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Microspace Uplink
…a quarterly newsletter
May 2008 Volume 1, Issue 18

MICROSPACE Achieves Significant Digital Cinema Milestones and Is Poised For Continued Growth In 2008
Microspace Communications Corporation saw an exciting year of firsts and milestones in 2007. The company successfully delivered 11 feature films from five studios and grew its network to 1,000 screens with over a dozen participating theater circuits within the United States, Canada and Mexico. The company’s success was in large part due to the industry’s move to digital movie distribution via satellite as an effective way to deliver films to theaters securely and reliably with the enhanced picture and sound that only digital can provide. Microspace is a clear choice for studios and exhibitors thanks in part to their open platform. Microspace’s digital cinema system is the only true open platform in the industry, allowing delivery and playback for any industry-compliant digital cinema system. In 2007, the industry also began to embrace satellite-delivered alternative content to exhibitors. Microspace delivered live sports to theatres. Microspace is convinced the delivery of sports, concerts and other “live” events is becoming a more viable and attractive way for studios and theaters to generate additional revenue and reach new and different audiences. During 2007, Microspace delivered some of the largest grossing, blockbuster including: films to theaters,

Inside this Issue

Transformers The Heartbreak Kid Disturbia Beowulf (both 2D and 3D) The Bee Movie The Game Plan 3:10 to Yuma Lions for Lambs National Treasure: Book of Secrets Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Halloween The Microspace network is currently installed at 1,000 screens in 38 states with exhibitor commitments in place to expand the network to over 220 theatre locations connecting more than 2,200 screens by the middle of 2008. “2007 was an extremely exciting year for Microspace,” said Curt Tilly, Manager of Digital Cinema Distribution at Microspace. “Our expansion into new markets in Mexico and Canada, the constant addition of theaters and screens to our network, and our impressive list of delivered movies is evidence that digital distribution of movies via satellite is the future of Hollywood.”
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Highlights

Upcoming Events

Sales News

Technical Corner In the News From the Geo Orbit Employee of the Quarter

Editor, Carla Torrence Microspace Communications 3100 Highwoods Blvd. Raleigh, NC 27604 www.microspace.com

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In 2007, Microspace also accomplished the following impressive list of firsts and milestones: • Delivered first 3D movie via satellite to multiple circuits in multiple states (Beowulf) Delivered first movie via satellite to Showest (Disturbia) Delivered first movie via satellite to the LA Film Festival (Transformers) Delivered the first 4K movie via satellite (The Da Vinci Code) Delivered the first super-HD college football game to multiple theatre locations (West Virginia vs. Louisville) Expanded their executive team with the addition of industry veteran Michael Murphy

MICROSPACE’s Delivery Solution Reaches 70 Ministries for Leading Christian Radio Network
Microspace Communications Corporation, the satellite service provider for the Christian Radio Consortium (CRC), recently announced that their satellite solution will be more extensively used by Salem Radio Network (SRN) to expand the reach of its nationally recognized Christian radio programming. According to the terms of the agreement, Microspace will provide satellite services for an additional channel, SR6, extending to a total of eleven channels carrying programming for nearly 1500 affiliate stations within the Christian community. As a fullservice satellite radio network, SRN will continue to rely on Microspace to deliver Christian-formatted news, music and talk radio formats to stations nationwide. SRN offers stations a comprehensive package of headline news, 24-hour music formats, longform talk programming and satellite distribution services for ministries and organizations. “We are adding the SR6 service to accommodate the growing demand from our current and potential client base for live satellite delivery to the Christian broadcasting community, said Greg R. Anderson, president of Salem Radio Network. “We believe that live satellite delivery provides an extremely reliable distribution method to our affiliates on the very stable and proven Unity 4000 platform. Microspace is the perfect partner to help us create and maintain a stable platform for delivering broadcasting content to our stations and their audiences.” Leveraging nearly 20 years of broadcasting experience, Microspace’s

Upcoming Events
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With digital cinema on the rise, the industry expects there to be an additional 20,000 digital-cinema screen installations in the U.S. and Canada by the end of 2010. Digital screens will soon outnumber traditional screens. Microspace expects continued growth as the steady migration towards digital distribution becomes fundamentally important for both the studios and exhibitors in 2008, and beyond. For more information contact Curt Tilly at ctilly@microspace.com or (919)-850-4527.

