Hauppauge Digital, Inc.(NASDAQ symbol: HAUP), through its Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc and Hauppauge Digital Europe Sarl subsidiaries, has been a leader in bringing TV functionality to the PC since 1992, with an estimated worldwide installed base of over two and a half million users.
The Company is the worldwide leading developer and manufacturer of analog and digital TV and data broadcast tuner products for personal computers. These video boards allow PC users to watch television on their PC screens, receive digital TV, record TV to a computers hard disk and create both still video images and digital video movies. Hauppauge’s flagship product, the WinTV family, is the leading branded TV card in the retail market.
Board of Directors Charters
Hauppauge Digital, Inc., through its Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc. subsidiary, has been a leader in bringing TV functionality to the PC since 1992, with an estimated worldwide installed base of almost one million users. The Company is the worldwide leading developer and manufacturer of analog and digital video, TV and data broadcast tuner products for personal computers. These video boards allow PC users to watch television on their PC screens, video conference and create both still video images and digital video movies. Hauppauge’s flagship product, the WinTV family, is the leading branded TV card in the retail market.
The WinTV family consists of over six high-end to low-end WinTV models that include features from FM Radio to Dolby Surround Sound . All models work with a remote control, with the exception of one. Although each model has distinct features, this family of products shares the same basic functionality. The boards are installed in PC’s to display video in a resizable window. They enhance the usefulness of professional and consumer PC’s by allowing users to watch television, view video images from cameras and video conference through their PC, while simultaneously allowing traditional PC applicants to be run. In addition to allowing PC users to “watch TV on their PC,” the WinTV boards can be used to receive data broadcasts worldwide. Hauppauge Digital, Inc. has been the market leader in bringing TV to the PC since 1992. This focus has enabled the Company to achieve world class know-how and innovation in this market segment. The brand is recognized worldwide and has an industry-wide reputation for quality and reliability.
As the convergence of the PC and TV further progresses, Hauppauge continuously demonstrates the fruition of an aggressive marketing plan which sustains the visibility of Hauppauge’s brand name and helps to diversify the Company’s worldwide customer base. Hauppauge’s multi-faceted growth strategy has established the Company’s first-to-market position in the US and Europe with the TV-in-a-PC technology. This strategic positioning provides a solid platform from which management is expanding Hauppauge’s worldwide sales presence, forging strategic relationships with players from a range of exciting business sectors and introducing new digital product lines. The Company is partnered with companies such as Intel and Microsoft. Its sales continue to grow through over 5,000+ worldwide retail outlets, including CompUSA/Computer City, Office Max, Ingram Micro, and Softext, and through a global distribution network including Ingram Micro, Brooke, D&H, Actebis, and Frontline.
Investing in the Furture
Hauppauge’s newest technology and products further drive the Company’s success. The next addition to the WinTV product line, the WinTVD family, will allow the PC user to receive and view Digital Television broadcasts to their desktop computer at a fraction of the cost of a dedicated DTV receiver. In addition, the digital tuner provides tremendous opportunities for Hauppauge in the area of digital data, audio and video broadcasts. The implementation of the FCC’s mandated conversion from analog to digital TV over the next seven years, will provide Hauppauge with new opportunities for growth in an expanding market. Starting in November 1998, DTV programming was being broadcast on 27 stations in the top 10 US television markets, and industry experts predict full US penetration through 1500 additional stations within five years. Another addition to the WinTV family is the new WinTV-Wave model. This broadcast tuner board incorporates Wave System Corp.’s Wave Direct secure client-side E-commerce transaction system. This new model enables users to access and purchase software and data products such as video games, productivity tools, graphics, news music, and on-line publications, in addition to containing the basic features of a WinTV board. Purchases are made with a built-in money chip that provides customers with a convenient, inexpensive and secure tool for accessing and buying a wide range of software and digital content available on the Internet and through cable broadcasts. Hauppauge’s first-to-market position with this product allows the Company to capitalize on the burgeoning, and as of yet untapped, market for micro-transactions through the PC. Hauppauge Digital, Inc. supports its current strategic direction and affirms that this direction will allow the Company to grow in its market segments. The Company believes that the WinTV concept will help move PC’s into the living room, and will play an important role in the convergence of the Personal Computer and Consumer Electronics industries. As the PC becomes one of the most important purchases made in the home today, WinTV and its visibility will increase.
Hauppauge Digital, Inc. is headquartered in Hauppauge, New York and has operating subsidiaries with Hauppauge Computer Works Inc. and Hauppauge Digital Europe Sarl. There are sales offices in California, Germany, London, Paris, The Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, and Singapore.
Kenneth H. Plotkin
Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President
Mr. Plotkin is a co-founder of the Company and has been Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer since the Company's incorporation in 1994. Mr. Plotkin is currently acting President of the Company.
