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SunBriteTV--CedarFair1THOUSAND OAKS, California, Oct 20, 2014 — While roller coasters might be the main attractions at Cedar Fair Entertainment Company’s 11 major amusement parks, SunBriteTV’s outdoor-rated displays help keep guests entertained at the parks year-round. In an aggressive deployment timeframe of just eight rainy weeks, SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions were chosen thanks to their ease of installation and weatherproofing technology that has withstood the elements across North America. They proved versatile and reliable tools in delivering necessary information and entertainment to Cedar Fair’s 23 million annual guests.

With more than 350 screens in 11 amusement parks, including Cedar Point, Knott’s Berry Farm, Kings Island and Canada’s Wonderland, the digital experiences start immediately when guests arrive. Entry gate digital signage is being utilized to help direct the flow of traffic. For entry gate screens, Reflect developed a custom software application to dynamically control lane status for guest entry, indicating which lanes are open or closed. The application also provides custom content and messaging capabilities to designate lanes reserved for groups and VIPs, and can also be used to promote special events. Multiple screens throughout the parks provide guests with entertainment and information. Reflect developed dynamic content, including a custom weather package to inform guests when to expect the hottest or coldest hours of the day, or inclement weather, allowing them to plan their day accordingly.

The ReflectView enterprise digital media software suite provides Cedar Fair control over the management, distribution and presentation of HD media content and applications. ReflectView provides Cedar Fair with a flexible platform to display dynamic messaging and media that effectively communicate the latest promotions and park attractions, and it supports the integration and management of open standards for content, apps, and web technologies.

“Cedar Fair’s attention to customer service and the parks’ varied environments demanded a dependable solution,” said Rusty Wagner, SVP, Reflect. Reflect was also responsible for the selection and installation of the SunBriteTV outdoor displays in all Cedar Fair parks. “We chose SunBriteTV because the displays were not only an aesthetic fit but because the weatherproofing technology guaranteed high performance in every climate.”

Reflect deployed more than 350 SunBriteTV Pro Series 55” outdoor displays across the 11 parks. Featuring direct sunlight-readable LED screens with high temperature Enhanced Solar Tolerance (EST) technology, the Pro Series offers a consistent image in all lighting conditions. Multi-fan airflow and temperature regulation systems keep internal electronics running in temperatures from -40° to 122° Fahrenheit and a watertight Cable Entry System seals out moisture, insects, dust and foreign particles.

Inclement weather was a factor even before the installation was complete. Reflect had to perform within an ambitious timeframe of eight rainy weeks in order to finish the job in time for the start of the 2014 season. Outfitting each park with up to 50 screens was made easier thanks to the SunBriteTV’s ease of installation and responsive customer service.

“Our installation schedule was intense and the SunBriteTV team, mindful of our time constraints, was able to bulk-ship supplies directly to the parks,” said Rusty Wagner, SVP, Reflect.

The project came about in early 2014 when Cedar Fair tasked Reflect with enhancing the customer experience. This meant finding a solution to provide information and entertainment quickly and dynamically over digital networks. Thanks to the weatherproofing technology, ease of installation, product versatility and “expertise in the outdoor display market,” it’s no surprise that Reflect selected SunBriteTV to help reach Cedar Fair’s 23 million annual guests.

Designed for permanent outdoor installation, durability is inseparable from the SunBriteTV brand. In large public venues like Cedar Fair’s amusement parks, vandalism is as great of a concern as weather. The Pro Series features a front tempered anti-reflective glass window to provide added protection and prevents tampering with the LED screen.

For more information on Reflect Systems, please visit http://www.reflectsystems.com/.

For more information on Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, please visit http://www.cedarfair.com/.

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About SunBriteTV

SunBriteTV engineers and manufactures award-winning televisions and displays built specifically for outdoor use. SunBriteTV developed the industry’s first all-weather TV in 2004 and its products have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, colleges, and airports. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.SunBriteTV.com.

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HARMAN’s dbx Introduces 676 Tube Mic Pre Channel Strip

dbx-676-FrontSALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s dbx today announced the introduction of its model 676 Tube Mic Pre Channel Strip, a vacuum tube-based microphone preamplifier that offers a host of flexible sound-tailoring options to deliver extraordinary audio quality in recording and live sound applications.

The dbx 676 employs a high-gain, Class A tube preamp section based around a 12AU7 vacuum tube that can be adjusted to be clean and pure-sounding or dirty and full of harmonic character. The 676 incorporates the Compressor/Limiter design from the highly sought-after dbx 162SL and a 3-band parametric EQ, enabling exacting control of dynamics and tonal balance.

“We created the dbx 676 to be nothing less than the ultimate mic preamp,” said Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA and Recording & Broadcast, HARMAN Signal Processing. “Whether you need a preamp that provides pristine, rich sound quality and tube warmth, want to add some edge and personality to vocals and instruments or are seeking to improve the sound of your recording or live rig, the dbx 676 is the ideal tool for taking your sound to the highest level.”

