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HARMAN’s Studer To Showcase Its OnAir 3000 Digital Mixing Console At International Radio Festival 2014

ZURICH, Switzerland – HARMAN’s Studer will be showcasing its OnAir 3000 digital mixing console at the International Radio Festival (IRF) 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland, August 21 through September 7. The IRF is the world’s largest public on-air festival and conference and brings together industry professionals and radio stations from around the world, which will be broadcasting shows to a worldwide audience and giving attendees the opportunity to “Listen to How the World Sounds.” The Studer OnAir 3000 will also be featured at SwissRadioDay 2014, which will take place during the IRF on September 3.

The Studer OnAir 3000 is a highly versatile digital console designed for radio and TV broadcasting and production. It features Studer’s exclusive Touch-n-Action color touchscreen user interface that provides intuitive operation and ready access to all key functions, and offers a comprehensive array of cueing, routing, signal processing and metering options.

“Our OnAir 3000 is ideal for the medium to upper segment and combines exceptional flexibility with the pristine sound quality that has made Studer the industry standard in broadcast consoles worldwide,” said Keith Watson, Marketing Director, Soundcraft Studer. “At IRF and Swiss Radio Day, attendees will have a unique opportunity to see and hear the OnAir 3000 first-hand and experience what it can do in live broadcast situations.”

The Studer OnAir 3000 is based on a completely modular concept. The fader module includes six fader strips and up to eight fader modules can be fitted for a maximum console size of 48 faders. A variety of layout options are available, to perfectly tailor the OnAir 3000 for any radio or TV broadcast application. Available modules include fader, motorized fader and fader assign modules; monitoring and talkback modules; main screen and fader screen modules and more. The console provides a host of digital and analog connectivity options.

The OnAir 3000 provides three main stereo mix busses plus an audition facility, four stereo AUX busses and three independent studio monitoring circuits with a talkback speaker built into the console. The console offers assignable rotary controls and complete EQ, dynamics processing, noise gate, de-esser and other processing and input/output routing for each channel. The OnAir 3000 integrates completely with radio playout systems and the Studer CMS Call Management System that allows the operator to easily manage incoming phone calls on a single screen.

“We are honored to have Studer as our radio studio partner at this year’s IRF 2014,” said Darryl von Däniken, Festival Director of IRF and event organizer for the SwissRadioDay 2014. “Studer is known worldwide as a leader in digital consoles for radio and TV and the company’s presence at IRF validates the growing importance of the event also as a ‘must-see’ technology showcase for broadcast professionals and attendees.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

StrandVision Introduces Digital Signage Content Highlighting with New Page Border Feature

Color-coded border calls attention to new and updated pages, photos and text…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – Aug. 13, 2014 – StrandVision Digital Signage today announced a visitor and employee communication enhancement that highlights new pages and updates to existing pages with color-coded borders in order to alert viewers that new digital signage content is being displayed. The user-configurable feature is available at no cost to all StrandVision Digital Signage subscribers, as well as free digital signage test drive participants.

“Keeping electronic signage content updated and fresh is the best way to engage viewers,” commented Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “For those companies with minimum posting time policies or limited administration time, some of our subscribers suggested that we develop a way to highlight new digital signage content to alert their viewers that they were seeing something for the first time. We developed the New Content Highlight Border to not only call attention to the new content but gradually fade the color over the user-specified number of days or hours.“

The feature automatically adds a red New Content Highlight Border to the pages and/or frames when additions or changes are made to the digital signage page mix; the border fades through to yellow and then disappears after three days under the default setting. Subscriber administrators at the Intermediate or Advanced levels can disable the feature or change their default New Content Highlight Time setting to a number of interim times ranging from one-half hour up to two weeks.

Three Levels of Control

StrandVision’s Content Management System (CMS) portal offers three user levels – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced – that vary the number of choices presented to the administrators as they post pages, graphics and text. This approach provides a comfortable experience for new users enabling them to easily and quickly publish attractive, impactful digital signage.

