DULUTH, Ga., April 12 -- Wegener Corporation (NASDAQ:WGNR), a leading provider of equipment for television, audio and data distribution networks worldwide, today announced it will showcase a full line of solutions powered by WEGENER's COMPEL® Network Control system at the NAB 2007 conference and exhibition. WEGENER demonstrations target broadcast TV & radio, content providers, international gaming networks, faith-based broadcasters and retail environments.
NAB 2007 takes place April 16 - 19, 2007 in Las Vegas. It is the world's largest electronic media show covering the development, delivery and management of professional video and audio content across all mediums. WEGENER's exhibit is located in the South Hall Upper of the Las Vegas Convention Center in booth SU7915.
The following solutions will be introduced by WEGENER at NAB2007:
o The Unity 550-2 Enterprise Media Receiver for bandwidth efficient live
broadcast events; both HD and SD.
o Network control for VSAT network digital video overlays, using the SMD
515 IPTV set top.
o A product preview of WEGENER's next generation network control system -
"During NAB 2007 WEGENER will show the numerous solutions enabled by COMPEL - our flagship network control system," stated Ned L. Mountain, COO and President of WEGENER. "COMPEL is integral to our customers' business models by providing real time advanced grouping and control capabilities. We are growing Compel with our customers' expanding needs to now include support for VSAT and IT environments, as well as our traditional satellite business."
WEGENER solutions focus on optimizing bandwidth utilization and will focus on:
o Control solutions,
o MPEG-4/h.264 solutions; both HD and SD,
o Retail and enterprise environments,
o Radio Broadcasting,
o TV Broadcasting.
WEGENER's COMPEL network control system is deployed throughout the world to manage targeted content delivery, disaster recovery and blackout/embargo enforcement for multi-site networks. In Compel-enabled TV, radio, sporting, multi-language and retail networks, operators have enhanced control of receive devices at affiliate locations which enables them to regionalize content and ad-insertions. WEGENER expands opportunities to deliver media to affiliates through file distribution, terrestrial connections and VSAT network support.
WEGENER's solutions offer opportunities to transition live video broadcasts from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4/h.264 video compression. WEGENER's new Unity 550-2 media receivers, SMD 515 IPTV set tops and Compel network control system support both video compression standards for pilot programs, edge networks and full network conversions. Additionally, the Unity 550-2 supports DVB-S2 modulation. Combining MPEG-4/h.264 video compression and DVB-S2 modulation increases signal compression by 40-70% enabling cost effective high definition (HD) video service launches. Both the Unity 550-2 media receiver and SMD 515 IPTV set top support HD video.
WEGENER offers robust solutions for dynamic retail and enterprise environments. COMPEL® Network Control is currently used to manage over 150 million regional ad-insertions per month to devices in broadcast, sporting and retail networks. The solution combines ad-insertion functionality, file-based store/forward distribution and on-screen graphics to offer high quality, 24/7, networked digital signage operations.
Additionally, solutions integrate employee training programs with on- demand access and multi-language broadcasts. Operators can seamlessly manage satellite, internet and local area networks to offer employees more opportunities to rapidly access low and high resolutions video, text and metadata information.
WEGENER's audio distribution equipment opens new revenue streams for radio broadcasters by maximizing the operational control of live and stored audio broadcasts. The Unity 4600 satellite receiver provides live audio support and the option to integrate video broadcasts. Operators can deploy the iPump 6420 Media Server within a Unity receiver network to launch file-based distribution of repetitive or regional content. The iPump 6420 can seamlessly blend live and stored audio content through the use of audio fades, mixes and pre- positioned station liners.
With WEGENER's solution, news broadcasters can maintain control of live news broadcasts while delivering the latest news clips and scripts directly to affiliate desktops. WEGENER utilizes COMPEL® to power end-to-end media asset and targeted distribution over satellite to support broadcast TV affiliate news operations.
Broadcasters can explore options for TV ratings with WEGENER and Nielsen Media Research. WEGENER offers the NAVE IIc encoder for insertion of Nielsen codes for tracking of DTV (digital television) programming. WEGENER also offers the SpoTTrac encoder for insertion of Nielsen codes to track advertisements.
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 http://www.wegener.com/
NAB2007 will take place April 14 - 19, 2007 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 16). It is the world's largest electronic media show covering the development, delivery and management of professional video and audio content across all mediums. Complete NAB2007 details are available at http://www.nabshow.com/
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