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w/e June 15, 2008 SCRI International, Inc © 1984 - 2008

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TECHNOLOGY NEWS

3G Mobile TV Services Shows Steady Growth

3G mobile TV services may complement or compete with mobile TV broadcasting, depending on the intentions of the mobile operator, according to a new In-Stat report. While mobile operators can rely on their own network and offer more channels via 3G mobile TV streaming services, the video quality may not be as consistent as with other forms of mobile TV technology, the report says.

“The 3G mobile TV service is only available to those with 3G handsets and plans, so 3G mobile TV services cannot be offered to the entire subscriber base, unlike a mobile TV broadcast service,” says Michelle Abraham. “So, uptake in 3G mobile TV is dependent on an increase in the number of 3G subscribers. Today 3G penetration is far less than 50% for most operators, with 3G mobile TV penetration of 3G subscribers below 10% for many mobile operators. Steady growth is expected, however, in both 3G penetration and 3G mobile TV subscriptions.”

Highlights of the report include the following:

  • Worldwide 3G mobile TV subscribers are forecast to reach 42 million in 2012.
  • 3G mobile TV subscribers grew to 6 million worldwide in 2007.
  • In 2012, In-Stat expects worldwide 3G mobile TV revenues to reach $5 billion.

    IPTV Offered Free in Europe

    IPTV is increasingly being offered free by telcos across Europe to encourage people to choose their broadband services. According to research from Screen Digest, IPTV is rapidly becoming a commodity - bundled for no extra cost with a broadband and/or telephony package. The result is that nearly half (40 per cent) of today’s European IPTV households are currently enjoying the service for free.

    Given the capital expendiure needed to implement IPTV, it is not, says the company, justified as a churn buster but is there to attract broadband subscribers. Analyst Richard Broughton comments, "The primary intent behind most of the major IPTV services is to add new broadband subscribers not to drive profits or even to act as a churn reducer." This is confirmed by the number of IPTV operators reselling third party content packages rather than offering content of their own to attract viewers.

    Mobile Broadcast TV -- Another View

    A new F&S report offerssome additional views on mobile TV in Europe:

    A first for European consumers, free mobile TV is landing on their fingertips. 3 Italia is the first to offer free mobile broadcast TV, based on DVB-H. The user will be able to watch TV channels between 8 am and midnight at no extra cost. This will be possible through the support of dynamic advertising, i.e. adverts that will dynamically interact with the users. This new service will be branded “La3” and it is unique in Europe. Presently, similar offerings exist only in Japan and South Korea.

    “3 Italia is demonstrating once more how it can be innovative and farsighted when it comes to the mobile content market,” comments Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Saverio Romeo.

    Romeo goes on to describe how the past two years have been pivotal to the recent launch: “In May 2006, 3 Italia launched the first commercially viable DVB-H mobile TV solution; this really caught a sceptical market by surprise. Within 3 months, 3 Italia had more than 100,000 mobile TV subscribers. And whilst the other operators were busy catching up with such a success, in August 2007, 3 Italia had more than 700,000 subscribers to its service, becoming the largest mobile TV provider in Europe. In addition to the distribution of content, the Italian mobile provider developed also an in house TV production facility and started to sell its own content.”

    “3 Italia made history by demonstrating that mobile TV could be a successful business model if developed with the right approach," states Frost & Sullivan’s Romeo. “Mobile TV requires in fact a substantial capital investment, a clear plan on the availability of radio spectrum, a clear and convenient pricing strategy for the end customer. European mobile operators have undertaken numerous trials in the past few years. The recent successes and positive support from within the European Commission towards mobile TV have been responsible for a renewed interest in the provision of this service. At the end of May, three new commercial services have been launched in the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland and French authorities have just awarded network licenses for this service.”

    It seems that mobile TV is going through a revitalisation across Europe. But what will the recent free mobile TV launch by 3 Italia mean for the market? “The launch will surely spur the other Italian operators into action,” concludes Romeo, “and maybe push them to compete head to head with 3 on a free mobile TV platform. The same could happen to other countries across Europe too.”

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    INDUSTRY NEWS

    China Cable Television Market Assessment and Forecast to 2012

    One of the 'BRIC' countries and the biggest television market in the world, China has long been seen as a land of opportunity for foreign investors. But many have found the unique market conditions impossible to fathom. China cable TV is Screen Digest's first major China-specific management report. It is also the first report on the market that gives a comprehensive overview of China's cable television market with 10 years of detailed historical data and five year projections for market size and value.

