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ESS Introduces the World’s First CODEC with Hardware MQA Hi-Res Rendering

Thu, 03/01/2019 - 18:30

SABRE® DAC provides hardware MQA-rendering in low-power audiophile CODEC.

MILPITAS, Calif., Jan. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ESS Technology, the industry leader in audio and analog design, announced today the ES9068Q Low-Power Audiophile CODEC.  The newest in a line of SABRE® DACs, it is designed for small desktop and portable applications with demanding audio specifications.  This is the first product to offer an integrated hardware MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) renderer that makes MQA playback easy and cost efficient.  This is also the first product in the series with CODEC capabilities; it features microphone support as well as stereo PDM inputs.

The ES9068Q will offer Best-in-Class performance based on the SABRE DAC architecture with HyperStream® II modulation and can be used as a functional upgrade to the successful ES9018K2M, ES9028Q2M, and ES9038Q2M products. The ES9068Q provides a Dynamic Range of 128dBA and total harmonic distortion of -120dB THD+N.  The DAC can support a wide range of input formats including: PCM up to 32bit 768kHz, DSD1024, DoP, SPDIF, and MQA. 

MQA technology is becoming widely accepted as the standard for distributing ultra-high-quality music across a variety of platforms.  The encoding process folds extra information into the signal that can be recovered later.  The subsequent “unfolding” process takes place in two steps: the first unfold, called Core Decoding, can be done on most DSP systems, and system designers looking to implement this can take advantage of standard code.  The final step in the unfolding, called rendering, needs to be done in tight cooperation with the DAC.  The quality of the rendering depends on the DAC output filters, and this has typically involved hand tuning each design.  However, the ES9068Q’s hardware rendering takes care of all the tuning automatically, without the need for special tuning.  As the ES9068Q will automatically detect the MQA stream and engage the rendering, the entire process requires no additional design work.

This new CODEC is a great solution for USB headsets that utilize the microphone input and can be combined with wireless radios to create wireless systems that are able to stream high quality MQA music.   The ES9068Q is also a great fit for a desktop DAC or mini-system that benefits from great sound quality and easy design.

Samples and evaluation boards are available and the ES9068 will be featured for listening in the ESS demo suite at the 2019 CES show in Las Vegas, January 8th - 11th.  For more information, contact your local sales representative. 

About ESS Technology
For more than three decades, ESS Technology has been on the cutting edge of audio technology. A privately-held fabless semiconductor company, ESS Technology designs and markets high-performance analog and HiFi audio devices for mobile, consumer, automotive, and professional audiophile systems. The company was founded in 1984, and today ESS Technology is best known for its SABRE series of high-performance audio products. For more information, visit http://www.esstech.com.

About MQA

Using pioneering scientific research into how people hear, the MQA team has created a technology that captures the sound of the original studio performance. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and small enough to stream, while also being backward compatible, so you can play MQA music on any device. MQA’s award-winning technology is licensed by labels, music services and hardware manufacturers worldwide, and is certified by the RIAA. MQA is a UK-based private company. 

For more information visit www.mqa.co.uk

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United States $12 Bn Wireless Speaker Market Outlook and Forecast 2018-2023

Thu, 03/01/2019 - 17:51

Dublin, Jan. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Wireless Speaker Market in US - Industry Outlook and Forecast 2018-2023" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The US wireless speaker market is anticipated to reach revenues of approximately $12 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of more than 13% during 2018-2023.

This market research report on US wireless speaker market offers analysis on market size & forecast, market share, industry trends, growth drivers, and vendor analysis. The market study also includes insights on segmentation by connectivity type (Bluetooth speaker and wifi-speakers), by price range (low-end, mid-range, and premium), by end users (residential and commercial end-users), and by distribution (retail and online).

US Wireless Speaker Market - Overview

The exponential proliferation of smartphones, tablets, PCs, or other dedicated wireless controllers is propelling the requirement of smart devices and boosting the growth of US wireless speaker market. The focus on developing the connectivity technology is leading to the introduction of the Bluetooth speakers and Wi-Fi speakers in the US market. The growing demand for advanced audio equipment will augment the growth of the US market.

The launch and commercialization of smart and connected devices will help vendors meet the consumer preferences and requirements in the market. The introduction of new product models with innovative features that increases the convenience of using these devices will revolutionize the US market over the next few years. The increasing in consumer spending limits and the economic recovery is creating lucrative prospects for smart speaker companies operating in the US market. The increasing adoption of highly durable consumer appliances will drive the demand in the market.

The launch of waterproof Bluetooth speakers and rugged Bluetooth speakers will transform the US market. The continuous product innovation has led to the introduction of smart speakers with voice assistant technology in the US market. Additionally, the integration of voice-assistance technology in household appliances, enhanced marketing, and growing visibility of these products through online retail channels will led to the development of the US wireless speaker market.

US Wireless Speaker Market at a Glance

The growing presence of online retailers such as Amazon and eBay offering a wide range of products from several vendors will boost the sales and revenues in the US market. The leading manufacturers are investing in the R&D of innovative products that can add value, enhance home experience, and offer the ease of convenience to attract maximum number of consumers in the market. The report also provides market size details in terms of unit shipment during the forecast period.

US Wireless Speaker Market - Dynamics

The increasing adoption of smart homes that increase connectivity of household applications will contribute to the growth of the US wireless speaker market. The use of automation of systems that provides integrated, centralized control of individual systems such as small appliances, consumer electronics, environmental control systems, and building components is an integral part of smart home environment. The top players are thereby, identifying the need to launch and innovate smart speaker systems that are compatible with the concept of smart homes to boost their revenues in the US market. The launch of systems that offer enhanced connectedness and the ability to converge voice-assistance technology with the smart home concept will fuel the development of the market during the forecast period. Additionally, the efforts to digitalize home and home applications will have a positive impact on the US wireless speaker market.

US Wireless Speaker Market - Segmentation

This market research report includes a detailed segmentation of the market by connectivity type, price range, end-user type, and distribution channels.

US Wireless Speaker Market - By Connectivity

Advanced battery technology for Bluetooth Speaker will boost sales in the US wireless speaker market during forecast period.

The US wireless speaker market by connectivity is segmented into Bluetooth speaker (traditional Bluetooth speaker, waterproof Bluetooth speaker, and rugged Bluetooth speaker) and Wi-Fi speaker (Wi-Fi only speaker, hybrid speaker, smart speakers, non-smart speakers, singleroom speaker, and multiroom speaker). Bluetooth speakers dominated a significant portion of the market share in 2017, growing at a CAGR of around 11% during the forecast period. The increasing focus on production innovation and launch of systems with a unique design and latest technology is fueling the growth of this segment in the US market. The increasing investment in battery technology will help manufactures boost the battery backup in Bluetooth speakers in the US market. These innovations have led to the improvement of battery capacity that can run continuously up to 16 to 24 hours in a single charge. Moreover, the innovations in Bluetooth technology, introduction of new models, and decreasing ASP are some of the major factors augmenting the growth of this segment in the US wireless speaker market.

US Wireless Speaker Market - By End-Users

Residential segment are the largest end-users in the US wireless speaker market.

The end-users segment in the US wireless speaker market is classified into residential end-users and commercial end-users. The residential end-user occupied the largest market share in 2017, growing at a CAGR of approximately 14% during the forecast period. This end-user segment consists of individuals who buy speakers for their home use or residential purposes. The smart home users form the largest users of these innovative systems in the residential segment. These speakers are widely used as home entertainment systems by individuals in the US market. These find applications for music streaming via smartphones or PCs among end-users in the US market. Some households may have more than one speaker installed thereby, driving the demand for these sound reinforcement devices in the market. Multi-room speakers are gaining massive popularity and boosting growth of the US wireless speaker market.

US Wireless Speaker Market - By Distribution Channel

Emergence of various online retail giants will propel growth of the US wireless speaker market during forecast period.