As they become more experienced using StrandVision’s portal they can change their level in order to be presented with additional design choices that offer them more flexibility and control over the digital signage presentation. For instance, Advanced users can control text (reading) speed, page transitions and other presentation aspects, as well as perform signage monitoring and automatic player reboots. Administrators can change their own levels at any time on the StrandVision portal at no additional cost.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, cloud-based digital signage software content to subscribers’ digital media player displays, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s patented approach distributes customer-created text, graphics, videos and RSS/social media feeds along with pre-packaged worldwide, national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many business marketing applications for waiting rooms (patient and customer information); banks and retailers (video merchandising); education (student, staff and visitor information); business and industry (employee communication and operational/performance information); as well as nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers digital signage support hardware including PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender for long distance multi-screen distribution, Linux digital media players to ease and optimize electronic signage network installation and administration, and several large-format displays including freestanding pedestal displays. StrandVision Digital Signage services, installation and equipment are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – for further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Greg Soucy
Soucy Communications Group
603-682-7162
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Fiber Answer to Securing Government Networks

With new acquisitions no longer on the books and fiber optic communications in high demand for securing government networks, prime U.S. government contractor Systems Plus recently began working with leading fiber optic equipment manufacturer FiberPlex Technologies to bolster existing fiber infrastructure for its government and corporate clients.

“New optical fiber multiplexing technology is becoming a critical part of our support strategy for government organizations like NIH, Army base hospitals and other customers that are experiencing larger volumes of data at a time when security is at its highest and budget acquisitions are at their lowest,” commented Chetan Gulati, Corporate Resource Director for Systems Plus, Rockville, Maryland, referring to FiberPlex’s active wave division multiplexers and optical converter products.

FiberPlex’s WDM16, for example, is capable of multiplexing up to 16 channels at 3Gb/s each onto an existing fiber pair. By multiplexing new bandwidth capability onto existing fiber infrastructure using the WDM16, Systems Plus can effectively reduce its clients’ network transport acquisition costs to pennies on the dollar compared to the cost of installing new fiber optic runs with associated labor and conduit expenses to yield the same capacity gain.

In addition to multiplexing onto existing fiber optic build-outs for increasing bandwidth capacity, FiberPlex also offers optical modules for its multiplexer that make it possible for agencies to interface single-mode fiber cable onto existing multi-mode fiber transport links. Such bidirectional coupling of the two fiber formats is especially useful to large corporations and government agencies that acquired multi-mode optical cabling more than a decade ago as part of a government-wide mandate to secure communications, but now want to expand by adding the latest high-performance single-mode optical cable.

Systems Plus is a GSA OASIS SB, Alliant SB, IT and MOBIS contractor with a large portfolio of Government Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) and Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA). The company is also a prime contractor for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its IT and Cyber Communication Division’s integration services span across multiple federal agencies in development and installation of technical solutions for both civilian and Department of Defense (DoD) agencies.

Optical fiber cable has ten times the transference rate of copper cable at the high end and can transmit data error-free over greater distances by a 400:1 ratio. For the medical field especially, bidirectional, high-capacity optical fiber communications is becoming increasingly critical for creating new interactive opportunities between emergency command centers and responders at the state, regional, and global level during a catastrophic event.

In addition, unlike copper cable, optical fiber communications is not susceptible to electromagnetic radiation that can “leak” data. Its electrical isolation characteristics make it virtually immune to data breaches, another reason why optical fiber is preferred over copper cabling by government and private agencies.

“We share the same goal with our partner Systems Plus, which is to provide government agencies with fiber optic links that offer the capacity and security they need now, without having to wait until they have acquisition budgets to pay for entirely new installations,” commented FiberPlex’s Director of Government Relations Mitch Abel.

FiberPlex manufactures a line of fiber optic and network products for securing communications and data. The company has a brand presence that goes back a quarter of a century as a leading global communications company, including an early leadership role in TEMPEST mitigation for the U.S. government.