    Key findings include:

  • China is the world's largest TV market, with 378m TV households and 152m cable TV households by the end of 2007.
  • Cable accounts for 99.3 per cent of the Chinese pay TV market, and is expected to maintain market share at over 90 per cent through to 2012.
  • Licensed cable operators were recently consolidated from thousands to just over three hundred.
  • Penetration of cable homes-passed in China is 79 per cent, with roughly 25 per cent cable operators achieving between 91 per cent and 100 per cent uptake within their area of operation.
  • 86.5 per cent of all cable operators transmit 30 or more analogue channels on their networks; 24 per cent of cable operators carry 40 or more analogue channels.
  • 65.6 per cent of cable operators offer on demand services, 53.8 per cent of operators can provide cable Internet, only 6.5 per cent of operators offer cable telephony service due to regulatory issues.
  • The wide range of analog channels in the basic service mean pay TV has limited appeal. Cable TV ARPU has been stagnant at around $2 for the past decade.
  • Cable Internet contributes an average of two per cent to total cable revenue
  • Pay TV contributes less than 10 per cent to total cable TV revenue.
  • China aims to switch-off analog TV by 2015. Current digital cable TV subscribers are 25m (17 per cent of cable TV homes).
  • Three HD channels are available on cable in most areas in the country.
  • Premium television is alien to the majority of Chinese viewers. Cable operators have largely failed to address this problem
  • Government policy is still the driving force behind major changes in China's cable industry, despite occasional local mavericks.

    Time Warner looks to buy The Weather Channel

    Time Warner is interested in buying The Weather Channel as a companion for its CNN news network but will be "extremely price disciplined and price sensitive" in the auction for it, Chief Financial Officer John Martin told investors.

    Time Warner is up against NBC Universal in the final stages of the auction for The Weather Channel, its Web business and related assets, according to people familiar with the situation. The two media companies recently emerged as leading contenders with bids in the region of $3.5 billion. The Weather Channel is owned by Landmark Communications.

    CBS Gets Anti-Trust Clearances for Its Acquisition of CNET Networks

    CBS Corporation announced that the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 in connection with its tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock of CNET Networks, Inc. expired at 11:59 P.M., ET on Monday, June 9, 2008, and that it has obtained clearance for the tender offer from the Federal Cartel Office of Germany.

    The tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of CNET Networks, Inc. at a purchase price of $11.50 per share, net to the seller in cash, without interest, is scheduled to expire at 12:00 Midnight, ET, on Friday, June 20, 2008, unless the tender offer is extended. The tender offer and merger are subject to customary closing conditions described in the offer to purchase that was filed by CBS and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ten Acquisition Corp., with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 23, 2008.

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    COMPANY NEWS

    Disney to offer free movies online

    Disney will stream full-length movies on its Web site for the first time, as part of its "Wonderful World of Disney" series on ABC. The films are scheduled to stream through August.

    A Disney spokesman said the decision to stream movies for free marks an "evolution" in the company's online strategy. Fox, Universal, Lionsgate and MGM have all previously placed titles on Hulu, the NBC Universal/News Corp.-owned site, while Disney has gone the pay route and kept its films, for the most part, on iTunes.

    Disney Channel does, though, stream episodes of its series online for free.

    The spokesman said that the "advertising strategy has not been finalized" for the films.

    The movies will be on Disney.com from Monday through Friday after their ABC broadcast the preceding Saturday night as "Wonderful World of Disney" presentations. "Peter Pan" will be the last movie to stream, ending its run August 8.

    Disney.com also will stream the Disney Channel original movie "Camp Rock" on June 23 at www.Disney.com/CampRock for a 24-hour window after its June 20 TV premiere and subsequent airings June 21 on ABC and June 22 on ABC Family.

    InfoComm 2008 Exhibitor Profiles

    InfoComm 2008 takes place June 14, 2008 - June 20, 2008 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. Listed below are InfoComm 2008 exhibitor profiles.

    A.C.T Lighting is a wholesale distributor of lighting products to dealers and production companies. A.C.T is the exclusive American distributor of MA Lighting's grandMA family of control products, Zero 88's range of Frog consoles, MDG professional fog and haze machines, and v-Base DMX512-controllable yokes for high-intensity video projectors by Brother, Brother & Sons. We also distribute the ELC range of DMX and Ethernet products, Selecon and Ardiis luminaires, and DF-50 hazers by Reel EFX. We are the industry’s best-kept secret for wholesale sourcing of power and data cables and connectors. We have stocking warehouses near Los Angeles and New York.