The US wireless speaker market by distribution channel is categorized into retail (specialty stores, mass market players, and electronic stores) and online channels. The online channel dominated the majority market share in 2017, growing at a CAGR of over 11% during the forecast period. The increasing proliferation of online retail giants such as Amazon, eBay, and Best Buy that offer a wide range of products will attribute to the growing sales in this segment in the US market. The increasing number of online OEMs' e-commerce portals and online direct-to-consumer stores will boost revenues in the US market. Factors such as ease-of-accessibility, convenience, and affordability is promoting the popularity of these channels among consumers in the market. Many vendors are offering YouTube tutorial videos that help beginners get knowledge of the working and setting-up voice-assistant speakers. These benefits will augment the growth of this segment in the US wireless speaker market during the forecast period.

Key Vendor Analysis

The US wireless speaker market is very concentrated and the top players control over 90% of the market share. The rapid changes in technological environment is boosting consumer expectations and intensifying the competition in the US market. The manufacturers focus on continual innovations and upgrades will help them sustain the level of competition in the market. The increasing investment in the development of Bluetooth-only based, Wi-Fi-only based devices, and hybrid systems will help vendors gain a larger market share. The introduction of systems with high functionality and innovative designs will lead players attract larger group consumers in the US wireless speaker market during the forecast period.

The major vendors in the US market are:

  • Alphabet (Google)
  • Amazon.com
  • BEATS Electronics (Apple)
  • Bose
  • HARMAN International (Samsung)
  • Sonos
  • Sony

Other Companies Mentioned:

  • Altec Lansing
  • Anker Innovations
  • AOMAIS
  • Apple
  • Axess
  • Avnera
  • Baidu
  • Bang & Olufsen
  • Beijing LingLong (JD.com)
  • Braven
  • Creative Technology
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • DOSS
  • D&M Holdings (Denon)
  • Edifier
  • Fabriq
  • Facebook
  • Forcovr (Shenzhen Guowei Security)
  • iClever
  • ION Audio
  • Invoxia
  • Jam Audio
  • KaKao
  • KitSound by Kondor
  • Klipsch Group
  • Koninklijke Philips
  • KT
  • Lenovo
  • LG Electronics
  • Libratone
  • LINE Corporation
  • Logitech
  • Mobvoi
  • Monster Cable Products
  • Mpow
  • Mycroft AI
  • NAVER Corporation
  • NVIDIA
  • Onkyo & Pioneer
  • Orange
  • Panasonic Corporation
  • Photive
  • Plantronics
  • Polk Audio
  • Rock Space (RENQING TECHNOLOGY)
  • Samsung Electronics
  • SHARKK
  • Sharp
  • SK Telecom
  • Skullcandy
  • SoundBot
  • Supersonic
  • Telefnica
  • Tencent
  • The House of Marley
  • Tribit audio
  • VicTsing
  • Xiaomi
  • Yamaha
  • Yandex
  • Zebronics

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/m7sp4b/united_states_12?w=12

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CONTACT: CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager press@researchandmarkets.com For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 Related Topics: Audio Equipment

Global Consumer Headphones (Music & Sports) Market Analysis Report 2018 Featuring Bose & Apple

Thu, 03/01/2019 - 14:59

Dublin, Jan. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Analysis of the Global Consumer Headphones Market, 2018" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

This study provides an overview of the global market for consumer headphones used in music and sports. Music headphones are (stereo) headphones designed to enable the highest-quality sound (and other audio content) consumption.

Consumer headphones have become an important and dynamic consumer technology category that Apple-owned Beats Electronics and Bose have been at the forefront of.

Frequently, these headphones also include (multidirectional) microphones that enable them to be used for calls as a secondary application. Music headphones can be corded or cordless, using mainly either a 3.5mm jack or Bluetooth connectivity. Some headphones designed for professional use are included in this analysis. Typically, music headphones are used with mobile devices, tablets, and personal computers.

Similar to music headphones, sports headphones are designed to enable high-quality music (and other audio content) consumption. Frequently, these headphones also include (multidirectional) microphones that enable them to also be used for calls as a secondary application.

Sports headphones tend to offer additional physical features such as a firm grip, and water and sweat resistance. Sports headphones exist in corded and cordless forms, using mainly either a 3.5mm jack or Bluetooth connectivity. The most common use-case for this type of headphones is the operation in conjunction with mobile devices at the time of engagement in sports activities.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Executive Summary

  • Key Findings

2. Definitions, Scope, and Methodology

  • Definitions and Scope
  • Research Methodology

3. Market-Driving Mega Trends

  • 2017 Mega Trends
  • Mega Trends Affecting Consumer Headphones

4. Drivers and Restraints

  • Key Drivers and Restraints

5. The Market in Figures

  • Consumer Headphones for Music and Sports - Revenue by Global Region

6. Companies to Action

  • Key Headphone Vendors

7. The Last Word

8. Appendix

  • List of Exhibits

Companies Featured

  • Apple
  • Bose

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/nhnsld/global_consumer?w=12

Research and Markets also offers Custom Research services providing focused, comprehensive and tailored research.

CONTACT: CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager press@researchandmarkets.com For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 Related Topics: Audio Equipment

Stingray Abandons Plans to Acquire Music Choice

Wed, 02/01/2019 - 18:00

MONTREAL, Jan. 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stingray Group Inc. (TSX: RAY. A; RAY. B.), a leading music, media, and technology company, today announced that its previously-announced endeavors to acquire Music Choice have been terminated. Stingray does not intend to make any additional comments regarding this matter.

“While we continue to see benefits in a combination of Music Choice with Stingray, we are extremely confident in our strategic direction and are excited by the significant opportunities before us,” said Eric Boyko, President, Co-Founder and CEO of Stingray. “Following Stingray’s recently announced distribution agreement with Altice USA (NYSE: ATUS), which will bring 50 Stingray Music audio channels and hundreds of music videos from Stingray’s On-Demand catalog to Altice USA’s Optimum and Suddenlink subscribers, Stingray has signalled its commitment to winning the U.S. market. We believe Stingray is well-positioned to continue as the supplier of choice in the United States for curated B2B and direct-to-consumer services.”

About Stingray

Montreal-based Stingray Group Inc. (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B) is a leading music, media, and technology company with over 1,200 employees worldwide. Stingray is a premium provider of curated direct-to-consumer and B2B services, including audio television channels, more than 100 radio stations, SVOD content, 4K UHD television channels, karaoke products, digital signage, in-store music, and music apps, which have been downloaded over 101 million times. Stingray reaches 400 million subscribers (or users) in 156 countries. For more information: www.stingray.com.

For more information, please contact:

Mathieu Péloquin
Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Communications
Stingray
1 514-664-1244, ext. 2362
mpeloquin@stingray.com

Transactions in relation to share buyback program

Wed, 02/01/2019 - 16:00

Acting under its share buyback authorization, the GN Store Nord Board of Directors initiated a share buyback program on May 2, 2018, in accordance with article 5 of the regulation (EU) no. 596/2014 of 16 April 2014 on market abuse and the delegated regulation (EU) no. 2016/1052 of 8 March 2016, also referred to as the Safe Harbor rules (company announcement no. 15 of May 2, 2018).

The share buyback program has been initiated in order to reduce the company’s share capital and to cover obligations under the long-term incentive program. Under the share buyback program, which runs from May 2, 2018 and will end no later than March 14, 2019, GN intends to buy back shares for an amount of up to DKK 1,000 million.

The following transactions have been made under the program in the period December 25, 2018 – December 31, 2018:

 No. of sharesAverage purchase price, DKKTransaction Value, DKK  December 27, 20187,000243.311,703,139  December 28, 20183,000244.79734,380Accumulated under the program2,370,831276.19654,799,635

Following the above transactions GN holds a total of 13,107,872 own shares corresponding to a nominal value of DKK 52,431,488 and 9.0% of the total share capital and the total voting rights in the company. On a weekly basis, GN will announce the number and value of repurchased shares in company announcements to Nasdaq Copenhagen.