SHOW EAST October 13-16, 2008 Orlando World Center Marriott Orlando, FL

high-speed video, data and audio broadcasting service delivers critical programming with the redundancy needed to ensure no downtime occurs. SRN reaches over 70 ministries and organizations that rely on the reliable delivery of programming, including shows like Thru the Bible, Walk in the Word, Truth for Life, Leading the Way and dozens more. Operating from a
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state-of-the-art facility, SRN’s skilled technicians are present to provide around-the-clock support to their clients and affiliates. Anderson continued, “As Christian Radio’s largest provider of ministry and family-based programming, we have a commitment to reliability and quality; therefore, we chose Microspace because they are the world’s largest provider of broadcast video, data and audio satellite services for business applications and share mutual goals and standards of excellence.” “Christian radio was once seen as niche programming, but the continued success and growth of SRN demonstrates that religious formats are quickly adopting a mainstream following,” said John Bimrose, Senior Account Manager at Microspace. “Satellite delivery is still the most efficient way to ensure that growing radio networks can cost-effectively reach their target audiences.” For more information contact John Bimrose at jbimrose@microspace.com or 919-850-4512.

ERN enables broadcast and cable networks seeking subject matter experts to connect remotely, via satellite or fiber feeds, with corporate executives and faculty at top universities such as Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina State University and campuses of the University of North Carolina system. “We’re thrilled with the growth of the Expert Resource Network,” said Joe Amor, Microspace Vice President and General Manager. “We launched the network as a one-stop-shop for national broadcasters to secure expert resources, and it’s grown into one of the most extensive networks available to media and continues to expand.” When Anthony Atala, M.D., a leading stem cell researcher and director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, announced the discovery of a new, readily available source of stem cells, national news networks including NBC, CBS and Fox News used ERN and Microspace’s satellite services to secure on-air expert briefings. Thousands of subject matter experts in financial services, medicine, politics, environmental protection, and economic and social development, among other fields, are now available through ERN. In addition to those previously mentioned, other participating institutions include Duke Medical Center, East Carolina University and Medical Center, Elon University and North Carolina A&T State University. Used by news outlets such as Fox News, Bloomberg, CNN, ABC and MSNBC, ERN is a time-saving and cost-efficient service that streamlines the liveshot production process for news producers in media markets nationwide. For more information contact Bonnie Southard at bsouthard@microspace.com or (919) 850-4500.

MICROSPACE’S Greg Weaver to speak at Digital Signage Event
Microspace’s Greg Weaver, Manager of Digital Signage Networks, will be speaking at the upcoming Digital Signage Technology Summit in Las Vegas.

Greg Weaver, Microspace’s Manager of Digital Signage Networks Weaver’s panel is entitled Media Network Strategies: Making the Right Choice and will focus on determining the best content delivery solutions for today’s digital signage networks. He, along with other industry executives, will also discuss other operational aspects of a network including maintenance and security issues. The Digital Signage Technology Summit is being held in conjunction with InfoComm 2008 on June 16 & 17 at the Las Vegas Hilton. For more information contact Greg Weaver at gweaver@microspace.com or 919-850-4547.

Sales News
MICROSPACE Communications’ Expert Resource Network Links Broadcasters to Thousands of New Experts
Microspace recently announced that its Expert Resource Network (ERN) has been expanded significantly to include thousands of experts from leading universities and corporations.

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Technical Corner
New Hires & Promotions

In the News
Real Digital Media Offers MICROSPACE Satellite Digital Signage Solution
The following appeared in a recent issue of “Integrated Solutions for Retailers” magazine.

Jay Bell recently joined Microspace as a part-time Satellite Uplink Operator in the Video Services department. Jay brings experience in both video production and radio broadcasting to the Microspace team.

MICROSPACE Partners with VISTA Satellite Communications to Expand Transmission Capabilities

Dan Krenzke, a returning Microspace employee, was also recently hired as part-time Satellite Uplink Operator in Video Services. Dan’s primary job duties will be in Video Services, but will also do some cross-training in Microspace’s Network Control Center.

Microspace recently announced that it has entered into a new strategic partnership with VISTA Satellite Communications, Inc. to offer alternative uplinking services to VISTA’s customer base. VISTA is a full service satellite communications company offering packaged space segment, transmission and production services to clients worldwide. “We understand the need to deliver a message from anywhere to anyone at anytime and we strive to offer the most affordable satellite delivery solutions to meet this need for our customers and partners alike,” says Greg Hurt, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Microspace. “We are thrilled to expand our long-time relationship with VISTA so that they can continue to offer flexible and cost-effective solutions to their top-tier clients.” “Our new partnership cements a long standing relationship between Microspace and VISTA,” says VISTA Founder, Roy Liemer. “Our core business is based on the ability to deliver messages to and from anywhere in the world and we rely on strong service-oriented companies like Microspace to extend our capabilities so we can achieve our goal of total customer satisfaction and service.” For more information contact Bonnie Southard at bsouthard@microspace.com or 919-850-4558.

