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BAINBRIDGE ISLAND MUSEUM OF ART RELIES ON LECTROSONICS ASPEN PROCESSING SYSTEMS

**** Photo: Jay Nichols ****

Bainbridge Island, WA – October 2013… As an educational institution with a focus on contemporary art, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s mission is to engage a diverse population with the art and craft of the northwest region. What started as a project to fix some shortcomings with the AV system in the museum’s auditorium turned into a considerably larger project that, in the process, brought additional capabilities to the facility—thanks to ASPEN Series audio processing equipment from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics. more

Extron Now Shipping HDMI Streaming Encoders and Decoders

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the VN-Matrix 250 series of encoders and decoders, which provide real-time transmission of high resolution HDCP-compliant HDMI, DVI, or RGB video across standard IP networks. The VN-Matrix 250 Series accepts HDMI and RGB signals at resolutions up to 1920×1200 and 2048×1080, and streams video and audio over an IP network, preserving the native source resolution of digital or analog video sources. It offers a wide range of features to support diverse streaming application requirements including USB keyboard and mouse data transport, bidirectional RS-232 control, return audio streaming, multiple network ports, and support for both HDMI-embedded and analog stereo audio. Equipped with these powerful features, VN-Matrix 250 products are ideal for use in real-time streaming, recording, and playback applications. more

StreamGuys Powers In-Store Broadcasts for Custom Channels

Cloud-based streaming architecture supports custom music services with dynamic ad insertions for businesses

BAYSIDE, CALIFORNIA, October 15, 2013 — Internet music service Custom Channels is helping retail businesses like Whole Foods Market transform in-store environments with broadcast-quality audio programs, mixing music and dynamic advertising that deliver a branded, radio-like experience. The company is relying on robust, cloud-based streaming services from StreamGuys to support its customers.

Custom Channels brings a rare broadcast perspective to the growing business of in-store audio streaming. Its principal partners, including President/Co-Founder Dave Rahn, launched Custom Channels following years of experience working at and consulting for radio stations. Today, Rahn and his team leverage their professional production skills and broadcast programming knowledge to build custom in-store programs for retailers like Whole Foods Market, for which they support two-thirds of their stores.

The company recently switched to StreamGuys for content delivery support, recognizing its broadcast expertise as well as its shared spirit of customization to meet client needs.

“We have always used an outside CDN because the specialized technical knowledge required to maintain servers, bandwidth and overall infrastructure is frankly beyond our area of expertise,” said Rahn. “The difference with StreamGuys is that they are not forcing us into one business model for streaming services. They instead provide us with the streaming services that are right for our model, and deliver the ongoing recommendations, support and troubleshooting we need. That helps us keep costs low and leaves us to focus on program content and customer relationships — which is what we do best.”

Custom Channels takes program content beyond music by incorporating dynamic ad insertions in the form of “mid-rolls,” which Rahn cites as a particularly strong tool to trigger ads and promos for in-store streaming models. StreamGuys incorporates third-party ad insertion software into its streaming architecture, targeting broadcasters and IP-based music services that wish to incorporate promotional content in the form of pre-rolls, mid-rolls and post-rolls — and potentially generate new revenue streams.

“The ad insertion software in the StreamGuys architecture allows us to manage content at the server side as opposed to just pushing messages to individual players and boxes,” said Rahn. “For example, we work with a large chain of dental offices, Comfort Dental, with offices all over the country. The mid-roll insertions allow us to take a single Comfort Dental radio channel and insert specialized ads for each region, or even down to the local office level. The messages don’t have to live in the origin stream; instead, we create a place in the stream and insert them on a very targeted basis. It’s a very efficient model, and makes for good use of IP delivery.”

Rahn’s broadcast experience also means a focus on audio quality. Custom Channels currently delivers most audio content using the aacPlus codec at bitrates ranging from 64 to 96 kb/s, and uses other high-quality codecs like Ogg Vorbis for specialty services such as ReMix, which allows customers to create their own custom mixes. Rahn will explore Ogg Opus moving forward, the new versatile, open-source audio codec for low-latency, high-quality audio streaming. StreamGuys is the first CDN to announce support for Ogg Opus audio streaming.

“We’re dealing with businesses, and we try to keep as light of a footprint as possible since there are other demands on their bandwidth and technical infrastructures,” said Rahn. “StreamGuys allows us to use various high-quality, bandwidth-friendly formats so we are comparable to FM quality and usually higher than satellite quality — a sweet spot that our clients can easily handle on their networks.”

