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CABSAT 2013: International Datacasting to Show Product Range at Largest Digital Media Expo in MEA Region

Ottawa, ON – International Datacasting (TSX: IDC), a global leader in digital content distribution for the world’s premiere broadcasters, will be at the CABSAT 2013 show in Dubai March 12th-14th, supporting the company’s Middle East region resellers MEConnect and TradeCom. IDC’s broad range of video contribution and data distribution products will be on display at the MEConnect booth (Hall1, Stand #111.) CABSAT is the largest digital media and satellite expo in the MEA (Middle East and Africa) region.

On display will be: IDC’s LASER targeted ad insertion platform, Digital Tattoo DTH over IP gateway, STAR Pro Audio solution and the TITAN MPEG-2/MPEG-4 video encoder.

“We’re looking forward to meeting with our broadcast customers and potential customers at CABSAT this year,” said Virginia Lee Williams, Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, International Datacasting. “MEA is one of the fastest growing communications markets in the world. We’re committed to having a strong presence in the Middle East. Leading broadcasters throughout the world rely on our products to ensure managed, uninterrupted delivery of valuable entertainment, news and highly targeted advertising.”

The LASER ad insertion video solution gives network broadcasters who deliver content via satellite the ability to offer advertisers exceptional ad insertion granularity. LASER enables broadcasters to increase advertising revenues by seamlessly inserting regional or local commercials at the edge of the network. With the LASER platform, each location can be addressed and targeted individually with pinpoint accuracy. LASER allows for the replacement of ad content that may be unsuitable for specific audiences due to copyright issues, or regional variances, with ad content more appropriate for that target market. This flexibility allows broadcasters serving a wide geographic market to generate revenue from a broader base of advertisers.

IDC has over 15 years’ experience in delivering professional MPEG video contribution encoding platforms and has over 5,000 installations worldwide.

To schedule a meeting at CABSAT, please contact:

Berry Eskes, Sales Director, Northern Europe, CIS & Middle East – beskes@datacast.com or Berend Blokzijl, Sales Director, Southern Europe & Africa – bblokzijl@datacast.com

About International Datacasting Corporation:

International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) is a global leader in digital content distribution for the world’s premiere broadcasters in radio, television, data and digital cinema. IDC offers a broad portfolio of advanced solutions including Pro Audio, Pro Video, Pro Cinema, and Pro Data for implementing broadcast content contribution and distribution applications. IDC’s products and solutions are in demand for radio and television networks, digital cinema, 3D live events, targeted ad insertion, satellite news gathering, sports contribution, VOD, and IPTV among others. IDC is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with regional offices in Arnhem, the Netherlands and in San Diego, California. IDC has installations in over 100 countries and service offices in Thailand and Singapore, with an international network of value-added partners and resellers. For more information visit: www.datacast.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release contains forward-looking statements reflecting IDC’s objectives, estimates and expectations that may involve risks and uncertainties, including statements about expected revenue impacts. IDC’s actual results, performance, achievements and developments may differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such statements. Factors that might cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, competitive developments; risks associated with IDC’s growth; any difficulties with integrating acquired product lines into IDC’s business and/or manufacturing procedures; any difficulties or disputes with IDC’s subcontractors, contract manufacturers and suppliers; IDC’s dependence on the development and growth of the satellite datacasting market; a lengthy and variable sales cycle for IDC’s products and services; IDC’s reliance on a small number of customers for a large percentage of its revenue; regulatory risks and intellectual property infringement. IDC assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof, except as expressly required by applicable law. Forward-looking statements are provided to assist external stakeholders in understanding IDC’s expectations as at the date of this release and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. More detailed information about potential factors that could affect IDC’s financial and business results is included in the public documents IDC files from time to time with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, including, without limitation, IDC’s Annual Information Form dated April 29, 2011.

Calrec licenses Lab X Xavity™ Audio for AVB Connectivity

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, March 12, 2013– The leading Audio Video Bridging (AVB) platform provider Lab X Technologies announces that the broadcast console manufacturer Calrec Audio Ltd has licensed Xavity™ Audio for use as the foundation of their AVB connectivityaudio products.