    AGNPRO delivers innovative "out of the box" digital signage systems for retail merchandising, public information display, advertising networks and corporate communications.

    Product lines include the miniBox line of ultra-compact media players in standard and high definition, including the HD700-S, one of the only true 1080p digital signage media players on the market. Optional online central management is available for global control of digital signage networks.

    The oneBox HD all-in-one digital signage appliance features multi-zone content that incorporates digital video, native Flash and Powerpoint, live video or TV. The unit has built-in browser-based content authoring.

    Made in the USA, A-Line Acoustics speaker systems incorporate advanced computer design engineering and production with premium components to meet highest standards. Features B & C neodymium drivers and Bang & Olufsen programmable Icepower.

    We bring great sound with the products, approach, and the innovative features that save you time, space and money. We offer systems for small venue installations to large venue concert sound systems.

    Founded in 1983, Antex Electronics is a leading designer and manufacturer of audiovisual client/servers for retail and commercial applications, satellite receiving systems, plus XM and Sirius satellite radio products. With its extensive experience in digital audio and multimedia applications, Antex offers sophisticated hardware and software solutions designed to leverage digital technology for the sights and sounds of the world. Antex Electronics is headquartered in Torrance, California. For additional information, visit the company online at www.antex.com.

    Attero Tech provides cost-effective CobraNet end point solutions. From PoE powered, junction box mounted XLR and RCA input and output units, USB to CobraNet bridges, and DSP enabled mic/line mixers, Attero Tech has innovative products for any CobraNet system.

    Among the world's top three suppliers of TFT LCD panels, digital televisions, and DLP® projectors, BenQ has pioneered leading-edge digital display technology for over two decades. Today, BenQ is recognized around the world for our unique global philosophy: Enjoyment Matters, under which we relentlessly create technology that seamlessly and naturally elevates life to a higher level of freedom, productivity, simplicity and enjoyment. Our projectors and LCD displays are distinguished by proven reliability, exceptional TCO (total cost of ownership), smart user features, and trendsetting style that reflects innovation, youth, energy and sophistication. Redefine the way you experience the digital era with BenQ, the company dedicated to Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life.

    A leading international provider of professional installed audio electronics, Biamp Systems is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, and is recognized for delivering high quality and innovative electronic products, including the award winning Audia® Digital Audio Platform, Nexia® family of digital signal processors and TrueSound AEC algorithm. Its products are designed to meet the audio requirements for a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, theater complexes, courtrooms, houses of worship, educational centers, public venues and other installed audio applications.

    BrightCom specializes in creating flexible and affordable video and telepresence conferencing solutions. Using one unified platform to deliver a fully integrated conferencing solution including video, audio and data sharing, BrightCom offers a wide range of options to connect people between mobile web enabled devices, home offices, desktops or conference rooms. Content expands dynamically to multiple monitors and bandwidth can be adjusted to maximize user experience. BrightCom is a wise investment for organizations seeking to build new conference solutions or expand existing deployments. To learn more about our integrated solutions, call 877-483-9737 or visit www.BrightCom.com.

    A generation ahead in the market, Qt Quiet technology™ is a low-voltage audio system for workplace sound masking, paging and music. Systems are sold worldwide and deployed in millions of square feet of workspace, with installations ranging from modest offices to large, leading-edge workspaces. Sound masking ensures privacy, reduces distractions and improves productivity. Integrated paging and music prevent the need for separate systems. Direct-field emitters project sound uniformly into the desired space, while software controls are available for building automation. Applications include call centers, executive offices, healthcare facilities and virtually any other work environment.

    Cirrus Logic develops high-precision, analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for a broad range of consumer and industrial markets. Building on its diverse analog and signal-processing patent portfolio, Cirrus Logic delivers highly optimized products for consumer and commercial audio, automotive entertainment, and industrial and aerospace applications. The company operates from headquarters in Austin, Texas, with offices in Tucson, Ariz., Europe, Japan and Asia.

    CP Technologies is a global leader in the manufacturing of network connectivity, broadband/CATV, and OEM products.

