TSL Products acquires DNF Controls

There will be a period of transition to bring the DNF and TSL product families together, with DNF’s California base becoming the TSL Inc. head office for the Americas.
Chris Exelby, MD, TSL Products.
Chris Exelby, MD, TSL Products.


TSL Products has announced the acquisition of DNF Controls, a U.S.-based company specialising in human-to-machine and machine-to-machine solutions for over 27 years. The acquisition provides an opportunity for TSL to expand its services in the broadcast control systems market and to offer audio and power solutions locally to the Americas.

The TSL and DNF teams will be exhibiting together at NAB 2019 in TSL’s Stand SL4621. Visitors will be able to see how TSL and DNF will combine to provide a complete control platform for the needs of customers from single interfaces right through to advanced enterprise solutions.

DNF customers in the U.S. region will have increased access to TSL’s complete product range, offering audio and power solutions in addition to control systems, with the ability to place orders and utilize its support department out of Northridge, CA. Meanwhile, TSL customers will benefit from DNF’s dedicated hardware control panel and integration capabilities, bringing further functionality to their offerings.

“We are excited to work together as one with DNF Controls,” says Chris Exelby, Managing Director, TSL Products. “Our values and mission are aligned in the strong belief of empowering the end-user to have complete control of their system. We can now accomplish this by providing the most modern, compatible, expandable system available, and by offering a wide range of user-friendly controllers, panels and virtual interfaces. Both TSL and DNF are built from strong engineering roots and have a combined 60+ years in delivering systems for customers worldwide.”

TSL Products has significant success for its own broadcast control system, TallyMan, with over 2,000 installations worldwide, and the U.S. is now TSL’s single largest market across all product ranges. DNF technology can provide opportunities to expand TSL’s control offering, specifically MOS integration to work with news systems, SCTE control, used for ad and regional content insertion and automated schedules and rundowns for playout services. The joining of TSL and DNF also brings combined development and configuration teams.

“DNF’s relationship with TSL Products grew to an OEM agreement in May 2018, and we are thrilled that it has now grown further into the companies fully uniting,” says Dan Fogel, CEO and founder of DNF. “The acquisition will provide a wider offering for our current customers while also introducing our products to new markets globally.”

TSL said there will be a period of transition to bring the DNF and TSL product families together, with DNF’s California base becoming the TSL Inc. head office for the Americas. TSL and DNF said the joined vision will feed into the overall control platform product roadmap.

Existing DNF and TSL customers will be able to maintain and grow their existing systems, whilst TSL makes the shift to solutions that incorporate components from all product families to provide the most powerful and cost-effective solution for the customer.

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