Matt Felton was recently promoted from part-time Satellite Uplink Operator in the Video Services department to full-time Systems Operator in Microspace’s Network Control Center.

Real Digital Media (RDM) recently announced a digital signage solution, its NEO-CAST platform that enables both satellite and broadband network setups without manipulation. The solution provider partners with Microspace and KenCast, software developers of IP multicasting digital content, to provide this solution. The KenCast Fazzt client allows the NEO-CAST Media Player to be satellite-enabled out of the box. For more information contact Greg Weaver at gweaver@microspace.com or 919-850-4547.

Sony Selects MICROSPACE to Deliver First 4K Digital Feature Via Satellite
Microspace recently announced that Sony Electronics Inc. used the company’s Digital Cinema Distribution solution to distribute the first Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) compliant 4K digital cinema package via satellite. Microspace successfully delivered Sony Picture’s The Da Vinci Code to
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Sony’s laboratory in San Jose to test the viability of distributing 4K content via satellite. “4K delivery and projection permits the content that was originally captured to be displayed on the screen at the highest resolution possible today,” said Peter Ludé, Senior Vice President, Solutions Engineering for Sony Electronics. “We tested the satellite distribution of the 4K content for security, reliability, and for compatibility with digital cinema projection systems. We were impressed by Microspace’s ability to streamline the integration and process of delivering such a large file. This demonstration provided a great example of the viability of digital cinema 4K content for theaters.” “The delivery of the DCI-compliant 4k feature, the industry’s first via satellite, demonstrates the flexibility and scalability of our solution,” said Curt

Tilly, Manager of Digital Cinema Distribution for Microspace. “As more studios and theaters evaluate the delivery and management of DCP distribution, they will need to rely upon solutions that can easily manage electronic delivery and the intricacies of a secure and reliable distribution.” Microspace has achieved many industry firsts in satellite digital cinema distribution and continues to lead the way. Microspace delivered the first JPEG 2000 feature via satellite for Walt Disney’s The Shaggy Dog and was the first to deliver concurrent JPEG2000 and MPEG content to theaters. In 2004, the company was the first to distribute over satellite 4K DCI Standard Evaluation Material (StEM) for use in a wide variety of digital cinema testing programs. For more information contact Curt Tilly at ctilly@microspace.com or (919)-850-4527.

From the GEO Orbit
Happy 20th Anniversary Microspace!!!
by Joe Amor, Vice President and General Manager at Microspace. In a world that is very number-centric, let’s take a moment to look at some Microspace numbers. • Microspace just celebrated its 20th Anniversary of delivering dependable satellite communications for businesses. • Depending on your financial definition, Microspace has continued to grow into new and expanding industries through 3 recessions. • Growth to over 340,000 businesses with satellite antennas relying on Microspace’s services. • The average tenure of a Microspace employee is over 12 years. That’s a huge knowledge base of communication systems in an ever changing high-tech marketplace. The numbers total up to 1 thing: customer confidence that all of us at Microspace work very hard to earn, every single day . . . for 20 years and counting. Joe Amor may be contacted jamor@microspace.com or (919)-850-4510. at

Employee of the Quarter
David Scoggins Senior Systems Engineer

Dave is a true Raleigh native son, being born and raised here. He began his career in broadcasting at WRAL-TV in 1967 as production/crew member and full time master control operator/engineer for WRAL-FM. While keeping his part time WRAL position, Dave later was a television engineer for UNC School of Medicine. In 1980, Dave worked full time for Carolina Power & Light as chief engineer in their corporate video production facility. From 1984 to 2004 Dave worked for Audiofonics/Videofonics, a local production house, where he was promoted to VP for Research and Development. Dave came to Microspace in 1995 as a part time uplink operator, becoming a full time system engineer in 2004 and was promoted to senior system engineer in 2005. As a member of senior engineering staff, his years of experience and always positive attitude make him a highly regarded and respected member of the Microspace Engineering Team. Dave formerly coached baseball for 5-8 year olds for 15 years. He currently is an avid fan of Carolina Hurricanes Hockey, enjoying the fast-paced action when attending home games. Dave and his wife live in Raleigh and have one adult son.

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