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NewTek Announces Technology Program for Public, Education and Government (PEG) Access Television

NewTek, Inc.

, a provider of video and 3D animation products, announced a technology alliance with AMD and the Monterey County local access stations (AMP) to educate public access executive producers, operations directors and producers from around the world, how to leverage off the shelf technology to better communicate their messages. In an industry where consolidation is common, Public Access television is one of the last true voices of the local community.

NewTek understands the importance of supporting PEG facilities in their growth and in their pursuit of increased production quality for Public Access Television. To accomplish this goal, NewTek along with AMD, makers of PC processors, will be sponsoring a hands-on workshop hosted by AMP. During these free seminars, AMP staff will provide first-hand knowledge about designing and implementing an award-winning digital production pipeline. NewTek’s VT[4] running on 64-bit capable AMD Opteron processors, and NewTek’s TriCaster are the hubs of AMP’s production-proven environment.

VT[4], winner of the Alliance for Community Media Best Product 2004, will be exhibited at the 2005 Conference. The real time uncompressed integrated production suite delivers multi-camera live switching and post production capabilities including nonlinear editing, 2D and 3D animation, character generation and digital disk recorders for in-studio production.

TriCaster is an integrated, compact presentation switcher with simultaneous output to video, projector and Internet in a shoebox-sized case that weights 10 pounds. Designed to appeal to PEG facilities, corporate presenters, educators and media ministry users, TriCaster allows users to produce presentations that have the dynamics of live television. TriCaster users can fashion compelling multi-camera productions, using real-time switching and editing, PowerPoint(TM) support, template driven titles and over 200 transitions.

TriCaster is available for a turnkey suggested retail price of $4995US. VT[4] is priced at $2995US. As a special promotion, NewTek is offering PEG facilities and producers a “VT[4] Live Bundle” special which includes 100 custom PEG CG templates, an SX8 24 input switcher and an RS8 switcher control interface for $5495US, an $800 dollar savings. Registered VT[3] owners may purchase an upgrade to VT[4] software for $595US.