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Encoda Systems Automation Division Reports Year over Year Growth of 18% for Q3

New Installations in the United States, Germany, South Africa, Russia, Australia Fuel Growth

 

11/11/2003

Denver, CO -- Encoda Systems Automation Division is reporting a worldwide revenue growth of 18% year over year for Q3 2003 as compared to the same period in 2002. The combination of introducing powerful new content management capabilities and winning new customer accounts drove increased revenue in the quarter. For the nine months ending September 30, 2003, Encoda Systems Automation realized a 17% revenue growth over 2002, led by gains of 26% in the Europe/Middle East/Africa and 9% in North and South America.

The company’s outstanding expansion during the third quarter was fueled by a series of major installations, expansions and upgrades around the world. These included:

  • Digital Playout Center GMBH in Unterfoehring near Munich is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Premiere subscription TV station. The company currently transmits more than 100 analog and digital television and radio programs as well as data services per uplink to the satellite. They are adding a new 35 channel Encoda automation system to be implemented in two phases;
  • MNET Electronic Media Networks in Randburg, South Africa, a pay television network service upgrading in phases to a 26-channel fully digitized automation system. The first phase will include an eight channel automation system that includes Encoda’s newly introduced Ingest Client media management module;
  • THT is a commercial television network based in Moscow that outputs customized programming for six different regions across Russia. A customer for five years, THT is upgrading its automation solution and adding Encoda-supplied video servers;
  • Crown Media of Greenwood Village, Colorado, a 24-hour pay television network service delivering the Hallmark Channel domestically and internationally in more than 40 languages, has installed Encoda’s Dual Content Manager software that allows the customer to remotely ingest and store content and related metadata at its Los Angeles facility and access the content for later on-air play from its Denver transmission facility by reading the metadata stored with the clip.
  • KOB-TV, the NBC affiliate in Albuquerque, New Mexico is adding a three channel automation solution that includes Encoda’s newly introduced Ingest Client media management module;
  • Southern Cross Broadcasting Australia is a television network with common regional programming and local commercial insertions covering most of Eastern Australia. They have chosen Encoda to centralize their five analog sites and 24 channels into one digital facility located in Canberra. According to SCB Engineering Manager Rod Giddy, “It was the capacity for workflow and ease of use of the Encoda system which sold us. The Encoda system is more suited to the increased multi-market operation than our previous automation system and our presentation operators adapted well.” SCB Director of Engineering and Technology Raoul Prideaux added, “The cost of the new centralized Encoda system was much less than the cost of upgrading the system we currently used.”

“We are extremely pleased that our existing and new customers are calling upon Encoda Automation to assist them with their expansion projects,” explained Steve L’Heureux, president, Encoda Systems’ Automation Division. “Our significant investment in new product enhancements and a world-class customer support organization is driving our sales success. Already we’re seeing strong momentum continue into the fourth quarter as well. Encoda Systems Automation customers tell us they chose our solution because they trust us to deliver a superior multichannel automation solution designed for mission critical broadcast transmission operations and back it up with the best service and support in the industry.”

Spotlight on MNET South Africa

MNET is in the process of upgrading its systems, a pay television service based in Randsburg, South Africa. Transmission manager Attie Van Wyk and Chief Engineer Baxter DeJager recently chose Encoda Systems’ Automation team to devise and implement a plan to take the broadcaster from the terrestrial analog control system to a digital satellite operation. “We first installed an Encoda System for automation in 1991 and will be upgrading over the next two years to digital,” explained Hagen. “We have been impressed with reports coming from other DTH (Direct to Home) satellite transmission facilities on the success of the Encoda automation solution and will replicate it in South Africa with a migration plan for the 26 channels that originate in Johannesburg.”

About Encoda Systems Automation Division

The Encoda Systems Automation Division is delivering mission critical solutions for the broadcast industry to enable integrated management of the digital media supply chain. Encoda’s high availability automation architecture and real-time operating system offer the industry’s most scalable and robust multi-channel automation system on the market. Encoda Automation solutions automate over 4000 channels in 29 countries around the world.

About Encoda Systems, Inc.

Encoda Systems is the global leader in business solutions for the media industry. Encoda Systems is a leading global supplier of automation, sales, traffic, programming and financial systems for the broadcast, cable, and satellite industries. Most of the leading television, radio, cable and satellite broadcasting companies in the world now use its systems.

The company is also a major provider of software solutions for advertising agencies, media buying companies and national media sales representative organizations. Given its unique involvement across all aspects of the media buy-sell process, Encoda has become the leading innovator in the deployment of electronic transactional solutions, such as electronic invoicing, electronic contracting and agency-rep exchange systems.

For additional information on Encoda Systems’ Automation solutions, please call 303-237-4000 or visit www.encodasystems.com and click on Automation.