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ETIA 2014 Exploration Zone to Showcase Holodeck-Inspired Virtual Reality Technology Driving Immersive Entertainment

Conference Session Draws Tech and Creative Visionaries to Discuss Keys to Unleashing Potential of the Interactive, Immersive Entertainment Experience

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — June 10, 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, and the Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering (SCIEN) have released details on the new Interactive Exploration Zone at the 2014 “Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age” (ETIA) conference. The zone will feature developing technologies that are driving the evolution of immersive entertainment experiences. A subsequent evening session, “The Holodeck: Entertainment for the Next Generation,” will include an interview with renowned gaming industry creative and executive William “Bing” Gordon of KPCB and a panel discussion including Gordon and other innovators.

“Drawn from the ‘Star Trek’ series, the Holodeck is a fascinating fictional vision of the ultimate immersive experience,” said Dave Singhal, technology strategist at Light Field Interactive and host of the ETIA special evening event. “We have seen the fictional idea of the communicator transformed by technology into the ubiquitous mobile phone, and in the Interactive Exploration Zone, we will look at how holographic audio and video, touch, and other sensory technologies now are emerging as the building blocks for creating the fantastic immersive experience imagined with the Holodeck. We’ll examine what’s happening now and speculate on what will be possible in the not-too-distant future.”

Opening at 5 p.m. on June 17, the Interactive Exploration Zone will highlight new technologies for virtual reality (VR) entertainment applications. During this two-hour interactive session and reception, attendees will have the chance to see these technologies firsthand, including a cinematic VR system from Jaunt VR; the Leap Motion Controller from Leap Motion; an untethered VR device from GameFace Labs; 3D technology from Sixense; a concave HIVE (Highly Immersive Visualization Environment) video wall measuring 10 feet by 24 feet; and Epson’s new augmented reality platform. Contributions from colleges and universities will include a smartphone-based 3D modeling solution created by Stanford Project Tango and a wireless VR solution from the VR Club at Homestead High School in Cupertino, California. (A complete and updated list is online at www.etia2014.org.)

The subsequent evening session, “The Holodeck: Entertainment for the Next Generation,” starts at 7 p.m. The session will begin with a one-on-one discussion with Gordon, hosted by Singhal, on the power of immersive technologies to complement and enhance entertainment experiences. Fellow technology and creative innovators including Paul Debevec of the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT); game developer and researcher Kati London of Microsoft Research; Variety magazine’s David Cohen; and Jon Peddie of Jon Peddie Research will then join Gordon in a panel discussion, with Peddie moderating. The panel will further examine the role of technology and the importance of content development platforms in bringing once-fanciful concepts for immersive experiences closer and closer to reality.

The panel discussion also will offer news on the most recent developments in the field. Debevec will reveal what’s next at the USC ICT lab, whose science was behind the awe-inspiring virtual Michael Jackson performance on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards; Singhal will discuss recent work at Stanford for volumetric interactivity with a holographic display; London will speak to topics including user engagement, both physical and emotional; and graphics industry pioneer and consultant Peddie will provide insight into the past, present, and future of digital media technology. As a reporter who has long covered 3D technology and similar topics for Variety, and who also wrote an episode of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” Cohen will offer a long-term perspective on the innovations behind emerging immersive entertainment experiences.

The two-day 2014 ETIA conference, co-produced by SMPTE and SCIEN, is being held on Stanford University’s Palo Alto, California, campus on June 17 and 18. Conference registration and further details about the ETIA conference program are available at www.etia2014.org.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. The Society is sustained by 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. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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X2O Media on Display in Barco Booth at InfoComm 2014

X2O Media and Barco Integration Demonstrated for the First Time in North America

MONTREAL — June 11, 2014 – X2O Media today announced that it will be exhibiting its innovative X2O platform in the Barco booth at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas, June 18-20. In booth C6308, attendees will have the opportunity to see the companies’ software and hardware solutions working together for the first time in North America.

