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NewTek to Giveaway $25,000 in HD Production Equipment on Current Varsity Tour

NewTek MINI HD production vehicle complete with 22-channel, 1080p native, rack mount system to deliver live demonstrations in 12 cities

SAN ANTONIO(16 Sep 2010)

NewTek, worldwide leader in video and 3D animation products, takes to the road with their fall edition of the TriCasts America: Varsity Tour, demonstrating the power of newly released TriCaster TCXD850 high definition (HD) portable live production system. The tour kicks off in NewTek's home town of San Antonio on September 30 and ends in Phoenix on November 8. The NewTek MINI Cooper, what could be the world's smallest, HD live television production vehicle, will cover some 5,500 miles, stopping in 12 cities in the Midwest and along the west coast.

As the latest addition to the NewTek family of portable live production systems, TriCaster TCXD850 is a 22-channel, 1080p native switcher in a 4U rack mount form factor that is suitable for desktop and portable live production. For a complete list of TriCaster TCXD850 benefits, visit: www.newtek.com/tricaster

The public is invited to participate in the tour and register for free demonstrations. As part of the tour, NewTek will give away a TriCaster TCXD850 and Live Text 2, valued at over $25,000. Register at www.varsitytour.com.

Check out the NewTek TriCasts America: Varsity Tour schedule below:

September 30: San Antonio

October 5: Dallas

October 7: St. Louis

October 12: Chicago

October 14: Kansas City, KS

October 18: Salt Lake City

October 20: Seatle

October 21: *Portland, OR

October 25: San Francisco                                                 

October 26: San Jose, CA                                   

October 28: San Diego                                                     

November 8: Phoenix

"NewTek TriCaster and 3PLAY have allowed us to create professional-level productions of our Division I hockey and basketball games, without the cost and space required for high-end broadcast equipment," said George Gardner, associate director of athletics for external affairs, Northeastern University. "Utilizing our arena's new LED center-hung video board, we are able to deliver a fully-digital production with complete integration of instant replays, thus enhancing the game-day experience for students, alumni, and fans everywhere."

For schools, NewTek has drastically reduced the price of TriCaster STUDIO by nearly 50 percent to $4,995 (previously $9,495). The price has also decreased significantly for commercial customers, to $8,995 (previously $9,995).

With TriCaster, anyone can simultaneously produce, live stream, broadcast, project and record HD and SD network-style productions. A single operator or small team can switch between multiple cameras, virtual inputs and live virtual sets, while inserting clips, titles and motion graphics with multi-channel effects. TriCaster is used by schools, broadcasters, sports organizations, houses of worship, government agencies and others to provide a new level of extended programming and content to their audiences.

*EDITOR'S NOTE: While in Portland, OR, TriCaster TCXD850 will be used to produce and live stream a local high school football game. On Friday, October 22, crosstown rivals Oregon City High School and Lakeridge High School will play at Lakeridge Stadium. NewTek will take this opportunity to demonstrate how TriCaster is used for school sporting events. Watch the Portland game live at: http://tv.newtek.com/.

Pricing and Availability
TriCaster TCXD850 in NTSC retails in North America for US$24,995, and in multi-standard for US$27,995. The TriCaster family of products in NTSC is available in North America starting at US$4,995 for education, and in multi-standard for US$5,995. For more information, please visit www.newtek.com or call NewTek Sales at 800-368-5441. International callers dial +1-210-370-8000.

About NewTek
Benefiting producers and artists with cost-effective and groundbreaking technologies, NewTek is a worldwide leader in portable live production, video editing, 3D animation and special effects tools, including the TriCaster product line, 3PLAY and LightWave 3D. NewTek has won numerous industry accolades, including two EmmyAwards.

Clients include: Johns Hopkins University, Northeastern University, St. John's University, Xavier University, ESPN X Games, NBA Development League, New York Giants, MTV,  Peter Himmelman's "Furious World," ESPN Radio, The Steve Harvey Radio Show, Fox News, BBC, NHL, Nickelodeon, Fox Sports, USA TODAY, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NewTek products have been used in blockbuster films and television shows, including "Avatar," "Repo Men," "Alice in Wonderland," "Tintin," "The Dark Knight," "Iron Man," "Caprica," "V," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Lost," "Fringe" and more.

NewTek is privately owned and based in San Antonio, Texas.  For more information, please visit: www.newtek.com.