Rahn also points to several restaurant brands as Custom Channels clients, including the 200-plus Which Wich sandwich shop chain; and the fast casual Mod Pizza chain based in the Seattle region. Another interesting client is Floyd’s Barbershop, which operates more than 70 barbershops around the country. Custom Channels produces a true “retail radio” station in this case, with full-blown professional production, deejays and live requests.

“We focus on music-conscious brands that essentially want custom radio stations, and many of these clients also stream their channels on their websites,” said Rahn. “Ultimately, StreamGuys offers an ideal service for in-store delivery, whether it’s conventional streaming of a radio station or a business that wants something a little more unique.”

More information on Custom Channels can be found at http://www.customchannels.net.

About StreamGuys, Inc.
In business since 2000, StreamGuys is a provider of audio and video streaming toolsets and services. The company has a reputation for outstanding customer service, a robust and reliable network, and competitive rates. More than 600 clients worldwide, across many industries, depend on their mission-critical service. Projects include serving as the technology backbone for live streaming/podcasting for top public broadcasters such as New York Public Radio, WAMU Washington D.C., KQED San Francisco and WXPN Philadelphia; live video events for major auto racing circuits and the British Royal Wedding; audio streaming for government entities such as D.C. Court of Appeals, U.S. Army, and the National Science Foundation; mobile video content for Cisco Systems; and IPTV content for international broadcaster ABS-CBN.
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StreamGuys, Inc – info@streamguys.com – www.streamguys.com – 707.667.9479
P.O. Box 828 Arcata, California 95518 – fax 707.516.0009

Extron Announces Two Input XTP Wallplate Transmitter for Digital and Analog Signals

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the XTP T UWP 302, a two-input XTP wallplate transmitter that provides the convenience of connecting local source devices at a wall or other locations including a lectern or floor box. This XTP transmitter mounts into a standard three-gang junction box, and sends HDMI or RGBHV video, audio, and control up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a single CATx cable. It is HDCP-compliant and supports computer-video to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 Deep Color and 2K. For simplified integration, the XTP T UWP 302 features automatic switching between inputs with selectable prioritization, and can be powered over the same CATx cable. The XTP T UWP 302 is designed for use in XTP Systems for signal distribution and long-distance transmission between remote endpoints. more

DVEO Announces Eight New Products for TelcoVision 2013 – Including VOD Server, 20 Channel Ad Inserter, Multichannel Telco Oriented Adaptive Transcoder, and More

Mamba DIG/IP

Portable Dual Input SDI/HD-SDI to IP Streamer/Encoder with Touch Panel Control – Mamba DIG/IP

San Diego, California — October 11, 2013 — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), will feature numerous innovative new products at TelcoVision 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 24-25, in booth 613.

DVEO products at the show will include:
1. VOD (Video on Demand) Server and Live Media Distributor – Reality Anytime IP IP: TELCO™
2. Multichannel Telco Oriented Adaptive Transcoder – MultiStreamer Brutus™ IV IP/IP: TELCO
3. 20 Channel Ads, Graphics, Text and EAS Inserter – Ad Serter Telco IP/IP 20ch™
4. Portable Dual Input SDI/HD-SDI Live Streaming & Encoding Appliance with Touch Panel Control – Mamba™ DIG/IP
5. Transport Stream Multiviewer and Monitoring System – IP Check™
6. IP Video Traffic Shaping Technology for Optimal Video Over Public Internet – DOZERbox™
7. IP Unicast to Multicast Converter and HLS Repackager – Proxicaster IP/IP™
8. Scheduled Playout Server with IP In and Out – Infinity Streamer™ (mini) .5T/50ch

1. VOD (Video on Demand) Server and Live Media Distributor – Reality Anytime IP IP: TELCO
Ideal for small to mid-sized Telco TV IPTV distribution, the Reality Anytime IP IP Telco ingests “pre groomed” (pre formatted) live streams, adds correct wrappers and containers, and serves these new files along with VOD Files (500+) via IP. It delivers live and/or recorded streams on an on-demand basis to over 1,000 simultaneous users. More users can be supported with optional Intel® Solid-State Drives. The system is also recommended for stadiums, universities, hotels, cruise ships, churches, etc.