The dbx 676 offers ¼-inch and XLR inputs and outputs, a front-panel instrument input and a side chain insert. An optional digital output card is available. The 676 allows for precise tailoring of input and output levels which can be monitored by its large multi-function VU meter.

The compressor/limiter section provides extremely flexible control of dynamics including threshold, attack, gain and release, auto attack and release, hard and soft knee compression, dbx-exclusive AutoVelocity™ manual and OverEasy® modes and PeakStop™ limiting algorithm and many additional functions. The 676’s 3-band parametric EQ allows adjustment of level and bandwidth at frequencies that have been carefully chosen for maximum musical effectiveness.

Although comprehensive in its capabilities the dbx 676 is designed for ease of use, with its vintage-style controls and VU metering. The 676 features military-grade build for total reliability and mounts in a 2U rack space.

The dbx 676 Tube Mic Pre Channel Strip will be available in January 2015 at a U.S. street price of $999.95.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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DNPTradeInTradeUpCONCORD, North Carolina — Underscoring its commitment to providing legacy customers with continued product service and support, DNP Imagingcomm America Corporation (IAM) today announced the official start of its “Trade-In & Trade-Up” promotion. Under the promotion’s terms, qualifying purchases of a DS40 dye-sublimation printer with trade-in of a Sony UPDR200 are eligible to receive two cases of 4×6, 4x6PM (perforated media), 5×7 or 6×8 DS40 printer media. The offer, which holds a retail value of up to $376.00, expires Nov. 26, 2014.

“Since acquiring Sony’s commercial photo printing division in 2011, we have been committed to providing the industry with solutions that increase bottom-line returns,” said Kazuhiro Kawabata, President, DNP Imagingcomm America. “Trade-in & Trade-up is another example of our commitment to offering our current and potential customers with not only innovative solutions, but greater value at no additional cost.”

To qualify, customers must ship their Sony UPDR200 to DNP’s U.S. headquarters in Concord, North Carolina, along with a completed claim form and proof-of-purchase for the DS40 from an authorized reseller, by January 2, 2015.

As DNP’s flagship dye-sublimation printer, the DS40 is a compact yet powerful photo printer that can produce full-bleed 4×6, 5×7, and 6×8 images in stunning glossy or matte finishes. Not only is the DS40 versatile, but also 4×6 images are printed in less than nine seconds. The printer also produces each print with a special protective coating to ensure resistance to common elements such as dust, water, fingerprints, and fading.

All purchases must be made through a DNP authorized reseller in the United States or Canada. For more information about DNP’s authorized resale partners, please visit: http://www.dnpphoto.com/Support/WhereToBuyDNPPhotoProducts.aspx

For additional information on DNP’s professional photo printing solutions, please visit: www.dnpphoto.com

About Imagingcomm America Corporation (IAM)

IAM is a 100 percent U.S. subsidiary of Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) – the world’s largest manufacturer of dye-sublimation media for photo printers and thermal transfer ribbons and barcode printers.

DNP Imagingcomm America Corporation has the broadest selection of solutions for the photo retail market and products designed to address retailer’s specific business goals and objectives—backed by the quality and reliability today’s customers expect. Manufacturing, sales and development offices of dye-sublimation media for photo printers is located in Concord, N.C., and more information is available at www.dnpimagingcomm.com.

About DNP

Imaging Communications Operations is one of many of DNP’s operations. Over 25 years ago, DNP was one of the first organizations to pioneer dye-sublimation media — and the oldest company to start business development in thermal transfer ribbons. DNP has since grown to be the world’s largest manufacturer of dye-sublimation media and thermal transfer ribbons.

DNP group is also the world’s largest diversified printing/coating technologies company. At its 71 production plants, both in Japan and overseas, DNP’s operations include commercial printing, packaging, decorative materials, electronics, business forms and information media supplies. DNP is a global corporation with $15.4 billion* in annual revenue. For more information, please visit www.dnp.co.jp/eng

* At the rate of ¥94 = U.S. $1

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Newtek-TriCater-mini-Complete.setup.V2SAN ANTONIO, October 7, 2014––NewTek™ today unveiled TriCaster Mini™––the world’s most complete and compact multimedia studio. The ultra-portable system allows anyone who doesn’t speak or understand the technical language of video production or broadcasting to transform an ordinary presentation into engaging multimedia content that looks like network-style TV in a matter of minutes. Marketers, corporate employees, small business managers, community administrators, educators, trainers, non-profit and worship service volunteers, and entertainers who are interested in delivering their messages like seasoned television professionals can now use TriCaster Mini to assemble visually sophisticated multimedia presentations––and stream them live, publish to social media or upload to a website from the office, an event, or any location with an Internet connection. The tiny, sleek design, support for virtually any camera, and comprehensive toolset make TriCaster Mini easy to carry in one hand, setup, create and share content.

