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Glowpoint to Enable Live Interviews in HD for Professional Football Draft

March 29, 2011 | 
Telepresence technology and services offer enhanced flexibility for broadcast networks and will be featured at this year's National Association of Broadcasters event

Glowpoint_NFL_Draft.jpgMURRAY HILL, N.J., March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Glowpoint, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: GLOW), a leading global provider of cloud-based, managed services for telepresence, video conferencing and collaboration, today announced that it will, as part of a multi-year agreement signed last year, be providing video managed services to enable live interviews to be conducted in HD during this year's football draft, which will be broadcast on the leading sports broadcasting network.

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. The 2011 draft coverage begins April 28 and ends on April 30. Live interviews will be carried via Glowpoint's Open Video™ platform, which offers video users a seamless way to collaborate across a broad range of video technologies and on disparate carrier networks.

Glowpoint's services will enable interviews to be conducted at various team locations across the country, with the content distributed directly to the head-end broadcast studio for instantaneous delivery on-air.

"Glowpoint is proud to continue to support high-profile, nationally televised events," said Glowpoint SVP Sales and Marketing, Stephen Vobbe. "We are seeing more and more use of telepresence and video technology used for broadcasting and live television content acquisition and delivery and we will continue to build and deliver applications and services that offer maximum flexibility for broadcasters, while continuing to ensure the highest quality."

The 2011 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 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 following on-screen credit:

Glowpoint's 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

Telepresence technologies for broadcast and other business uses will be highlighted at the 2011 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show April 13, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Glowpoint Senior Vice President of Product and Strategy, Anil Balani will co-present, along with Brightcom CEO Bob McCandless during the Telepresence Conference portion of the event. The presentation entitled, Solving the Network Problem Today to Redefine Video of Tomorrow: The Future of Telepresence.

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 Open Video platform 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 sup
  • 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
Supporting Resources

    * Glowpoint's Broadcast Solutions
    * Glowpoint's Managed Services
    * NAB Show Information

About Glowpoint

Glowpoint, Inc. (OTCBB: GLOW) enables video users to effortlessly and securely call one another regardless of their video technology or network. With unlimited, "open" access to Glowpoint's cloud-based, hosted-video infrastructure and services, video calling within - and between - companies is dramatically simplified. From full-featured telepresence and video conferencing suites to desktop video, Glowpoint supports customers around the world with 24/7 managed services that allow business professionals to enjoy "in-the-same-room" intimacy and cost savings. To see a video-in-the-cloud demonstration, and to learn more about how cost-effective and easy telepresence and video conferencing can be for your business, please visit

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