2. Multichannel Telco Oriented Adaptive Transcoder – MultiStreamer Brutus IV IP/IP: TELCO
Designed for Telco TV, IPTV, OTT, broadcast, and mobile TV, the MultiStreamer Brutus IV IP/IP: TELCO is a multichannel transcoder, streamer and scaler. It transcodes both SD and HD streams from MPEG-2 to H.264 or H.264 to MPEG-2. Typical real time transcodes benchmarks include 80 SD streams, 40 each 720p streams, and 20 each 1080p/i streams. The system is built on a reliable 4 x 8 Core — 32 cores — Intel® Sandy Bridge CPU. Audio support includes AAC, Ogg Vorbis, MPEG-1 Layer II, optional MP3, and/or optional “SurCode for Dolby Digital” AC-3.

3. 20 Channel Ads, Graphics, Text and EAS Inserter – Ad Serter Telco IP/IP 20ch
DVEO’s enterprise class Ad Serter Telco IP/IP 20ch is a real time, broadcast quality, high density, text, live graphics, EAS, or video clips inserter. It stores, inserts, splices, or overlays scheduled or signal driven video ads, graphics, logos, video clips, writable slates, or text anywhere on the SD or HD live stream with any degree of transparency. It is also an Ad Server: it stores ads on the local disk and plays them on a trigger or on a schedule. The system simultaneously processes up to 20 SD streams, or 10 720p streams, or 71080p streams.

Recently this system was deployed at a major cable company to originate important messages to the entire subscriber base. It is also available with optional SDI input and output or ASI input and output.

4. Portable Dual Input SDI/HD-SDI Live Streaming & Encoding Appliance with Touch Panel Control – Mamba DIG/IP
The compact Mamba DIG/IP is an SDI/HD-SDI live encoder/streamer with one or two HD-SDI inputs. The output is one HD and three SD H.264 streams with different profiles. It features an LCD touch screen for monitoring and front panel controls. It can also be remotely managed from anywhere via the public internet. Only 12.25 inches long and 8.25 inches wide, the Mamba is ideal for electronic news gathering, streaming live video from events, concerts, sporting events, and corporate training. Optional versions are available for a single HDMI input or 4 analog (composite) inputs, instead of SDI/HD-SDI inputs.

5. Transport Stream Multiviewer and Monitoring System – IP Check
The IP Check is a multi-view IP transport stream monitoring system for viewing, monitoring, and logging errors such as video freezes, black screens, loss of video, loss of audio, loss of subtitles and audio levels. It automates monitoring and error diagnosis at digital headends at both teleports and cable system master control rooms. The IP Check provides a real time overview of multiple services coming from multiple transport streams. It accepts up to 20 HD and 50 SD video programs in a single unit. The IP transport streams can be MPEG-2 or H.264. The system includes support for audio alarms, SNMP, email alerts, etc.

6. IP Video Traffic Shaping Technology for Optimal Video Over Public Internet – DOZERbox IP IP
The DOZERbox IP IP offers dependable distribution of MPEG-2 or H.264 SPTS or MPTS transport streams over average quality internet backbones. Typically sold in pairs, the DOZERbox gateways enable Telco TV providers and IPTV operators to improve their video distribution over the public internet. Customers in the USA use Dozer technology to import video content from Greece, Iraq, Colombia, and Bangladesh – with no packet loss or video freezes, and lower latency.

Based on the Intel® NUC, the newest DOZERbox is just over four and a half inches wide. It is also available in a 1RU version — the DOZERbox R — and as a software application to add on to DVEO’s encoder and gateway appliances — the Media Dozer: LIC.

7. IP Unicast to Multicast Converter and HLS Repackager – Proxicaster IP/IP
Designed for Telco stream protocol adaption, IPTV multicasting, or HLS repackaging, the Proxicaster IP/IP is an IP Unicast to Multicast Converter and HLS repackager for moving streams more efficiently in private and public networks. It receives unicast or multicast IP transport streams and multicasts them over an IP Network to many different computers. This unit also works well as a stream repackager that chunks transport streams to HLS. It supports 80 streams of 5 Mbps each or any combination of bitrates up to 400 Mbps aggregate.

8. Scheduled Playout Server with IP In and Out – Infinity Streamer (mini) .5T/50ch
Ideal for video hosting, the Infinity Streamer is a multichannel media capture and playout server for continuous streaming. The system plays content via playlist or single file on a schedule. It streams multiple output protocols from the on board .5 TB hard drive. The Infinity Streamer outputs up to 50 IP streams at the same time, with different bit rates and wrappers for each stream. Telco operators can create their own 50 “streaming” web channels with 50 different programs or content playing on a preset schedule.