“We want to ensure our customers’ needs are well-represented by open standardAVB-based products, and we have chosen Lab X’s robust Xavity Audio platform for the foundation of our forthcoming AVB products,” states Patrick Warrington, Calrec’s Technical Director. “Xavity provides us with mature, feature-rich AVB implementation for our demanding high channel count, high performance, high reliability broadcast audio products.

“Calrec has built a reputation for developing a strong line of broadcast audio products,” says Lee Minich, president of Lab X Technologies. “We are pleased to work with Calrec to provideXavity as a complete, standards-based, AVB networking solution for its broadcast industry-leading products.”

Xavity (pronounced ‘zav-i-tee’) AVB connectivity guarantees mission critical audio and video media will coexist simultaneously on a converged Ethernet network without time consuming, manual configuration of the network infrastructure.Xavity also provides equipment manufacturers must-have features such as glitch-free stream redundancy, cross platform standardized APIs, and a single network connection for guaranteed AV media as well as legacy network control / data.

About Calrec

Calrec has manufactured high quality audio products to the broadcast marketplace since 1964.Throughout its history the company has focused specifically on the needs of its customers, working closely with them to develop solutions to their problems. Calrec has consistently pushed forward technology barriers to provide comprehensive facilities which meet complex requirements. Calrec is a member of the AVnu Alliance (www.avnu.org) to promote the adoption of AVnu-certified AVB technology.

About Lab X Technologies

Founded in 1996, Lab X Technologies, LLC is a Rochester, New York-based engineering design firm recognized as a global leader in digital AV media transport and network connectivity, with extensive experience in applying IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) and other audio networking standards. Lab X is an influential participant in the AVB community, an extremely active member of AVnu Alliance (www.avnu.org) and fully committed to AVnu certified interoperability.

Lab X partners with leading AV manufacturers to accelerate product development cycles, enable digital network interoperability by licensing Xavity AVB connectivity platforms, augmenting internal design teams, providing pre-engineered connectivity modules, developing innovative product concepts, and producing complete turnkey custom solutions.

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Xavity, the Xavity logo, and stylized Xavity X are trademarks of Lab X Technologies, LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

The Hit House Scores Big with “Basalt” Track Chosen for “Iron Man 3″ Theatrical Trailer

Los Angeles, CA, March 12, 2013—The Hit House is thrilled to announce that their track, “Basalt,” from their album RE:ACTION EARTH, was chosen as the soundtrack for the intense, action-packed “Iron Man 3” theatrical trailer. The trailer has been well received by fans of the “Iron Man” franchise, as they anxiously await the May 3rd opening.
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To view this trailer, please see:

http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/iron-man-3/trailers/iron-man-3-theatrical-trailer-030044893.html

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Sally House, Executive Producer at The Hit House, notes, “There’s nothing more rewarding than hearing that fans love the music as well as the trailer. And based on their comments online, this one goes down as mission accomplished.”
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About The Hit House:
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The Hit House is a premier custom music and sound design company in Los Angeles that specializes in trailer and commercial music. Their recent work has been used in national and global television campaigns for clients such as Lexus, Pepsi, Porsche, and Red Bull, and in motion picture campaigns for films like “Iron Man 3,” “Upside Down,” “Bully,” and “The Hangover,” among others.
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Visionary Solutions Offers Sneak Peek of New Professional H.264/MPEG-2 Decoder at the 2013 NAB Show

D1000 Supports SDI, HDMI(R), and DVI Outputs for Cost-Effective Streaming of Professional Video and Audio

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — March 12, 2013 — Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) today announced that at the 2013 NAB Show the company will offer an exclusive demonstration of the D1000, a powerful new H.264 and MPEG-2 based decoder supporting SDI (3G/HD/SD), HDMI(R), and DVI outputs with resolutions up to 1080p60. The D1000 enables users to cost-effectively deliver professional quality HD video and audio over IP networks. VSI will show the D1000 for the first time at the 2013 NAB Show at booth SU6021.

“The D1000 professional decoder is the perfect complement to our widely deployed encoding series, offering the same level of reliability, flexibility, high performance, and superior video and audio quality,” said Jordan Christoff, president of VSI. “Through the D1000, we’re now able to offer our customers an affordable, end-to-end solution for streaming 1080p60 video and audio content, bridging the gap between expensive IRDs and consumer STBs.”