For further information, please contact:

Investors and analysts
Peter Justesen
VP – Investor Relations & Treasury
Tel: +45 45 75 87 16

Or

Rune Sandager
Senior Manager Investor Relations 
Tel: +45 45 75 92 57


Press and the media
Lars Otto Andersen-Lange
Head of Media Relations & Corporate Public Affairs
Tel: +45 45 75 02 55


About GN Group
The GN Group is a global leader in intelligent audio solutions that let you hear more, do more and be more than you ever thought possible. With our unique competencies within medical, professional and consumer audio solutions, we transform lives through the power of sound: Hearing aids that enhance the lives of people with hearing loss; integrated headset and communications solutions that assist professionals in all types of businesses to be more productive; wireless headsets and earbuds designed to support calls, music and media consumption.

With world leading expertise in the human ear, sound, wireless technology and miniaturization, GN’s innovative and intelligent audio solutions are marketed by the brands ReSound, Beltone, Interton, Jabra and Blueparrott in 100 countries across the world. Founded in 1869, the GN Group today has more than 5,500 employees and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (GN.CO).

Visit our homepage GN.com - and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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Stingray Signs Distribution Agreement with Altice USA

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 06:38

Altice USA to Provide Optimum and Suddenlink Customers with Stingray Music’s Exceptional Entertainment Experience including Popular Audio Channels and On-Demand Music Videos

MONTREAL, Dec. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stingray Group Inc. (TSX: RAY. A; RAY. B.), a leading music, media, and technology company, is ending 2018 on a high note. The company today signalled further expansion in the United States with the signature of a distribution agreement with Altice USA (NYSE: ATUS), one of the largest broadband communications and video services providers in the United States, bringing 50 Stingray Music audio channels and hundreds of music videos from Stingray’s On-Demand catalog to Altice USA’s millions of Optimum and Suddenlink subscribers.

Under the terms of the deal, Stingray Music and Stingray Music Videos will be included on Altice USA’s Optimum and Suddenlink lineups. The deal also provides Altice USA with rights for other popular Stingray products, such as linear music video channels, subscription Video-On-Demand products, and TV apps.

“Stingray is committed to expanding in the U.S. and the announcement of this agreement with Altice USA is an important step towards reaching this objective,” said Eric Boyko, President, Co-founder, and CEO of Stingray. “We have always been dedicated to offering pay TV providers with best-in-class music services and could not be happier to announce that Optimum & Suddenlink customers will ring in the New Year with some of the world’s best curated music and video services.”

“We are focused on providing our customers with an unparalleled entertainment experience and are thrilled to form this new partnership with Stingray,” said Hakim Boubazine, Co-President & Chief Operating Officer of Altice USA. “The launch of Stingray provides our Optimum & Suddenlink customers with upgraded music programming, giving them access to a wide array of new content, enhanced features, and all the great music they love.”

Product Highlights

  • Stingray Music 50 digital audio channels with the best music in all popular music genres including the U.S.’s top-charting artists. Service will also be provided through a web player and subscribers will have access to Stingray Music’s mobile app that includes an additional 2,000 channels.
     
  • Stingray Music Videos hundreds of free on-demand music videos covering latest pop, rock, dance, alternative, punk, heavy metal, and kids’ favorites.

About Stingray
Montreal-based Stingray Group Inc. (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B) is a leading music, media, and technology company with over 1,200 employees worldwide. Stingray is a premium provider of curated direct-to-consumer and B2B services, including audio television channels, more than 100 radio stations, SVOD content, 4K UHD television channels, karaoke products, digital signage, in-store music, and music apps, which have been downloaded over 101 million times. Stingray reaches 400 million subscribers (or users) in 156 countries. For more information: www.stingray.com.

About Altice USA
Altice USA (NYSE: ATUS) is one of the largest broadband communications and video services providers in the United States, delivering broadband, pay television, telephony services, Wi-Fi hotspot access, proprietary content and advertising services to approximately 4.9 million residential and business customers across 21 states through its Optimum and Suddenlink brands.

For more information, please contact:

Mathieu Péloquin
Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Communications
Stingray
1 514-664-1244, ext. 2362
mpeloquin@stingray.com

Janet Meahan
Senior Director, Communications
Altice USA
1 516-519-2353
Janet.meahan@alticeusa.com

Transactions in relation to share buyback program

Thu, 27/12/2018 - 16:28

Acting under its share buyback authorization, the GN Store Nord Board of Directors initiated a share buyback program on May 2, 2018, in accordance with article 5 of the regulation (EU) no. 596/2014 of 16 April 2014 on market abuse and the delegated regulation (EU) no. 2016/1052 of 8 March 2016, also referred to as the Safe Harbor rules (company announcement no. 15 of May 2, 2018).

The share buyback program has been initiated in order to reduce the company’s share capital and to cover obligations under the long-term incentive program. Under the share buyback program, which runs from May 2, 2018 and will end no later than March 14, 2019, GN intends to buy back shares for an amount of up to DKK 1,000 million.

The following transactions have been made under the program in the period December 18, 2018 – December 24, 2018:

 No. of sharesAverage purchase price, DKKTransaction Value, DKK  December 18, 201810,000252.822,528,184  December 19, 201810,000256.262,562,596  December 20, 201836,880243.478,979,328  December 21, 201810,000238.922,389,206Accumulated under the program2,360,831276.33652,362,116

Following the above transactions GN holds a total of 13,097,872 own shares corresponding to a nominal value of DKK 52,391,488 and 9.0% of the total share capital and the total voting rights in the company. On a weekly basis, GN will announce the number and value of repurchased shares in company announcements to Nasdaq Copenhagen.

For further information, please contact:

Investors and analysts
Peter Justesen
VP – Investor Relations & Treasury
Tel: +45 45 75 87 16

Or

Rune Sandager
Senior Manager Investor Relations 
Tel: +45 45 75 92 57


Press and the media
Lars Otto Andersen-Lange
Head of Media Relations & Corporate Public Affairs
Tel: +45 45 75 02 55


About GN Group
The GN Group is a global leader in intelligent audio solutions that let you hear more, do more and be more than you ever thought possible. With our unique competencies within medical, professional and consumer audio solutions, we transform lives through the power of sound: Hearing aids that enhance the lives of people with hearing loss; integrated headset and communications solutions that assist professionals in all types of businesses to be more productive; wireless headsets and earbuds designed to support calls, music and media consumption.

With world leading expertise in the human ear, sound, wireless technology and miniaturization, GN’s innovative and intelligent audio solutions are marketed by the brands ReSound, Beltone, Interton, Jabra and Blueparrott in 100 countries across the world. Founded in 1869, the GN Group today has more than 5,500 employees and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (GN.CO).

Visit our homepage GN.com - and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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Waterproof Speaker Market is Projected to Increase at a CAGR of 7.0 % During 2018 - 2027 – Future Market Insights

Thu, 27/12/2018 - 14:43

North America and Asia Pacific Excluding Japan to Remain High Growth Regions in the Global Waterproof Speaker Market

VALLEY COTTAGE, N.Y. , Dec. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- According to a market report published by Future Market Insights titled ‘Waterproof Speaker Market: Global Industry Analysis 2013-2017 and Opportunity Assessment 2018-2027,’ the revenue generated by the market is estimated to be valued at US$ 6740.55 Mn in 2018, which is projected to increase at a CAGR of 7.0 % during the forecast period (2018-2027).

In the global waterproof speaker market, companies across the globe are focusing on research & developing and the launching of new product variants, which is a key factor driving demand for waterproof speakers across the globe. Companies operating in the market are constantly investing a significant amount on research and development activities to cater to the evolving needs of customers who are seeking authentic and specialised products. Waterproof speakers have standard features such as style, basic functionality and durability. Technological advancements in several audio devices has changed the manner in which people appreciate and play music. An increase in the demand for wireless-based audio devices, which include portable waterproof speakers with different connectivity options such as Bluetooth & Wi-Fi, sound-bars, headphones and microphones, has been witnessed in the audio industry. Moreover, the demand for waterproof speakers and similar other devices from end users is gaining traction. This has expected to drive the North America market over the forecast period.