“We are excited to be showing leading edge products at TelcoVision,” said Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “We’ve developed our systems with lots of options to meet the needs of our Telco TV customers. And we are very open to customizing our products.”

DVEO, Ad Serter Telco IP/IP 20ch, DOZERbox, Infinity Streamer, IP Check, Mamba DIG/IP, Mamba HDMI/IP, Mamba CVBS/IP, MultiStreamer Brutus, Proxicaster IP/IP, and Reality Anytime IP IP Telco are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Suggested Retail Prices:
Ad Serter Telco IP/IP 20ch (SD only): $15,995 U.S.
DOZERbox IP IP: $1,500 U.S. each, typically sold in pairs
DOZERbox IP IP R: $2,500 U.S. each, typically sold in pairs
Media Dozer: LIC: $1,000 to $1,500 U.S. each
Infinity Streamer (mini) .5T/50ch: $4,995 U.S.
IP Check: $7,995 U.S.
Mamba DIG/IP – Dual SDI/HD-SDI Inputs, IP Out: $5,995 U.S.
Mamba HDMI/IP – Single HDMI Input, IP Out: $5,895 U.S.
Mamba CVBS/IP – 4 Composite Video Inputs, IP Out: $5,995 U.S.
MultiStreamer Brutus IV IP/IP Telco: $23,995 U.S.
Proxicaster IP/IP: $3,495 U.S.
Reality Anytime IP IP Telco: $6,995 U.S.

About CMI and DVEO
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

About TelcoVision
TelcoVision, formerly TelcoTV, is the industry’s largest conference and expo focused on broadband network service providers. Produced by UBM Tech and NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association – this annual event provides independent broadband network service providers across North America, with fast, actionable strategies to enhance the monetization of their investments in the face of increasing competition and decreasing government support. For over a decade TelcoVision has been the forum for network operators and builders, equipment vendors and content providers to connect with their peers and share best practices. The event is hosted and led by the industry’s recognized experts delivering the latest critical business, technology and regulatory insights, along with opportunities to grow business and partnerships.

Extron Now Shipping Media Presentation Switcher with DTP Extension

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the MPS 602, a simple-to-use, six input media presentation switcher for digital and analog sources. It offers digital video switching with three HDCP-compliant HDMI inputs and one DTP 230 twisted pair input, and analog video switching with two RGB inputs that are digitized for distribution to the digital outputs. For increased flexibility, the MPS 602 includes a DTP 230 twisted pair output and an HDMI output that are switch-selectable. The DTP 230 input and output extend video, audio, and bidirectional control signals to DTP 230 transmitters and receivers, each over a single CATx cable up to 230 feet (70 meters). The MPS 602 also includes several audio switching and processing features, available power amplification, plus flexible control options for complete switching and distribution with local and remote display support. The MPS 602 is available in three models: a non-amplified version with a variable preamp output, the MPS 602 SA that adds a stereo 4/8 ohm power amplifier, and the MPS 602 MA with a mono 70 volt amplifier. more

ALTINEX ANNOUNCES VP500-102 UNIVERSAL DIGITAL SCALAR

**** Photo: Altinex VP500-102 Universal Digital Scalar ****

Brea, CA – October 2013… Altinex, the leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the introduction of the VP500-102 Universal Digital Scalar. The new VP500-102 is the ideal solution for scaling HDMI sources—HDTV or PC resolution—to an alternative HDMI resolution (HDTV or PC). As a device that is fully HDMI and HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) compliant, the new VP500-102 is perfect for the incorporation of sources where resolution and/or resolution type requires conversion. A simple on-screen display (OSD) enables the user to configure the device with simplicity—making this an ideal tool that technology / AV managers at conference centers, hotels, and in the education market won’t want to be without. more

Digital Rapids’ New StreamZ Live 4000EX Advanced Multiscreen Encoder Wins STAR Award

October 1, 2013 — Passfield, UK: Digital Rapids – the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing video to wider audiences — announced today that the company’s new StreamZ Live 4000EX encoder for advanced live and linear multiscreen applications was honored with a 2013 STAR Award, given by the editorial staff of TV Technology Europe magazine at the 2013 IBC Conference and Exhibition.