At InfoComm 2014, X2O Media will be powering a wide range of Barco displays, including the company’s LiveDots line of high-impact LCD and LED video display systems targeting the retail and advertising markets. X2O channels will also be on display on the new tiled, ultra-narrow-bezel LCD video walls ideal for control rooms, broadcast, signage, meeting rooms, and rental and staging. The X2O platform will enable the management and delivery of a variety of dynamic and interactive channels to displays throughout the booth.

“As the largest pro A/V show in the world, InfoComm is the perfect stage to highlight the seamless integration between our powerful X2O visual communications platform and Barco’s state-of-the-art display technology,” said David Wilkins, President and CEO, X2O Media. “With Barco’s recent acquisition of X2O, our customers will reap the benefits of that synergy in new and exciting ways.”

The latest version of the X2O visual communications platform makes it easier than ever to create and publish rich media content channels to all screen types including video walls of any size or resolution. Built using HTML5, the authoring application features intuitive, drag-and-drop tools to let users quickly create eye-catching channels that include HD video, still images, 3D animations, PowerPoint(R) slides, and more. Linking to internal and external data sources is simplified, enabling users to easily incorporate data-driven graphics linked to corporate databases such as SAP(R) and Oracle(R), Excel(R) spreadsheets, or RSS feeds. With the cloud-based X2O Channel Designer, content managers can easily access the software anywhere, anytime via a Web browser, while the platform’s X2O player supports HTML5 and plays out content in real time to multiple screens including digital signage displays, video walls, tablets, and mobile phones.

More information about X2O Media is available at www.x2omedia.com.

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About X2O Media
X2O Media is a leading software developer of real-time visual communication solutions that significantly improve communications throughout the enterprise. X2O’s solutions facilitate the creation and delivery of video and graphics-rich content to digital displays, employee desktops, and mobile devices. Applications include corporate news channels, dynamic corporate dashboards, real-time emergency messaging, and more. X2O joined Barco, a global technology company that designs and develops visualization products, in March 2014. More information about X2O Media is available at www.x2omedia.com.

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BeckTV’s Integration Expertise Enables University of Florida’s GatorVision to Join SEC Network

State-of-the-Art Control Room, Originally Engineered by BeckTV, Will Now Support up to 120 Productions and Expand Educational Experience for Broadcast Students

AUSTIN, Texas — June 10, 2014 – BeckTV, one of the United States’ premier design-build systems integrators, is working with the University of Florida to adapt its GatorVision on-campus broadcast control room for live HD sports broadcasting on the upcoming SEC Network. After providing initial systems integration, installation, and support to develop and deploy the state-of-the-art control room in 2012, BeckTV is now continuing its ongoing partnership with the school’s University Athletic Association (UAA) for the expansion. With a scheduled launch in August, the SEC Network will be operated by ESPN and is dedicated to covering the sports and success of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Initially launched for the Florida Gators’ 2012 football season, the GatorVision control room is located in the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications building. In partnership with the UAA, BeckTV designed the facility to support HD shows for the Daktronics video boards and the GatorVision streaming video platform from six major sports venues located throughout the campus — the football stadium; the basketball, volleyball, and gymnastics arena; and baseball, soccer, softball, and lacrosse stadiums. The control room also provides an important hands-on educational component for radio/television students in the College of Journalism and Communications.

With the launch of the new SEC Network, GatorVision will now be responsible for producing and publishing more than 40 broadcasts per year to the network’s digital platform, increasing its workload from an average of 70 shows a year to well over 100. To accommodate this workload, BeckTV has configured the new control room with dual control panels for the Grass Valley Kayak switcher, with one panel supplying feeds to the Daktronics displays and the other to the SEC Network.

Also, the UAA has expanded its complement of Sony PDW series camcorders to eight — six for tier 1 events such as marquee football games, and at least one for tier 2 events. This expansion will enable GatorVision to produce up to three shows at once; such as an SEC Network broadcast, a video program sent to the Daktronics screens, and a separate digital webcast for another event happening at the same time in a separate venue.