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The manufacturers of waterproof speakers have also adopted some key differentiating strategies. For instance, brands operating in the market are targeting mass consumers. They are also offering waterproof speakers with advanced features at competitive prices. The manufacturers of waterproof speakers are also seeking product innovation due to an increase in the awareness of consumers with respect to different brands in the waterproof speaker marketplace, as well as to maintain a proper value chain to reach the proper target audience and to reduce the cost of the final product. Manufacturers are focused on developing high-value waterproof speakers due to the rising consumer demand for better and more effective value-added products. Furthermore, the rising diversity of premium waterproof speakers on retail shelves is also expected to contribute to the increasing value share of the market in the near future.

Features, such as long-range connectivity, robustness and the availability of products on e-commerce platforms, are expected to boost the market. The functionalities of multi-room sharing via small devices, i.e., the pairing of multiple portable waterproof speakers via a single device to make compact devices produce louder sounds, are increasing the demand for waterproof speakers in the market. The rising popularity of waterproof speakers among the millennial population is also a major driver of the waterproof speaker market.

The global market is segmented on the basis of regions, which include North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ), Europe, Middle East & Africa and Japan. Among all the regions, the North America and Asia Pacific excluding Japan regions are estimated to have a substantial value share. The North America region is expected to grow with the highest growth rate of 8.3% owing to the growing number of smart homes in the region. In terms of revenue, the value of the market was US$ 6,327.4 Mn in 2017.

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Key Players in the Waterproof Speaker Market

Detailed profiles of companies are also included in the global waterproof speaker market report to evaluate their strategies, key product offerings and recent developments. Some of the key players profiled in the global waterproof speaker market study include Bose Corporation, HARMAN International, Apple Inc., Yamaha Corporation, Sony Corporation, Logitech International S.A., LG Electronics Inc., Samsung Electronics, Panasonic Corporation, Sound United LLC, Philips, LIXIL Group, Anker, Ematic, G-Project Gear, 808 Audio, ROCKVILLE, FosPower, AOMAIS and Altec Lancing.

Queries regarding the research findings can be addressed to the analysts of Future Market Insights at press@futuremarketinsights.com

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YANGAROO Announces TSX-V-Approved Normal Course Issuer Bid

Thu, 20/12/2018 - 23:58

TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- YANGAROO Inc. (the “Company”) (TSX-V: YOO, OTC: YOOIF), the industry's leading secure digital media management and distribution company, is pleased to announce that the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSX-V”) has accepted the Company’s application for a normal course issuer bid (the "Bid") for up to 3,066,957 of its common shares (the "Shares"), representing 5% of the issued and outstanding shares of the Company.

The Company has received approval from the TSX-V to commence the Bid on January 2, 2019 and to continue until December 31, 2019, or earlier in the event that the Company has acquired the maximum Shares that may be purchased under the Bid.  The Company may also terminate the Bid earlier if it feels it’s appropriate to do so. 

The Bid will be made through the facilities of the TSX-V and the purchase and payment for the Shares will be made in accordance with TSX-V requirements at the market price of the Shares at the time of acquisition.  All Shares purchased by the Company under the Bid will be cancelled.

The Company has engaged Echelon Wealth Partners as its broker to conduct the Bid transactions. 

Management of the Company believes that the Shares have been trading in a price range which does not adequately reflect their value and that the purchase of the Shares under the Bid is in the best interests of the Company, a desirable use of its available cash, and will enhance shareholder value in general.

To the knowledge of the Company, no director, senior officer or other insider of the Company currently intends to sell any Shares under the Bid.

About YANGAROO:

YANGAROO is a company dedicated to digital media management.  YANGAROO’s patented Digital Media Distribution System (DMDS) is a leading secure B2B digital cloud-based solution focused on the music and advertising industries. The DMDS solution provides more accountable, effective, and far less costly digital management of broadcast quality media via the Internet. It replaces the physical, satellite and closed network distribution and management of audio and video content, for music, music videos, and advertising to television, radio, media, retailers, and other authorized recipients. The YANGAROO Awards platform is now the industry standard and powers most of North America’s major awards shows.

YANGAROO has offices in Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles. YANGAROO trades on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V) under the symbol YOO and in the U.S. under OTCBB: YOOIF.

For YANGAROO Investor Inquiries:
Gary Moss
Phone: (416) 534-0607
gary.moss@yangaroo.com

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively referred to herein as "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. All statements other than statements of present or historical fact are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "achieve", "could", "believe", "plan", "intend", "objective", "continuous", "ongoing", "estimate", "outlook", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "should" or similar words, including negatives thereof, suggesting future outcomes.

Forward looking statements are subject to both known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of YANGAROO, that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of YANGAROO to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements, including but not limited to: the use of proceeds of the offering, receipt of all necessary approvals of the offering, general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; negotiation uncertainties and other risks of the technology industry. Although YANGAROO has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.

Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, some of which are described herein. Such forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause YANGAROO’s actual performance and results to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and, except as required by law, neither YANGAROO assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise such statements to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise.

The Marquie Group to Launch "Ask Jacquie" Promotional Campaign in Advance of New CBD Product Sales

Wed, 19/12/2018 - 17:00

60-Second Spots Will Build Audience to Promote Coming CBD Nutri-Cosmetics with Beauty Expert Jacquie Carter Tips, Trends, and Fun Facts

LAS VEGAS, NV, Dec. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NEWMEDIAWIRE – Radio syndication and health/wellness company, The Marquie Group, formerly known as Music of Your Life, Inc. (OTCPINK: MYLI), today announced an audio campaign that will leverage the expertise of beauty personality Jacquie Carter to further establish an audience in advance of its CBD wellness product launch expected in the first half of 2019.

The promotional spots will be initially distributed on the Company’s Music of Your Life radio network, the nation’s longest-running, nationally syndicated music radio program, including Jacquie Carter’s personal Facebook page with over 100,000-page likes.

Special holiday spots are planned for the end of 2018 with a regular series planned at the start of 2019.

“I’m grateful to have gained the expertise over the years to be able to help so many achieve the inner and outer beauty we’re all entitled to,” commented Ms. Carter. “‘Ask Jacquie’ is a feature that has proven successful in building large target audiences in the past, as we’re confident it will be effective in growing an audience in advance of our exciting CBD beauty products slate release in 2019.”

Marc Angell, CEO of The Marquie Group, said, “We intend to expand the “Ask Jacquie” platform in the future to include specialized programming in longer formats as well as expert interviews based on listener requests.”

Containing a full spectrum of amino acids critical to skin function, CBD has the potential to mitigate environmental skin damage that leads to premature aging, eczema and can combat chronic skin disorders such as psoriasis.

The Marquie Group also plans a slate of unique CBD infused beauty drinks it expects to be in development within the first quarter of 2019.

About The Marquie Group

The Marquie Group, Inc. (OTCPINK: MYLI), formerly known as Music of Your Life, Inc., owns and operates 2 businesses:

Whim and a Dare, led by former Director, Worldwide Training and Education for Herbalife Nutrition, Ltd., Jacquie Carter, and is a direct-to-consumer, health and beauty products platform with a pipeline of innovative solutions to pervasive wellness concerns: anxiety, anti-aging, low-energy, sleeplessness, and stress that use advanced formulations of plant-based, amino-acid and CBD alternatives to chemical ingredients.

Music of Your Life, the nation’s longest-running, nationally syndicated music radio program featuring “Adult Standards,” broadcast nationwide and internationally to a worldwide audience on the Internet, and

Products planned for early 2019 launch include CBD-infused beauty masks, invigorating facial serums, and three beauty drinks, each with unique, skin and complexion enhancing properties.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements regarding future circumstances. These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company's current expectations and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in such forward-looking statements. Actual results, events, and performance may differ. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as to the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. The inclusion of any statement in this release does not constitute an admission by the Company or any other person that the events or circumstances described in such statements are material.

CONTACT: Investor and Media Inquiries Marc Angell, CEO 800-351-3021 marc@musicofyourlife.com

Transactions in relation to share buyback program

Tue, 18/12/2018 - 17:26

Acting under its share buyback authorization, the GN Store Nord Board of Directors initiated a share buyback program on May 2, 2018, in accordance with article 5 of the regulation (EU) no. 596/2014 of 16 April 2014 on market abuse and the delegated regulation (EU) no. 2016/1052 of 8 March 2016, also referred to as the Safe Harbor rules (company announcement no. 15 of May 2, 2018).