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ABS Returns to Seattle and Portland for Media Technology Expo 2014

SEATAC, WA — Video professionals in the Pacific Northwest are gearing up for the 3rd Annual Media Technology Expo, which begins Sept. 30 at Fremont Studios in Seattle and concludes at Left Bank Annex in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 2. Presented by professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), both venues will feature a full schedule of educational seminars, plus an exhibit hall showcasing the industry’s latest technologies and services from almost 40 exhibitors. Registration is free and includes lunch.

“Based on the response we’ve received over the past two years, it’s clear that the Pacific Northwest professional video marketplace needs a show like MTE,” said Mark Siegel, president of ABS. “Larger shows like NAB are great and attract people from across the country, but many smaller operations and even some broadcasters can’t afford to attend. MTE provides our regional production community access to new equipment demos and one-on-one time with company reps, so they can research the gear they need to drive their business.”

“MTE helps our company connect with video professionals from two of the largest television markets in the U.S.,” added Sarah Madio, marketing communications manager for Broadcast Pix, which will demo its integrated production switchers at the show. “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our product line to schools, government channels and broadcast stations. We’ve been a part of MTE since the beginning and it keeps getting better.”

The conference program will include sessions on audio, lighting techniques, intercoms, virtual sets and 4K production. It will also feature a “Broadcast Roundtable” with local news professionals who will speak about changing business models and emerging technologies. MTE 2014 is being sponsored by the Washington Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (WATOA).

MTE 2014 is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in both locations and offers free valet parking for all attendees. Registration includes free food and beverages during the show, but space is limited. For registration, vendor information, and full seminar schedule, visit www.mediatechexpo.com.

About ABS:
Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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D-Tools Launches SI 2015 at CEDIA Expo

Latest version of award-winning productivity solution adds significant new features and functionality such as Mobile Installation management and inventory management through QuickBooks integration

CONCORD, CA, USA – AUGUST 12, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced a major new release of its flagship software platform, System Integrator 2015. Being launched at CEDIA Expo 2014 and available in Q4, the new SI 2015 release adds valuable new productivity features and enhancements that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to both streamline business processes and increase profitability while simultaneously maximizing efficiencies and reducing overhead. SI 2015 will be available as an upgrade for existing customers and will be provided at no cost for customers participating in the D-Tools Software Assurance program.

Building upon new functionality within the architecture of the System Integrator platform including a robust D-Tools Cloud infrastructure, SI 2015 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions of an integrator’s business—estimation, system design, and project management. Moreover, SI 2015 offers improvements in virtually every functional area including inventory, data and project management, QuickBooks and third-party integrations, mobile connectivity, as well as a major upgrade in the software’s drawing capabilities. The application delivers a powerful yet easy to use solution that positively effects—and thereby improves—all areas of an integrator’s business.

“This next iteration of the D-Tools System Integrator platform adds critical mobile workflow and installation management capabilities and for the first time, introduces an inventory management component facilitated through the platform’s QuickBooks integration,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “We work closely with our customers to consistently refine the D-Tools offering and are excited to be able to add these new features, functionality, and productivity enhancements that will help all our customers succeed in taking their business to the next level.”

D-Tools SI 2015 will be demonstrated at CEDIA Expo 2014 in Denver, Colo., in booth #526. There, executives will showcase the comprehensive system integration software platform which will include the following new features and enhancements:

·       Mobile Workflow & Installation Management

o   Track status of install tasks from any mobile device (phone & tablet)

o   Assign Mobile resources

o   Adaptive formatting to work on any device

o   Notifications for New, Revised, and Completed Tasks

o   Enter install status, notes, serial numbers and actual install times

o   Take photos

o   Syncs field information back into SI 2015

·       QuickBooks Integration:

o   Track inventory in QuickBooks

o   Track order status in QuickBooks

o   Group by Locations, Systems or Project Phases in QuickBooks Estimates

o   Sync Vendors when creating Items in QuickBooks  

·       Product Catalog:

o   Review and rate products

o   Add Alternates to Catalog Products

o   Enhanced search in Product and Labor Explorer

·       Projects:

o   Improved Project History Tracking

o   Improved Project Editor functionality

·       Drawing enhancements:

