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Tightrope Media Systems ZEPLAY Ignites Fan Experience at University of Minnesota Sporting Events

Slo-mo instant replay system offers school a robust feature set, reliable performance and affordable price point for upgraded control room

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, November 19, 2013 – TCF Bank Stadium is home to University of Minnesota Gophers football, one of 23 varsity sports teams on campus competing in the storied Big Ten Conference. The modern, recently-opened stadium influenced HD upgrades to a control room shared with three arenas. The upgrades include two Tightrope Media Systems ZEPLAY solutions to drive slo-mo instant replay and sports video to more than 1200 screens.

The production team, headed by Tadd Wilson, scoreboard and video operations manager for University of Minnesota Athletics, cited reliability, an extensive feature set and a competitive price point as key benefits. The two ZEPLAY systems provide 16 channels of live replay (eight in, eight out) for the nearly 100 annual sporting events covered from this control room.

Wilson notes that this high-channel capacity was a big reason for choosing ZEPLAY over competitive systems, adding that it enhances his ability to create sequences, load and export clips. These operational benefits especially stood out during the evaluation process.

“I was most impressed with the number of channels that ZEPLAY gives us without having to pay an exorbitant price,” he says. “We have anywhere from five to eight cameras that we want to record on any given game day. We also interface with the TV trucks on-location, adding another four to seven cameras. The ability to record as many channels as possible was a top priority.”

Wilson and his team use ZEPLAY predominantly for in-house play to engage home and visiting team fans on game-changing events, from touchdowns in TCF Bank Stadium to hockey goals in Mariucci Arena. ZEPLAY instantly triggers high-quality replays on-demand across large LED score boards, displays and monitors. Each venue includes more than 300 TVs and displays located in concourses, suites, premium areas, concession stands and other locations.

“Replays are one of the main reasons people look at our displays,” says Wilson. “Fans immediately turn their attention to the displays to see the replay when a touchdown happens or a goal is scored. Or, they can see why everyone’s cheering if they were at the concession stands getting a hot dog.”

In addition to high-channel capacity and high-quality video, ZEPLAY provides Wilson and his team with a built-in multiviewer that allows operators to follow action and monitor many angles on one display. Also, since the control room is manned during games by a combination of full-time staff, freelancers, and students (part-time employees from various majors), the simple learning curve and ongoing overall ease of use was significant.

“We looked at other replay systems, but the price points versus the feature sets just didn’t make sense,” said Wilson. “ZEPLAY gives us all the features and capabilities we need and is a fairly straightforward, easy device to for our operators to learn.”

ZEPLAY’s extensive tagging and key play marking options were also essential for Wilson. These features provide quick filtering and file recall from built-in storage to assist with speedy highlight package creation. Operators archive game-day footage for highlights, player-of-the-game features and posting videos online. Files are digitally exported to long-time archives without complex recording processes, and can be recalled and played out as high-quality 4:2:2 HD files.

Wilson adds that ZEPLAY’s reliability can’t be underestimated. “I was worried about replay systems in general crashing or locking up during games, especially the disk-based systems,” he said. “To this day, we haven’t had any issues with ZEPLAY. It’s never locked up or crashed. That has really impressed me.”

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, Internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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SurgeX Launches Defender Series MultiPak to Safeguard Multi-Panel Digital Displays and Signage

Engineered to address the specific noise interference and power protection needs of video wall arrays, the Defender Series MultiPak offers a compact design that easily integrates with wall and ceiling mounting systems.

Knightdale, NC – November 14, 2013 – ESP/SurgeX, the industry leader in energy intelligence and surge protection, is proud to announce the Defender Series MultiPak™, a Multi-Stage surge protector and power conditioner specifically designed to safeguard digital signage arrays. Available in four (SX-DS-154) and six (SX-DS-156) outlet configurations, the MultiPak provides advanced protection against damaging surges, spikes, over/under voltage, EMI/RFI noise, wiring faults, and other power issues that can degrade video display performance. The unit’s compact design fits behind multi-panel installations and easily integrates with wall and ceiling mount systems.

