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International Datacasting Chosen for Expansion of U.S. Government Broadcast Network

Follow-On Contract in Excess of $1 Million US for Worldwide Satellite Network

IDC-logoOttawa, ON – International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) (“IDC” or the “Corporation”) announces a contract to support the U.S. Government, valued in excess of USD $1Million, for the expansion of its worldwide satellite broadcast network.

The contract includes the selection of additional SuperFlex Pro Data receiver/routers for a centralized broadcast network that distributes encrypted data files and live streams to remote U.S. government agencies throughout the world.

This order was based upon the customer’s previous experience with IDC receivers as robust and highly reliable units for its mission-critical communications. This solution enables the U.S. Government to optimize and expand its distribution network to additional global agencies.

“Currently, no other receiver provides this type of decryption,” said Del Lippert, Chairman of the Board and Interim CEO at IDC.  “The security and reliability of this receiver is evidenced by its continued deployment at installations like this where a system simply cannot fail.”

The receivers provide a highly secure and reliable network to deliver live streams and file-based programming to a large worldwide network of remote sites. This fully integrated solution allows for the reception of IP content over satellite via a secure, encrypted link and seamless distribution into the local LAN.  As part of its SuperFlex networking solution, IDC provides end-to-end secure networks to its global customer base.

About International Datacasting Corporation:

International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) is a global leader in digital content distribution for the world’s premiere broadcasters in radio, television, data and digital cinema. IDC offers a broad portfolio of advanced solutions including the STAR Pro Audio solution, LASERTM Targeted Ad Insertion platform, and the Digital TattooTM DTH Over IP Gateway. The company’s products and solutions are in demand for radio and television networks, targeted ad insertion, digital cinema, 3D live events, satellite news gathering, sports contribution, VOD, and IPTV. IDC is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with regional offices in Arnhem, the Netherlands and in San Diego, California. The company has installations in over 100 countries and service offices in Thailand and Singapore, and an international network of value-added partners and resellers. For more information visit: www.datacast.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release contains certain information that may constitute “forward-looking information” and/or “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. All forward-looking information and forward-looking statements are necessarily based on a number of estimates and assumptions that are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. All statements other than statements which are reporting results as well as statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements that may involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors; many of which are beyond the ability of IDC to control or predict.

Forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by use of the words “may”, “will”, “should”, “continue”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “believe”, “intend”, “plan or “project” or the negative of these words or other variations on these words or comparable terminology. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.  Risk factors that might cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: competitive developments; risks associated with IDC’s growth; expectations regarding new product initiatives and timing, including the STAR Pro Audio solution, LASER™ Targeted Ad Insertion Platform and Digital TattooTM DTH Over IP Gateway; any difficulties with integrating acquired product lines into IDC’s business and/or manufacturing procedures; any difficulties or disputes with IDC’s subcontractors, contract manufacturers and suppliers; IDC’s dependence on the development and growth of the satellite services market; a lengthy and variable sales cycle for IDC’s products and services; IDC’s reliance on a small number of customers for a large percentage of its revenue; expectations with respect to the sufficiency of its financial resources and liquidity; regulatory risks and intellectual property infringement.

More detailed information about potential factors that could affect IDC’s financial and business results is included in the public documents IDC files from time to time with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Except as expressly required by applicable law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  Forward-looking statements are provided to assist external stakeholders in understanding IDC’s expectations as at the date of this release and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements.

 

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Azteca America Chooses Digital Nirvana’s Monitor IQ™ Essentials for ATSC QAM Broadcast Monitoring

Leading U.S. Hispanic network uses Monitor IQ™ Essentials 

to ensure FCC compliance across multiple channels

Newark, CA — Azteca America, the nation’s third largest Hispanic television network based in Glendale, CA, has chosen Digital Nirvana’s Monitor IQ Essentials BMS (Broadcast Monitoring System) to ensure FCC regulatory compliance of its many network feeds.

As a subsidiary of the Mexican broadcast network TV Azteca, in Mexico City, Azteca America delivers TV Azteca as its primary service along with three Spanish language sub-channels to over 55 U.S. markets.  The network reaches roughly 89-percent of the total U.S. Latino population via satellite, cable, mobile, and Internet platforms.

Azteca America selected Monitor IQ Essentials, one of four versions of Monitor IQ that enables multi-channel HD/SD recording, logging, air-check monitoring, loudness monitoring, searching, repurposing and archive, among many vital quality control functions.  The network uses Monitor IQ Essentials to monitor its ATSC/QAM signals to ensure that closed captioning airs properly on all of its programming.  It can also monitor on-air signals to verify compliance with other federal mandates, such as loudness regulations imposed by The CALM Act.

“We’ve been using this product for several months now and rely on it heavily because it’s so easy to use.  Monitor IQ Essentials has a powerful search engine that makes it easy for one or multiple people to search for assets like closed captioning to ensure that they were indeed present throughout our broadcast programming,” said Andrew Cain, engineering and operations manager for Azteca America.  “If there is any quality control issue, the system pinpoints exactly where the problem is.

“We initially ordered the product to document that closed captioning is airing properly on our children’s programming,” Cain added.  “Today we use Monitor IQ Essentials to monitor the ATSC/QAM signals of our primary and three secondary channels.  We also use it to create a DVD with video clips as well as quarterly reports to document that our signal aired in compliance with FCC regulations.”

“We’re extremely pleased that Azteca America has chosen our Monitor IQ Essentials system to ensure FCC compliance and quality control,” said Ned Chini, vice president of sales and marketing, Digital Nirvana. “The prospect of monitoring, logging, and recording all of the content that airs concurrently on multiple channels is a daunting, labor-intensive task for any broadcaster. Our Monitor IQ products streamline and automate this mission critical process so that broadcasters like Azteca America can focus their energies on creating and delivering high-quality programming content to their audience.”

In its full form, the Monitor IQ BMS (Broadcast Monitoring System) combines the functionality of content recording (HD and SD in full resolution), content searching, retrieval and repurposing, Web publishing, signal monitoring, air-check logging, archiving, ad verification and tracking, and competitive analysis in a scalable networked appliance. Its Web-based management user interface makes it easy to use for technical and non-technical personnel. It is the only broadcast monitoring system that provides centralized management, automatic ad detection, a director’s audio track, as well as an advanced metadata harvester™.   Advanced metadata harvesting provides the ability to track the location of any data or discrepancies the system logs and collects from alarms or from broadcast feeds.

Because this platform is based on open web services (REST) API’s, the software can be easily integrated with third party products and scales from one to multiple servers and from one to hundreds of channels.  All Digital Nirvana solutions are web enabled, so users can access the software through any standard web browser without ActiveX component.

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The industry-leading Monitor IQ Broadcast Monitoring System from Digital Nirvana is a full-featured monitoring platform incorporating the most advanced capabilities available in an affordable, networked appliance. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California and has operations in multiple locations globally.

Further information is available at www.digital-nirvana.com.