“We’re very happy that we contracted initially with BeckTV on our control room project, because they engineered a fantastic design that can be easily scaled for additions such as the SEC Network feed,” said Brad Noblitt, director of engineering for the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications and WUFT-TV. “It’s risky and complex to take a control room that has been operating well with known sources and then add new systems to it without disrupting existing programming — a puzzle that requires the highest levels of integration expertise. We knew we had the right partner in BeckTV with its ability to put the puzzle pieces together and ensure the project is done correctly from the outset.”

The SEC Network will bring a vital new element to the GatorVision control room’s educational mission, which from the beginning has given broadcast students hands-on experience with professional-scale audio and video equipment. In addition to the Grass Valley switcher, both the GatorVision and WUFT control rooms share resources such as routers, intercom, audio, and playback equipment. Since the new control room can mirror the College’s downstairs production facility, broadcasting students in the WUFT studio are able to shadow live productions taking place in the upstairs facility. “Now, with the SEC feeds, our students will be able to learn and experience switching for a live, real-world broadcast — something very few other journalism schools in the country can provide,” Noblitt noted.

“The University of Florida is a real trailblazer, not only in college sports broadcasting but also because of the powerful educational component it’s providing for tomorrow’s broadcast engineers — which is so critical with today’s chronic shortage of engineering talent in the broadcast field,” said John FitzRandolph, vice president and senior engineer at BeckTV. “We are proud to continue our ongoing partnership with the UAA for this exciting new phase in the history of GatorVision, a true win-win-win for students, sports fans, and the university.”

Further information about BeckTV is available at www.becktv.com.

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About BeckTV
BeckTV (formerly Beck Associates) is one of the United States’ premier design-build systems integrators. With more than 30 years of experience, BeckTV has designed and built more professional television facilities for more customers than any other systems integrator. In virtually every application from broadcast and cable networks, local TV stations, sports trucks, and stadium venues to educational institutions and houses of worship, BeckTV uses a collaborative approach to assure successful outcomes, on time and on budget. The company maintains full-service offices in Denver, New York, and Austin, Texas. More information about BeckTV is available at www.becktv.com.

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Pexip Enhances Microsoft Lync Integration With Infinity Version 6

New MS Lync Presence Functionality Augments User Experience When Connecting to Pexip’s Virtual Meeting Rooms

OSLO, Norway — June 11, 2014 — Pexip(R), a global disrupter in scalable, distributed videoconferencing technology, today announced new features of its Pexip Infinity Version 6, enhancing the solution’s native interoperability with Microsoft(R) Lync(R).

“Microsoft Lync is the market’s leading collaboration client, with more than 60 percent of enterprises relying on Lync for their unified communications needs,” said Håkon Dahle, CTO, Pexip. “Our latest version of Pexip Infinity provides an even more seamless experience for Lync users, and is a testament to our commitment in making the user experience as enjoyable and productive as possible.”

Pexip Infinity’s Virtual Meeting Rooms (VMRs) now publish presence information, which helps users connect to a VMR by showing which VMRs are currently available. In addition, Pexip Infinity now allows custom avatars (Lync pictures) on a per-meeting-room basis. This allows users to customize the appearance of their personal meeting rooms in other users’ Lync contact lists.

Pexip Infinity provides industry-leading native interoperability with Microsoft Lync 2010, 2013, and Lync Online/Office 365, where Infinity supports Microsoft technologies such as RTVideo, SVC, and RDP. Organizations can simply meet and share data and presentations using virtually any enterprise videoconferencing endpoint, Lync client, or WebRTC-enabled browser.

In addition to Microsoft Lync enhancements, Pexip Infinity Version 6 offers new security features designed to meet the most stringent U.S. federal government requirements. These include Active Directory integration, role-based authentication, and secure NTP/SNMP to provide network and system administrators with the most reliable security tools for managing, monitoring, and controlling Pexip’s meeting software. Other innovations include configurable conference participant limits that prevent the oversubscription of conference resources.

