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Digital Rapids' TouchStream Appliance Earns Coveted Broadcast Engineering Pick Hit Award

October 21, 2008 -- Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids – a leading developer of solutions for bringing television, video and movie content to the latest generation of viewing devices – announced today that the company's new TouchStream video and audio streaming appliance has won a Broadcast Engineering IBC 2008 Pick Hit Award.

"We're thrilled that the innovative benefits of TouchStream have been recognized with this highly respected accolade," said Wesley Thiessen, Product Manager, Digital Rapids Corporation. "The Pick Hit award is testament to TouchStream's breakthrough combination of quality, usability and transportability, which is ideal for meeting the ever-increasing demand for flexible live streaming solutions. Coming right on the heels of our IBC Innovation Award win with NBC Universal, it also further reinforces Digital Rapids' position as the leader in ingest, encoding and streaming solutions."

TouchStream appliances deliver Digital Rapids' renowned live streaming quality and reliability as a fully self-contained, easy-to-deploy appliance. Leveraging the most intuitive of human interfaces – touch – TouchStream appliances offer unparalleled ease of use. Streamlined software controls are accessed through a touch-screen interface with integrated live video monitoring and VU meters for audio validation, eliminating the need for laptops, keyboards, mice and separate monitors.

The Broadcast Engineering Pick Hit awards are the industry's longest-running new product technology awards, with a 24-year history. The judges are readers of Broadcast Engineering World Edition magazine and working professionals in the broadcast, post and network and satellite industries who remain anonymous throughout the judging process to protect the integrity of the awards. Winning products are judged to have a positive impact on the intended user's everyday work, and to offer substantial improvement over previous technology at a price within the reach of the intended users.

TouchStream appliances will be available through Digital Rapids and our extensive worldwide network of authorized resellers and systems integrators. For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit

About Digital Rapids Corporation – Digital Rapids develops market-leading hardware and software solutions for transforming and delivering media, enabling the multi-platform experiences that are defining the future of digital video. Scaling from individual applications to enterprise and global operations, Digital Rapids systems span the critical points in today's complex media workflows. Recipient of two prestigious Frost & Sullivan awards in the World Video Encoders and Transcoders market, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise to help our customers maximize their productivity, quality, and the value of their content in the evolving digital media market. Digital Rapids Corporation ( is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the UK, Australia, Argentina and Hong