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Glowpoint

March 09, 2010 08:43 ET

Glowpoint to Support Professional Football Draft in Multi-Year Agreement

Launches First-Ever, High-Definition, "Telepresence-Grade" Managed Video Event Service for Live Television Production

HILLSIDE, NJ--(Marketwire - March 9, 2010) - Glowpoint, Inc. (OTCBB: GLOW), a carrier-grade provider of managed services for telepresence and video conferencing, today announced that it has been selected by a major sports broadcast network to provide managed event services for live, interview coverage of the professional football drafts, beginning in 2010.

Glowpoint's services will support live, interactive programming on national television, featuring team pick reporting and interviews in high definition (HD), using telepresence-grade technology and services for the first time ever. The 2010 draft coverage begins April 22 and ends on April 24. Live interviews will be carried via Glowpoint's Telepresence interExchange Network (TEN) from remote team locations across the country to the broadcast studio.

"Glowpoint is proud to be selected to support this high-profile, nationally televised event," said Glowpoint co-CEO and President Joseph Laezza. "Glowpoint is committed to delivering solutions for the media and entertainment industry that meet our clients' needs into the future, demonstrated by our investment in high-definition, telepresence-grade technologies to support our event services."

The 2010 draft programming will leverage Glowpoint's cost-effective services to conduct live interviews between program hosts located in New York City's Radio City Music Hall, leading sports analysts located at the anchor's broadcast studio, and team officials located at 32 team locations nationwide. Coverage will frequently include a split-screen format, demonstrating the ability to provide zero-latency, quality of service (QoS) connectivity in a live-to-air application of video conferencing technology. Periodically, Glowpoint's service will be recognized with the accompanying on-screen credit.

For the first time, Glowpoint will provide high-definition event services for coverage of the professional football draft. Glowpoint's new, on-demand, HD event services include:

  • HD-video endpoint technology
  • Up to 1080i resolution at 60 frames per second
  • System integration with event set-up and management
  • "Video optimized" IP-network connectivity with real-time QoS zero latency
  • On-site, live broadcast support

Laezza added, "Now that we have launched and expanded our event services to include full HD capabilities, our media and entertainment clients can reduce costly satellite truck usage by choosing from our wide range of award-winning, cost-effective, turnkey solutions for content acquisition and on-air distribution."

Highlights of Glowpoint's Broadcast Solutions

Glowpoint provides IP-based broadcast solutions for leading sports broadcasters, sports leagues, cable stations, and collegiate conferences. Glowpoint's "always-on," exclusive video-network exchange reduces transport costs by up to 80 percent, as compared to traditional satellite feeds. In addition, Glowpoint provides real-time communications, almost always delivered two-up, for live broadcasts. Glowpoint's TEN offering makes HD- and SD-interactive broadcasts possible via its ultra-clean, and proactively maintained, video-centric IP network. Currently deployed full turnkey solutions include:

  • Self-contained, integrated portable units consisting of SD- and HD-video hardware with broadcast-ready input/output interfaces for external video, and audio, channels.
  • Video-purposed, IP-network management to remote locations -- with drops in excess of 90mbps for head-end support.
  • 365x7 VNOC support for broadcasts, including:
    • Engineering support
    • Program / project management
    • On-demand production support
    • Field-service cam support
    • Cam-solution parts depot, warehousing, bench testing, and quality assurance for cam technology and component fulfillment
    • Proactive monitoring and IPSLA management
    • Detailed usage and performance reporting

In addition to the professional football and basketball drafts, Glowpoint provides broadcast services to a variety of clients, such as Comcast's Mountain West Sports Network, in addition to other leading television networks.

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About Glowpoint
Glowpoint, Inc. (OTCBB: GLOW) provides carrier-grade, managed telepresence and video communications services. Glowpoint's suite of robust telepresence and video conferencing solutions empowers enterprises to communicate with each other over disparate networks and technology platforms. Glowpoint supports thousands of video communications systems in more than 35 countries with its 24/7 video management services. Glowpoint also powers major broadcasters, Fortune 500 companies, as well as global carriers and video equipment manufacturers -- and their customers -- worldwide. To learn more, visit http://www.glowpoint.com.

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