o   Speed enhancements for stencil/block updates

o   New filter options for Connected Wire and Disconnected Wire

o   Shape Tree improvements

o   Enhanced Shape and Block settings: multiple shapes and blocks can be selected, changed, and assigned

o   Additional settings to paste shapes and blocks as New, Clone, or Alternate

o   Support for AutoCAD 2015

The SI 2015 release comes on the heels of two product additions; the recently launched Mobile Quote native iOS application—which enables integrators and sales people to generate a quote and get to a budget number from any jobsite in the world and FreeTools PSL™, a new system design companion application that provides Microsoft® Visio users with multiple libraries of industry-specific plan view symbols and Visio drawing templates that make it easier to create system designs using universally accepted industry standards. SI 2015, Mobile Quote, FreeTools PSL, and other new enhancements will be shown in D-Tools’ booth #526 during CEDIA Expo 2014 in Denver, Colo.

Those interested in learning more about D-Tools SI 2015 and other new product developments are encouraged to schedule a web demo in advance of the show or to visit booth #526 while at CEDIA Expo. Editors, writers, bloggers, and others providing journalistic coverage of the event and its exhibitors should request a press kit and other related information from Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, by e-mailing katye@kmbcomm.com or phoning (406) 446-1283.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com(866) 386-6571, ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Press Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc.,  (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

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Riedel Hires Erik Miehs as Service Engineer for Australia

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Aug. 12, 2014 – Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that Erik Miehs has joined the company as service engineer for Australia. In his new role, Miehs will boost Riedel’s ability to support existing customers and equipment rentals while contributing to the company’s continued overall growth in sales and rentals across the region.

“As an end user in his previous position, Erik brings a wealth of operational Riedel knowledge to our team. With his appointment, we’ve instantly expanded our ability to deliver excellent service to our growing client base,” said Cameron O’Neill, general manager, Riedel Australia. “We’ve had an explosion of new installations in the past two years, and keeping those systems in peak condition is one of our core values.”

Miehs has more than ten years of experience working in audio and pro sound. Most recently, he was a communications and broadcast engineer at the Sydney Opera House, where he was responsible for all Riedel Artist, Performer, and Acrobat systems deployed in the Opera House venues and its new recording and broadcast facility. Previously, he served as an A/V technician for corporate functions and events at Revolver Audio, and was an audio technician and FOH engineer for Glass Chain Audio Services.

Miehs is based in the Riedel Sydney office and can be reached at +61 (0) 2 9669 1199 or at erik.miehs@riedel.net.

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

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 350 people at 12 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

Visit Riedel Communications at IBC2014, Stand 10.A31

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Platinum Tools® Debuts Maxim 6 Self-Adjusting Wire Stripper at 2014 CEDIA Expo

NEWBURY PARK, Calif., Aug. 12, 2014 – Platinum Tools(R) (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation, hand termination and testing of wire and cable, is proud to announce the debut of the Maxim 6 Self Adjusting Wire Stripper 24-10 AWG (p/n 15310C) during CEDIA Expo 2014, held in Denver from Sept. 11-13 at the Colorado Convention Center, booth #500. The Maxim 6 is now shipping with an MSRP of $72.95.

“For use with round, oval and flat wire cable, the Platinum Tools Maxim 6 is a heavy duty, self-adjusting wire stripping and cutting tool with an ergonomic handle that is designed for comfort and reduces fatigue,” explained John Phillips, Platinum Tools product manager. “The autoform laminated stripping jaws form around the radius of the cable to ensure no damage to the inner conductor, while the built-in wire stop measures strip length. It has all the form and functionality the installer needs for any job.”

