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Calrec Audio Commits AoIP Interface Support to Global Customers

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — April 1, 2014 — Calrec Audio has committed support to AoIP networking by announcing its membership in the RAVENNA community by entering into a partnership agreement with ALC NetworX, the company behind RAVENNA. The announcement demonstrates Calrec’s commitment to developing RAVENNA- and AES67-compatible AoIP interfaces for its range of audio consoles through the Hydra2 network. more

Front Porch Digital to Unveil DISTILL(SM) at 2014 NAB Show

New Solution Eliminates Cost and Confusion of Managing Metadata and Associated Standardization, Making It Easy to Capture, Process, Manage, and Retrieve Critical Metadata

LAFAYETTE, Colo. — April 1, 2014 — Front Porch Digital, the global leader in content storage management (CSM) solutions, today announced the release of DISTILL(SM). This new solution, delivered over four simple steps — capture, process, manage, and retrieve — ensures that almost any metadata created at any stage of the content lifecycle can now be easily and effectively managed. more

BenQ Launches ‘BenQ Cares’ With Colorific Projector Upgrade

Program’s First Initiative Aims to Give Back to the Community Via Delivery of Accurate, Crisp, and Long-Lasting Projection Experiences

COSTA MESA, Calif. — March 31, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., the fastest growing display brand in North America(1) and the world’s No. 1 DLP(R) projector manufacturer, today announced the launch of its new “BenQ Cares” community outreach program. To kick off the campaign, the company is inviting those in need of a projector revamp, including consumers, businesses, schools, and organizations across the U.S., to enter BenQ’s Colorific(TM) Projector Upgrade for a chance to win a projector makeover worth up to $5,000. The upgrade is available to LCD projector owners looking to improve the imaging experience of their space.

“We’re launching the BenQ Cares initiative as a way to give back to the community,” said Lars Yoder, President at BenQ America Corp. “Our promise is to deliver color-accurate, crisp, and long-lasting projection solutions that are affordable and valued by our customers. BenQ Cares is a way to extend those benefits and deliver bold and beautiful big screen projection to a broader audience.”

Starting now, any consumer, educational institution, or business LCD projector owner can enter the BenQ Colorific Projector Upgrade by stating the brand and model of their current LCD projector while explaining why their device is in need of an image makeover. Finalists will be selected and then one lucky recipient will win the BenQ Colorific projector upgrade worth up to $5,000. Users can enter the upgrade by visiting BenQ’s Colorific website at info.BenQ.us/colorific. The deadline for submissions is April 25, and the recipient of the upgrade will be notified via email and announced on BenQ’s Facebook page on May 13.

To produce more than 1 billion life-like colors compared to only 16.7 million from most LCD projectors, BenQ’s Colorific DLP projectors combine up to seven different colors to create vibrant, true-to-life images, as opposed to the traditional three-color spectrum from LCD devices. The Colorific devices also deliver up to three times more contrast than similar top-selling LCD models for brighter, higher contrast viewing, as well as providing better picture quality over time since DLP displays do not experience light burn or color degradation after extended usage. As a result, home theater users, educators, and business professionals experience a lower total cost of ownership over the life of their projector, resulting in reductions in maintenance and replacement costs, while ensuring that image quality always remains the same.

For official BenQ Cares Colorific Upgrade rules, visit info.BenQ.us/colorific. More information on BenQ’s full line of Colorific projectors 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 fastest growing projector brand in North America(1), the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, and 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 Colorific(TM) projectors, RevolutionEyes(TM) monitors, and flat-panel displays 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.

(1) Based upon Q4’13 Quarterly Projector Shipment and Forecast Report from PMA Research

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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SMPTE(R) Extends Access to Society Resources With Launch of Mobile App

Free App Provides Direct Access to SMPTE’s Membership, Education, and Standards Resources on Smart Devices

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — April 1, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced the release of its new mobile application for use with iOS, Android, and Web-based operating systems. more

Nexidia Dialogue Search Integrates With IPV Curator

ATLANTA — April 1, 2014 — Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, today announced that its Dialogue Search software has been integrated with the IPV Curator media asset management (MAM) system. Dialogue Search is a tool that uses Nexidia’s patented technology to search for any spoken word or phrase across massive media libraries in seconds. IPV publishes media for indexing automatically into Dialogue Search, and the Dialogue Search results are then directly integrated into the IPV Curator search experience, enhancing the user’s ability to discover and reuse assets. more

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MediaBridge Capital Advisors Manages Two Strategic Acquisitions Reflecting New Trend in M&A Landscape

Deals Are Latest in Move Toward Hardware/Software Mergers to Better Serve Customers’ Growing Requirements for Broader IT and Cloud-Based Solutions

BOSTON — March 31, 2014 — MediaBridge Capital Advisors today announced that it has served as the exclusive investment banking advisor on two international acquisitions that both closed on March 18, 2014. Reflecting a growing M&A trend toward consolidation of hardware and software enterprises, the deals include the $25 million sale of U.K.-based broadcast automation and channel-in-a-box software leader Pebble Beach Systems to Vislink plc, a global U.K.-based wireless communications vendor, and the CA$21 million sale of Montreal-based visual communications software pioneer X2O Media to Barco N.V., a multinational manufacturer of visualization systems based in Belgium.

