable audio distribution challenge and behaves very much like a traditional analog active split system. It conveys up to 160 24 bit/48kHz audio channels and operates in fully redundant cabling topologies on CAT5 or fiber. Designed specifically for heavy-duty road use, RockNets ruggedized steel enclosures resemble the look and feel of a modular stagebox. All devices feature locking IEC connectors for the redundant power supplies. All other connectors are entirely gold-plated, and the circuit design is streamlined for ultralow noise and minimum distortion to meet the highest demands in audio quality. The 300 Series features up to 180 channels of transport, while the 100 Series handles up to 80 channels. Both feature remote gains, remote control via RockWorks, convenient front-panel operation, and up to 99 devices per network.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-RockNet_300.jpg
Photo Caption: RockNet 300 Frames

RockNet Console Interfaces for SSL, Soundcraft Si, Studer, and Yamaha
Riedel provides RockNet expansion solutions with interface cards for Solid State Logic (SSL), Soundcraft, Studer, and Yamaha consoles. Next-generation firmware for the RockNet RN.334.MD MADI interface makes SSL mixing consoles an integrated part of the Riedel RockNet digital audio network, with complete remote control functionality over all gains and the flexibility of RockNet’s renowned independent gain feature. As a result, several mixing consoles can operate with the same mic preamps without affecting one other — a capability that greatly simplifies multiconsole and recording setups. Riedel’s RN.344.SI card enables integration with any Soundcraft Si Compact console, supporting 32 inputs and 32 outputs to the RockNet system. The interface enables remote control of any RockNet mic preamp and also offers the benefit of RockNet’s independent gain feature. The RN.343.VI card ensures compatibility with select Soundcraft and Studer consoles, while the RN341.MY works with select Yamaha consoles and host devices.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-RockNetModule-front.jpg
Photo Caption: RockNet RN.334.MD Module for SSL Console Integration

Other Products on Display:
-MediorNet signal transport mainframes
-Artist, Performer, and Acrobat intercom systems

Company Quote:
“NAMM provides us with an excellent opportunity to meet with many of our partners and customers in the music and entertainment markets. Our RockNet signal transport/distribution networks provide the reliable, flexible, and fully integrated solutions that these markets demand.”
– Patti Gunnell, Entertainment Solutions Manager — North America, Riedel Communications

Company Profile:
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.

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

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/549773?trk=tyah

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