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Runco Academy Master Class Accreditation Program Now Offers Imaging Science Foundation ISF Certification

UNION CITY, CALIFORNIA — November 12, 2004 — Runco International, the world leader in high-end home theater video display technology, is pleased to announce that the Runco Academy has been granted ISF calibration accreditation by the Imaging Science Foundation. Runco Academy graduates can now register to complete the test for ISF Certification after having attended the Master Class, which covers ISF’s entire curriculum as well as teaches the techniques for designing the world’s finest home theater video display systems.

“We are very excited to partner with ISF to help Runco Academy graduates gain ISF certification,” stated Bob Hana, president of Runco International. “This is an affirmation of our Master Class’ goal to provide its graduates with the skills and benefits needed to be the world’s foremost home theater installers. The Runco Academy represents the most comprehensive and prestigious program dedicated to the practice of installing home theaters, as it enhances both installation skills, covers industry-standard calibration criteria, and provides CEDIA CEU credits.”

“Runco has always been consistent in encouraging its dealers to master the art of home cinema through certification such as ISF’s accreditation,” said Joel Silver, founder of the Imaging Science Foundation. “Not surprisingly, Runco now has more ISF-certified dealers than any other brand in the industry. At ISF, we admire their commitment, and we think this has yielded great dividend for the industry.”

Exclusive to Runco dealers, the Master Class accreditation program addresses the needs of an evolving custom installation market, promoting high standards in the advancement of video display technology with the utilization of Runco’s innovative products. Through a variety of in-depth courses, including the exclusive Runco video-eye technique, graduates develop expertise for recognizing the elements of an outstanding home theater experience and integrating them into their own designs.

Furthermore, Runco shares CEDIA’s passion for setting the highest standards for designers and installers in the custom residential system industry. As part of CEDIA’s Certified Continuing Education Unit Program, Runco Academy’s Master Class accredited training program enables CEDIA Certified Professionals to continue to develop their industry and technical knowledge.

Registration and class schedule information for Runco dealers is available at www.runco.com/dealerinfo.html.

About ISF

The Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) is the leader in the Display Standards industry. Since its inception in 1994, ISF has been dedicated to improving electronic imaging. It consults with manufacturers regarding product development, runs worldwide dealer certification trainings, supervises media communications and certifies video hardware for “High-Fidelity” video. ISF runs the Imaging Science Research Lab for image quality certification of Windows XP Media Center PC hardware, and invented the patented Microsoft Media Center Edition Calibration Wizard.

About Runco

Founded in 1987 and currently headquartered in Union City, California, Runco International is a market leader in state-of-the-art projection systems, flat-panel plasma monitors, video processors and other components for the consumer market. Runco’s innovations have won numerous awards and citations from the world press. Runco was the first company to introduce and market a line doubler with a multi-frequency projector in 1990 and also introduced the first multiple-aspect-ratio controller, the ARC-IV, to the Home Theater market. Recently, both of these features have become essential for the new digital high definition capable televisions. For more information on Runco International, visit the web at www.runco.com.
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