TECHNOLOGIES, VENDORS AND SUPPLIERS
ClearOne | January 31, 2023
On January 30, 2023, ClearOne, a provider of conferencing, collaboration, and network streaming solutions, launched the new CHAT® 150 BT group speakerphone with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The device was created in response to the rise of unified communications software applications and mobile devices for conference calls. It provides an enhanced conferencing experience for the finest in business-class performance.
The CHAT® 150 BT group speakerphone can easily and instantly connect to personal computers, mobile devices, or Bluetooth-enabled desk phones. It offers users an economical way to upgrade home offices, executive offices, and mid-size meeting spaces with BYOD simplicity and superior audio clarity for video meetings and audio conferences.
The speakerphone's audio bridging feature lets far-end USB-connected conference participants using conferencing apps, local users, and Bluetooth-connected far-end mobile callers, join the same call and clearly hear each other. With a steerable microphone array and first-mic priority feature, it intelligently activates the microphone closest to the speaker, reducing ambient noise. Like all ClearOne microphone products, the device is compatible with popular collaboration platforms such as ZoomTM, WebExTM, Microsoft® Teams, Google® MeetTM, and many more.
The new BT model preserves all the original CHAT® 150 speakerphone features, such as Advanced Noise Cancellation, Full Duplex Distributed Echo CancellationTM, and Automatic Level Control algorithms, allowing for precise and natural audio capture and playback. It also has an NFC tap-to-pair feature and a wired USB connection to maintain compatibility across all modern devices. In addition, the CHAT® 150 BT group speakerphone is portable, weighing just over a pound, and features a touch interface with control of volume, mute, and Bluetooth functions in a sleek design.
Derek Graham, the interim CEO of ClearOne, shared, "Every product we design has the shared goal of making it easier for companies and individuals to communicate remotely with excellent audio quality and class-leading simplicity." He added, "The CHAT 150 BT upgrades our customer-favorite speakerphone to enable even more flexible usage that's ideal for today's ever-changing needs and reflects the growth of BYOD conference calls and meetings. ClearOne continues to evaluate the needs of businesses and individuals working in today's complex office environments, and we're proud to deliver innovative features and benefits to make every meeting easier and more productive."
(Source – Business Wire)
Headquartered in Salt Lake City (Utah), ClearOne enables conferencing, collaboration, and network streaming solutions. Founded in 1983, the company has been improving communication and collaboration for organizations worldwide, from Fortune 500 to small and medium businesses and institutions, for nearly 40 years. ClearOne is the best-in-class option for any industry or organization that relies on teamwork and collaboration to be successful, from mobile conferences to the largest meeting venues
Arena Group | January 13, 2023
On January 12, 2023, The Arena Group acquired Fexy Studios, an award-winning creative agency that produces television series, streaming and digital video programming, and branded content across mobile and desktop web, OTT, broadcast television, YouTube, Twitch, Instagram, Facebook, webinars, and more.
The Arena Group will utilize the strength of its core brands and continued audience growth, as well as Fexy's production and branded video capabilities, to enhance streaming, sponsored content, and television programming while boosting sales and revenue across The Arena Group's properties.
Rob Barrett, The Arena Group's President of Media, stated, "Fexy Studios has demonstrated a great ability to create compelling programming and digital video content that resonates deeply with viewers and advertisers. By adding that capability to The Arena Group, we will provide vibrant content and experiences across formats and mediums while building new horizontal, multichannel advertising opportunities throughout our portfolio."
As CEO of Fexy Studios, Cliff Sharples will increase TV, streaming, and cross-platform advertising opportunities and a wide-ranging show portfolio for The Arena Group's verticals.
After the acquisition, the Arena Group's food coverage will expand within Parade Lifestyle Media Group. Kathy Kingsley, GM of TV Programming and Executive Producer on ‘Moveable Feast’ Kaarina Aufrance, GM of ‘Roadfood’, and Bruce Hunter, Head of Sales at Fexy Studios, will join the firm. The transaction will be paid with company stock and cash on hand.
About The Arena Group
The Arena Group, a tech-powered media firm, combines excellent technology, legendary brands, and marketing ability to bring vivid content and experiences to over 120 million consumers each month. It supports brands and creators by delivering technical solutions, distribution, and monetization, enabling journalists, editors, and content creators to impact, enlighten, educate, and entertain people globally. In addition, the company produces vital online destinations that engage consumers with robust journalism and news about their favorite sports teams, investing advice, personal finance, and lifestyle basics.
TECHNOLOGIES,MEDIA AND BROADCASTING
Cosm | January 12, 2023
On January 10, 2023, Cosm, a significant immersive media and technology producer, acquired C360 judiciously to power immersive experiences.
C360, established in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), delivers immersive video solutions to major broadcasters, digital partners, sports media firms, leagues, and multiple government agencies and initiatives.
Cosm was the lead investor in C360 in early 2022 when the company effectively raised funding to broaden its capabilities with major leagues, teams, and broadcasters and activate its technology in arenas, stadiums, and significant sporting events worldwide. Since Cosm's investment, the two companies have discovered more growth potential with broadcast and league partners and will continue to leverage related technological resources.
Jeb Terry, CEO and President at Cosm, said, "We invested in C360 last year to fuel its growth and, over the past twelve months, recognized the incredible opportunity for us to go further, together." He further added, “We have validated Cosm's best-in-class tech stack with our history of innovation, recent R&D developments, and well-defined roadmap. Now, with C360 as part of our team, our capabilities become even more formidable in the immersive and linear production space. This acquisition reinforces our commitment to our broadcast partners and the value-add approach we take to deal making. It is a testament to our aligned visions of redefining the way the world experiences content and bridging the gap between the experience economy and immersive technologies."
C360's software and technology will add complementary elements to Cosm's sequential offering by capturing content in-house for its completely immersive venues, including its recently announced venues in Los Angeles as well as Dallas, and clients and partners in sports, entertainment, science and education, parks and attractions, and other industries.
Cosm is a multinational technology company that creates end-to-end immersive experience solutions. It is transforming the way the world consumes content. With 75 years of experience, the enterprise delivers the world's most immersive experiences with unique technology and state-of-the-art venues that flawlessly blend virtual and physical realities, redefining the realm of possibility. The company offers a full-stack experience solution, which involves physical design, engineering, and manufacturing, in addition to the software, display engine, and content requirements for delivering immersive experiences at scale. Its technology allows people to enjoy entertainment in innovative ways in three primary markets, i.e., sports and entertainment, science and education, and parks and attractions.