    Crest Audio® is a global leader in designing and manufacturing power amplifiers, loudspeaker systems, signal processing equipment, the proprietary computer-controlled NexSys® audio system and a complete line of live-performance mixing consoles for the pro audio, MI, touring and fixed installation markets. Crest Audio continues to be the first choice of tour and installation companies worldwide.

    Draper, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of projection screens, window shades, lifts and mounts for projectors and flatscreens, and gymnasium equipment. During InfoComm 2008, Draper will be exhibiting its new Flat Screen Lift for flat panel displays up to 65” diagonal. The lift can be built into custom cabinetry to allow the display to “pop up” into a home theatre, conference room or boardroom. Draper’s GREENGUARD for Children and Schools-certified screens and shades will also be on display.

    DT Research™ develops and manufactures web-enabled information appliances for vertical applications. The WebDT family of products is based on thin computing platforms for secure, reliable, and cost-effective computing. These systems emphasize mobility, wireless connectivity and touch displays. WebDT products include digital signage systems, wireless tablets, compact modular appliances, and display-integrated information systems. Powered by Windows® Embedded and Windows XP operating systems, WebDT devices offer durability and ease in integration, leading to solutions that can be remotely managed with the user-friendly WebDT Device Manager software. For more information, visit www.dtresearch.com, and signage.dtri.com

    DVIGear is a leading supplier of high performance Digital Connectivity Solutions for display applications in corporate presentation, rental & staging, command center and Home Theatre markets. The company offers a wide range of DVI and HDMI signal distribution products including: long length Cables, Custom Wall Plates, Adapters, as well as a complete portfolio of Electronic Products, including: splitters, switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters and scalers. DVIGear is well known for its extensive application development and technical support, which can help guide your team successfully design and install cutting-edge digital display systems.

    Epiphan Systems Inc. markets, develops, manufactures and supports an innovative line of VGA/DVI signal processing products. Epiphan products are external solutions for the capture, recording, broadcasting and printing of any computer monitor screen output.

    Epson is the number-one-selling projector brand worldwide. Epson's projectors use advanced 3LCD technology, the world's leading projection technology, which delivers unbelievably bright and natural color, amazing detail and road-tested reliability. Using an advanced, 3-chip design, 3LCD offers full-time color for brilliant quality images without the possibility of color break-up. As an industry leader in the AV market, Epson is committed to delivering projectors with the newest technologies and features to enable business, corporate and educational users to accomplish their multimedia objectives.

    eyevis from Germany is a leading company in the fields of large screen systems for control rooms, security centers, surveillance systems, and information. The company provides one-stop large scale display systems. eyevis produces rear-projection cubes in various sizes and resolutions, a range of professional LC displays, graphics controllers and outstanding wall management software solutions. On the InfoComm 2008, eyevis shows a video wall made up of 4 DLP™ rear-projection cubes with SXGA+ resolution, an LCD video wall made up of narrow bezel displays, and a 56” LCD monitor with Quad HD resolution. All devices are connected to netpix graphics controllers.

    Fleetwood designs and manufactures REPLY® wireless electronic voting systems that record audience response in real-time during conferences, special events, classes, and other interactive meeting and learning activities. Applications for these systems are diverse, ranging from testing and assessment to delegate voting and decision making. Visit us in Las Vegas at Infocomm 2008, Booth # N5140. Let’s Interact!®

    J.W. Davis & Company will unveil its new Master Series of commercial audio amplifiers at InfoComm 2008. With the ability to configure seven major application interfaces to accept almost every conceivable source using simple, user-friendly dip switches, these amplifiers eliminate the need for complicated programming, expensive modules and adapters. Featuring a wide array of additional features, power ratings, power input choices and a full five year warranty, the J.W. Davis Master Series amplifier is the one amplifier than can power all your commercial installations today, as well as your customers’ future expansion needs.

    Lighthouse Technologies Limited is a leading LED technology developer and a manufacturer and global supplier of state-of-the-art LED modular video panels, which can be assembled into large scale video screens for indoor and outdoor use. Specializing in the research and manufacture of LED video screens, Lighthouse has its own intellectual properties with more than 10 active patents worldwide and is committed to remain as the premier creator of intellectual property value. Lighthouse operates worldwide in the United States, Canada, South America, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.lighthouse-tech.com.

    LUCASEY MANUFACTURING CORPORATION, based in Oakland, California, has been the leader in the TV mounting industry since 1954. Lucasey has set the standards for mounting systems nationwide and continues to lead the way in market innovations and applications.

