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Digigram and KALRAY Partner to Create High-Quality, Low-Power, Real-Time HEVC Video Encoder Solutions

Digigram Expertise in Video Quality Metrics, Encoding, and Streaming Enables Use of KALRAY Manycore Processor to Facilitate High-Density HEVC Encoding more

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TV Skyline Equips Flagship HD OB Van With Riedel Artist Digital Matrix Intercom System

Riedel Intercom Solution Provides Flexibility, Scalability, and Ease of Use Critical to Communications in a Variety of Productions more

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TMD Integrates Wohler RadiantGrid Technology With Mediaflex Application Suite

Wohler’s File-Based Media Transformation Technology Brings Power, Speed, and Scalability to Transcoding Processes Within Mediaflex Workflow more

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Video Clarity Launches ClearView Shuttle 4K

New Cost-Effective Video Quality Analyzer Includes 4K Record, Playback, and Analysis for Manufacturers and Program Networks more

Sonnet Announces Dual-Port 10GBase-T Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

Sonnet’s Twin 10G Adds Lightning-Fast 10 Gigabit Ethernet Network Connectivity to Any Computer With a Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt Port more

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Wohler to Demo iON Platform at IBC2014, Showing Anywhere, Anytime, Any Way Signal-Monitoring Model

Uniquely Customizable and Scalable Monitoring Platform Enables Flexible, Convenient Remote Monitoring of Virtually Any Signal Type

SAN FRANCISCO — Sept. 3, 2014 — Wohler Technologies today announced that at IBC2014 the company will highlight its modular iON(TM) monitoring platform, which enables broadcasters to perform signal monitoring of baseband and stream-based signals anytime, in any way, from anywhere. Empowering users to access, view, control, and manage a virtually unlimited range of signals and associated data remotely from any Web-enabled PC, Mac(R), smartphone, or tablet device, with video and audio content streamed in real time, the highly customizable platform offers unprecedented scalability.

“As a future-proof solution with a customizable interface that accommodates ongoing advances in media technology, iON bridges the gap between dedicated hardware for baseband monitoring and the new monitoring models of today and tomorrow,” said Craig Newbury, vice president sales at Wohler. “While current monitoring solutions are limited to one box, one location, and one person, iON lets users move into a world in which they can work with any input in a range of applications while deploying an intuitive monitoring user interface on multiple devices used anywhere.”

Supporting a growing range of monitoring interfaces, including baseband, ASI, IP, and RF, the iON platform addresses the demands of past, present, and future signal monitoring models and formats. The modular platform evolves alongside users’ business and engineering needs, enabling practical, highly efficient monitoring of both baseband and stream-based signals and presenting monitored content in a browser for convenient review anywhere and anytime.

Built on a base chassis capable of high bitrate processing, iON can handle large numbers of channels within a very small 1-RU footprint. Designed from the start to be remotely operated, the platform brings video, data, and up to 64 audio channels onto smartphones, tablets, and laptops via a device-independent Web-based GUI. Thus, rather than rely on monitors scattered throughout a plant, engineers can leverage this powerful platform to view and hear any stream at any point from anywhere within their facilities.

Because engineers no longer need to be inside an equipment room to have a good understanding of what is going on with the broadcast network, it becomes possible for them to centralize global network operations and reduce their operating expenditures. Multiple iON chassis can be located globally yet form a single monitoring system. By monitoring the alarm output, either with the iON GUI or taking XML alarms out into a third-party NMS, users can address alarms by streaming a live proxy of the broadcast signal and examining the real-time impact of any issues on broadcast content.

Further information about Wohler and its products is available at www.wohler.com.

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About Wohler Technologies Inc.
Wohler’s tradition of innovation began more than 30 years ago with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio monitoring product, and it continues today through the company’s continued development of unique solutions that span the baseband, stream, and file-based domains and include advanced monitoring solutions for video, audio, and captioning applications; solutions for IP monitoring, encoding, and decoding; and the award-winning RadiantGrid(TM) platform for efficient file-based content transformation and distribution. Together, Wohler’s advanced, cost-effective confidence monitoring and media transformation products ensure high-quality production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler is available at www.wohler.com.

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

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NUGEN Audio Unveils Key Loudness Management Innovations and Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary at IBC2014

Company Introduces DynApt for Dynamic Audio Repurposing, MultiMonitor Version 1.1, and DPP AS-11 Compliance for LMB’s MXF Extension

LEEDS, U.K. — Sept. 3, 2014 — At the IBC2014 show in Amsterdam, NUGEN Audio is celebrating a decade of service to the film and broadcast community by showcasing several innovations in its line of industry-leading post-production and broadcast audio tools. The centerpiece is the company’s groundbreaking new DynApt(TM) dynamic adaptation technology for loudness-compliant audio repurposing, now available as an extension for NUGEN Audio’s Loudness Management Batch (LMB) Processor. In addition, NUGEN Audio is introducing a new version of LMB Processor’s MXF Extension with DPP AS-11 compatibility.