Additional specifications include:
• high leverage built in cutter with safety guard
• made from high grade polymers and carbon steels to ensure long life and reliable performance
• 24-10 AWG stripping range
• 30-10 AWG cutting range
• Manufactured in the UK

For additional pricing and more information on Platinum Tools and its complete product line, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

About Platinum Tools
Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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Extron Now Shipping Compact Four Input Scaler with DTP Extension

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the IN1604 DTP, an HDCP-compliant scaler with three HDMI inputs, a universal analog video input, and a DTP output, in a compact 1U, half rack enclosure. The IN1604 DTP is ideal for installation beneath conference tables and in lecterns to provide localized switching support for sources such as presenter devices, as well as signal extension up to 330 feet (100 meters) over shielded CATx cable to reach a wall or ceiling-mounted display. The IN1604 DTP provides the convenience of fast and reliable switching, along with a high performance scaling engine for HDMI and analog video sources. The IN1604 DTP also includes a host of audio processing features and many versatile options for control. more

AMIA Partners with Alamo Drafthouse to offer 35mm Projection Workshop

Archival experts provide projection training for movie houses offering the 35mm film experience

(Los Angeles, CA) – AMIA will present a Film Projection Workshop in partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse to offer expert-led training for managers, curators and projectionists presenting 35mm film in theaters. The workshop will be held October 28, 2014 in Austin at the Alamo South Lamar location.

As digital technology has presented new opportunities to filmmakers and exhibitors, it has also impacted the availability of prints for theatres showing 35mm film. Fewer prints are available, and many of those come from archives and similar institutions that cannot replace these valuable assets should they become damaged. This makes the handling and projection of film prints critical, and the need for training vital.

“While digital has become the primary exhibition format, many theaters continue to show 35mm film prints. A number of films are simply not available in digital and showing them in their original 35mm format allows new audiences to appreciate rare prints, archive films, and titles from private collections,” noted AMIA board member Elena Rossi-Snook. “But it also requires special skills to work with rare and archival prints.”

The workshop will offer a hands-on tutorial for projectionists and theater staff working with 35mm film prints and will focus on film preparation and projection as well as special stipulations for archival projection, coordinating with lending institutions, and paperwork. Class size will be limited to 20 participants.

“I love digital projection for new release films, but only a tiny sliver of our vast film history will ever make it to the DCP format,” said Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League. “As an industry, we must continue to preserve, protect and carefully screen 35mm films and maintain our 35mm projection equipment. The day we stop is the day cinema as we know it is dead.”

Participants will receive industry-wide recognition for completion of the workshop, indicated by a certificate from AMIA. Participants may find more information and register at www.projectionworkshop.org. Registration opens August 10, 2014.

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ABOUT AMIA
As the world’s largest international association of professional media archivists, AMIA is uniquely poised to bring together a broad range of experts. Members represent film studios, corporate and national archives, historical societies, labs, post production, universities, footage libraries and more. Because of this diverse membership, AMIA provides an opportunity to interact with every facet of the field and a single forum to address the best ways to preserve and provide access to our media heritage in digital and analog formats. For further information, visit www.AMIAnet.org.

ABOUT ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE
Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin. 17 years later, the now 20-location chain has been named “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best theater in the world” by Wired.com. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including Drafthouse Films, which has garnered two Academy Award nominations in its short three-year existence and Badass Digest, an entertainment news blog curated by veteran journalist Devin Faraci.

More information about the Alamo Drafthouse is available on the official website at www.drafthouse.com.

Media Contact for AMIA:
Chris Purse
ignite strategic communications
818.980.3473
chris@ignite.bz

Telos and Linear Acoustic: Helping Broadcasters Keep Their Eye on the Shifting Center of the Broadcast Universe

In Three Part Interview, Chief Technology Officer of Telos Alliance Highlights Pressing Issues Broadcasters Face with New Audio Formats and The Proliferation of Mobile Devices

CLEVELAND, August 11, 2014: As the television broadcast industry increases in complexity with producers churning out more content than any other time in history, where and how consumers view content has become anything but predictable. This has put strain and uncertainty on broadcast professionals, who are constantly building and adapting new content distribution models and working methodologies where no precedents currently exist. There is a lot at stake for broadcasters, since their function is critical to both the content producers and consumers.

Linear Acoustic, part of the Telos Alliance, continues to play an active role not only in helping define this new broadcast distribution landscape, but also in helping its international customer base understand and overcome these new challenges. Tim Carroll, founder of Linear Acoustic and Chief Technology Officer of the Telos Alliance, discusses the changes taking place and how Telos and Linear Acoustic are positioned to help customers navigate and overcome these challenges in the first of a three-part interview.