For a full description of all the new features in Pexip Infinity Version 6, visit http://bit.ly/PexipInfinityV6.

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About Pexip(R)
Pexip(R) overthrows conventional thinking by providing an affordable, scalable, and virtualized meeting platform that truly allows anyone to do high-quality video meetings from any device. For Pexip, simplicity for the end user and IT is a guiding principle in the design of Pexip Infinity, the scalable meeting platform. Founded in 2012, Pexip was created by leading innovators from the videoconferencing industry. Pexip is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and has global offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.pexip.com.

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Wohler to Serve as Master Distributor for Cinnafilm Tachyon Wormhole File-Based Retiming Solution

Wohler Will Offer the Award-Winning Appliance Directly and Through a Select Network of Value-Added Resellers Worldwide

SAN FRANCISCO — June 10, 2014 – Cinnafilm(R) and Wohler Technologies today announced that Wohler will serve as the exclusive master distributor for Cinnafilm’s Tachyon(R) Wormhole(TM), an automated file-based retiming solution that enables up to a plus or minus 10 percent runtime adjustment while preserving not only video and audio quality, but also closed caption integrity. The solution is based upon the RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM), and Wohler will offer it directly and through select resellers.

“Naming Wohler our worldwide distribution partner for the Tachyon Wormhole appliance was an easy decision since we had already partnered with the company on the technology side,” said Ernie Sanchez, vice president at Cinnafilm. “Our global clients will quickly realize the value of having a distributor that can not only supply the appliance, but also provide expert support for every aspect of the functionality our combined technologies deliver.”

Using Cinnafilm’s popular Tachyon Standards Transcoding(TM) plug-in for the Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform, Tachyon Wormhole gives time back to broadcasters by evolving the media transformation process from a business cost into a source of revenue generation — without affecting the viewer’s experience.

Using Wohler’s RadiantGrid software platform as its processing framework, the turnkey Tachyon Wormhole system can process up to two HD streams in real time. The technology also facilitates retiming of closed caption data and integration of audio retiming into the Cinnafilm Tachyon Wormhole video-processing workflow. It handles unlimited channels of audio and resynchronizes CEA-608 and -708 captions, as well as SMPTE 436M and 360M caption data. Users simply select the target runtime by choosing a specific length or by entering a percentage adjustment.

Tachyon Wormhole also offers all of the features and functionality of the award-winning Tachyon Standards Transcoding Appliance: standards conversion, high-quality deinterlacing, superlative resolution conversion, inverse telecine, broken cadence removal/correction, and options such as audio loudness correction, color legalization, and watermarking.

“The Cinnafilm Tachyon Wormhole solution has enjoyed incredible interest among customers with a need to retime media while retaining both video quality and associated ancillary attributes within the file-based domain,” said Craig Newbury, vice president sales for Wohler’s RadiantGrid business line. “Our enhanced distribution channels, coupled with an intimate understanding of the capabilities and application of the Tachyon Wormhole solution, make Wohler the natural partner for this product. We are very excited to be working closely with Cinnafilm to deliver this unique product to a wider market.”

More information about Cinnafilm and Tachyon Wormhole is available at cinnafilm.com/tachyon/tachyon-wormhole/. Information about Wohler and the company’s products is available at www.wohler.com.

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About Cinnafilm(R)
Cinnafilm(R) Inc. are the creators of ultimate-quality video optimization and conversion software for cinema, broadcast, and multimedia delivery. Cinnafilm’s Tachyon(R) conversion technology is integrated into high-value transcoding platforms like the Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM), creating the world’s fastest Standards Transcoding(TM) solution and providing clients an affordable and scalable alternative to legacy SDI-based conversion technologies. Visit http://cinnafilm.com/ for more information.

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.

