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Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) Upgrades Its WEGENER COMPEL Network Control System

2008-08-13 06:42:42

AAFES Exchange Television (EXTV), Business Television (BTV), and AAFES Radio Network (ARN) Channels are Managed and Delivered by COMPEL to Retail Locations Worldwide (August 11, 2008) - DULUTH, Georgia – Wegener Corporation (Nasdaq: WGNR), a leading provider of equipment for television, audio and data distribution networks worldwide, today announced that the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES)—which operates retail outlets that provide goods and services to U.S. military personnel and their families—recently upgraded its WEGENER® COMPEL® network control system. COMPEL enables AAFES to deliver addressable digital HD video, SD video, and audio content to satellite receivers at over 100 retail outlets, including stores, filling stations, food courts, barbershops and concession stands located on military bases across the U.S. and abroad. AAFES has been continually expanding and upgrading its private audio/video network, which has been based upon WEGENER equipment since the U.S. military established it in 1994. AAFES delivers three program services: Exchange Television (EXTV), Business Television (BTV), and the AAFES Radio Network (ARN). EXTV is a digital signage service, comprised of promotional and consumer information, music videos, movie trailers, and advertising, which enhance the retail experience and help sell high definition televisions in the stores. BTV provides SD video programming for distance training of back-office retail personnel. ARN provides two ad-supported radio channels that pipe music into the stores. AAFES uses a centrally located WEGENER COMPEL network control system to broadcast addressable digital files via satellite to select retail outlets that are equipped with WEGENER iPUMP® 6400 media servers, each of which has two independent video channels feeding EXTV and BTV respectively. These iPUMP 6400 media servers provide direct SD output for the BTV service and stream HD media content to WEGENER SMD-515 external decoders for the EXTV service in point-of-sale locations. ARN delivers background music content via WEGENER Unity® 201 satellite audio receivers deployed at retail outlets worldwide. Upgrading COMPEL enables AAFES to replace its legacy servers with servers that can run the latest version of WEGENER software. Going forward, WEGENER will focus on developing new features and capabilities for the new COMPEL systems. According to Ned L. Mountain, president and chief operating officer for WEGENER, “We’re pleased that AAFES has chosen to upgrade its COMPEL network control system. We’ve been extremely privileged to be part of the AAFES network since its inception, and look forward to continuing our support for the network as its needs change and grow.� About AAFES Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) provides goods and services to U.S. military and authorized family members worldwide while generating earnings that help support the morale, welfare, and recreation programs of the U.S. Army and Air Force. AAFES operates more than 3,100 facilities, including 160 large retail stores, and 2,063 fast food restaurants, in more than 30 countries, five U.S. territories, and 49 U.S. states. AAFES is based in Dallas, Texas, with a website at www.aafes.com. ABOUT WEGENER WEGENER® (Wegener Communications, Inc.), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wegener Corporation (Nasdaq: WGNR), is an international provider of digital solutions for video, audio, and IP data networks. Applications include IP data delivery, broadcast television, cable television, radio networks, business television, distance education, business music and financial information distribution. Compel®, WEGENER's patented network control system, provides networks with unparalleled ability to regionalize programming and commercials. Compel® network control capability is integrated into WEGENER® digital satellite receivers. WEGENER® can be reached at +1.770.814.4000 or on the World Wide Web at www.wegener.com.

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