What are some of the primary issues the television broadcast industry has faced over recent years? What has changed and what has remained the same?

When we consider television broadcast as we know it today, we can safely say that the loudness and surround problems have largely been solved. As an industry we have been at this for over 20 years, and it’s mostly done. More recently, the way we are consuming television has dramatically changed. For example, I have a surround system, but I primarily listen to content in stereo. Many people in younger generations are consuming television online. Everyone is doing it differently; there are financial reasons for this, and the technology is making it easier to do so.

Has this made the ‘traditional’ delivery method of television less relevant?

Well, most of the media says that it is still the terrestrial delivery of television that generates the most revenue per second out of any content. But this is rapidly becoming an incorrect perception, because nowadays it is so difficult to measure exactly how many people are watching television let alone the methods they are using to watch it. We see many more people watching television on mobile devices in the middle of the day, for example.

What changed for the broadcasters? How does this affect them and how do they now think about broadcast delivery differently?

To start with, the normal tool set that broadcasters have in a linear broadcast chain is now completely different. The processes used to deliver broadcast content second over second have changed completely. Now, much of the produced content is chopped up, jammed onto a server and oftentimes played back from multiple servers. Additionally, commercials now are inserted on your portable device as part of an app. In the past, we used to know where to put the loudness correction, but where do we put it now?

This means the content has been more difficult to contain since the ‘central point of origin’ is not as easy to identify, right?


Yes. The industry has always had its eyes on the middle of the pie, because the middle is where traditional technology business is done at a television facility day in and day out — it’s where all the servers have traditionally been located. You put a processor in there, and at prime time, it affects every sample of audio. But as soon as this center is fractured and audio is coming out from multiple places outside the edge of the pie, it becomes much more complicated and less predictable. We can control that content coming out of the middle of the pie where the central server is located, but we have no idea where the content goes after that. In some cases, broadcasters are making 8, 10 different versions of a single program to hit all kinds of mobile devices, to hit larger mobile devices, large and small. All of this has pushed us to accelerate our thinking at Telos and Linear Acoustic.

Can you give me an example of how broadcasting is now less location dependent?

Sure. Let’s say I am making a program — a police drama. After it is produced, what happens is not necessarily up to the production people — it’s up to the broadcasters who say, “Hey, thanks for the content, we have to get this through our linear paths without touching it. We’ve also got to send it out to all these other destinations, and we better get it onto YouTube before somebody rips it or sells it.” Yesterday, you could often go to whoever owned the television station as a single point. But today, that producer’s broadcast content could be housed in servers across multiple locations and therefore becomes much more difficult to manage.

Can anything be done to remedy this?


We can help the broadcasters get the loudness or the 5.1 correct, but eventually the garden hose turns into a firehose before the content is sprayed out across the universe. And if nobody was touching it, our job would be done. But with Internet, it is essentially the Wild West. So with our normal tools, we have to start thinking outside the box. We need to look at the guts of our products and say to our customers, “Hey, we are happy to help you integrate our technology in your server hardware instead of selling you boxes that might not fit your workflow.”

Is technological innovation helping resolve these issues or exacerbating them?

It’s a bit of cat and mouse. If you go and see a movie today, you might be lucky enough to find a theater and a piece of content that is being played back in Immersive Sound. Now, program producers are saying, ‘Wow — we can do a 360 degree immersive audio experience. But then the questions start coming out: “Hey, can we get this same experience to consumers?” Then the broadcast industry says, “We just delivered 5.1 and now you want us to carry 128 channels to consumers?” But that’s what ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) 3.0 is all about: how do we deliver an entertainment experience like consumers have in a movie theater? If we are able to deliver an immersive experience to the home, how do we then ensure mobile device users can enjoy it to a similar degree? So there is no finite end point, because consumers always want more content and want to access it more conveniently. Consumers see the end and Hollywood sees the beginning. It is the middle that has to catch up, yet this is the part that nobody sees.

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