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Blonder Tongue Streamlines Delivery and Management of Custom HD Video Content With MPHDE-50

New Network Media Player and MPEG-2 HD Encoding Solution Brings Efficiency and Convenience to a Variety of HD Video Applications

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — June 10, 2014 – Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) today announced the MPHDE-50, a new media modulator that streamlines the delivery and management of custom HD video content for a wide range of applications and markets, including cable television, educational, hospitality, and government. By combining a custom Android(TM)-based network media player and single-channel HD MPEG-2 encoder in a single 1-RU unit, the MPHDE-50 provides system operators with increased efficiency and convenience, lowering their operational expenses.

“The MPHDE-50 is very versatile, making it perfect for any type of operator, from MSOs looking to promote HD services, including VOD content, to universities or hotels wanting to communicate daily activities,” said Emily Nikoo, executive vice president of Blonder Tongue. “Bringing a high-quality HD MPEG-2 encoder and network media player together under one enclosure offers significant operational efficiencies and cost savings to system operators who are delivering and managing custom HD video content.”

Using the MPHDE-50, operators can accept a program from one of the following inputs: component, HD-SDI, HDMI (unencrypted), VGA, and composite, and simultaneously deliver a single QAM, ASI, or IP output. The entire process is managed and streamlined via the media player. The MPHDE-50 includes an HDMI connection between the media player and encoder. Both units are powered by a single 12 VDC power supply integrated in the chassis for a superior performance. 120 VAC line powering is standard, with -48 VDC power optional.

The media player produces a flawless 1080i output. There are two USB ports on the front panel and a 10/100Base-T Ethernet port on the rear panel for remote management. An API is included for native applications, and the media player features a 4GB Flash internal memory and SD card port for additional storage.

The encoder — Blonder Tongue’s HDE-CSV-QAM — provides comprehensive GUI-based monitoring and control via standard Web browsers, further simplifying operations. Real-time Dolby(R) Digital audio encoding is supported to ensure a superior audio experience for end users. Additional benefits include closed captioning and user-defined PSIP configuration.

More information on Blonder Tongue and its products is available at www.blondertongue.com.

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About Blonder Tongue
Blonder Tongue Laboratories Inc. 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, 2013 (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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Pexip Infinity Version 6 Provides Secure and Scalable Virtual Collaboration Platform

New Security Features Align With Most Stringent U.S. Federal Government Requirements

OSLO, Norway — June 10, 2014 — Pexip(R), a global disrupter in scalable, distributed videoconferencing technology, today announced the release of Pexip Infinity Version 6. Featuring new security features to meet the most demanding United States Federal Government requirements, the latest version of the Infinity scalable meeting platform includes enhancements such as Active Directory (AD) integration, role-based authentication, and secure NTP/SNMP to provide IT managers with the most robust tools for secure meeting platform management.

“As Pexip Infinity continues to enable widespread visual communications for anyone at anytime, enhanced security is becoming more important than ever,” said Håkon Dahle, CTO, Pexip. “The launch of Infinity Version 6 is the latest example of Pexip’s commitment to information assurance. Specifically designed to meet stringent federal requirements, Version 6 offers the most scalable and secure virtual meeting platform available to customers across all verticals.”

AD integration support in Pexip Infinity Version 6 lets administrators use existing AD or LDAP servers to authenticate all incoming connections to the Pexip Management Node. As a result, organizations obtain simpler, more secure authentication capabilities while allowing the automatic enforcement of password complexity, expiration, automatic account creation/deletion, and single password access via any device. Role-based authentication now enables users to create and assign role-based permissions to individuals or administrator groups — resulting in the ability to log and track individual administrator activities.

Pexip Infinity’s support for secure NTP and SNMP version 3 ensures that communication with external services remains encrypted and protected. By providing practical single-screen notifications to administrators whenever new platform events occur, Infinity Version 6 allows for more effective troubleshooting, issue resolution, and maintenance. In alignment with U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) requirements, a new Assured Services SIP feature enables failsafe operation within mission-critical environments.

