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Centralized Broadcasting Solutions Group Expands

Miranda Technologies, Encoda Systems, SignaSys, Pinnacle Systems,

 

10/30/2001

New York, NY -- Miranda Technologies, Encoda Systems Inc., SignaSys Inc., Pinnacle Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: PCLE), and TANDBERG Television today announced that the Centralized Broadcasting Group has expanded with the incorporation of compression and transport technology and systems expertise provided by new group member TANDBERG Television. The Centralized Broadcasting Solutions Group, formed in early 2001, brings together leading equipment and service providers whose specialities encompass the major components required for centralized operations, and addresses challenges faced by station groups and networks in implementing centralized broadcasting models.

TANDBERG Television joins Miranda, Encoda, SignaSys, and Pinnacle Systems in working to understand the new challenges station groups and networks face in setting up and running centralized television operations with systems comprised of equipment from multiple vendors. In this non-exclusionary arrangement, the five companies bring their expertise to bear on the formulation of highly interoperable solutions, by collaborating to adapt each individual system element to the others, perform interoperability testing, and create solution templates for a variety of architectures. Each company continues to work with other manufacturers while bringing its resources to the table with the overall goal of providing well-adapted solutions for centralized broadcasting.

“In working with other members of this group, we’ve all made significant steps in realizing our shared initiative of developing interoperable solutions for networks and broadcast groups,” said Al Kovalick, CTO for the Broadcast Solutions Group of Pinnacle Systems. “The new demands of shared station ownership and the changes taking place with the transition to digital television have fueled the industry’s move toward centralized operations. The models we’re developing and testing now will enable broadcast operations to deploy streamlined broadcast solutions while trimming operation costs.”

Together, Miranda, Encoda, SignaSys, Pinnacle Systems, and TANDBERG Television offer a wide range of expertise and the broad perspective necessary to address further developments of centralized broadcast models. The contribution of each group member is as follows:

• Miranda’s contribution includes multi-image monitoring, a wide variety of routing and interfacing equipment, as well as on-air presentation switching and branding.

• Encoda provides single- and multi-channel automation with traffic and asset management.

• SignaSys is a system integrator with broad experience in centralized broadcasting and multi-channel broadcasting system deployment. SignaSys provides application consultation and case analysis as well as system design and integration.

• Pinnacle Systems provides a complete solution for networked video servers and content distribution.

• TANDBERG Television provides video, audio, and data compression systems as well as interfacing, transmission, and network monitoring solutions.

Centralized broadcasting involves the linking of multiple stations over a given geographic region. Depending on the degree of centralization, the stations either are run from a single facility with centralized playout or, in a distributed approach, incorporate store-and-forward content distribution and remote automation. The consolidation of broadcast systems offers cost savings while also facilitating collaboration between multiple sites.

The Centralized Broadcasting Solutions Group will exhibit at the 143rd SMPTE Technical Conference and Exhibition, November 4-7 at the Hilton New York (Booth #180), and companies within the group will be available at their individual booths - Miranda (142/143/144), Encoda (178/179), and TANDBERG Television (103/104).

About Miranda Technologies

Miranda Technologies is a world leader in the research, development, and manufacture of digital video and audio equipment that is used in all stages of production and distribution, from point of acquisition through to transmission. With two major divisions ~ Broadcast and AV, as well as its new, fully-owned Miranda Media Networks media transport subsidiary ~ the company’s products have become standards in major TV networks, telcos, post-production facilities, and AV installations around the globe, providing conversion, command and control, presentation, monitoring, and video/audio distribution and transport. Miranda’s headquarters are in Montreal, and the company has major offices in Paris, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Wallingford, U.K. Miranda’s products are also represented worldwide by a network of professional distributors and dealers. For more information, visit www.miranda.com.

About Encoda Systems

Encoda Systems, Inc., a new company created by combining the operations of Columbine JDS Systems, Enterprise Systems, CCMS, and Drake Automation/DAL, provides comprehensive technology solutions for electronic media markets (broadcast television, cable, DBS, radio, streaming media, advertising agencies, media buyers, and national sales reps.). Encoda Systems offers one of the most complete arrays of business systems and automated delivery systems and services in the world. The Company has offices in Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, Michigan, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Hong Kong, and Australia. Encoda Systems is privately held with funding from a group including LiveWire Media, Thomas H. Lee Company, the Blackstone Group, Evercore Partners, and Spire Capital Partners. Additional information is available at www.encodasystems.com.

About Pinnacle Systems

Pinnacle Systems’streaming, broadcast, and consumer products provide video professionals and consumers cutting-edge digital video tools to create, store, distribute, and view Web-enabled digital video easier and more affordably than ever before. Pinnacle Systems may be reached at 650-526-1600 or at www.pinnaclesys.com.

About SignaSys, Inc.

SignaSys, Inc. provides concept-to-completion technology consultation and systems integration services to the international electronic media community. The SignaSys management team brings over 200 years of experience successfully creating and deploying innovative technology solutions for some of the media industry’s most influential companies.

About TANDBERG Television

TANDBERG Television (Oslo, Norway, Stock Exchange: TAT) is the market leader in the provision of open solutions for the digital broadcasting of audio, data, and video across various networks including cable, satellite, terrestrial, IP, and telecom. The company is an innovator in digital broadcasting, and its broad offering includes professional receivers, MPEG encoders, modulators, multiplexers, a range of solutions for transport stream processing, easy-to-use control and monitoring solutions, as well as market-leading digital satellite news gathering and digital ENG systems. For further information contact TANDBERG Television at 407-380-7055 or at www.tandbergtv.com.