The share buyback program has been initiated in order to reduce the company’s share capital and to cover obligations under the long-term incentive program. Under the share buyback program, which runs from May 2, 2018 and will end no later than March 14, 2019, GN intends to buy back shares for an amount of up to DKK 1,000 million.

The following transactions have been made under the program in the period December 11, 2018 – December 17, 2018:

  No. of shares Average purchase price, DKK Transaction Value, DKK   December 11, 2018 9,040 248.61 2,247,431   December 12, 2018 10,000 250.31 2,503,106   December 13, 2018 18,550 249.70 4,631,866   December 14, 2018 5,000 249.23 1,246,133   December 17, 2018 4,925 253.20 1,247,025 Accumulated under the program 2,293,951 277.21 635,902,801


Following the above transactions GN holds a total of 13,030,992 own shares corresponding to a nominal value of DKK 52,123,968 and 8.9% of the total share capital and the total voting rights in the company. Every Tuesday, GN will announce the number and value of repurchased shares in company announcements to Nasdaq Copenhagen.

For further information, please contact:

Investors and analysts

Peter Justesen
VP – Investor Relations & Treasury
Tel: +45 45 75 87 16   

Or 

Rune Sandager
Senior Manager Investor Relations 
Tel: +45 45 75 92 57
 

Press and the media
Lars Otto Andersen-Lange
Head of Media Relations & Corporate Public Affairs
Tel: +45 45 75 02 55


About GN Group
The GN Group is a global leader in intelligent audio solutions that let you hear more, do more and be more than you ever thought possible. With our unique competencies within medical, professional and consumer audio solutions, we transform lives through the power of sound: Hearing aids that enhance the lives of people with hearing loss; integrated headset and communications solutions that assist professionals in all types of businesses to be more productive; wireless headsets and earbuds designed to support calls, music and media consumption.      

With world leading expertise in the human ear, sound, wireless technology and miniaturization, GN’s innovative and intelligent audio solutions are marketed by the brands ReSound, Beltone, Interton, Jabra and Blueparrott in 100 countries across the world. Founded in 1869, the GN Group today has more than 5,500 employees and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (GN.CO).   

Visit our homepage GN.com - and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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Change to Executive Management – Jakob Gudbrand appointed CEO of GN Hearing

Mon, 17/12/2018 - 15:10

Today, GN Store Nord announces the appointment of Jakob Gudbrand as CEO of GN Hearing and member of GN Store Nord’s Executive Management, effective as of 18 February 2019.

Jakob comes to GN from a position as President for the Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry division, a large division part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, a US based Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Jakob has more than 15 years of broad based international leadership experience from his diverse career at Thermo Fisher, including a strong mindset for growth and innovation from a high technology science company. Today, Jakob is the leader for the Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry division of Thermo Fisher responsible for yearly revenues of around DKK 16 billion and 6,500 employees. Jakob has had multiple senior management positions within Thermo Fisher Scientific. His leadership career started with Radiometer in Denmark, then moving on to the UK before relocating to the US. Jakob has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

“It is an incredible honor for me to join GN Group and GN Hearing and serve a company with such a proud history of innovation. While the business has achieved great success, we now stand at the forefront of the 4th industrial revolution. New cloud and software-based technologies will shape the industry in which we operate and the meaning of how customers use our solutions to make life sound better,” says Jakob Gudbrand.

“As we prepare for the next phase of growth of GN Store Nord, I am very pleased to welcome Jakob to GN as our new CEO for GN Hearing. We are at an inflection point with modern technology in the hearing aid space as well as new market dynamics – especially as it relates to the important US market. To move forward with a leader that has in-depth and hands-on experience from the US market as well as the “genes” of Denmark is unique and will serve GN well,” says Chairman Per Wold-Olsen.

Following Jakob’s appointment, GN Store Nord’s Executive Management will consist of: Jakob Gudbrand, CEO of GN Hearing; René Svendsen-Tune, CEO of GN Audio; Marcus Desimoni, CFO of GN Store Nord and GN Hearing.

 

Resume:
Born: 1971
Nationality: Danish
Education: Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark

Career:
2016 - 2018: President, Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry, Thermo Fisher Scientific, US
2011 - 2015: Vice President and General Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific, US
2011 - 2011: Vice President, Integration, Thermo Fisher Scientific, US
2008 - 2010: Vice President, Commercial Americas, Thermo Fisher Scientific, US
2003 - 2008: General Manager, UK & Ireland, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Dionex, UK
1994 - 2003: Various Sales and General Manager roles at Radiometer and Dionex, Denmark

For further information, please contact:

Investors and analysts
Peter Justesen
VP – Investor Relations & Treasury
Tel: +45 45 75 87 16

Or

Rune Sandager
Senior Manager Investor Relations 
Tel: +45 45 75 92 57


Press and the media
Steen Frentz Laursen
VP Group Communication
Tel: +45 20 65 34 20

Or

Lars Otto Andersen-Lange
Head of Media Relations & Corporate Public Affairs
Tel: +45 45 75 02 55


About GN Group
The GN Group is a global leader in intelligent audio solutions that let you hear more, do more and be more than you ever thought possible. With our unique competencies within medical, professional and consumer audio solutions, we transform lives through the power of sound: Hearing aids that enhance the lives of people with hearing loss; integrated headset and communications solutions that assist professionals in all types of businesses to be more productive; wireless headsets and earbuds designed to support calls, music and media consumption.

With world leading expertise in the human ear, sound, wireless technology and miniaturization, GN’s innovative and intelligent audio solutions are marketed by the brands ReSound, Beltone, Interton, Jabra and BlueParrott in 100 countries across the world. Founded in 1869, the GN Group today has more than 5,500 employees and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (GN.CO).

Visit our homepage GN.com - and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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Aftermaster welcomes new Marketing and Social Media teams

Fri, 14/12/2018 - 19:30

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Dec. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aftermaster, Inc. (OTCQB: AFTM) announced today that it is heading into the New Year with new marketing and social media teams to both enhance its online presence and to market both its existing and new products in 2019.

Aftermaster is in the process of new construction across all its media platforms after hiring Get’n Social, a digital marketing agency based in Chicago. Get’n Social has begun by redesigning the aftermasterpro.com website and will continue on all Aftermaster related websites and social media assets. The new aftermasterpro.com website now showcases video footage, call to actions and engaging content to help inform Aftermaster Pro customers.

Aftermaster recently engaged marketing and business development veteran, Campbell Mcauley, to lead its Aftermaster sales efforts in exciting new directions. Campbell’s experience and professional skills have already added value to the Aftermaster team. Campbell now oversees Aftermaster’s marketing and strategic relationships including the Home Shopping Network.

Aftermaster is also now taking significant steps to raise its profile in the financial community and most recently presented at the LD Microcap show on December 4th at the Luxe hotel, in Los Angeles. A demo of Aftermaster technology was part of the presentation and following the event, an open house was held at Aftermaster’s Hollywood studios where many from the conference attended.

Aftermaster will continue to develop leading edge products utilizing its award winning and patented audio technologies such as its Aftermaster Pro for TV audio. The Aftermaster Pro solves the problem of having difficulty hearing dialogue from TV content by clarifying and making dialogue louder while making everything louder, clearer, fuller and deeper through a TV’s existing speakers or sound bars. Simply connect a programming source like a Cable box, Satellite, Apple TV, Roku, XBOX, PlayStation and more into your TV using an HDMI cord and all TV audio will sound dramatically better.  https://aftermasterpro.com/how-it-works

About Aftermaster, Inc.