In addition to new security enhancements, Pexip’s Infinity Version 6 is introducing a number of user-centric improvements. These include new presence capabilities for Microsoft(R) Lync(R), custom Lync pictures and avatars, and configurable conference participant limits that prevent the oversubscription of conference resources.

For a full description of all the new features in Pexip Infinity Version 6, visit http://bit.ly/PexipInfinityV6.

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About Pexip(R)
Pexip(R) overthrows conventional thinking by providing an affordable, scalable, and virtualized meeting platform that truly allows anyone to do high-quality video meetings from any device. For Pexip, simplicity for the end user and IT is a guiding principle in the design of Pexip Infinity, the scalable meeting platform. Founded in 2012, Pexip was created by leading innovators from the videoconferencing industry. Pexip is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and has global offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.pexip.com.

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Blonder Tongue Appoints Walt Davis as Senior Director of Product Management and Technical Services

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — June 9, 2014 — Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) today announced that it has appointed Walt Davis as senior director of product management and technical services. Davis will be responsible for managing product implementation and technical support of the company’s next-generation digital video solutions.

“We look forward to Walt joining us as an important part of our company, complementing our existing leadership team, culture, and long-term strategy,” said Emily Nikoo, executive vice president of Blonder Tongue. “He brings over twenty years of product management experience in the broadband video market that will be applied to an exciting assortment of new products and services.”

Davis joins Blonder Tongue after five years with Vubiquity managing its linear portfolio of video services targeting North American and Caribbean operators. Before Vubiquity, he worked at SES as the director of product management and marketing for IP-Prime, a linear aggregation service delivered to operators via satellite. Prior to SES, Davis was the product manager for Cavalier Telephone’s MPEG-4 IPTV service in Richmond, Virginia. Davis has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland.

“I am excited to join Blonder Tongue and help explore new opportunities for growth in existing markets, as well as expansion into new markets with current and future product offerings,” said Davis. “I look forward to working with our technical services organization to enhance our capabilities to support Blonder Tongue products in the field, and build on the Blonder Tongue reputation for quality customer service.”

More information on Blonder Tongue and its products is available at www.blondertongue.com.

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About Blonder Tongue
Blonder Tongue Laboratories Inc. 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, 2013 (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 Appoints BTX Technologies as New Channel Partner, Strengthening North American Sales

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — June 9, 2014 — Visionary Solutions, Inc. has appointed BTX Technologies as a new channel sales partner, increasing the company’s brand presence and sales efforts in North America. BTX will distribute Visionary Solutions’ entire range of IPTV and innovative network video solutions including PackeTV(R), a modular, end-to-end IP video network and asset management solution that enables secure, scheduled, and on-demand delivery of live and recorded video for the enterprise, entertainment, education, healthcare, IT, broadcast, and house of worship markets.

“Visionary Solutions’ PackeTV dramatically simplifies IP video delivery,” said Greg Schwartz, president of BTX. “We know many customers in the industry who would benefit from deploying a single, end-to-end IP video network solution like PackeTV, and look forward to promoting the Visionary Solutions brand through our North American sales channels.”

BTX is a major distributor and manufacturer of cutting-edge interface and integration products for audio, video, and data systems with 45 years of experience in the A/V and broadcast industry. The company has a strong technical expertise and will support Visionary Solutions’ customers through its inside and outside sales teams.

“When we introduced PackeTV earlier this year, it allowed us to become a trusted end-to-end solutions provider,” said Jordan Christoff, president of Visionary Solutions. “We are excited to leverage BTX’s extensive sales experience and wide customer base to boost PackeTV sales and help organizations easily and cost-effectively deliver high-quality HD and SD, MPEG-2/H.264 video content to TVs, set-top boxes, tablets, smartphones, and other IP-connected devices across a wide range of networks.”

More information about Visionary Solutions Inc. and the company’s products is available at www.vsicam.com.

