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eScapes Network USA deploys Cinegy technologies

In the lead-up to the 2012 National Association of Broadcasters Show, Cinegy has published the following article on The eScapes Network, including an interview with President & Chairman of the Board Robert Oklejas:


Munich March 12th 2012– A start up launched in 2010, eScapes Network LLC founders quickly realized that the task to choose an Automation system for broadcasting may be even a more difficult task then launching a TV channel itself.

Following a 3 month long search and evaluation period that included analog, hybrid and digital solutions, eScapes decided that a Cinegy solution was the way to go.

Cinegy sits down with Robert Oklejas President of eScapes Network LLC to learn more about eScapes as well as their need for a Cinegy solution.

(C) eScapes Network is very unique, can you provide us with an overview of your company?

(RO) eScapes Network LLC is a 24/7 television production company. Our content is distributed by geosynchronous satellite to cable television systems and “over the air” broadcast televisions stations in the United States and the Caribbean Islands. Our content is based on a US Patented concept called Hybrid Radio/Television (HRT). HRT combines the “on air voice” and music of radio with a separate HD video stream of beautiful relaxing to watch scenery. We call it, “radio you can watch” and “television you can listen to”.

(C)Why did you choose to use to use Cinegy?

(RO) We first chose a digital solution and then evaluated 4 systems. Following this we chose Cinegy from the 4 because of the straightforward operation, versatility, price and the after sales support that Cinegy offer.

(C) What problems were you looking to solve by implementing Cinegy?

(R.O) The first attempt to design post production and broadcast automation infrastructure using traditional broadcast equipment seemed too expensive, would not provide us all of the functionality needed for today’s media management and distribution and did not offer adequate redundancy.

Software based on a standard PC Hardware gave eScapes much more flexibility. Cinegy provided eScapes with all that they needed to start production and distribution in a matter of days without the need for SDI cabling and routing.

(C) What benefits has Cinegy brought your Company?

(R.O) Cinegy brought to eScapes much more than we needed to start broadcasting a single TV channel. Software installation and maintenance are extremely simple and users did not require extensive training to implement the system and start production.

(C) And the future?

(R.O) We are planning to have multiple TV channels to accommodate requests for different music genres. With Cinegy Air, we can add and manage as many channels as we will ever need with very little additional effort and investment.

About Cinegy

Cinegy is a world-leading R&D company, developing and engineering video, broadcast and OEM software solutions. Cinegy software encompasses every aspect of collaborative production, from ingest to editing to playout, all connected to an active archive with full digital asset management. It is modular and scalable; it can be applied to a wide variety of production environments of differing size, scope and purpose, from entry level to enterprise. Based on standard IT hardware and non-proprietary storage technology, it is affordable, easily deployable and intuitive to use.

Cinegy’s application areas include: media workflow, media asset management, broadcast automation, newsroom integration, nonlinear editing, compositing and effects, MPEG technology / encoders/decoders and signal distribution and monitoring. For more information visit www.cinegy.com.

Link: Cinegy Press Release on NABShow.com


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U.S. Patent Office Approves Hybrid Radio Television

The eScapes Network and its President and Chairman of the Board, Robert A. Oklejas, received news that the Hybrid Radio Television (HRT) Therapeutic Benefit System patent, along with its twenty four (24) claims, was approved on Friday, February 3. Mr. Oklejas submitted his US and International patent application in February 2006.

The patent is significant. It supports opportunities for the eScapes Network to expand revenues from licensing HRT content, increasing the value of the company, developing joint ventures, and/or joint marketing for much needed therapeutic technology in the health care industry.

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eScapes Reaches Agreement with Caribbean Cable Cooperative

The eScapes Network and the Caribbean Cable Cooperative, Ltd reached an agreement offering eScapes programming for the first time to the cooperative and its more than 40 participating members, representing 50 cable companies in 23 countries across the Caribbean and Atlantic basin. The co-op negotiates directly with television networks on behalf of its Members and that saves them considerable time and legal expense.

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eScapes Announces “No Repeat Week”

The eScapes Network, beginning Monday, January 9, 2012, will not repeat episodes between 6:00 am-1:00 am each week. Also debuting with this new schedule is an hour-long daypart, “eScapes Presents,” designed to showcase some of the network’s best episodes on a single subject each night in prime time.

Responding to a challenge to keep eScapes Network content fresh and interesting, Robert A. Oklejas, President and Chairman of the Board of eScapes said, “Our production department has stepped up to the challenge and created ‘no repeat week.’ Our content is amazing by itself, but coupled with no repeating episodes for the entire week means that our channel continues to maximize viewer satisfaction.”