Aftermaster, Inc. is an award-winning audio laboratory developing groundbreaking audio technologies and products based in Hollywood, California. Aftermaster’s team of audio engineers and music industry veterans have produced, engineered and mastered more hit records than any other audio company in the world.  For more information go to Aftermaster.com

Safe Harbor Statement

This news release may contain “forward-looking” statements. These forward-looking statements are only predictions and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ from those in the forward looking-statements. Potential risks include such factors as the inability to enter into agreements with parties with whom we are in discussions, the uncertainty of consumer demand for the Company’s products, as well as additional risks and uncertainties that are identified and described in the Company’s SEC reports. Actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this press release. Statements made herein are as of the date of this press release and should not be relied upon as of any subsequent date. The Company does not undertake, and it specifically disclaims, any obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date such statements have been made.

                                                                                                                 

Investor/Media Contact for Aftermaster, Inc.

Mark Depew, Senior Vice President
(307) 630-2219
mdepew@Aftermaster.com

Transactions in relation to share buyback program

Tue, 11/12/2018 - 17:05

Acting under its share buyback authorization, the GN Store Nord Board of Directors initiated a share buyback program on May 2, 2018, in accordance with article 5 of the regulation (EU) no. 596/2014 of 16 April 2014 on market abuse and the delegated regulation (EU) no. 2016/1052 of 8 March 2016, also referred to as the Safe Harbor rules (company announcement no. 15 of May 2, 2018).

The share buyback program has been initiated in order to reduce the company’s share capital and to cover obligations under the long-term incentive program. Under the share buyback program, which runs from May 2, 2018 and will end no later than March 14, 2019, GN intends to buy back shares for an amount of up to DKK 1,000 million.

The following transactions have been made under the program in the period December 4, 2018 – December 10, 2018:

  No. of shares Average purchase price, DKK Transaction Value, DKK   December 4, 2018 13,462 239.96 3,230,368   December 5, 2018 5,980 242.65 1,451,038   December 6, 2018 4,472 241.91 1,081,841   December 7, 2018 9,790 244.58 2,394,390   December 10, 2018 9,270 246.71 2,286,995 Accumulated under the program 2,246,436 277.79 624,027,240

In the period from December 4, 2018 to December 10, 2018 the exercise of warrants under GN’s incentive programs have resulted in a transfer of 4,813 GN shares to key employees.

Following the above transactions GN holds a total of 12,983,477 own shares corresponding to a nominal value of DKK 51,933,908 and 8.9% of the total share capital and the total voting rights in the company. Every Tuesday, GN will announce the number and value of repurchased shares in company announcements to Nasdaq Copenhagen.

For further information, please contact:

Investors and analysts
Peter Justesen
VP – Investor Relations & Treasury
Tel: +45 45 75 87 16

Or

Rune Sandager
Senior Manager Investor Relations 
Tel: +45 45 75 92 57


Press and the media
Lars Otto Andersen-Lange
Head of Media Relations & Corporate Public Affairs
Tel: +45 45 75 02 55


About GN Group
The GN Group is a global leader in intelligent audio solutions that let you hear more, do more and be more than you ever thought possible. With our unique competencies within medical, professional and consumer audio solutions, we transform lives through the power of sound: Hearing aids that enhance the lives of people with hearing loss; integrated headset and communications solutions that assist professionals in all types of businesses to be more productive; wireless headsets and earbuds designed to support calls, music and media consumption.

With world leading expertise in the human ear, sound, wireless technology and miniaturization, GN’s innovative and intelligent audio solutions are marketed by the brands ReSound, Beltone, Interton, Jabra and Blueparrott in 100 countries across the world. Founded in 1869, the GN Group today has more than 5,500 employees and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (GN.CO).

Visit our homepage GN.com - and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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NEP Group Acquires Broadcast Sports International, LLC

Fri, 07/12/2018 - 21:00

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NEP Group, the leading worldwide outsourced technical production partner supporting premier content producers of live sports and entertainment, announced today its acquisition of Baltimore-based Broadcast Sports International, LLC (“BSI”). BSI is the recognized industry leader in the design and production of critical-use wireless networks and high-end wireless A/V systems supported by BSI’s reliable field service team. BSI provides world-class, broadcast-quality wireless audio-visual solutions for major television networks, sports leagues and other marquee customers around the world. The company’s market-leading solutions include wireless camera systems, wireless audio systems, wireless communications systems and digital technology to receive, decode and distribute images and sounds.

The addition of BSI is consistent with NEP’s stated strategy to become the worldwide leader in Broadcast Services. Camera capture, both traditional and wireless, is an important part of the broadcast value chain. BSI adds wireless capabilities to NEP’s growing line of Specialty Capture Services, which already includes Bexel’s specialized engineering systems and production solutions, as well as Fletcher’s specialty camera solutions, allowing NEP to offer clients a full range of broadcast services.

Founded in 1979 by an entrepreneurial team of engineers, BSI has a history of market leadership and deep, long-standing customer relationships. BSI is recognized as a leader in in-car cameras for nearly all international racing series, including NASCAR, IndyCar and NHRA, and in wireless cameras and microphones for golf events. The company has a proven track record in deploying wireless audio and video systems in the most challenging sports environments. BSI is fully licensed by the FCC for regular broadcast bands as well as for additional portions of the wireless spectrum for large events. BSI services more than 500 unique venues across the globe, including 200+ golf courses and 100+ auto-racing venues. The company serves the international sports broadcast market via its US and London offices.

“We’ve worked alongside BSI’s team for years and share a great deal of respect for their high-quality work and technology,” said Mike Werteen, Global President, NEP Broadcast Services. “BSI and NEP share similar service-oriented cultures centred on delivering exceptional results for our clients, so this is a great fit all around. We’re excited to bring their cutting-edge wireless solutions and talent into the NEP Worldwide Network and to our clients.”

BSI’s engineers and technical staff develop leading-edge, proprietary technology to deliver robust, reliable and customized solutions and products for every client. Through their four decades of innovation, BSI has changed the way we watch sports, putting viewers in the seat of the driver, over the shoulder of the golfer and “inside the action” in ways never experienced before.

“I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished at BSI. Combining our wireless talents and technology with an industry leader like NEP will take our business even further and, most importantly, it will benefit our clients by enabling us to provide them with a full suite of broadcast and specialty services” said Jeremy Pink, President of BSI.

The BSI brand will remain in the market and will support NEP and its clients across the globe. Jeremy Pink and Peter Larsson of BSI’s senior management team will continue to run the business, reporting to Mike Werteen, Global President of NEP Broadcast Services.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

To learn more about NEP’s full range of broadcast, live event and media solutions, visit www.nepgroup.com. Visit www.bsintl.com to learn more about BSI.

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About NEP
For over 30 years, NEP has been a worldwide outsourced technical production partner supporting premier content producers of live sports, entertainment, music and corporate events. Our services include remote production, studio production, audio visual solutions, host broadcast support, premium playout, post production and innovative software-based media management solutions. NEP’s 3,500+ employees are driven by a passion for superior service and a focus on technical innovation. Together, we have supported productions in 87 countries on all seven continents.

NEP is headquartered in the United States and has operations in 24 countries. Learn more at nepgroup.com.

About Broadcast Sports International
At Broadcast Sports International (BSI), our engineers and operations team are at the leading edge of turnkey custom broadcast solutions - we’ve done it for more than 35 years. Our work spans some of the largest and most important events in broadcast history. Founded in 1979 by an entrepreneurial team of engineers, BSI now employs over 170 people worldwide and boasts a 50,000 square foot U.S. headquarters just outside of Baltimore and an international office near London. Our fleet of state-of-the-art production trailers are in action every weekend of the year at major live events. Learn more at www.bsintl.com.

CONTACT: Susan Matis NEP Group +1 412-334-0012 press@nepgroup.com

Cinedigm Announces matchpoint™, a Next-Generation OTT and Content Distribution Platform

Fri, 07/12/2018 - 01:45

The matchpoint managed-service greatly reduces CapEx and OpEx costs with innovative modules to handle app deployments, content distribution, analytics and reporting, customer management, and more

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) today announced plans to launch matchpoint™, an innovative managed-service technology platform that enables content distributors, OTT service operators, web publishers, and OEMs to efficiently and cost-effectively create compelling OTT and media subscription services. matchpoint will be offered at competitive pricing to suit the unique needs of potential customers, and will be available for preview at the upcoming CES conference in Las Vegas at The Mirage Hotel from January 8-11, 2019.

