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Blonder Tongue and Zixi Partner to Introduce the New LiveCast Encoder at 2015 NAB Show

Low-Cost Solution To Deliver Broadcast Quality Live Video Via IPTV Transport Over Public Internet

Waltham, MA(26 Mar 2015)

Blonder Tongue (NYSE MKT:BDR) and Zixi, LLC. have teamed up to create a broadcast quality encoder that allows broadcasters, sports networks and service providers to utilize public internet networks as a way to deliver studio-quality IP video reliably and securely over IP.

The Blonder Tongue LiveCast encoder leverages the Zixi software development kit (SDK) to integrate the Zixi Feeder inside the Blonder Tongue LiveCast encoder, that when combined offers a cost effective, proven, secure, reliable method for delivering live content over standard internet connections.  The LiveCast encoder locally encodes a live stream from a serial digital interface (SDI) source used in professional video.  The output is a high-quality H.264 high definition (HD) or standard definition (SD) stream that is encapsulated in the Zixi transport protocol and sent over the public internet to a cloud based video media server or service provider for future processing into the multiscreen workflow. 

Zixi incorporates a reliable UDP-based protocol providing powerful content-aware bandwidth optimization, error correction, packet loss recovery and clock sync technologies to ensure pristine broadcast video delivery over unmanaged IP connections.  The combination of Blonder Tongue’s broadcast quality encoding engine and Zixi’s video-optimized protocol provides a solution to easily adapt to leveraging public internet for reliable contribution from anywhere.  The architecture allows for significant cost saving over traditional methods including satellite, building fiber or leasing dedicated bandwidth from third party providers while expanding the ability to deliver content from anywhere an internet connection is available.

“Many of our customer’s applications are not connected via a private network, whether it be for university distance learning, back-hauling live sporting events, or streaming.  With the help of the Zixi broadcaster, the capability to connect via the public Internet opens up all kinds of possibilities,” said Jeff Smith, vice president of sales at Blonder Tongue.

“We are excited to be adding Blonder Tongue to the Zixi EcoZystem of partners. Blonder Tongue specializes in both enterprise and commercial applications like hospitality, schools, prisons, hospitals, etc. The LiveCast encoder benefits our combined customers and gives users a wide variety of options for delivering broadcast-quality video supporting a broad range of workflows,” said Omer Peled, product manager at Zixi.

The LiveCast encoder may be seen at the National Association of Broadcaster (NAB) show April 13-16 in Las Vegas, in booth SU6524 (Blonder Tongue) and SU10802 (Zixi).  More information on Blonder Tongue products and Zixi products are available at www.blondertongue.com or www.zixi.com.   

About Zixi

Zixi is revolutionizing contribution, management, production, distribution and consumption of studio-quality video over the Internet. By enabling broadcast news, live sports, service providers, enterprises and video equipment manufacturers to use unmanaged IP networks like the Internet for reliable content delivery to any device, any time anywhere. Zixi’s proven, unique transport software eliminates the problems in transporting video that are inherent in IP networks and delivers video of unprecedented quality with no stutter, packet loss or frame-freeze regardless of network conditions. Customers using Zixi to enhance their users’ experiences include NASDAQ OMX, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Stryker and News Corp. Zixi is privately held and based in Waltham, MA. 

About Blonder Tongue

Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) together with R. L. Drake Holdings, LLC — its wholly owned subsidiary — offer customers more than 130 years of combined engineering and manufacturing excellence with solid histories of delivering reliable, quality products. As a leader in the field of cable television communications, the Company provides system operators and integrators serving the cable, broadcast, satellite, IPTV, institutional, and professional video markets with comprehensive solutions for the provision of content contribution, distribution, and video delivery to homes and businesses. The Company designs, manufactures, sells, and supports an equipment portfolio of standard- and high-definition digital video solutions, as well as core analog video and high-speed data solutions for distribution over coax, fiber, and IP networks. Additional information on the Company and its products can be found at www.blondertongue.com and www.rldrake.com.