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About Visionary Solutions, Inc. (www.vsicam.com)

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.

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

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BenQ Leads the Market as No. 1-Selling DLP Projector Brand in North America

Award-Winning Innovations Move Company Atop Projector Industry Rankings

COSTA MESA, Calif. — June 9, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today announced that the company has become the No. 1-selling DLP(R) (Digital Light Processing) projector brand in North America(1) according to the latest Quarterly Projector Shipment and Forecast Report from PMA Research. Emerging as 2013′s fastest-growing display brand(2), BenQ continues to gain market share with unique products that include the top-selling W1070(3), the world’s first sub-$1K Full HD 1080p projector featuring Colorific(TM) brightness for accurate, crisp, and long-lasting image quality.

The Q1 2014 PMA Research report revealed that BenQ has taken the top-selling spot for DLP projector sales both worldwide and now specifically in North America with a year-over-year growth rate of 20 percent, ahead of the pack with 11.9 percent of total unit sales among all DLP vendors. The company’s W1070 was the top-selling home entertainment projector in the U.S. retail channel in 2013, while the latest Colorific projectors have allowed BenQ to rank as the No. 3 overall projector brand in North America. On a global basis, BenQ has sustained its No. 2 standing as overall projector brand. According to PMA Research, DLP has been the projector market’s leading technology over the past four years.

“PMA’s latest report solidifies BenQ’s leadership position as a value-added provider of customer-centric digital lifestyle innovations,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “Our outstanding customer base has truly responded to BenQ’s unique combination of dependable performance, industry-first features, and consumer-friendly pricing. We are extremely pleased with the impact our customers have had with our projector portfolio and look forward to even greater collaborations throughout the rest of the year.”

BenQ is gearing up for significant introductions across both its projector and monitor lineups with a first showcase at the largest annual conference and exhibition for audio/video buyers and sellers worldwide — InfoComm 2014, taking place from June 18-20 in Las Vegas, Nevada. For the professional systems integration channel, BenQ will unveil the high-brightness PU9730 and TH963 projectors, which feature a respective 7,000 and 6,000 Colorific lumens of brightness plus a variety of enhanced performance and ease of installation features for today’s command and control centers, houses of worship, classrooms, and boardrooms. Perfect for classroom collaboration, BenQ’s ultra-short throw MW853UST projector featuring pen and finger-touch interactivity will also debut during the event. Powered by Colorific technology, BenQ’s newest projectors are equipped with the company’s energy-saving SmartEco(TM) technology. Lowering total cost of ownership (TCO), the advancements extend lamp life across the company’s entire projector lines — resulting in up to 10,000 hours of lamp life without any compromise in projection quality.

Other new BenQ initiatives include the introduction of the company’s first 4K Ultra HD products: the BL3201PT professional monitor, the first-ever 4K Ultra HD CAD/CAM display, and the RP840G, BenQ’s inaugural 4K Ultra HD interactive flat panel with six-touch points across 84 inches. Additional digital signage introductions include the 70-inch RP700+ interactive flat-panel display with tablet-like navigation that’s perfect for wayfinding applications, the 55-inch, slim, dual-sided DL550F transparent display suited for retail applications, and the BH Series of public information bar displays in either 28-inch (BH280) or 38-inch (BH380) formats for public transit, restaurant menu boards, and many other digital signage applications.

Attendees can see BenQ’s latest innovations at booth C8531 at InfoComm 2014. More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

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(1)Based upon Q1’14 Quarterly Projector Shipment and Forecast Report from PMA Research
(2)Based upon Q4’13 Quarterly Projector Shipment and Forecast Report from PMA Research
(3)Based upon 2013 Retail Projector Tracking Service Reports from PMA Research

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 purpose-built engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand(1) as well as the fastest growing projector brand(2) in North America. 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 Q1’14 Quarterly Projector Shipment and Forecast Report from PMA Research
(2)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.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/140609BenQ.doc

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