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Ad and EAS Playout Server supports splicing and overlays.

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April 10, 2014 - As ad inserter and EAS (emergency alert system) for DVB-ASI or IP, Ad+EAS Serter™ inserts emergency alerts plus video clips, text, or graphics anywhere on H.264 or MPEG-2 video content — live, on schedule, or via signaling such as SCTE 35. Windows®-based system can add messages to 1–4 targeted cable or on-air channels or sub channels or to 1–4 IPTV channels, and messages can be revised in real-time. EAS audio is spliced into live audio, and emergency audio messages are sent to viewers.

DVEO division of Computer Modules, Inc

11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, CA, 92127, USA

Original Press Release

DVEO Shipping Upgraded Version of Ad and EAS Playout Server

Press release date: April 2, 2014

Ad+EAS Serter™ with Channel in Box Features will be Introduced at NAB 2014

San Diego, California -- DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), is now shipping the latest version of its ad inserter and EAS emergency alert system for DVB-ASI or IP.  DVEO will debut the new Ad+EAS Serter™ at Booth SU2903 at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show, April 7-10, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Ad+EAS Serter functions as a simple playout server with Ad and EAS capabilities.  It inserts emergency alerts – plus video clips, text, and graphics – anywhere on video content, live, on a schedule, or via signaling like SCTE 35.  It adds messages to one to four targeted cable or on-air channels or sub channels, or to one to four IPTV channels.  The high density system is designed for broadcast studios, cable head ends, and IPTV operators who require an easy to use EAS messaging system to communicate with their subscribers.

The cost-effective Windows® based system is compatible with Trilithic™, Sage™, and Monroe™ EAS Alert generators.  It works by decoding the transport stream, overlaying the graphics, and transcoding the result.  Alerts can be overlaid anywhere on H.264 or MPEG-2 video content.  Messages can be quickly revised in real time, to give viewers critical updates -- such as safety precautions, evacuation notices, and locations of assistance centers.  EAS audio from EAS systems is spliced into live audio and emergency audio messages are sent to viewers.

"Our newest version of the Ad+EAS Serter supports both splicing and ad overlays.  Emergency alerts and messages can be via industry standard methods.  It also features a SLATE function that puts up an empty background on which you can type messages," stated Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO.  "This system is currently deployed at a major cable company to originate important messages to the entire subscriber base."

The system ships with a graphics creation application but uses most graphics formats. Graphics can be created in several formats, although bitmaps and ".pngs" are preferred.  The position of the graphics, transparency, and fade characteristics can be configured via the management console.  Easy drag and drop placement positions logos, text, or graphics on screen.

Graphical elements can be inventoried on the on board hard drive.  Large local graphical libraries can be created for quick use under dynamic real world events.  For example, the hard drive can store maps showing evacuation routes.  The system is also able to mask the entire screen with a static image in case of video input failure or auto bypass via relay.  Graphical elements such as fancy boxes, borders, background colors, and identifiers can be used to enhance emergency messages.

The Ad+EAS Serter is also suitable for Public Service Announcement crawls, and as a very flexible video messaging system to a subscriber base.  DVEO can also create customized systems to meet customer's needs.

Features:
• Inserts or overlays emergency alerts – text and/or graphics – into video feeds on a schedule or via signaling like SCTE 35 signals from EAS generators
• Creates crawling messages and emergency alerts with programmable fonts and background colors, in any language
• Compatible with Trilithic™, Sage™, and Monroe™ EAS alert generators
• Works with most fonts:  Chinese, Arabic, Indian, etc. via Unicode interface
• SD – Optional SD plus HD version available
• Inserts video clips or graphical overlays, or L wraps for advertising
• Supports multiple areas of interest
• Proof of play for all ads and emergency messages played
• Built in intelligence makes scheduling easy
• Supports 1080i, 720p, and 480i, and all standard broadcast resolutions
• Selects transport streams by program numbers or PIDs
• Features daily, weekly, and monthly schedule-based logos, alerts, and text insertion
• Arbitrary location for graphics
• Choose from static, rotating, or blinking graphics, logos, and text
• Creates crawling messages and emergency alerts with programmable fonts and background colors, in any language
• Select any degree of transparency
• Easy drag and drop placement to position logo, text, or graphics on screen
• News feeds from RSS in any language, with programmable fonts and background colors
• Able to mask entire screen with a static image in case of video input failure or auto bypass via relay
• 1 RU or 3 RU rack mountable frame
• Template based character generator
• Works as a playout server
• SLATE function puts up an Empty Background on which you can type messages
• Customization available
• Can also play recorded files from hard drive, in loop mode
• ESAM support in development
• Stores graphics, clips, and messages in local memory
• IP input and output version available
• SDI input and output version available

Suggested Retail Prices: 
Ad+EAS Serter ASI/ASI 4ch (SD):  $9,995 U.S.
Ad+EAS Serter IP/IP 4ch (SD):  $8,495 U.S.
Ad+EAS Serter SDI/SDI 4ch (SD):  $9,995 U.S

DVEO and Ad+EAS Serter are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

About CMI and DVEO
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California.  DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com.  To download DVEO's press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

DVEO
11409 West Bernardo Court
San Diego, California, 92127
Web: www.dveo.com 
phone: +1 (858) 613-1818
fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

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