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Video Furnace release 4.3

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. - Sept. 22, 2008 - Video Furnace (www.videofurnace.com), a leading provider of enterprise-class IP video solutions, today announced its next-generation IP video solution, version 4.3, is now available and provides network administrators with unprecedented management capabilities.

"With this new release, network administrators in every industry can control their IP video like they never have before," said Howard Weinzimmer, CEO, Video Furnace. "Every aspect of how IP video is used on the network is now under their complete command and control. They can remotely control any viewer on the system, deliver specific messages to targeted viewers or groups, customize the end-user viewing experience and more."

New features in the Video Furnace IP video solution enable network administrators to:
  • Send real-time messages to all open viewers on the system. Different or identical messages can be sent to individual viewers, all viewers within a specific building or geographic location, or nationwide.
  • Control content and change stations on any viewer in the system remotely
  • Scroll messages to any viewer in the system, such as emergency messages or event reminders that need to be communicated either immediately or via a schedule.
  • Save energy and money by turning off idle TVs and plasma screens.
  • Restrict the number of simultaneous viewing for licensed content.
  • Create multiple channel lineups.
  • Send slide shows with live video in a singe viewer.
  • Easily schedule and manage events.
  • Set permissions, schedules and report on usage from a single console.
  • Customize the end-user viewing experience, such as providing access to specific portions of a video, customizing the viewer interface, turning on closed-captioning or SAP audio program and more.
The system also:
  • Supports multiple, customizable lineups with specific channels and VODs for individual users or groups of users for intuitive and speedy navigation.
  • Includes advanced search capabilities for VOD, making it easy to find specific videos.

Video Furnace executives will be demonstrating the system during the Streaming Media West Conference (Booth 528), at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, Sept. 23 - 25.

A Wide Range of Users
Corporations, schools, financial institutions, the military and more use the Video Furnace IP video solution to increase efficiency, improve productivity, gain a competitive edge and save money. Who's using Video Furnace?

Enterprises - to display informational content on televisions and monitors, to archive and distribute training videos to the desktops of employees, and for surveillance. The military - to deliver classified and unclassified video to personnel who need it, for mission-critical communications, and to capture, store and review surveillance video. Brokerage firms - to feed multiple live financial broadcasts to trader's computers to keep them informed of critical market information throughout the day in real time. Reporters at news organizations globally - to monitor live, multiple video feeds on computers to keep apprised of breaking news and current events all day long. CEOs at multinational corporations - to broadcast key messages and announcement to employees in real time. Campus and corporate security - to broadcast alerts and instructions to students or staff during crisis situations. Schools - to deliver live, pre-scheduled and VOD programming to students, faculty and staff.

About the Video Furnace IP Video Distribution System
The Video Furnace IP video distribution system enables organizations in every industry to improve communication, enhance collaboration and distribute content in a compelling yet secure manner over their existing high-speed IP networks. Whatever the application, wherever there are networked TVs, plasma screens, set-top boxes, desktops or laptops, organizations can deliver live and recorded video, including high definition/H.264.

Video Furnace solutions support all operating systems, operate without risky players or plug-ins, require no end-user training and can scale to support thousands or millions of simultaneous viewers. Content is encoded in real-time. Output streams are fully MPEG 1/2/4 compliant at bit rates from 300 Kbps to 12 Mbps. All streams are FIPS-197 compliant and AES encrypted at 256 bits.

The Fortune 2000, government, higher education and other technology-intensive industries choose Video Furnace because it's the only solution that provides complete control over every aspect of managing and distributing any live and recorded video. With a rich feature set of powerful administrative controls plus real-time diagnostics and reporting, Video Furnace is unrivaled by any other IP video solution on the market.

The Video Furnace IP video distribution system recently received a Certificate of Networthiness for Department of Defense U.S. Army installations, making it the only Army-certified solution for providing video over IP (see www.videofurnace.com/news-releases/19).

Techex is the European distributor for VideoFurnace. To discuss becoming a reseller or an introduction to one of our qualified partners please give us a call.

About Techex
Techex is an industry leading distributor of video transmission technology with operations and associate companies in the UK, Spain, USA, Hong Kong and South America. Having specialised in graphics and video since 1972 Techex occupies a unique position in the digital media market representing cutting edge technology companies such as Exterity, Video Furnace, Haivision, T-VIPS, Optibase, Integral Technologies, Viewcast and Winnov among others. With sister operations that also specialize in value added distribution, system integration, project management, consultancy and e-commerce, few if any other company can offer both suppliers and clients the broad range of products and services that Techex has done successfully for the last 36 years. www.techex.co.uk.

About Video Furnace
Video Furnace is a leading provider of end-to-end, enterprise-class IP video solutions. With more than 3 million users daily worldwide, the six-year-old company quickly has established its IP video system as the video distribution technology of choice in commercial, education and government settings. Privately held, the Chicago-area company distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators and distributors. More information is available at www.videofurnace.com.

The Video Furnace IP video distribution supports Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris 10 operating systems.
Video Furnace is a trademark of Video Furnace.