After receiving H.264 or MPEG-2 audio and video content from a VSI encoder, the D1000 decodes and outputs the content into a high-quality 1080p, 1080i, or 720p HD stream, in real time, at the lowest possible bit rate. The high-performance decoder also supports a wide range of audio standards, including AAC, MPEG-1/2, and optionally AC3, to ensure exceptional audio quality. Featuring an unmatched level of flexibility, the D1000 is the ideal decoding solution for a wide range of markets, including broadcast, entertainment, enterprise, education, and government.

The D1000 works seamlessly with all VSI encoders and features a high-density, compact design that enables it to be housed in the same MP1700 or MPP200 chassis system as other VSI blade encoders, dramatically reducing operational costs and rackspace requirements. An HTTP API allows easy integration with third-party middleware systems.

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

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About Visionary Solutions, Inc. (www.vsicam.com)
Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) manufactures Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) equipment that provides real-time transport of video over IP networks. With SD and HD IPTV encoders that support the latest technology standards, such as H.264, VSI’s modular solutions are recognized around the world for their outstanding value, performance, flexibility, and quality. With a company-wide focus on customer satisfaction through collaboration and hands-on support, VSI is a trusted partner for high-quality IPTV encoding for enterprise, education, healthcare, government, A/V, cable, broadband, and broadcast applications.

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

ENDS

HARMAN’s Soundcraft Takes “Mixing with Professionals” Tour to NAB 2013

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — HARMAN’s Soundcraft is taking its popular “Mixing with Professionals” (MwP) series to Las Vegas at NAB 2013. Hosting the sessions will be Ken Newman, front of house engineer for Barry Manilow and owner of Newman Audio. He has also mixed live sound for Chris Isaak, Anita Baker, Stevie Nicks, Liza Minnelli, Paul Anka and other top performers.

Newman will provide formal training on the Soundcraft Vi Series consoles while discussing his experiences working with Soundcraft equipment. Participants will be given a USB stick so they can save their settings and take them on the road for their next gig, or continue working on their settings using the Soundcraft Virtual Vi offline editor, which is available free on the Soundcraft website.

“The MwP session in Las Vegas is the perfect opportunity for veteran engineers, beginners and interested NAB attendees to get hands-on experience with Soundcraft consoles while learning from Ken Newman, one of the most accomplished FOH engineers in the industry,” said Katy Templeman-Holmes of Soundcraft Studer. “Anyone interested is encouraged to attend!”

The MwP sessions will be held on April 10 at the ARIA Hotel on 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nevada. Two time slots will be available from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The course is free to attend but registration is required and space is limited. Details are available at usa.soundcraft.com (click on US Events) and participants can register via e-mail at Soundcraft-usa@harman.com.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012.

Sound Devices Provides Authentic Audio Recordings for Red Storm Entertainment

744T Portable Field Recorder and MixPre Help Capture Realistic Battlefield Sounds For Award-Winning Video Games

CARY, NC, MARCH 12, 2013 — Audio Director Justin Drust and his team of professionals at Red Storm Entertainment have always prided themselves on recording the clearest, most authentic sounds for their genre-defining, award-winning video games. For Drust, the Sound Devices 744T Recorder and MixPre Compact Field Mixer are the portable audio field devices of choice.

Turned on to Sound Devices gear by expert weapons and sound recordist Charles Maynes, Red Storm Entertainment has used the 744T to capture incredible audio for the critically acclaimed Rainbow Six® and Ghost Recon series of games, including the company’s most recent release, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier®.

“After spending some time with the great Charles Maynes and listening to the amazing audio he captured with the 744T, we went ahead and purchased the Sound Devices gear,” says Drust. “The preamps on the 744T are excellent and the limiters inside them are probably the best I have heard for weapon recording. They are so fast, and very hard to clip, so we have been able to get fantastic source recordings of these incredibly loud sounds.”

Featuring four sound designers and one audio programmer, the Red Storm Entertainment crew is responsible for the sound design, voice recording, casting, music production and implementation of the games it creates. It utilizes Sound Devices gear for all of its field recordings. In addition to voice recording, Red Storm has used its 744T to record an array of battlefield audio, including realistic weapon and vehicle sounds.