Part of the newest generation of Digital Rapids’ StreamZ Live encoder family, the recently-released StreamZ Live 4000EX builds on the unsurpassed quality, multi-format flexibility and robust reliability of the StreamZ Live series with enhanced fault-tolerant redundancy, increased performance and expanded control capabilities for premium live and linear multiscreen encoding applications from over-the-top (OTT) services and IPTV head-ends to high-profile live event streaming. more

ALTINEX AV SOLUTIONS PROVIDE BACKBONE FOR NEW TRAINING FACILITY AT HORRY GEORGETOWN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

**** Photo: William Jacocks ****

Conway, SC – September 2013… With three campuses, Horry Georgetown Technical College is a leading South Carolina educational institution offering more than 80 associate degree, diploma, and certificate programs, as well as a diverse and rapidly-expanding list of corporate and business training options through its Workforce Development Division. To maintain its cutting-edge reputation, the college recently completed a state-of-the-art training facility at its Conway campus and, as part of the sophisticated setup that facilitates a wide range of signal access, conversion, and switching capabilities, the new space employs a variety of connectivity solutions from Brea, CA-based Altinex. more

Digital Rapids Unleashes StreamZ Live 4000EX Advanced Multiscreen Encoder

Powerful new encoder for premium live and linear applications now shipping, making European trade show debut at IBC 2013

September 11, 2013 — IBC 2013, Amsterdam, Stand 7.F33: Digital Rapids –- the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing video to wider audiences — today announced the immediate availability of the new StreamZ Live 4000EX encoder for advanced live and linear multiscreen applications. Part of Digital Rapids’ newest generation of the highly-acclaimed StreamZ Live encoder family, the StreamZ Live 4000EX will also make its European trade show debut at the IBC 2013 exhibition in Amsterdam.

The StreamZ Live 4000EX builds on the unsurpassed quality, multi-format flexibility and robust reliability of the StreamZ Live family with enhanced fault-tolerant redundancy, increased performance and expanded control capabilities for premium live and linear multiscreen encoding applications from over-the-top (OTT) services and IPTV head-ends to high-profile live event streaming.

The StreamZ Live 4000EX offers rich adaptive streaming format support to reach audiences across the broadest range of devices and platforms. Streams can be output in multiple formats simultaneously with encodes shareable across differing encapsulations for outstanding processing efficiency. Independent management of each output provides exceptional control. Output profiles can be started, stopped, added and removed separately without interrupting other concurrent outputs.

Designed to be flexible and future-proof, the StreamZ Live 4000EX is built on the powerful software architecture of the Kayak technology platform and can be easily upgraded to support new features, formats and technologies. Meanwhile, the robust new hardware platform bolsters fault tolerance with multiple network interfaces and redundant inputs, outputs and power supplies. Multiple StreamZ Live encoders can be combined with the scalable Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager management software for multi-channel automation, scheduling, monitoring and failover.

The StreamZ Live 4000EX is one of three new models being introduced in the StreamZ Live family. The StreamZ Live 8000EX integrated encoder simplifies the convergence of core television and multi-platform streaming operations with simultaneous encoding for broadcast, cable or satellite television (H.264 or MPEG-2) and adaptive bit rate encoding for multiscreen streaming — all in a single 1RU encoder. The new StreamZ Live 6000EX delivers the same robust, premium-quality broadcast encoding capabilities as its sibling 8000EX in a tailored configuration for dedicated linear broadcast, cable and satellite TV applications.

“Watching live and linear content across a broad selection of devices is now firmly ingrained in consumers’ viewing habits, and their expectations of the quality and reliability of those viewing experiences are higher than ever before,” said Tony Huang, Senior Product Manager, Broadcast and Live at Digital Rapids. “The StreamZ Live 4000EX enables content owners and service providers to exceed their audience’s expectations while providing a flexible platform that can easily adapt as market trends and technologies evolve.”

The complete range of Digital Rapids solutions will be showcased in booth number 7.F33 at the IBC 2013 exhibition in Amsterdam. For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit www.digitalrapids.com.

About Digital Rapids Corporation — Digital Rapids provides market-leading content transformation and workflow solutions that empower the world’s leading media organizations to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Recipients of more than two dozen prestigious awards for company and product excellence, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise and visionary insight to help our customers expand their audiences, increase their revenues, and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digitalrapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.

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