    Luxtera, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company and the world leader in silicon photonics. At InfoComm the company will be announcing the leadership role it has taken with VESA to ensure new advancements for MCCS (Monitor Control Command Set) for digital signs. With the new capability of MCCS system integrators of digital signs, Luxtera and other VESA company’s are successfully eliminating the control cable that is traditionally required for every installation. Leveraging its knowledge in Silicon CMOS Photonics, Luxtera has helped to successfully establish new capabilities for MCCS, ultimately providing a more effective and economical market solution.

    Magenta Research is the industry-recognized leader in the adaptive distribution and switching of video/audio/control signals over CatX cable, DVI over fiber and/or Cat6 and more recently, HDMI over Cat6. Over ten years, Magenta has developed the highest-performance, broadest and most flexible video-over-CatX product line, the MultiView™ Series. The company utilizes proprietary technologies to enable WUXGA/1080p video distribution at 2,000 feet (610m). MultiView Series transmitters, receivers, switchers and distributive systems have been installed in a large variety of A/V applications, especially dynamic signage for retail, airport, fast food, museum, casino, theatre, courtroom and corporate applications.

    MilesTek has delivered solution-oriented products to installers and system integrators worldwide for over 25 years. Our product offering, used primarily in audio/video, networking, security and military applications, consist of a complete line of bulk wire and cable products, connectors and connector termination systems, molded and custom assemblies, networking equipment, racks & cabinets, and a broad range of related accessories. MilesTek principally serves the residential, commercial, education, telecom and government markets. The company holds memberships in CEDIA, ICIA and BICSI.

    Mirial (formerly DyLogic) engineers cutting-edge products for audio and video communication over IP, 3G and IMS networks worldwide. The company portfolio includes a comprehensive set of solutions targeted to carriers, service providers and enterprises, which enable the development of hosted audio/video services and professional SD and HD videoconferencing.

    MultiDyne provides fiber optic transport systems for video, audio, SDI, HD-SDI, 3G HD-SDI, AES, Ethernet, data, PTZ, RGB/VGA, DVI, HDMI, and CATV; optical multiplexing, CWDM; automatic protection switching; loss detectors with automatic switchover; test signal and character ID generators; video, audio and digital distribution amplifiers; cable equalizers; automatic gain AGCs; electrical and fiber optic routing switchers; tactical cable assemblies; XLR adapter panels as well as other television accessories. MultiDyne has been serving the broadcast, cable, satellite, production, digital cinema, ProAV, corporate, retail, surveillance, teleconferencing, judicial arraignment, transportation, government and healthcare sectors for over 30 years. For more information, call MultiDyne at 1-800-488-8378 or 1-516-671-7278, visit our Web site at www.multidyne.com, or send an email to sales@multidyne.

    NKK Switches is a leading designer and producer of electromechanical switches. The company offers one of the most extensive selections of illuminated, process sealed, miniature, specialty and surface mount switches. NKK manufactures more than four million toggle, rocker, pushbutton, slide, rotary, DIP rotary, keypad and keylock switches. All switches are designed and manufactured to provide the quality and dependability that has made NKK the benchmark for reliability for over half a century. Engineers who design the man-machine interface for their products rely on the broad product line, specialized design expertise and customer support of NKK Switches.

    Nuvo has perfected the classroom projection audio with the introduction of the WA30 Amplifier. This 30 Watt Amplifier/Volume Control is built into a single decora wall plate with two hard wired connections and then two overriding mini stereo inputs. The Nuvo can is packaged either by itself, with wall speakers, or ceiling speakers. With cost being critical in the education market, the WA30 is about half the price of the competition with twice as many features. Easy to use, easy to install, the WA30 is the perfect audio solution for the classroom.

    Omron is a $7.5 billion global supplier of electronic components and solutions for a broad range of applications, including: Fiber-optics, Telecom, Broadband infrastructure, and Wireless infrastructure systems. With 75 years experience manufacturing electronic components, we provide a global and local network of technical and sales support to assist you from design through delivery. Omron works continuously to develop practical applications from the latest and most viable scientific communications and manufacturing technologies. We have a long track record of bringing value and useful solutions to market from products that incorporate advanced technology. Partner with Omron to co-develop or customize products.

