(April 21, 2008) – DULUTH, Georgia â€“ Wegener Corporation (Nasdaq: WGNR), a leading provider of equipment for television, audio and data distribution networks worldwide, announced that the company celebrated 30 years in operation with a strong presence at the 2008 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention held April 14-17 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
As part of WEGENERâ€™s efforts to promote maximizing bandwidth efficiency and streamlining network control, new solutions designed for broadcasters, service providers and private networks were showcased at NAB in WEGENERâ€™s booth #SU7911. Additionally, two WEGENER executives provided presentations on file-based technology and enterprise video during the show.
â€œThe products and expertise we offered at NAB 2008 underscore our 30 years of helping customers realize bandwidth savings and simplify operational workflow while continually pushing to expand the quality and reach of their media distribution networks,â€? said Ned L. Mountain, President and COO of WEGENER.
Introducing CompelÂ® II
WEGENER introduced CompelÂ® II, a new fourth generation network control solution, well suited to television, radio and private networks. CompelÂ® II retains the popular, powerful features of CompelÂ®, while streamlining the user interface and simplifying network management for dynamic media distribution by content providers, private network operators, corporations, and broadcasters.
A CompelÂ® II demonstration highlighted its key benefits and enhancements, including improved database connectivity, multi-client platform with multi-level user controls, as well as support for satellite and terrestrial delivery, and live and file-based workflows.
WEGENER also showed its solution for hybrid network control, a software option/upgrade for CompelÂ® that gives operators seamless control over a mix of satellite and IP terrestrial delivery paths and the flexibility to select the most cost-effective means of reaching receiver sites without compromising network firewall security.
At its booth, WEGENER had a variety of exhibits showcasing and demonstrating its end-to-end solutions for file-based media distribution and playback, broadcasters transitioning to DTV, digital signage, desktop media applications, and private video enterprise networks.
Targeting the TV, radio, and cable broadcasting market, WEGENER displayed its broadcast line of receivers, including the iPump 6420 Radio Broadcast Media Server, Unity 4600 Professional Media Receiver, Unity 4650 Broadcast Media Receiver, and NAVE IIc Nielsen Audio Encoder. The products offer solutions for both linear and file-based media distribution. Broadcasters will also see a special demonstration down-converting high definition (HD) video to standard definition. For broadcasters mandated to shut down analog TV operations in February 2009, this solution ensures continued support of SD viewers on legacy transmission systems and down-conversion of off-air HD digital video.
For private networks interested in live broadcasts, such as pari-mutual and faith-based networks, WEGENER showcased the WEGENER Unity 552 Media Receiver. This receiver can be used to support MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (h.264), SD/HD video, DVB-S and DVB-S2 modulation applications.
File-based Media Distribution
For enterprise video networks, WEGENER displayed the new WEGENER iPumpÂ® media server, the iPump 562, which supports bandwidth-saving features, such as MPEG-4/h.264 video compression, file-based workflows, and DVB-S2 satellite demodulation, to maximize bandwidth efficiency in the delivery and playout of HD and SD channels
For faith-based networks, retailers, television broadcasters, medical networks, system integrators, and private networks interested in time-shifting programming, regional ad insertions, and pre-positing repetitive content, WEGENERâ€™s iPump 6400 media servers was part of several demonstrations on file-based media distribution and playback. WEGENER is promoting the benefits of file-based technology for timed playlists, local playlists, and low bandwidth consumption.
Finally, for the growing digital signage market, WEGENER showcased the iPump 6400, SMD 515 and Unity receivers as part of a comprehensive solution for background audio, video displays and training programs.
Featured Speakers During NAB 2008
WEGENERâ€™s System Architect Gary Pelkey was joined by Eric Wiler, vice president of technology for Jones Radio Network for a presentation entitled â€œRadio Broadcasters: Building File-Based Networksâ€? during the 62nd Annual Broadcast Engineering Conference, Sunday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m. in Las Vegas Convention Center, Room S226/227.
Kamy Merithew, WEGENERâ€™s vice president of marketing, was part of the â€œMastering Video Overload in the Enterprise Spaceâ€? panel at the World Teleport Association (WTA) Content Distribution Forum, Tuesday, April 15 at 2:45 p.m. at booth #C7248 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.
WEGENERÂ® (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. CompelÂ®, WEGENER’s patented network control system, provides networks with unparalleled ability to regionalize programming and commercials. CompelÂ® network control capability is integrated into WEGENERÂ® digital satellite receivers. WEGENERÂ® can be reached at +1.770.814.4000 or on the World Wide Web at