“Although occurring primarily in two different markets — Broadcast and Pro A/V — these acquisitions represent a new dynamic in today’s media markets: a move toward standardized IT and cloud-based technologies,” said John Bowen, co-founder and managing partner, MediaBridge Capital Advisors. “Not only are end user customers able to evolve and adapt more quickly to changing business requirements, but the vendors benefit from higher-margin business and the potential for recurring revenue models.”

Ethan Jacks, MediaBridge’s other co-founder and managing partner, added, “MediaBridge is focused on the leading edge of the hardware/software consolidation model. We are pleased to have represented Pebble Beach and X2O, both leading digital media software innovators, in highly synergistic acquisitions by global enterprises Vislink and Barco.”

“MediaBridge has been advising us for several years to secure the best strategic partner for our next stage of growth,” said Peter Hajittofi, co-founder and managing director of Pebble Beach Systems. “With its fantastic global tier-1 client base in the broadcast sector, Vislink offers us an ideal platform for accelerated growth and expansion of our software solutions. MediaBridge was integral to this successful outcome.”

“The MediaBridge team was with us every step of the way in our acquisition process with Barco,” said David Wilkins, founder and CEO of X2O Media. “MediaBridge’s expertise in all aspects of the transaction, particularly the transaction structure and closing execution, was superb. We are delighted to be joining the Barco family, and we are deeply appreciative of the effort from the MediaBridge team in completing the deal on excellent terms.”

Further information about MediaBridge Capital Advisors is available at www.mediabridgecap.com.

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About MediaBridge Capital Advisors LLC
MediaBridge Capital Advisors LLC is a global investment bank with a focus on the media technology marketplace. MediaBridge provides support for mergers and acquisitions, as well as capital fundraising services to midrange companies within the media content lifecycle; i.e., those who create, edit, manage, distribute, or monetize content for the media markets. Led by industry veterans Ethan E. Jacks and John C. Bowen, MediaBridge principals have advised on more than 35 mergers and acquisitions in the media sector worldwide, with clients representing the video, audio, broadcast, cinema, professional A/V, and Internet market segments. For more information, please visit www.mediabridgecap.com.

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Riedel’s Canadian Sales Manager Daniel Huard Takes on Northeast U.S. Sales Management

WUPPERTAL, Germany — April 1, 2014 — Riedel Communications, a leading provider of real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that Daniel Huard, who previously served as the company’s sales manager for Canada, has taken on a larger role that includes oversight of the Northeast United States. In this new capacity, Huard will work closely with key Riedel clients including broadcast networks in New York, as well as ESPN in Connecticut.

“Since he joined the company in 2013, Daniel has proved to be an excellent fit for our North American sales operations,” said Christopher Street, general manager – North and Central America at Riedel Communications. “As we anticipated, he has been able to leverage his experience, knowledge, and connections to strengthen our business in Canada, and we’re confident that he will find the same success as he takes on key markets and clients in the Northeast United States.”

Prior to joining Riedel, Huard owned and operated DHH, an equipment sales agency for brands including Riedel, Sennheiser, Stagetec, L-Acoustics, Digigram, and Neumann. Under his leadership, DHH provided solutions to broadcasters including CBC, Global TV, CTV, Rogers, and TVA. Huard’s company also supplied equipment to Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, and various professional equipment rental houses. In his earlier role as vice president of TV production for Montreal-based group Pram, he was responsible for line production of Surprise sur Prise in France and the United States, as well as for management of the company’s mobile production units.

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Wohler CEO Carl Dempsey to Serve as Panelist for IABM State of the Industry Breakfast at 2014 NAB Show

SAN FRANCISCO — March 31, 2014 — Wohler Technologies today announced that Carl Dempsey, the company’s CEO, will participate in a panel discussion during the IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) Annual NAB State of the Industry Breakfast on Monday, April 7, the first day of the 2014 NAB Show. Dempsey will join fellow CEOs Brian Cram of Dejero Labs, Marco Lopez of Miranda, and Charlie Vogt of Imagine Communications and GatesAir. The panel discussion will follow a 7:30 a.m. presentation by IABM CEO Peter White on the IABM’s latest market intelligence.