With 16- to 18-channels of audio, Drust and his crew use multiple 744Ts to record the required field audio. “Most of the time we aren’t syncing the devices together but instead we will line them up later in post. As long as we capture a quality source recording we aren’t as concerned with time synchronization for asset creation,” adds Drust. “We have done multiple recordings with the 744T and have never had anything fail. When we record with it, we can hit the levels really hard, often times going into the red, and know when we listen back it will still sound great due to the high quality pre-amps and limiters. A lot of additional source recordings we’ve captured involve extremely loud vehicles, such as helicopters and planes, and the 744T consistently performs and stands up well to the high sound pressure levels.”

Drust also incorporates the Sound Devices MixPre Compact Field Mixer into his rig. “If we are recording temporary dialogue for a game, we will always run everything through a MixPre, even if it’s recording straight into the computer, just to get that added level of audio quality from the pre-amp.”

In addition to its powerful recording capabilities, Drust enjoys the flexibility that comes with Sound Devices’ compact, portable gear. “One of the great things about the Sound Devices equipment is that the 744T, like the MixPre, is able to run on small, lightweight batteries,” concludes Drust. “For us it’s the best equipment to use for location recording. It has totally changed our workflow and has allowed us to capture fantastic sounds.”

Sound Devices 744T is a powerful four-input, four-track file-based digital audio recorder. The super-compact 744T records and plays back audio to and from its internal hard drive, Compact Flash cards and external FireWire drives, making field recording simple and fast. The 744T reads uncompressed PCM audio at 16 or 24 bits with sample rates between 32 kHz and 192 kHz. Compressed audio recording and playback from 64 kbps to 320 kbps is also supported.

The time code implementation makes the 744T ready for any double-system recording job—from over-the-shoulder to cart-based production applications. The 744T implements a no-compromise audio path that includes Sound Devices’ high-performance microphone preamplifiers. Designed specifically for high-bandwidth, high-bit-rate digital recording, these preamps set the standard for frequency response linearity, low distortion performance and low noise. The 744T, like all Sound Devices products, is versatile and designed to withstand the physical and environmental extremes of field production. It’s this durability and functionality that professional sound mixers have come to expect from Sound Devices.

Sound Devices MixPre, like its present successor, the MixPre-D, is a studio-quality two-channel portable stereo microphone mixer. Its impressive audio performance and comprehensive features, including pan switches, a built-in slate microphone, 1-kHz tone oscillator and headphone monitoring, make it ideal for the front end of any studio or field production system. Film production engineers value the compact size and ability to withstand extremes in the field. The MixPre combines rugged mechanical and electrical construction, compact size and high-quality components.

Red Storm Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ubisoft Entertainment, founded in 1996, is Ubisoft’s U.S. development studio. With the release of the legendary Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® in 1998, Red Storm pioneered the squad-based shooter genre by delivering groundbreaking gameplay, stunning realism and the iconic power of ‘one shot, one kill.’ It was the first true tactical first-person shooter (FPS), a game that rewarded patience and planning as well as good aim and a keen eye. Its ground-breaking multiplayer action included a revolutionary form of cooperative gameplay and set the standard for tactical multiplayer. In 2000, the studio was purchased by Ubisoft. At the time of the sale, Red Storm was already hard at work on what would be the studio’s next genre-defining hit, a game that would take the tactical gameplay of Rainbow Six and turn it loose on the wide-open battlefields of the near future: Ghost Recon. Upon Ghost Recon’s large success, Ghost Recon 2®, the Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter® series, and Ghost Recon Future Soldier® were developed and released. Red Storm remains a vital, creative force with Ubisoft. Today the studio’s talented team is developing exciting new content from the Tom Clancy’s brand and beyond. The headquarters for Red Storm is currently located in Cary, North Carolina.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The fourteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

MediaSilo Hosting Free Catered Seminars at the 2013 NAB Show Covering Production, Media Management, and the Video Cloud

BOSTON — March 12, 2013 — MediaSilo today announced that it will host free catered seminars at the 2013 NAB Show. Attendees of the seminars will hear from MediaSilo’s customers, partners, and team members about solving the challenges of media production, management, and collaboration, as well as advances in cloud-based technologies. The seminars will include demonstrations of the company’s latest cloud-based media workflow and collaboration solutions.

A short walk from the show floor, MediaSilo’s seminar suite at the Renaissance Las Vegas will enable guests to take a seat, grab refreshments, and learn more about MediaSilo’s solution offerings away from the madness of the show floor.

The following one-hour demo sessions are scheduled to take place at the Renaissance Las Vegas.