Also at IBC2014, NUGEN Audio will feature version 1.1 of MultiMonitor, its powerful loudness and true-peak monitoring software application, and will preview its upcoming technology for stereo-to-5.1/7.1/9.1 upmixing in film and television production.

NUGEN Audio’s LMB Processor, an offline file-based batch loudness analysis and correction program for high throughput applications, is the first product to feature the company’s new DynApt technology. DynApt addresses the challenges of repurposing theatrical content to TV in the context of full loudness compliance, giving audio engineers a new option for adapting the content in a fast and efficient manner that completely preserves dialogue clarity. DynApt provides similar breakthrough benefits when adapting TV content for mobile streaming, or any other application that requires adapting dynamics accurately to the constraints of the delivery system. Working much faster than real-time, DynApt adapts dynamic audio appropriately for different listening environments and playout systems, while respecting the level of dialog in the original mix and meeting specific loudness criteria.

LMB Processor’s MXF Extension is the first NUGEN Audio product set to receive DPP AS-11 certification, a result of the company’s participation in the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) compliance program. Making its IBC debut, the MXF Extension introduces native MXF audio-handling that enables LMB Processor to perform automated analysis and correction of audio within an MXF container while preserving all other data within the file.

Ideal for loudness playout monitoring in master control rooms and outside broadcasting operations, MultiMonitor version 1.1 includes usability and logging improvements to enhance the postmortem and compliance record, so that data can be reviewed later if the need arises. MultiMonitor now offers individual logging for up to 16 individual loudness and true-peak meters — a total of up to 96 mono, stereo, and 5.1 audio channels. With version 1.1 of MultiMonitor, each meter is individually network addressable, broadening the possible applications.

NUGEN Audio’s new Enterprise Solution Program offers a wide range of custom-coded applications that can be tailored to the specific needs of large-enterprise customers. The new program leverages NUGEN Audio’s experience delivering software-based loudness integrations in many large organizations worldwide, such as the BBC, ESPN, France Télévisions, VRT Belgium, and many others. Each custom enterprise solution can support multiple users and enable IT staff to centralize licensing across multiple machines, without having to juggle many unique license codes.

“For a decade, NUGEN Audio has been serving the needs of clients ranging from small, boutique post-production houses, to the world’s largest broadcast and production organizations. At IBC2014, attendees will see why NUGEN Audio continues to be the leading innovator for standards-based solutions that ease the burden of loudness compliance,” said Jon Schorah, founder and creative director, NUGEN Audio. “A great example is our new DynApt technology, which makes loudness compliance and repurposing faster and less expensive, with a better-quality result than other methods. And MultiMonitor now supports individual logging and network addressing for more loudness meters and more channels than any other solution.”

In celebration of its 10 years of business, NUGEN Audio is now offering a 40 percent discount on its Loudness Toolkit, an industry-leading suite of loudness, true-peak metering, and correction tools including VisLM, ISL, and LM-Correct. More information about this limited-time offer and other NUGEN Audio products is available at www.nugenaudio.com.

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About NUGEN Audio
NUGEN Audio provides the broadcast and post-production industry’s most advanced solutions for end-to-end loudness management, metering, and correction from content acquisition through to playout. Reflecting the real-world production experience of the NUGEN Audio design team, the company’s products make it easier to deliver high-quality, compliant audio while saving time, reducing costs, and preserving the creative process. NUGEN Audio’s tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top names in broadcast, post-production, and music production. For more information, visit www.nugenaudio.com.

All trademarks mentioned herein are acknowledged as property of their respective owners.

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Bart Spriester to Head Harmonic’s Video Product Management and Solutions Organization

Media Executive Has Remarkable Record of Building and Managing Top-Performing Technology Companies

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sept. 2, 2014 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced the appointment of Bart Spriester as senior vice president, video products. In this role with Harmonic, Spriester will lead the company’s Video Product Management and Solutions organization and the management of its extensive broadcast and multiscreen video processing, production, playout and delivery product portfolio.

“Bart joins Harmonic with a deep understanding of our markets, extensive customer relationships, and a strong track record of providing the vision and action necessary to increase competitiveness, boost market share, and drive profit growth,” said Harmonic President and CEO Patrick Harshman. “Bart’s history of building and managing top-performing technology organizations is remarkable, and I look forward to growing our video business under his leadership.”

