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  • April 16, 2024

    by -- Leitch Technology Corporation

    TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - Leitch Technology Corporation (TSX:LTV) today
    announced the first sale of its new all-MPEG-2 stream manipulation product,
    the Digital Turnaround Processor(TM) (DTP), to national television network
    HDNet, the leader in high-definition broadcasting. The DTP will also be on
    exhibit at the upcoming NAB 2024 convention, opening April 19 in Las Vegas.

    By deploying the DTP at its network operations center, HDNet can brand
    the signals and overlay informative messages without requiring decoding and
    re-encoding. HDNet performs the real-time encoding process at its
    state-of-the-art mobile units and on the output of its editing rooms. This
    maximizes the video quality of 1080i high definition from origination all the
    way to the cable headends and the consumer.

    "The DTP enables HDNet to extend the capability of its all-MPEG-2 high-
    definition master control," said Philip Garvin, general manager and chief
    operating officer of HDNet. "Now, we can key-in branding and graphic messages
    without decoding. This further ensures the highest quality of HD programming
    to HDNet's customers."

    HDNet counts key multi-channel service providers as customers, including
    Adelphia Communications, Charter Communications, DIRECTV, DISH Network and
    Time Warner Cable.

    With multiple U.S. patents issued and pending for its leading-edge
    technology, the DTP represents the second generation of all-MPEG-2 processing
    products leveraging the ongoing success of Leitch's AgileVision product line,
    the leading choice of ATSC stations in the U.S. for MPEG-2 stream processing
    over the last two years. With the DTP, a remotely encoded DTV signal can be
    manipulated to result in motion logo overlays, Emergency Alert Systems,
    crawls, advertisement tag overlays, clock overlays, stock information and
    local weather and news. By performing these functions in the MPEG-2 domain,
    video quality is maximized at lower originating bit rates.

    "We are pleased to introduce the DTP to the market with the support of a
    customer such as HDNet, a pioneer in the world of HD broadcasting," said Tim
    Thorsteinson, Leitch president and chief executive officer. "Leitch's Digital
    Turnaround Processor has been designed to meet broadcasters' MPEG-2
    manipulation needs at a very competitive price, and we are confident this
    product will enhance HDNet's ability to continue to provide the highest level
    of digital broadcast quality available."

    About Leitch
    Leitch Technology is a 33-year global leader in the design and
    distribution of high-performance video systems for the professional television
    industry. Leitch offers the most extensible products and interoperable
    systems, enabling operations of any size to achieve a truly Integrated Content
    Environment. Leitch is the most trusted name for increasing performance and
    productivity through solutions that streamline workflow of content production,
    processing, transmission and management. With a sole focus on and commitment
    to the television industry, Leitch provides unparalleled customer support.

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