Key features of the platform include:

  • Modern, intuitive OTT applications – recently redesigned for clean aesthetics and high usability, the matchpoint Blueprint™ app development platform provides rapid development and cost-efficient cross-platform applications with robust consumer features including integrated billing, configurable on-boarding, custom watch lists, in-app notifications and alerts, machine learning-based recommendations, single sign-on (SSO), DRM, and more. For examples of consumer-facing applications, visit Cinedigm’s digital-first channel CONtv on the web, on iOS, and/or on Android.
     
  • Support for mixed-media content types – Consumers demand enhanced value from their OTT services, and matchpoint takes this to the next level with robust support for non-video media, including music, streaming audio, linear video channels, podcasts, audiobooks, eBooks, digital comics, magazines, and more. Cinedigm plans to announce category partners in the near future, enabling operators to quickly curate and add content from a variety of digital media partners.
     
  • Support for third-party distribution – Today, most OTT platforms focus solely on direct-to-consumer distribution via apps. However, the fastest growing segment of the business is distributing channels into third-party ecosystems like Amazon Channels and virtual MVPDs. The matchpoint™ Dispatch distribution platform enables content owners to distribute their content quickly and easily through a cloud-based order management system, with planned support for more than 80 distribution outlets. This feature dramatically streamlines workflows while simultaneously reducing third-party distribution costs by up to 80 percent.
     
  • World-class systems analytics – the matchpoint Insights™ platform provides robust, world-class analytics and monitoring services at a device level including:

      °  Content consumption and content performance analysis
      °  Subscriber growth management along with churn prediction & cohort analysis
      °  Marketing performance & attribution management
      °  User engagement & user retention tracking
      °  Territorial & device penetration analysis
      °  Ad fill rates & ad performance monitoring
      °  Customer service & ticket management
      °  Quality of Service (QoS) monitoring, including error handling, stream buffering, playback error tracking, and more
  • Modular, customizable platform – With a modern, open API-based architecture, the matchpoint system is designed to work seamlessly with a variety of technology vendors and partners, enabling customers to integrate with their existing enterprise systems or best-of-breed eco-system vendors. Cinedigm will be announcing key partners for our preferred vendor program in the near future.

In development for over four years, matchpoint currently serves as the platform for the management and operation of Cinedigm’s growing portfolio of OTT channels. Additionally, the company recently utilized the matchpoint Dispatch™ distribution module to automate the delivery of over 5,000 hours of digital programming to third-party partners, including the launch of Dove Channel on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 platform, which resulted in a 93 percent cost savings and completion of delivery in less than a third of the time it would have taken with third-party vendors.

“From the rise of third-party distribution to the evolving needs of consumers, the OTT space looks very different than it did three years ago,” said Erick Opeka, President of Cinedigm Networks. “However, most vendors have not been able to keep pace with these innovative developments. We created the matchpoint platform to address the key challenge facing the OTT space—creating a product that is cost effective and at the same time efficient in delivering great content experiences globally on any platform—be it an app, virtual vMVPD, or third-party ecosystem.”

“With the introduction of matchpoint, we are now able to more effectively and easily meet the growing demands of the OTT business,” Opeka continued. “Additionally, we have significantly decreased our time-to-market output, while reducing the many challenges that arise with the digital distribution of multiple types of media through automation—providing fast deployment and extensive support for a wide variety of media and mediums.”

Cinedigm Business Impact
matchpoint™ will be commercially available to customers beginning in fiscal calendar Q1, 2019. The company expects to generate revenues from app development and recurring SaaS fees upon signing of customers and deployment of their services, beginning in second quarter of calendar 2019. The company also expects to realize substantial OpEx savings from the utilization of the matchpoint distribution capabilities in other areas of Cinedigm’s distribution business.

To learn more about matchpoint, visit its website at matchpoint.tv. For sales inquiries and to schedule appointments to preview matchpoint at CES, email info@matchpoint.tv.

ABOUT CINEDIGM
For twenty years, Cinedigm (CIDM) has been at the forefront of the digital transformation of entertainment.  Today, Cinedigm continues that mission by providing content, channels and services to the world’s largest media, technology and retail companies. Our content aggregation and distribution services power the world’s leading digital platforms and retailers. Cinedigm’s Digital Networks group provides channels and services that entertain consumers globally across hundreds of millions of devices. For more information about our content, channels and services, visit www.cinedigm.com.

Press Contact for CIDM:
Cindy Ronzoni
cronzoni@cinedigm.com

Introducing Yandex’s Smartphone

Wed, 05/12/2018 - 14:40

MOSCOW and AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands, Dec. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Yandex (NASDAQ:YNDX), a technology company that builds intelligent products and services powered by machine learning, has unveiled its first smartphone, Yandex.Phone. The company’s smartphone is the first phone that is fully powered by Yandex’s intelligent assistant, Alice, the leading AI assistant for the Russian market. Yandex.Phone is also the first phone that comes preinstalled with a suite of mobile services from the Yandex ecosystem.

Yandex’s smartphone uses AI to deliver a highly personalised mobile experience based on the users’ location, routine, and their usage pattern. In the morning, for example, Yandex.Phone can provide traffic updates for the daily commute along with turn-by-turn navigation from Yandex.Maps, suggest a personalized Yandex.Music playlist for the journey, or send forecast updates from Yandex.Weather.  

While mobile users have been able to utilize Alice for Yandex services on other devices, Yandex.Phone is the first smartphone in Russia in which the AI assistant can be used across the majority of apps and services. Regardless of what they’re doing on the phone, users can have Alice manage everyday tasks for them. For example, Alice can add an event to one’s calendar without any interruption while they’re watching a movie or playing a game. Users will also be able to interact with Alice remotely, as the assistant will respond to voice prompts when within range of the user.

Yandex.Phone users have access to over 34,000 existing Alice skills to help with tasks such as ordering food, booking flights, and calling a taxi. With the introduction of Yandex.Phone, Alice can now also place voice calls for users. Through the Yandex.Dialogues skills platform, third-party developers have created thousands of skills for Alice, with more being developed every day.  

The Alice-powered smartphone is also fully integrated with Yandex Business Directory, which provides users with a comprehensive list of businesses across Russia and includes detailed information and search options for goods and services. This feature allows Yandex.Phone to easily identify unknown business callers or contact a business simply by entering the name of a company or a service into the phone’s search function.

“Yandex.Phone is built to offer Russian users a smartphone equipped with all the localized tools needed for users to navigate their daily routines. Users can interact with Alice and the most widely used Yandex applications in a new way on this phone,” says Fedor Yezhov, Corporate Vice President of Ecosystem Products at Yandex. “Fully integrated into the phone, Alice provides users with comprehensive access to Yandex apps. It’s not necessary to open individual apps to solve a task - just ask Alice.”

With the purchase of a Yandex.Phone, owners will receive a free six-month subscription to Yandex.Plus, which provides unlimited access to Yandex.Music and discounts for Yandex.Taxi and Yandex.Drive. Yandex.Phone buyers will also receive a 300 ruble credit for Yandex.Taxi and 500 rubles for their Yandex.Money account, along with 10% cash back on purchases made with Yandex.Money for three months.

Yandex.Phone runs Android 8.1 and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor. It features a 5.65-inch Full HD+ screen with a 2160x1080 resolution. A fingerprint sensor lets the user unlock their phone with just a touch, while the NFC technology enables contactless payments. The Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec ensures quality sound for gaming and streaming video and music. Yandex.Phone is also equipped with dual rear 12 MP and 5 MP cameras and a 5 MP front camera.

Yandex.Phone will cost 17,990 rubles ($270) and will be available on December 6 at the Yandex Store at the company’s headquarters in Moscow. On December 7, Yandex.Phone will be available through Beeline, one of Russia’s leading telecommunications providers, and at M.Video and Eldorado retail electronics stores. Users will also be able to buy the phone on December 7 through Yandex’s new Beru e-commerce marketplace, with free delivery across Russia.