    Opticomm, an Emcore Company, have been at the forefront of revolutionizing fiber optic technology for over 20 years. This expertise has led to innovative design, development, and supply of the latest technological advancements in fiber optics. Opticomm's video, audio, data, and RF transmission systems serve both analog and digital requirements, providing flexible, cost-effective solutions for short and long distance signal distribution. The revolutionary Optiva Platform is the perfect fit for customers who are seeking high-resolution video/audio/data transport solutions. Opticomm's superior technology is reshaping the ProAV industry with the next generation of optical transmission. For more information visit www.opticomm.com

    Peavey® is one of the largest manufacturers of professional audio equipment in the world. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and produces more than 2,000 products, including the full lines of Architectural Acoustics and MediaMatrix, which are distributed throughout the United States and to 136 other countries. With MediaMatrix, Peavey revolutionized the high-end audio technology market through the computer-based audio processing and control interfacing system that is the global standard in more than 5,000 airports, stadiums, theme parks, government facilities and other venues around the world.

    Polatis is the number one provider of an all-optical fiber switch for video applications, delivering cost-effective remote connectivity management for today's growing bandwidth demands. We deliver the world's highest performing optical switch products into leading companies, worldwide, enabling new classes of Solutions.The Polatis all-optical fiber switch is sold into the broadcast, telecom and defense markets offering future proof fully transparent switches, independent of both data-rate, format or and protocol - "If you can put it on fiber we can switch it".

    QOMO HiteVision is a leading manufacturer and developer of multi-media presentation systems and solutions. QOMO HiteVision offers a diverse line of products including document cameras, interactive whiteboards/LCD writing panels/wireless writing pads, audience response systems and digital signage systems. Our global center for sales, marketing and services is located in Greater Detroit, Michigan, USA. We have established sales network in both US and abroad. QOMO HiteVision has always been committed to innovation, leadership and customer satisfaction. For more information, please visit our website at www.qomo.com or call us at 1-866-990-7666.

    Rescue Tape is a self-fusing silicone tape that insulates up to 8,000 volts per layer, is airtight and waterproof! It has no adhesive & never gets gummy or sticky like electrical or duct tape. Use it to protect outdoor, indoor cables, waterproof electrical connections, protect battery cables, terminals on vehicles or equipment, wrap wiring harnesses and is UV resistant. Rescue Tape is used on lighting equipment and film sets, productions and outdoor broadcast events worldwide. Withstands up to 700 PSI strength and 500 F degrees (260 C). Excellent for emergency hose repairs. It is resistant to oils, fuels, acids, solvents, salt water and UV rays.

    BrightSign products are reliable non-PC, solid-state media players perfect for driving any HD digital sign and interactive display. BrightSign delivers video, image and audio with superior quality and simplicity. Media playback is automatic from removable flash memory cards and interactivity features support touch-screens, buttons, mice and more. BrightSign also supports features of networking for remote content delivery, content playback scheduling and media zones for displaying multiple impressions on a single screen. Forget about working with complicated PCs or low-quality DVD players. BrightSign is your one-stop solution for driving high quality in-store point-of-purchase displays, museum exhibits, digital signs and interactive kiosks.

    The Screen Works manufactures, sells and rents E-Z Fold brand portable projection screens and presentation products. Since 1959, The Screen Works has been providing quality front and rear projection screens and custom screens for its clients, as well as producing widescreen surfaces for use with edge-blending technologies. E-Z fold screens can be finished with dress kits and run-off drapes or the unique and versatile Atlantis Scenic system. Other accessory products include tech surrounds and equipment towers. With offices in the U.S. and Europe featuring full screen rental inventories, The Screen Works meets the needs of all AV professionals.

    SmartAVI is a leading manufacturer of professional audio, visual equipment. Some of our products include; digital signage, video walls, video extenders, video splitters and video matrix's.

    TEAC Disc Publishing offers a complete line of Disc Publishing Products from Autoprinters, Publishers to Tower Duplicators.

    Wiremold/Legrand offers the industry’s most complete line of flexible wire and cable management solutions. These include perimeter raceway, infloor, overhead, open space, and point-of-use systems. Wiremold/Legrand is part of Legrand, the world's leading producer of wiring devices with operations in 51 countries and 28,000 employees worldwide.

    WolfVision is a manufacturer of high-end cameras and Visualizers (a.k.a document cameras). WolfVision offers ceiling, tabletop, or stand-alone cameras. They are used for displaying material (3 or 2- dimensional) in training and education, presentations and video-conferencing, courtrooms, and telemedicine.

