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eScapes Launches New Primetime Program, “After Dark with Johnny Williams”

National Radio Legend Goes Primetime

MONROE, MICHIGAN, November 26, 2012 – The eScapes Network introduces “After Dark with Johnny Williams,” a new evening program featuring the captivating music selections and rich voice of nationally known on-air personality, Johnny Williams. After Dark broadcasts daily from the eScapes live audio studio from 7 pm to midnight, Monday through Friday. The video showcases sunsets and evening scenes of island beaches, cityscapes, nature and more.

After Dark with Johnny Williams

Fans of WNIC’s ‘Pillow Talk’ or XM Radio can now find Williams on the nation’s only US-patented Hybrid Radio/Television Network. “I’m very excited by this unique opportunity,” said Williams, “combining HD video with my favorite song selections is the best of both worlds!”

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Independent Cable News features eScapes

The November 2012 issue of Independent Cable News includes a lengthy “Programmer Spotlight” on The eScapes Network.

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Check it out on pages 4-5 of the newsletter, which is available by clicking here. (PDF file).


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eScapes Celebrates 1000th Episode

MONROE, MICHIGAN, May 16, 2012 – On the one year anniversary of its launch on Buckeye CableSystem Channel 168 in Northwest Ohio, The eScapes Network completed its 1000th episode!

“This is a proud accomplishment,” said Jon Oswald, General Manager at eScapes. “Our videographers supply us with extraordinary HD video footage to work with and our dedicated post-production team consistently delivers quality programming every day.”

The milestone episode is “Umhlanga Beach,” KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa premiering Monday, May 21st on After Five at 5:15 pm (Eastern time). Exotic in name and location, our 1000th episode gives viewers a glimpse of beach life and seaside paradise just north of Durban.

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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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