Yandex (NASDAQ:YNDX) is a technology company that builds intelligent products and services powered by machine learning. Our goal is to help consumers and businesses better navigate the online and offline world. Since 1997, we have delivered world-class, locally relevant search and information services. Additionally, we have developed market-leading on-demand transportation services, navigation products, and other mobile applications for millions of consumers across the globe. Yandex, which has 30 offices worldwide, has been listed on the NASDAQ since 2011.

Contacts:
Media Relations
Ilya Grabovsky
Phone: +7 495 739-70-00
E-mail: pr@yandex-team.com

Avid Keeps the Carolina Panthers at the Cutting Edge with Multi-year Enterprise Agreement

Tue, 04/12/2018 - 19:00

Six-year agreement will enable the Panthers to drive engagement and enhance the fan experience—while increasing operational efficiency and reducing costs

BURLINGTON, Mass., Dec. 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID), the leading technology provider that powers the media and entertainment industry, today announced that the Carolina Panthers NFL organization has entered a six-year enterprise agreement with Avid to standardize its media production workflow on the MediaCentral® platform. The agreement will enable the Panthers to engage fans with higher-quality content and stay current with the latest technology, while improving operational efficiency and reducing costs.

The Panthers’ aging post production infrastructure was increasing the risk of downtime and impeding the video department’s ability to meet deadlines. The Panthers’ production crew had limited storage capacity to meet growing content demands and were unable to use the latest software features to take advantage of new workflows, codecs, and delivery requirements. They needed to upgrade their post production facilities but wanted to avoid having to make large capital investments every few years to keep the infrastructure up to date.

The Panthers turned to Avid and channel partner Marshall Graphics to provide a single platform for storage, asset management and archive that’s fully integrated into its control room replay system for fast-turnaround production. The enterprise agreement will allow the Panthers to upgrade to Avid’s most advanced hardware and software throughout the six-year term with optimal pricing and predictability.

“Our new MediaCentral workflow provides fast, ubiquitous access to content for social, web and broadcast productions so that we can deliver an engaging, immersive fan experience to drive attendance, viewership, brand loyalty, and sponsorship,” said Stephen Herbster, Post Production Manager at Carolina Panthers. “Our multi-year enterprise agreement with Avid solves our challenges in a unique and creative way and enables us to stay current with the latest technology while reducing our operating costs.”

The Panthers’ sports production workflow includes Avid NEXIS®, the media industry’s first software-defined storage platform, Media Composer® nonlinear editing systems, and Pro Tools® digital audio workstations. The enterprise agreement includes facility upgrades across workstations, servers, networking and storage, as well as annual software upgrades and training.

“To engage fans with high-quality, immersive content, sports media organizations need to keep their production facilities up to date, but they’re also under growing pressure to reduce costs,” said Ray Thompson, Director, Broadcast and Media Solutions Marketing at Avid. “Avid’s enterprise-wide approach to technology acquisition, deployment and support gives the Panthers a flexible and predictable business model that delivers reduced deployment and integration costs, value-added managed services, and consistent training and support over the lifetime of the agreement.”

About Avid
Avid delivers the most open and efficient media platform, connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution, and consumption. Avid’s preeminent customer community uses Avid’s comprehensive tools and workflow solutions to create, distribute and monetize the most watched, loved and listened to media in the world—from prestigious and award-winning feature films to popular television shows, news programs and televised sporting events, and celebrated music recordings and live concerts. With the most flexible deployment and pricing options, Avid’s industry-leading solutions include Media Composer®, Pro Tools®, Avid NEXIS®, MediaCentral®, iNEWS®, AirSpeed®, Sibelius®, Avid VENUE™, FastServe®, Maestro™, and PlayMaker™. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on FacebookInstagram, TwitterYouTubeLinkedIn, or subscribe to Avid Blogs.

© 2018 Avid Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. Avid, the Avid logo, Avid NEXIS, FastServe, AirSpeed, iNews, Maestro, MediaCentral, Media Composer, PlayMaker, Pro Tools, Avid VENUE, and Sibelius are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Product features, specifications, system requirements and availability are subject to change without notice.

PR Contact:
Avid                                                    
Amy Paladino                        
amy.paladino@avid.com                   
+1 617-733-5121       

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry (Avid’s PR agency) 
Alex Humphries-French – UK
Tanya Roberts – USA                       
avid@rlyl.com          

Transactions in relation to share buyback program

Tue, 04/12/2018 - 15:45

Acting under its share buyback authorization, the GN Store Nord Board of Directors initiated a share buyback program on May 2, 2018, in accordance with article 5 of the regulation (EU) no. 596/2014 of 16 April 2014 on market abuse and the delegated regulation (EU) no. 2016/1052 of 8 March 2016, also referred to as the Safe Harbor rules (company announcement no. 15 of May 2, 2018).

The share buyback program has been initiated in order to reduce the company’s share capital and to cover obligations under the long-term incentive program. Under the share buyback program, which runs from May 2, 2018 and will end no later than March 14, 2019, GN intends to buy back shares for an amount of up to DKK 1,000 million.

The following transactions have been made under the program in the period November 27, 2018 – December 3, 2018:

 No. of sharesAverage purchase price, DKKTransaction Value, DKK  November 27, 201818,609234.274,359,504  November 28, 201810,000230.072,300,709  November 29, 20187,970234.131,866,020  November 30, 201812,910232.793,005,345  December 3, 20186,960237.791,655,048Accumulated under the program2,203,462278.46613,582,608

Following the above transactions GN holds a total of 12,945,316 own shares corresponding to a nominal value of DKK 51,781,264 and 8.9% of the total share capital and the total voting rights in the company. Every Tuesday, GN will announce the number and value of repurchased shares in company announcements to Nasdaq Copenhagen.

For further information, please contact:

Investors and analysts
Peter Justesen
VP – Investor Relations & Treasury
Tel: +45 45 75 87 16

Or

Rune Sandager
Senior Manager Investor Relations 
Tel: +45 45 75 92 57


Press and the media
Lars Otto Andersen-Lange
Head of Media Relations & Corporate Public Affairs
Tel: +45 45 75 02 55


About GN Group
The GN Group is a global leader in intelligent audio solutions that let you hear more, do more and be more than you ever thought possible. With our unique competencies within medical, professional and consumer audio solutions, we transform lives through the power of sound: Hearing aids that enhance the lives of people with hearing loss; integrated headset and communications solutions that assist professionals in all types of businesses to be more productive; wireless headsets and earbuds designed to support calls, music and media consumption.

With world leading expertise in the human ear, sound, wireless technology and miniaturization, GN’s innovative and intelligent audio solutions are marketed by the brands ReSound, Beltone, Interton, Jabra and Blueparrott in 100 countries across the world. Founded in 1869, the GN Group today has more than 5,500 employees and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (GN.CO).

Visit our homepage GN.com - and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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 Stingray Announces Finalization of Name Change

Tue, 04/12/2018 - 02:08

MONTREAL, Dec. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stingray Group Inc. (“Stingray” or the “Corporation”) (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B) today announced that the Corporation’s official name change from Stingray Digital Group Inc. to Stingray Group Inc. has been finalized.

The name change, first disclosed on July 9, 2018, was approved at the annual and special meeting of shareholders held on August 8, 2018. The official effective date for the name change was December 1, 2018.

Effective December 5, 2018, Stingray’s subordinate voting shares and variable subordinate voting shares will commence trading on the TSX under the new name of the Corporation. Stingray’s trading symbols (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B) will remain unchanged.

About Stingray Group Inc.
Montreal-based Stingray Group Inc. (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B) is a leading music, media, and technology company with over 1,200 employees worldwide. Stingray is a premium provider of curated direct-to-consumer and B2B services, including audio television channels, 101 radio stations, SVOD content, 4K UHD television channels, karaoke products, digital signage, in-store music, and music apps, which have been downloaded over 100 million times. Stingray reaches 400 million subscribers (or users) in 156 countries. For more information: www.stingray.com.

For more information, please contact:

Mathieu Péloquin
Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Communications
Stingray Group Inc.
1 514-664-1244, ext. 2362
mpeloquin@stingray.com

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