Developed in direct response to the challenges encountered by digital signage manufacturers, the MultiPak was engineered to keep digital displays running properly without interruption. Digital display systems rely heavily on sensitive integrated circuitry for optimal performance. Superior power protection should be a top priority and the MultiPak answers this need by safeguarding equipment from disturbances on video, data, and power lines that can result in fuzzy images, audio noise, and render equipment inoperable—leading to negative perceptions, reduced lifespan, downtime, and lost income.

From top to bottom, every specification in the MultiPak is geared toward keeping video wall arrays running without disruption. In addition to its Multi-Stage surge protection technology, the MultiPak includes other SurgeX patented technologies that contribute to longer product lifespans and better performance. COUVS® (Catastrophic Over/Under Voltage Shutdown) insures multi-panel displays will not sustain catastrophic damage from having too little or too much power voltage coming from the AC line. SurgeX ICE® (Inrush Current Elimination) technology with zero cross turn-on removes the need for time delay circuit breakers or startup sequencing. This allows displays, amplifiers, and other equipment to be powered all at once without worry of blowing a circuit breaker.

With its compact design, the MultiPak can be concealed from view and will fit naturally within common mounting mechanisms. The 15 Amp load rating is robust enough to handle the power delivery demands of multiple displays, all from a single unit.

“We listened to our customers and came up with a unique solution that offers all the surge protection and noise eliminating features needed to keep multi-panel displays working without disruption”, said Stephen F. Galloway, president and CEO ESP/SurgeX. “We’re confident the MultiPak will exceed the expectations of manufacturers and their customers.”

In addition, the Defender Series MultiPak includes state-of-the-art diagnostic software that enables technicians to easily troubleshoot and diagnose power related disturbances. It offers the ability to customize power protection settings, download time-stamped reports, and diagnose power related service calls proactively.

The all-inclusive MultiPak provides all of the tools needed to protect, manage, and analyze a business’s digital display investments. The SX-DS-154 and SX-DS-156 are currently shipping. To learn more about SurgeX, please visit www.surgex.com.

SurgeX is the leader in energy intelligence and power protection products. Our comprehensive product portfolio features surge elimination and multi-stage protection, offering a complete line of AC power solutions for surge protection, power conditioning and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment. Backed with over 27 patents, we specialize in developing premium solutions that never degrade. Superior to conventional single stage MOV circuitry found in traditional power protection products, SurgeX products are engineered to safeguard against power anomalies that can “confuse” the circuitry in digital equipment and can cause both degradation and equipment downtime. From our multi-stage protection to our surge elimination technology, there is no other company in the market that provides a comparable “best-in-class” portfolio.

SurgeX is owned and operated by Electronic Systems Protection, Inc. Our products are manufactured in Knightdale, North Carolina. Visit http://www.surgex.com or http://www.espei.com for further company and product information.

Extron Now Shipping Three Input Switcher with Integrated DTP Transmitter

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DTP T USW 233, a three input switcher for sending HDMI or analog video, audio, and control up to 230 feet (70 meters) over a single CATx cable to an Extron DTP 230 receiver. It is HDCP compliant and provides two HDMI inputs, one RGBHV or component video input, and one DTP 230 twisted pair output. Analog video input signals are digitized to ensure a high quality digital video signal is transmitted to the DTP 230 receiver. The switcher also offers many integrator-friendly features, such as EDID Minder, Key Minder, auto-switching between inputs, audio input assignment, and remote powering. These features, plus the low profile enclosure, make the DTP T USW 233 ideal for discreet placement in lecterns, beneath tables, or in other environments requiring input switching and signal transmission. more

TouchSystems Adds X 46 Multi-Touch Solution

TouchSystems X4680I-U2TouchSystems continues to grow its executive-level line of displays with the addition of a multi-touch 46” solution. The 46” touch screen, based on NEC’s X462S, is integrated with an infra red touch technology. The display can be purchased as a dual-touch or multi-touch (six points) solution.