“The rapid evolution of content consumption habits is driving change within both broadcast enterprises and the businesses that supply media technology to them,” said Dempsey. “The data that Peter presents will bring these changes into sharper focus and provide the foundation for a dynamic dialog on the future direction of the technology supply industry.”

The IABM is the trade organization that represents broadcast and media technology vendors, as well as the leading source of supply-side industry intelligence. During his presentation, White will present key data about the business climate. Dempsey and the rest of the panel will weigh in on this intelligence and the most pressing and critical issues facing the industry. John Ive, director of business development and technology at the IABM, will serve as moderator.

The IABM breakfast will take place in room N232 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Further information about the event is available on the IABM website: www.theiabm.org. Information about Wohler and the company’s products is available at www.wohler.com.

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About Wohler Technologies Inc.
Wohler’s tradition of innovation began with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio, video, and data monitoring products, and it continues today through the company’s development of signal management and monitoring solutions for video, audio, and captioning applications. Wohler’s RadiantGrid(TM) platform extends the company’s award-winning product lines to include solutions for efficient file-based content creation and distribution, quality control, accelerated transcoding, and standards conversion. Together, Wohler’s advanced file-based solutions and proven, cost-effective confidence monitoring and content management products ensure high-quality media production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler and RadiantGrid products is available at www.wohler.com.

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Biamp Systems Broadens Sales Presence With Appointment of Great Lakes Regional Manager

John Lamberson to manage increased demand for company’s everyday and enterprise-grade audio solutions

BEAVERTON, Oregon — March 31, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative networked media systems, today announced the appointment of John Lamberson to the position of regional sales manager for the U.S. Great Lakes region. Lamberson will be responsible for sourcing new business opportunities while supporting the company’s existing client base with sales and customer service initiatives.

As part of the company’s North American Sales Department, Lamberson will develop and execute sales strategies for Biamp’s everyday and enterprise-grade audio solutions in the region. With more than 20 years of experience in the pro AV industry, Lamberson is well respected in the industry and brings substantial expertise in leveraging relationships with key sales, management, and technical personnel. Over the course of his career, he has held various sales management positions in addition to being a systems, project, and application support engineer.

“We are very excited to welcome John to our expanding team of management professionals,” said Read Wineland, Regional Director, Eastern North America at Biamp Systems. “He brings depth and experience to the position, and we look forward to collaborating with him on growing Biamp’s presence within the Great Lakes region. As we strive to continue developing market firsts within the realm of networked audio solutions, his expertise will be an enormous asset to our company.”

“Biamp continues to lead the industry through the development of world-class commercial audio systems installed at leading-edge facilities throughout the world,” said Lamberson. “I am thrilled to join such a forward-thinking company and I’m eager to contribute to its success by ensuring both steady growth and the provision of customer-first sales and installations within the Great Lakes region.”

Based in Illinois, Lamberson will report to Wineland. He holds CTS, DMC-E, and CMCP-P certifications, in addition to a Bachelor of Science in electronic engineering.

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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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RTI Now Shipping RP-4 RF Control Processor for Single-Room Installations

Cost-Effective Processor Combines Rock-Solid Reliability With Support for RTI’s Award-Winning RTiPanel App

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — March 27, 2014 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) has announced that the company is now shipping its new RP-4 RF control processor. The next generation of RTI’s RP-1 processor, the RP-4 is designed to provide reliable one-way operation of audio/video and other electronic systems using the company’s family of wireless RF interfaces and now the RTiPanel App. A small, cost-effective package with expanded control options, the RP-4 is the perfect control system for single room installations such as home theaters, media centers, and bedrooms.

The RP-4 boasts an integrated 433-MHz RF receiver, four assignable IR ports with adjustable output, two voltage sense inputs, and two programmable relay outputs; all in one compact package. Perfect for use with any RTI 433-MHz wireless interface, the processor also supports one-way control via the RTiPanel app, allowing users to incorporate their smartphones and tablets easily into their control system.

With the RP-4, A/V components and other equipment can be hidden away in a closet for a clean, professional look. The processor stores all system commands and macros for rock-solid reliability, providing a powerful alternative to IR repeater systems which can suffer from inconsistent performance. Using RTI’s award-winning Integration Designer(R) software, programming the RP-4 is simple and fast via USB or Ethernet.

“Some single-room installations may not require the functionality of our more advanced XP processors. With the added features and reliability of the new RP-4, dealers can offer a simple yet powerful control solution at a lower price point,” said Pete Baker, vice president of sales and marketing for RTI. “Furthermore, with support for our RTiPanel application, installers can provide this amazing value while also meeting the high demand for integration of tablet and smartphone devices.”

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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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