Dailies Done Right
Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Learn how major media companies are streamlining their dailies workflow with desktop editing tools and MediaSilo collaboration tools.

How to Make Sense of Amazon S3, Glacier, and an Infinitely Scalable Infrastructure
Tuesday and Wednesday at 12 p.m.
Learn why Amazon is taking media and entertainment by storm. Cheap storage and an infinitely scalable infrastructure make for a compelling service offering — but how do you leverage S3, CloudFront, and Glacier for your asset management needs?

Cloud Video Demystified
Tuesday and Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Does video belong in the cloud? What are the security ramifications? Cloud infrastructure providers have changed the IT game, but it’s not all gravy. Learn how a hybrid cloud/ground approach can satisfy IT requirements and make your users happy at the same time.

Building a Media Portal in Less Than an Hour
Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Learn how to build a content marketplace, stock footage, store, or shared portal. This session will teach techies and techies-in-training how the MediaSilo API can give them a jump-start. We’ll build a complete media portal from scratch in less than an hour.

Reselling the Cloud
Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Find out how MediaSilo for resellers and system integrators can fit into your customer’s next project and generate recurring revenue as part of your integrated production solutions.

MediaSilo’s one-hour demo sessions begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, and Wednesday, April 10, and run every two hours until 5 p.m. Seats are limited. To register for a session, go to http://info.mediasilo.com/nab-sign-up. Registrants will receive complimentary admission to the 2013 NAB Show.

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About MediaSilo
Based in Boston, MediaSilo Inc. provides cloud-based media workflow and collaboration solutions for creative teams. Built by media professionals for media professionals, the MediaSilo platform provides content creators and production teams with the ability to search, review, manage, share, and deliver media quickly and easily from anywhere in the world. More information can be found at www.mediasilo.com.

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New Indonesian Satellite Television Service Installs Bittree Video and Audio Patching Solutions in DTH Headend

GLENDALE, Calif. — March 12, 2013 — Bittree, a manufacturer of high-quality audio and video patching systems, today announced that PT Indonesia Media Televisi (IMTV) has equipped its direct to home (DTH) facility with a suite of 53 Bittree video and audio patchbays. Launching this month, IMTV is a new Indonesian DTH television service that is broadcasting 150 SD and HD channels via the LippoStar satellite operating in the Ku band. IMTV’s Bittree solutions were supplied by PT Interindo MultiMedia.

“Indonesia represents one of Southeast Asia’s largest and fastest-growing broadcasting markets, and it has enormous potential for Bittree patchbay solutions in both studio and outside broadcasting applications,” said Glenn Garrard, president of Bittree. “Interindo Multimedia is doing an excellent job of presenting the advantages of Bittree systems to Indonesian customers, and IMTV — a promising new DTH offering with tremendous potential — is a prime example.”

For its DTH headend, located west of Jakarta, Indonesia, IMTV has installed 38 Bittree 2 x 26 WECO HD-SDI patch panels and 15 TT (Bantam) 2 x 48 programmable audio patchbays. The Bittree patching system gives engineers a powerful system backbone with which to reconfigure video and audio feeds rapidly.

“After evaluating IMTV’s requirements for patching equipment, we did not hesitate to recommend Bittree solutions,” said Djundi Karjadi, sales consultant at PT Interindo MultiMedia. “Based on our experience with Bittree installations, we know IMTV will be able to count on the products’ long-lasting reliability and a consistently high-quality build — important factors for helping video operations respond to rapidly changing conditions.”

More information about Bittree’s full range of video and audio patchbays is available online at www.bittree.com.

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About Bittree
Bittree offers a complete line of patching products, including audio, video, data, and integrated patchbays, as well as a variety of patchcords, tools, and accessories. Tailored for use in the postproduction, pro A/V, systems integration, and radio and television broadcasting fields, Bittree’s patching solutions are rigorously tested to ensure long-term functionality and dependability, especially for mission-critical operations and live events. To ensure consistency, performance, and adherence to rigid quality standards, all of the company’s patching products are designed, manufactured, and tested in its state-of-the-art facility in Glendale, Calif. More information is available at www.bittree.com.