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It’s a first: TDC wraps Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylons in projection for Australian Naval Spectacular

Watch the video at: http://bit.ly/19dRyyn

Achieving the very first projection onto both sides of the epic proportions of Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House as well as onto the pylons of Sydney Harbour Bridge was by no means a small challenge for any technology company.

Australia was celebrating the first entry of the national Australian fleet into Sydney Harbour one hundred years ago and re-telling the story for The Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review. Imagination Australia was the Creative team and Producer of the event, who engaged Technical Direction Company (TDC) as their video technology partner.

An evening spectacular involved video projection that was combined with stunning fireworks launched from seven warships. There was lighting from 28 land and ship locations plus live action on board ships culminating in an aerial fly past from the Royal Australian Air Force that was enjoyed by the millions lining the foreshore.

“The spectacular was created in seven acts, from introducing Australia’s original fleet, through 100 proud years of service to Australia, current capabilities, a moment of reflection for the fallen and a finale to rival Sydney’s New Year’s Eve,” said Heath Campanaro, Project Director at Imagination Australia. “The show was a once in a lifetime project and will go down in history as one of the most inspiring, moving pieces of creativity at this kind of scale.”

We make it happen

Digital video projection onto both sides of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons was a first. To create such a visual spectacular, TDC worked for months of planning and testing with Imagination Australia to design and realise the brightest projection ever delivered.

TDC deployed a total of 56 Barco projectors including models FLM-HD20, HDF-W26 and HDQ-2K40 that were positioned at great distances and angles, including projection towers located up to 700 metres away from across Sydney Harbour. It was vital to that the projection was visible from all sides of the Harbour – which had not been done before.

TDC ensured that the content created by Imagination Australia was managed using Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image and display software and 26 computer servers. The entire proceedings were synchronised by timecode and transmitted across Sydney Harbour using Reidel MediorNet fibre optic media signal distribution and processing.

“The project took months of planning and days of painstaking projector alignment and positioning to get every pixel lined up and just right across various projectors,” enthused Olin Winton, Technical Manager at TDC.

“Rarely does a project of this epic scale take place in Australia. Our team of projection experts did a great job and we’re very proud of what we’ve delivered,” said Michael Hassett, MD at TDC.

The TDC project team for this event were:

Project Manager: Kain Jones
Technical Manager: Olin Winton
Head Technician: Steve Cain
Projectionists: Drew Ferors, Matt Teale, Anthony Pellizzari, Isaac McKenzie
Projectionist Assist: Max Rowen, Gareth Marsh

The biggest event to happen at Sydney Harbour for years, The Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review was held from 3-11 October 2013.

Watch the video at: http://bit.ly/19dRyyn

Images provided with this story should be credited to: © Technical Direction Company.

Blonder Tongue Video Encoder Enables Affordable HD Video Delivery For Education, Enterprise, Hospitality, Healthcare, Government, and Pro A/V Applications

New MPEG-2 HD Encoding Solution is Now Shipping; HDE-8C-QAM Offers Industry-Leading Price/Performance Ratio, Reliability, and Ease of Use

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — Nov. 5, 2013 — Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) today announced it is shipping its new encoding solution designed to deliver cost-effective, high-quality HD video content for educational, enterprise, hospitality, healthcare, government, and pro A/V applications. Priced under $850 USD per channel, the easy-to-use HDE-8C-QAM MPEG-2 HD encoder provides users with reliable and efficient performance and supports Dolby(R) Digital audio encoding. The first units have shipped to Nickless Schirmer & Company for deployment at Emory University in Atlanta as part of its campus digital upgrade. more

Bannister Lake Launches Sports-Centric Content Management Solution

Unique software solution delivers stats, rich data for the sports fan through intelligent automation – freeing human resources to engage fans on a broader level

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Canada, November 5, 2013 – Immediately following its first successful national launch at Canada’s live-event sports specialty channel, Sportsnet, Bannister Lake Software announces the availability of BL Sports Ticker, a new sports-centric content management solution.

