USA / Europe - Media Networking Alliance, Bothell, Washington, USA. The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), Swedish Radio (Sveriges Radio AB), Focusrite, Genelec, Riedel Audio & Acoustics and Shure Incorporated, are among the latest organizations to join ALC NetworX, Archwave Technologies, Attero Tech, Bosch Security Systems, Directout, Lawo, QSC, The Telos Alliance and Yamaha, in signing up to membership of the Media Networking Alliance.

The fast growing pace of membership follows the alliance's inaugural membership meeting at last October's AES Convention, and the recent AES plugfest which proved AES67 interoperability between equipment from 10 different manufacturers. Both the BBC and Swedish Radio were present during the plugfest in an observer capacity. Membership applications from several more AV manufacturers are currently being accepted.

Speaking for Shure, among the most recent manufacturers to join the MNA, Bob Abraham, director, digital audio products, said, "Shure is pleased to join MNA in support of the AES67 standard. We believe a healthy A/V industry needs open standards and interoperability to meet customer expectations. AES67 is emerging as an appealing media networking solution because it promises some unique benefits we think customers will really appreciate."

Commenting for the Media Network Alliance, steering committee chairman Rich Zwiebel said, "The Media Networking Alliance is excited to have such prestigious organizations and companies become part of the MNA, and we are extremely pleased at the increasing rate of applications for membership, so soon after the inauguration of the alliance.

"AES67 is a true interoperability standard which benefits the entire audio industry. Support of AES67 is coming from a wide variety of users, including broadcasters like the BBC and Swedish Radio and manufacturers such as Shure."

(Jim Evans)

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