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    PRODUCT NEWS

    Panasonic Launches AG-HVX201AE P2 Camcorder Online Promotion

    Panasonic Professional Broadcast & IT Systems Business Unit (PBITS) has recently launched a European online promotion for the AG-HVX201AE P2 camcorder.

    By visiting the Web site www.panasonic-broadcast.com, buyers of the AG-HVX201AE between June and the end of September 2008 can choose between a free Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35EG digital camera or a place on Panasonic Broadcast's unique TV-by-IT training course. This promotion will also include those cameras bought in April and May 2008.

    Registration to this internet promotion could not be easier. By just adding the name and the AG-HVX201AE camera serial number, users will have access to participate in this promotion.

    The Lumix DMC-FX35EG compact 10Mpixel camera features a 25mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens with a 4x optical zoom compact enough to fit in a slim, stylish body. This advanced lens system allows users to capture images with an unprecedented sense of breadth and depth.

    Panasonic's TV-by-IT training course is an innovative programme designed to explain solid-state and IT workflow for video production. Covering all essential aspects of production and post-production with solid-state tapeless technology, the courses encompass the entire workflow from metadata to archiving, with theoretical content to explain the technical background, and hands-on practical sessions. TV-by-IT courses will be held at universities and media schools throughout Europe.

    "Panasonic's leading position in the solid-state, tapeless production revolution has been won not just by our outstanding P2 technology, but also by our active role in educating users in the best techniques for using it," said Nela Pertl, European Provideo Product Manager, Panasonic Professional Broadcast & IT Systems. "The AG-HVX201AE camcorder appeals widely to a variety of users, and the TV-by-IT course offers them a great way to fully understand the benefits of P2 production."

    Avid's New HD Editing Solutions Available

    Avid Technology, Inc. announced the worldwide availability of its new HD editing systems and VideoRAID solutions. The new lineup includes next-generation versions of Avid® Media Composer® (v3.0), NewsCutter® (v7.0), and Symphony™ (v3.0) software, as well as new hardware configurations, Mojo DX and Nitris® DX. The products are designed to deliver the ultimate HD editing experience to media professionals by offering greater speed, responsiveness and reliability. On the heels of this availability, Avid is rolling out aggressive pricing on support packages for its new editing products and existing DS Nitris product line. Additionally, the company is announcing upgrades to its Unity MediaNetwork, Unity ISIS and Interplay product lines.

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    PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

    Ex Avid GM to MD, Harris Broadcast Communications, Europe

    Harris Corporation announced that effective July 1, 2008, Mathias Eckert will join Harris Broadcast Communications in the dual role of regional director, Central Europe, and managing director of the new Harris Broadcast Communications office opening in July in Munich, Germany.

    Eckert brings a wealth of industry expertise and a strong reputation across the market. He will be responsible for growing Harris broadcast business throughout the region, which includes Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Eastern Europe (including Russia).

    Eckert joins Harris from Avid Technology GmbH, where he held the position of general manager for Northern and Central Europe. In this role, Eckert managed sales, marketing, finance, customer support and professional services, as well as a 110-member team based in six countries. Previously, Eckert served as director of European operations for iNEWs, where he was responsible for the set up of the company's European business, building sales and marketing teams and establishing an office in Berlin. Prior to that, Eckert worked for Sony Deutschland GmbH, where he held progressively responsible positions in sales and key account management.

    "Mathias brings to Harris a comprehensive understanding of the broadcast industry and the European market, which gives us a tremendous advantage in our ability to serve our customers and grow our business in this important region," said Richard Scott, vice president, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) operations for Harris Broadcast Communications. "We are pleased to draw such a well-respected industry expert to our team and look forward to leveraging Mathias' long-standing reputation and experience to further strengthen the Harris business in Europe."

    "I look forward to working to meet Harris goals in the European market, which are to get closer to the customer, strengthen relationships and improve reaction time," said Eckert. "By developing a more customer-oriented approach, Harris is demonstrating its serious commitment to the European market — responding to the demand from customers and partners, as well as to current market needs, which require serving complex workflows and solutions in a changing environment."

    Howard leaves Digital One

    Digital One, the national DAB multiplex, majority owned by GCap Media, has confirmed that its founder and CEO, Quentin Howard, will leave the company at the end of June. Howard was instrumental in the creation of Digital One, the world’s first commercial DAB service in 1998 as a subsidiary of GWR Group with partners NTL (now Arqiva).

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