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Electronic Retailer Cites Everest Design Environment, Sherpa Control System and Local Support as Reasons for Choosing Peak

(Fort Lauderdale, FL, February 15, 1999) PEAK Systems, Inc announces that West Chester, PA-based QVC, Inc., the number one televised shopping network, has bought a number of licenses of Everest real-time 3D renderer and Sherpa external control software. The new systems will be used to refresh the on-air look of this data-driven 24/7 television network.

Aubrey Wells, Engineering Manager at QVC, says "We were looking for a system which could provide us with a new on-air look and with highly automated production of template graphics. Everest and Sherpa give us these tools today and can be used for multi-format broadcasting and virtual sets in the future. The templates we create using these packages will support product sales through information retrieved from our product and pricing databases. This is a very complex process and Peak is working very closely with us to ensure that the integration and training process goes smoothly."

"We’re delighted that QVC has chosen Peak's products and services for their future graphics systems. This is another endorsement of Everest in North America," states Richard Balabuck, Director of U.S. Sales for PEAK Systems, Inc. "The straightforward connection between QVC’s database and live to air graphics means QVC can produce a great on-air look automatically."

QVC Profile
QVC, Inc. was founded in 1986 by Joseph Segel, founder of The Franklin Mint, and the company established a new record in American business history for first full-fiscal-year sales by a new public company, with revenues of over $112 million. By 1993, QVC had become the number one televised shopping service in sales, profits, and reputation in the United States, reaching over 80% of all U.S. cable homes and 3 million satellite dishes. In 1997, more than 56 million packages were shipped to customers as a result of some 84 million phone calls, leading to over $2.0 billion in sales. QVC is the world's pre-eminent electronic retailer.

Peak Systems Profile
Peak Systems supplies complete on-air graphics systems and virtual sets to broadcasters on a global basis. Full training, production support and technical support services back up these systems. The core technologies employed are Everest real-time graphics generation and rendering software, Sherpa external control and Silicon Graphics computer systems.

Television graphics need to be on air fast, look great and tell the story. Frequently repeated graphics need template animation and fast breaking news stories need powerful authoring tools for the designer. Everest is a real-time, 3D, live to air graphics system for television. It is high quality, designer friendly and easy to integrate into standard production methods.

Virtual sets expand upon traditional chroma keying to immerse the presenters in a 3D world, offering new program formats, better usage of the studio and make small studios seem more impressive. Everest Graphics systems can be easily upgraded to full virtual sets by connecting the customer’s choice of camera position sensing system to Everest's internal virtual cameras.

EVEREST is resolution independent and is in use for PAL, NTSC, 16:9 and HDTV productions.

Sherpa is a tool kit for production of external control production interfaces linking data sources, template graphics and virtual sets. Its authoring environment directly connects to the Everest scene, and in production it provides the on-air operator with straightforward access to all the available animations.

Virtual Camera Switcher (VCS) is a hardware product designed to manage the synchronized switching (including required delays) of audio, computer and video equipment in the virtual set. This means the virtual set can be controlled completely from the vision mixer.

Peak has offices and staff in Munich, Hamburg, Bratislava, Florida, New York and London.

Editor’s Note: Digital images of EVEREST are available via email or on the "Images" page at

PEAK Systems, Inc., 15 Isle of Venice, Suite 6, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone +1-954-759-6565 Fax +1-954-759-6561

Everest and Sherpa are trademarks of Peak Software GmbH; All other product and company names are the proof their respective owners.

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