Prior to joining Harmonic, Spriester served as executive vice president and general manager, North America, and CTO for Encompass Digital Media, where he helped to lead the company’s transformation into a global leader in provisioning of outsourced technical services to the media industry. He restructured the company’s sales organization and improved its market competitiveness and customer support, as well as centralized and standardized business functions and systems.

Previously, Spriester served at Cisco Systems as vice president and general manager for Digital Media Networks, a business unit focused on global service providers and media companies. He also served as managing director of Cisco’s EMEA Video Division and was named to the company’s European Operating Committee where he was tasked with shaping the strategy and performance goals that fueled revenue growth in the region.

“Harmonic has navigated complex market transitions and successfully brought its VOS vision to life, and the company has enormous potential for further growth and profitability,” said Spriester. “I look forward to working within the Harmonic team to help the company realize this potential and achieve even greater technical, operational, and business success.”

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 benefits of hiring Mr. Bart Spriester to head Harmonic’s Video Product Management and Solutions organization. Our expectations and beliefs regarding Mr. Spriester, in this new role, may not materialize and are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the possibility that his leadership and management of our Video Product Management and Solutions organization, may not result in further growth and profitability, or that Mr. Spriester may not help the company achieve greater technical, operational or business success.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, such as those more fully described in Harmonic’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec.31, 2013, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Harmonic as of the date hereof, and Harmonic disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

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

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BenQ Now Shipping RP700+ Interactive Flat Panel Display

New IFP Brings Six-Point Multitouch Technology and Multiplatform Compatibility for a Multitude of Digital Signage Applications

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Sept. 3, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today announced the official release of its latest interactive flat panel (IFP) display: the RP700+. Designed to increase classroom interaction, boardroom collaboration, and make wayfinding more intuitive, the 70-inch full HD display uses six-point multitouch technology to provide incredibly responsive feedback and more accurate positioning. As a result, students, presenters, and information seekers are able to experience enhanced screen sensitivity while features such as multisource compatibility and enhanced visual comfort turn the panel into a comprehensive solution for any of today’s interactive digital signage applications. more

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PBS Implements Nexidia QC to Verify and Sync Captions Automatically for PBS Stations, OTT, and Web Content

ATLANTA — Sept. 2, 2014 — Nexidia, a leading developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies, today announced that PBS has installed Nexidia QC(TM) with automatic caption retiming in its Media Operations Center. Nexidia QC is Nexidia’s software tool for automating quality control of closed captions, video description, and languages for broadcast and IP workflows. PBS uses Nexidia QC to verify caption quality and automate caption alignment before distributing content to PBS member stations and over-the-top (OTT) providers, or before publishing it to the Web.

“Before Nexidia QC, OTT files had to be spot-checked for caption sync at the five-minute point of each program and then manually tweaked to adjust the errors — a process that resulted in overtime and lost productivity,” said Stephan Scheel, senior director, PBS media operations. “Nexidia QC was the answer to a wide range of QC issues. It replaces almost all manual efforts while giving us confidence that the captions are the best we can make them — resulting in greater productivity and reduced costs.”

PBS has integrated Nexidia QC into all of its existing automated file QC and preparation workflows. Nexidia QC works seamlessly within PBS’ AmberFin UQC environment, which handles the overall QC process and through which all of PBS’ program submissions pass several times at various stages. Nexidia QC also integrates with PBS’ Telestream Vantage automation system, which submits jobs to AmberFin UQC and also triggers individual QC passes for products going to iTunes(R), Netflix, Amazon, and other OTT services.

The broadcaster must certify to its member stations that the programs it distributes meet FCC captioning quality requirements, so deploying state-of-the-art captioning technology was a key consideration for PBS. Nexidia QC is unique in its ability to quantify whether a program meets the quality standard, making it easier for PBS to prove compliance. PBS now also avoids delays in posting content to OTT partners due to caption problems.

PBS considers caption alignment to be Nexidia QC’s most valuable feature. When Nexidia QC determines captions are not properly aligned, the Caption Alignment feature automatically adjusts the timing, eliminating another time-consuming manual process.

Another PBS goal is to ensure that clips used by the online interactive teams meet the same requirements as the broadcast and OTT content and do not suffer from missing captions due to editing. To that end, PBS’ Digital group is further exploring Nexidia QC both to make sure the right caption file is associated with a given clip and to correct timing and accuracy for files already in the cloud.

“PBS has a proud history with captions that began in 1972 and continues to this day as evidenced by the network’s efforts to stay at the forefront of caption technology and compliance. They also have received a Technical Emmy award for their work in implementing closed captioning, which makes their deployment of Nexidia QC a significant decision,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “Our relationship with PBS has been highly collaborative, and it has been very rewarding working with them to refine the capabilities of Nexidia QC to meet their demanding requirements.”

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

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

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