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eScapes Begins Broadcasting in Fresno and Visalia

eScapes at the 2011 Cable Show

The eScapes Network is now available in sunny Fresno, California beginning January 2012. “We are thrilled to be working with Cocola Broadcasting Companies, LLC to bring the eScapes Network to the Fresno area,” said John Baghdassarian, Vice President of Distribution and New Business Development. “Fresno and Visalia are one of the first markets on the west coast to enjoy our unique hybrid radio/television network.”

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eScapes Provides Cable Subscribers with Over 600 Episodes

eScapes at the 2011 Cable Show

The eScapes Network celebrated its 600th episode! The eScapes Network premiered at the 2011 Cable Show in Chicago.

Per Robert Oklejas, Chairman of the Board of the eScapes Network, “The Cable Show was our first large scale opportunity to show the decision makers within the cable industry just how unique and appealing The eScapes Network is as a content provider.”

The eScapes Network delivers programming that is different than any other cable offering.

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Veteran Marketing Executive John Baghdassarian Joins eScapes

The eScapes Network announced today that it is engaging the services of veteran affiliate sales executive John Baghdassarian in its push to add to the distribution portfolio of the network. “John brings a skill set and Rolodex of contacts with him that should open some doors up for us pretty quickly,” said Jon Oswald, eScapes’ General Manager. “With over 14 years of distribution and startup success, we’re extremely pleased to have a person of John’s experience and background on board to help in our efforts.”

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eScapes Produces 500th Episode

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Very few television programs ever achieve such a milestone. The classic TV series Bonanza ran from 1959 to 1973 and didn’t do it. M.A.S.H. ran for eleven years on network television and didn’t even come close to it. In fact, it took The Simpsons 25 years to accomplish what the eScapes Network has done in a little less than six months.

And what is “it”? The 500th produced episode.

Granted, the eScapes Network does not have the logistical burdens of scripted programming– actors, sets, script revisions, and the like– but just as its network cousins, eScapes is highly dependent on locations.

In fact, that’s what the eScapes Network is all about… locations.

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A sample of eScapes’ 500th episode. Click here for more information on this scene.


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eScapes Featured on Toledo’s Channel 13 News

The Network received some welcome and unsolicited publicity from Toledo’s WTVG ABC affiliate, channel 13, that ran this news piece on the Network’s recent launch on Buckeye CableSystem.


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eScapes Prepares for The Cable Show

THE ESCAPES NETWORK PREPARES TO UNVEIL TO THE CABLE WORLD “TELEVISION YOU NEVER WANT TO TURN OFF”

New Hybrid Radio/Television Network Exhibiting At The Cable Show 2011

MONROE, MICHIGAN, June 9, 2011 – Final preparations are underway at The eScapes Network headquarters in downtown Monroe for next week’s annual Cable Show in Chicago June 13– 16. “We’re very excited to be exhibiting at the show this year,” said Robert Oklejas, Chairman of the Board of the eScapes Network. “The Cable Show is our first large-scale opportunity to show the decision makers within the cable industry just how unique and appealing the eScapes Network is as a content provider.”

Since going live on Buckeye Cable System in Northwest Ohio just three weeks ago, the network has been approached by numerous system operators inquiring about how they can carry the network. “It is really astounding that as we were working to be sure our signal to Buckeye was clean and all systems were operating properly, technical people at head-ends and stations around the country were seeing our programming on the satellite and calling us to inquire about attaining our feed,” said Jon Oswald, General Manager of the eScapes Network. “As of today we have four new contracts for carriage pending. After Chicago, when operators have had the chance to really watch the network and learn about our business plan, I expect that number to be significantly higher.”

The Cable Show 2011 will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Center and attendance is expected to exceed 13,000. “The people who attend this show are the industry leaders in the cable business” said Mr. Oklejas. “We’re putting our best foot forward since the CEOs of Time Warner, Comcast, Cablevision, and more are all walking around taking in what’s new in programming and technology. Collectively, the show represents nearly 200 million cable households. Not to mention that our booth is #913 and our neighbor, the Oprah Winfrey Network, is in booth #1013.”

“Looking at the 271 exhibitors for the show, there are only four new networks being represented,” said Mr. Oswald. “Two are international sports, one is a Spanish network, and then there’s us, who’ve created a whole new category: hybrid radio/television.”

“We’ve got a new display booth, media kits, handouts, and more,” added Mr. Oklejas, “but the only sales tools we really need are the giant flat screens displaying our shows. Once you’ve seen eScapes, you get it. There’s no need for a lot of explanations.”

Brilliant in concept, colors, scenery and music, eScapes is designed to relax and calm viewers from the frantic pace and histrionic nature of today’s broadcasting. Headquartered in Monroe, Michigan the network is available on the Galaxy 16 Satellite providing programming content for HD digital channels and cable MSOs.


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