Profile: Wegener Corp (WGNR.PK)
Wegener Corporation, incorporated on December 1, 1982, through its subsidiary, Wegener Communications, Inc. (WCI), provides digital video and audio solutions for broadcast television, radio, private and cable networks. The Company operates through the manufacture and sale of satellite communications equipment segment. WCI offers a product line that handles the scheduling, management and delivery of media content to multiple devices, including video screens, computers and audio devices through optimizing point-to-multipoint multimedia distribution over satellite, fiber and Internet Protocol (IP) networks. WCI's product line includes iPump media servers for file-based and live broadcasts; Compel Network Control and Compel Conditional Access for command, monitoring and addressing of multi-site video, audio and data networks, and the Unity satellite media receivers for live radio and video broadcasts.
The Company's products' applications include digital signage, linear and file-based television distribution, linear and file-based radio distribution, Nielsen rating information, broadcast news distribution, business music distribution, corporate communications, video and audio simulcasts. The primary markets it serve are business and private networks, broadcast television and program originators and radio broadcasters.
iPump Media Servers
The iPump product line combines the features of its integrated receiver decoders (IRD) with media server functionality and IP router capabilities. The iPump receives and stores television, radio and other digital files from broadcast, cable and business network operations utilizing file-based broadcasting technology. The file-based broadcasting technology allows network operators to store content at receive locations with an iPump and then play back the content locally either based on schedules or on-demand user selection. It allows network operators to send programs, advertise and playback schedules through stored files into the iPump for later playback according to the schedules. The network operator can then utilize limited satellite time to refresh the programming, advertising and play-out schedules. A feature of the iPump and Compel system is IP network delivery of files and commands to the iPump. The network operators can launch iPump networks over the Internet or private IP networks. Additionally, they can control their network from one integrated Compel control system while feeding select sites through IP.
The Company offers four models of the iPump that utilize file-based broadcasting technology. The iPump 6400 Professional Media Server is designed for broadcast television and private network customers. The iPump 8640 Audio Media Server is designed for radio broadcasters. The iPump 562 and iPump 525 Enterprise Media Servers are designed for private network and enterprise applications, such as digital signage. The iPump 562 and iPump 525 Media Servers support Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG)-4/h.264 video decoding for high definition and definition video. In addition, the iPump 562 supports Digital Video Broadcast (DVB)-S2 satellite demodulation. The iPump 525 is designed to support terrestrial content distribution and control. It targets all of its core markets for the iPump product line. Within these markets, applications for the iPump products include digital signage, corporate communications, training/education, time-zone shifting, regional advertising insertion and news distribution.
The Unity 552 is used by private and business television networks. The Unity 552 supports MPEG-2 and MPEG-4/h.264 video with high definition support, and DVB-S and DVB-S2 demodulation. By upgrading to MPEG-4/h.264 video and DVB-S2 modulation, network operators can reduce their bandwidth utilization by approximately half. The Unity 551 utilizes MPEG-2 for video distribution and is also targeted for private and business television networks. The Unity 4600 receiver is a digital satellite receiver used by program originators to distribute analog and digital programming. DVB-S2 satellite demodulation support is available on the product. The Unity 202 audio receiver is designed for business music providers. It allows users to select audio formats and offers audio storage for advertising insertion and disaster recovery. It is the Company's second generation file-based broadcasting business music receiver.
Compel Network Control Systems
Compel is used in networks around the world to control over 100,000 receivers, and it features grouping and addressing controls that provide network management. Receivers can be controlled as individual sites and as groups. Commands are synchronized with video and audio programming, which allows users to regionalize programming and blackout programming from nonsubscribers, as well as target commercials to subscribers. Compel network control systems include Compel for radio broadcasting and background music applications and Compel 2 for content ingest, content management, digital signage, live and file-based video applications. Compel option modules include Conditional Access for satellite-enabled broadcasts. Conditional Access utilizes a microprocessor in Unity and iPump receiver to deliver access to a network. Unity satellite receivers and iPump media servers are controlled by the Compel Network Control System.
The next generation of Compel is the Compel 2 network control system. Compel 2 supports multiple applications, users and networks. For digital signage applications, Compel 2 features integrated standards-based ingest tools to streamline content management and optimize media player output and screens to help design, schedule and sequence custom combinations of video, graphics and text overlays. The control system has been streamlined by unifying different screens and utilities within a single Web-based graphical user interface. Using a Web browser access, operators can control live and file-based media distribution networks from any Web-enabled remote location. CompelConnect.com provides the operations available in Compel 2 as a software as a service (SaaS) offering.
The Company offers its customers with system solutions for video and audio distribution. The system solution requires the Company to resell components, such as encoders, modulators and IP encapsulators from other manufacturers.
The Company competes with Arris and Cisco.
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