BL Sports Ticker helps broadcasters and sports entertainment networks unite disparate workflows, paving the way to consolidate, centralize, and automate existing sports coverage workflows with a single solution. The solution eliminates the struggle that networks have long experienced to maintain and manage amalgamated channel branding, multiple data sources, and independent graphics and branding across multiple platforms, ticker systems, and rendering engines.

“A single BL Sports Ticker implementation powers an unlimited number of channels with automation efficiencies that afford you the freedom to focus on what matters most: viewership and fan engagement,” said Chris Mintz, Lead Solution Architect at Bannister Lake Software. “With the game basics like scores and stats coming in automatically, editorial personnel can focus on adding the detail that really excites the audience. It gives them time to tell team and athlete stories.”

BL Sports Ticker’s simplified workflow also allows networks with limited staff resources to automate many manual tasks. This affords networks the freedom to control key regional differentiators and unique brand identities from a single data source. Editorial staff can pre-schedule content by time zones or work shifts rather than by game and match dates. In master control, automation support replaces manually driven squeezes and state changes with fully automated, scheduled operations.

With BL Sports Ticker, broadcasters have the freedom to:
• Highlight regional franchises per league, per channel and per sport
• Supplement automated data with customized, regional editorial
• Build daily rundowns as granular as a channel demands
• Output to broadcast, web and mobile

Bannister Lake’s latest automation solution continues to take full advantage of the template-based workflows and dynamic graphic updates available within the Ross Video XPression platform, as well as social media integration.
“For sports entertainment, BL Sports Ticker offers the same powerhouse performance and reliability that BL Super Ticker delivers to today’s 24/7 news networks but provides more sports and score-specific control,” said Mintz. “You’ll have fans of all types hooked with your customized coverage of the season from draft to playoffs and stats from DL reports to spreads. Add in the ability to show your viewers social media and you become the ultimate sports fan broadcast.”

BL Sports Ticker is available as an enterprise server 1RU chassis solution, a secure cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, and a lightweight, Solid State, portable Nano turnkey solution that fits in the palm of the hand.

About Bannister Lake Software Inc.
Bannister Lake is a leading provider of professional video graphic display solutions for Broadcast Television, Cable, Satellite and audio visual applications worldwide. Our display solutions are designed to integrate seamlessly with your existing infrastructure, automating the process of data entry for video graphics display and improving the productivity of your organization. Visit Bannister Lake online: www.bannisterlake.com

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Matrox Avio to Extend Sharp 4K Display from Remote Workstation

Zero compression, zero latency, Ultra-HD KVM and USB 2.0 extension to be demonstrated by Japan Material at Inter BEE 2013

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced that local distributor Japan Material Ltd. will showcase the Matrox Avio™ F125 fiber-optic KVM extension solution along with the Sharp® PN-K321 4K Ultra-HD LCD monitor at Inter BEE 2013 (Tokyo, Nov. 13-15, Hall 8, Booth 8404). Visitors will be treated to a stunning display of 4K footage extended over a fiber-optic cable.

Matrox Avio F125 KVM extender with Sharp 4K monitor

The Matrox Avio F125 KVM extender is designed to extend a workstation’s displays and peripheral devices while maintaining system performance with zero compression and zero latency at the remote user station. With its feature-rich connectivity options, it enables the extension of two HD videos or one 2K/4K video, plus keyboard, mouse, stereo analog audio and USB 2.0 devices over a single duplex LC-LC fiber-optic cable up to 400 meters in multimode and 4 km in single mode. Extension of 4K video at 30Hz is ideal for preview and playback of Ultra-HD video content.