Mr. Plotkin holds a BS and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Before co-founding Hauppauge, Mr. Plotkin spent 8 years with Intel Corp. where he was involved with marketing Intel technology to the banking and brokerage community and as a technical evangelist for Ethernet technology.
Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer
Mr. Tucciarone, who has over 20 years experience in financial accounting and auditing functions, joined the company in January 1995 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Hauppauge, Mr.Tucciarone held the positions of Controller and Vice President of Finance for Walker Telecommunications Corporation, a high tech manufacturer of telecommunication and voice messaging equipment. Mr. Tucciarone's career also includes auditing experience with both Fortune 500 publicly traded corporations and external auditing firms. Mr. Tucciarone is a Certified Public Accountant with a B.S. degree in Business Administrative with a specialization in Accounting from Hofstra University.
Vice President of Technology
Mr. Casey has been Vice President of Technology of the Company since 1987. Prior to his employment with Hauppauge, Mr. Casey was employed by Intel where he was a Regional Architecture Specialist, and Grumman Aerospace where he was a Design Engineer. Mr. Casey received a BSEE from Polytechnic Institute of New York.
Seymour G. Siegel
Director and Audit Committee Chairman
Seymour G. Siegel has served as Director of the Company since May 16, 2003. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a principal in the Siegel Rich Division of Rothstein, Kass & Company, P.C., an accounting and consulting firm. From 1974 – 1990 he was managing partner and founder of Siegel Rich and Co, P.C., CPAs which merged into M.R.Weiser & Co., LLC, where he was a senior partner. He formed Siegel Rich Inc. in 1994 which in April, 2000 became a division of Rothstein, Kass & Company, P.C. Mr. Siegel has been a director, trustee and officer of numerous businesses, philanthropic and civic organizations. He has served as a director and member of the audit committees of Barpoint.com, Oak Hall Capital Fund, Prime Motor Inns Limited Partnership and Noise Cancellation Technologies, all public companies.
Mr. Herman has served as a member of Hauppauge’s Board of Directors since 1995, and is a retired Chief Executive Officer of Okidata Corporation. He served as President and CEO of Okidata Corporation from 1979 to 1993, and for the following two years as Executive Advisor to Oki America, Inc. Okidata is a manufacturer and marketer of computer peripheral equipment and is the largest overseas subsidiary of Oki Electric Industries of Japan. Since his retirement, Mr. Herman has served as a member of the Board of Directors for three technology companies. He received a bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell and pursued graduate industrial engineering studies at CUNY.
Adam M. Zeitsiff
Adam Zeitsiff has served as Director of the Company since August 2011. Adam is currently CEO of EZFacility, Inc., a position he has held since 2006. EZFacility develops management software for the fitness industry and was sold to Jonas Software, Inc. of Canada in 2009. Previously, Adam founded VCinema and IVCi. VCinema was a venture financed startup which provided a movie download service for consumers from 2004 to 2006. IVCi was started in 1995 and provided board room video conferencing services and was sold to Forgent Networks in 2002. Adam currently serves on the Board of Testing Machines Inc. of Delaware and graduated from Springfield College in Springfied, MA.
Founded in 1994, Hauppauge Digital Inc. is a leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing TV and digital video boards for the PC market. The Company’s WinTV cards are the leading branded TV cards in the retail market. The company has two operating companies: Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc., founded in 1984, which handles sales, marketing and production for North and South America, and Hauppauge Digital Europe Sarl, founded in 1999, which handles sales, marketing and production for Europe and Asia. PCTV Systems Sarl, our division which manufactures the PCTV product line, was incorporated in 2009.
Hauppauge employs 65 people in North America and approximately 160 globally.
Hauppauge went public on January 10, 1995 and the IPO price was $1.575 (adjusted for a 2:1 stock split in March 2000)
Hauppauge Digital, Inc. is traded on NASDAQ. The ticker symbol is HAUP.
As of April 30, 2011, 10,122,344 shares were outstanding, not including treasury shares. Share's outstanding reflects a 100% stock dividend paid on March 24, 2000.
No, like most young companies, Hauppauge does not offer a Direct Stock Purchase Plan and does not pay dividends.
Hauppauge’s fiscal year starts October 1 and ends September 30.
Q1 - October 1 – December 31
Q2 - January 1 – March 31
Q3 - April 1 – June 30
Q4 - July 1 – September 30
The quarter earnings are typically released the second week in February, the second week in May, and the second week in August. The results for the full fiscal year is typically released the third or fourth week in December. The full fiscal year is sometimes delayed until close to Dec. 29 due to year end auditor review.
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phone: 631.434.1600 ext.306
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Hauppauge is represented by Steven Kuperschmid, Partner of Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman LLP
Hauppauge’s independent auditors are BDO Seidman, LLP.
Hauppauge Investor Relations
phone: 631.434.1600 ext.306