“With TriCaster Mini, we have built a product that gives anyone wishing to use video to communicate with others the ability to create content that looks like professionally made television achieved in minutes where traditionally it took hours or days. Our goal is to dispel the myth that it’s too technologically difficult or expensive to produce engaging multimedia content, and we’ve achieved that with TriCaster Mini,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and chief technical officer for NewTek. “Video is the fastest growing and most compelling communication medium in history, and to stay relevant, people in all areas are finding it increasingly important to conduct video interviews, webcasts, and presentations that mix slides, video clips, graphics and more. No other system in the world makes it as easy for anyone to get started than TriCaster Mini.”

TriCaster Mini: Small, Sleek and Exceptionally Simple

Anyone familiar with computer software and has access to one or more cameras can use TriCaster Mini to capture and mix multiple live video camera angles with graphics, video clips, audio, titles and special effects. Setup is fast, straightforward and uncomplicated, and within a matter of minutes, users can create a multimedia program that looks professional without any other broadcast studio equipment or a professional crew. An integrated and configurable video screen on the side of the system also serves as a monitor for displaying a range of content selected by the user.

As newcomers become more comfortable with multimedia presentations, they can further explore a wide range of creative tools that come standard with TriCaster Mini, including:

  • Mix different visual sources
  • Overlay logos, presentations, charts, titles, media files, animations
  • Import your own branding elements and have them appear in transitions and animations
  • Incorporate a slideshow, web-pages from another computer
  • Replace solid backgrounds with a simulated environment
  • Webcast programs on a live video stream
  • Post clips to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, your web site
  • Have guest speakers call in from their webcams
  • Record the program so people can watch it on-demand
  • Record all camera footage simultaneously so you can edit the program
  • Make keyboard shortcuts for sophisticated sequences with one touch

Pricing and Availability

TriCaster Mini, including the integrated display screen and system storage capable of recording approximately 45 hours of footage, is available immediately for $7,995 USMSRP. TriCaster Mini is also available without the integrated display screen and system storage capable of recording approximately 15 hours of footage for $5,995 USMSRP. An optional control surface is available for $2,495 USMSRP, and an optional TriCaster Mini cable-kit with four 100-foot HDMI cables is also available for $495 USMSRP.

International pricing will vary.

For more information on all NewTek products, please visit www.newtek.com.

About NewTek

NewTek is transforming the way people create network-style television content and share it with the world. From sporting events, Web-based talk shows, live entertainment, classrooms, and corporate communications—to virtually any venue where people want to capture and publish live video, we give our customers the power to grow their audiences, brands and businesses, faster than ever before.

Clients include: “The X Factor,” New York Giants, NBA Development League, Fox News, BBC, NHL, Nickelodeon, CBS Radio, ESPN Radio, Fox Sports, MTV, TWiT.TV, USA TODAY, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and more than 80% of the U.S. Fortune 100.

NewTek is privately owned and based in San Antonio, Texas.  For more information on NewTek please visit: www.newtek.com, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr or connect with us on Facebook.

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Studer_CommonwealthGamesGLASGOW, United Kingdom – In the largest multi-sport event ever held in Glasgow, Scotland, the 2014 Commonwealth Games brought together athletes from 71 nations and territories competing in 18 different sports. The Games took place in multiple venues throughout Glasgow; Dega Broadcast Systems of Basingstoke, UK, was contracted by the BBC to provide the additional technical facilities required to cover the events. Highlighting Dega’s broadcast equipment were multiple HARMAN Studer Vista digital audio consoles.

Among the equipment Dega provided was a 52-fader Vista 9 digital console, which was used for BBC Three’s coverage of the games. The Vista 9 was also used in the evenings for an entertainment highlights show on BBC One called “Tonight at the Games.” Dega also supplied a Vista 1 console to equalize and balance all the incoming commentaries.

In addition, Dega used a Studer Route 6000 routing and signal processing system, which was connected to the Vista 9 and Vista 1, as well as a Riedel MediorNet system. The Route 6000 was used to route commentary and coordinate circuits between feeds and venues under the control of BNCS software.

“We have a good relationship with Studer and have used their equipment successfully in the past,” said John Cleaver of Dega Broadcast Systems. “The Studer consoles performed extremely well during the Commonwealth Games.”

The Studer Route 6000 system can accommodate up to 1728 x 1728 inputs and outputs. The main DSP Core is highly suited to space-conscious installations. Equipped with an internal D21m I/O system with up to 192 inputs and outputs, it takes up only 6U of rack space, while multiple cores are simply interconnected using CAT5 tie lines.

“The Vista 9 proved a great platform for both the daytime sports coverage and the evening entertainment show,” said Richard Sillitto, audio engineer at the Commonwealth Games. “The VistaMix and snapshot capabilities are great tools for the ‘of the moment’ nature of sports coverage, mixed with the demands of an LE show.”

For more information on Dega Broadcast Systems, please visit www.dega.co.uk

Photo Caption: Audio engineer Richard Sillitto mixes “Tonight at the Games” using a Studer Vista 9 digital console.

Photo Credit: Martin Deane

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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