Sharp’s professional-use PN-K321 LCD monitor incorporates Sharp’s cutting-edge IGZO technology offering high resolution and energy efficiency. At 3840 x 2160 pixels (4K Ultra-HD), the PN-K321 boasts four times the resolution of 1080p full HD making it ideal for a wide range of professional applications in settings where detailed information needs to be displayed with tremendous precision such as in post-production, financial services, car dealerships, cosmetics services, video game production and museums.

“The combination of Matrox Avio with the Sharp 4K display provides an ideal solution for remote ultra-high resolution display environments,” said Yoshinori Sakaguchi, Director of Sales, Graphics Solutions Division, Japan Material Co. Ltd. “It gives users the extension performance they needed for their 4K applications while they centralize their computing resources.”

“The scalability provided by Matrox Avio is an important benefit for broadcast and post-production facilities as they begin implementing 4K workflows and installing 4K displays,” said Caroline Injoyan, Business Development Manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. “Avio’s support for extension of single-HD, dual-HD, and 4K video signals with the same product lets customers protect their investments with future-proof technology.”

At Inter BEE 2013, Japan Material will also showcase Matrox Maevex™ video over IP encoders/decoders that enable high-quality, low-bandwidth video and audio distribution over a LAN. In addition, new Matrox Video products will be demonstrated, including the Matrox Monarch™ HD video streaming and recording appliance, a 4K video monitoring card, and live production streaming systems.

About Japan Material Co., Ltd.
The Graphics Solutions Division of Japan Material Co., Ltd. (JM) supplies world-renowned, high-quality hardware to multiple professional markets in Japan. A long-standing Matrox representative, JM currently offers a full range of Matrox graphics and video solutions. Customer confidence has been achieved through JM’s outstanding product support. For more information, visit www.jmgs.jp.

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

PixelFLEX LED Curtains Add Visual Dynamic to India.Arie SongVersation Tour

Four-time Grammy award winner India.Arie has returned to the music scene after a four year, self-imposed hiatus and is currently traveling the country on a 12 week, 30-city tour for her 2013 album debut, SongVersation. PixelFLEX’s flexible, affordable and sharp LED curtains are giving India.Arie’s tour a different and updated set of visuals than what fans experienced during her last performances, including high-quality video, effects and colorful backdrop illumination.

PixelFLEX, the industry leader in lightweight, flexible LED video curtain panels, offered a cost-effective, practical and time-saving solution to the tour manager and crew when they wanted to raise the tour’s visuals to a new level.

“I had been in contact with India.Arie’s creative director about what a tour might look like when she started producing her (new) album,” said André C. Allen, owner of BlackLight Productions Inc. and tour manager and production designer for the tour. “The only problem was the tour was already routed before we knew what the show would be; they wanted video content and I needed something that could be set up in an hour that wasn’t cost prohibitive. My research to find an affordable and easy to set up system led me to PixelFLEX.”

Allen’s first time utilizing the PixelFLEX panels came with a lot of pleasant surprises. The ease of use, requiring just a few people to set up, accompanied with its lightweight structure and ability to pack into one road case were shocking to the team during the rehearsal process.

“I’m always looking for the three Fs: form, function and finance,” explained Allen. “I’ve used other LED technologies and if I’d known then what I know now, I’d definitely have used PixelFLEX as the solution; it’s just a really good product.”

Every venue set up is the same throughout the tour, consisting of 2 20mm 4×8 panels in the center to create an 8×8 screen with the remaining 2 20mm 4×8 panels hanging on either side with a two to three foot gap in between.

Moving forward, Allen plans to utilize PixelFLEX video panels every chance he gets and is excited to use the company’s higher resolution screens – being unveiled at the LDI Show in Las Vegas in a few weeks – not only for future tours but for smaller venues as well.

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

TouchSystems Grows Multi-Touch Screen Offerings

TouchSystems meets consumer demand for large-format, multi-touch screens with the addition of 46-inch and 55-inch multi-touch displays. Both displays are part of TouchSystems’ entry-level and economically-friendly line of displays, making the screens an ideal choice for customers new to digital signage or who are working on a strict budget.

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