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iStreamPlanet CEO Mio Babic Named Nevada’s Technology Entrepreneur of the Year

LAS VEGAS — March 12, 2013 — iStreamPlanet today announced that its CEO, Mio Babic, was named the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Technology Business Alliance of Nevada (TBAN) at its annual TechNevada Honors event on February 27. The event is designed to celebrate the people — and by association, their companies — who have greatly enhanced the growth and prestige of Nevada’s technology community.

“There are many great people and great companies in Nevada’s technology industry, so it’s an honor for me to be considered one of the best of the past year,” Babic said. “This award is a reflection of hard work and dedication from all of us at iStreamPlanet, confirming once again that this country and this state allow more people to dream than any other place in the world. It’s only a matter of how big you want to dream and how hard you want to work.”

In its 12-year history, through continuous innovation, Babic’s company has amassed expertise that has allowed it to enjoy great success. iStreamPlanet counts among its customers and partners some of the world’s leading sports and entertainment, enterprise, and technology brands, including NBC, Turner Broadcasting, AT&T, Intel, and Microsoft. In the dozen years since its inception, iStreamPlanet has become the multiscreen live streaming provider behind some of the world’s biggest and most complex live events and linear channels, including Pac-12 Networks, the Olympics, Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the French Open, Tour de France, Sunday Night Football, TNT, NBA Overtime, PGA, NASCAR, and UFC on Xbox.

More information is available at www.istreamplanet.com.

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About iStreamPlanet
iStreamPlanet is a premier, multiplatform video-workflow solutions provider committed to bringing high-quality streaming video experiences to connected audiences around the world. With more than a decade of live streaming video experience, iStreamPlanet has built a comprehensive offering of cloud-based video-workflow products and services for live event and live linear streaming channels. iStreamPlanet’s innovative approach has been chosen by the world’s leading sports, entertainment, and technology brands including NBC, Turner Broadcasting, Notre Dame Athletics, Pac-12 Networks, AT&T, and Microsoft. Founded in 2000, the privately held company is headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in Redmond, Wash., and London. More information can be found at www.istreamplanet.com.

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

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Nexidia Introduces Nexidia QC, a Tool for Automated Caption, Video Description, and Language Verification

Nexidia QC Automates Manual Processes to Reduce Expenses, Help Avoid Fines, and Improve Quality of Viewing Experience

ATLANTA — March 12, 2013 — Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, today announced Nexidia QC(TM), a software tool for automated closed caption and video description verification, closed caption alignment, and language identification for broadcast and IP workflows. Nexidia QC overcomes the challenge of ensuring content is being created, edited, and distributed in the right languages with the correct captions at the right times. It automates manual processes, thus reducing operating expenses, and automatically identifies errors to avoid fines and improve quality for viewers.

“The digital assets broadcasters work with are becoming more and more complex, especially on an international level, where an asset might have mezzanine files for 20 different languages,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “Language and caption quality impacts the entire delivery chain. There have been many quality control products available for video analysis, audio quality, loudness, and more, but nothing for language and caption verification until now.”

Nexidia QC verifies quality automatically at every point in the life of the asset to ensure that the right caption file appears against the right media in the right language, and that it is properly timed from ingest to playout and beyond.

In order to verify the video description, Nexidia QC analyzes the program audio and the secondary audio program (SAP). The software compares the program audio tracks against one another, identifying all segments in which the audio is not identical and returning a video description coverage score. It also identifies the primary spoken language of the program audio and the SAP.

To check for closed caption compliance, Nexidia QC starts by identifying the primary spoken language of the program audio and the caption text. If the languages match, the application verifies that the caption text matches the program audio and whether the caption timing is correct. Nexidia QC determines the level of caption coverage for the program based on the difference between the segments with accurate caption information and the voice activity, and returns the closed caption coverage score.

In addition to checking closed caption accuracy, Nexidia QC can repair misaligned caption files. Nexidia QC compares the time codes of the words spoken in the audio track to the time codes in the caption file. Adjustments are made to the time codes in the caption file so that the captions are aligned with the spoken words, returning a new caption file ready for distribution.

Nexidia QC will be demonstrated at the 2013 NAB Show in booth S117LMR. More information about Nexidia QC and other Nexidia products is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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About Nexidia
Nexidia is the audio and video search company with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that make it quick and easy for customers to gain new insight, boost their competitive advantage, and monetize large volumes of audio and video assets from entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit. More information is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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Photo Caption: Nexidia QC(TM) Flow Diagram

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