Raycom Media Selects Harris Corporation for End-to-End Broadcast Solution at 37 Television Stations



    
    Solution highlights synergies of core Harris capabilities and recent
    technology acquisitions
    

    LAS VEGAS, April 16 /CNW/ -- Harris Corporation (NYSE:   HRS), an
international communications and information technology company, announced
that Raycom Media Inc., has purchased an end-to-end broadcast solution --
including video processing, branding, and encoding systems and equipment --
for 37 television stations nationwide. The broad suite of equipment and
software solutions will support large, fast-growing segments of the media
market for high-definition TV, Internet Protocol TV, video-on-demand, and
interactive TV applications.  The Raycom systems are expected to be delivered
on a scheduled basis over about two years, with the first four stations
scheduled to begin deployment this month.
    "This is a true end-to-end solution that illustrates the synergies
resulting from our strategic acquisitions of Leitch and Aastra Digital Video
and the infusion of Harris technology, which is sold through a consolidated
sales force and focused on a major customer," said Tim Thorsteinson, president
of the Harris Broadcast Communications Division.  "The Harris video
compression solution allows broadcasters dealing with bandwidth scarcity to
create and distribute content anytime, anywhere -- providing new viewer
experiences that generate additional revenue streams.  We will continue to
broaden our capabilities to provide customers a true end-to-end solution."
    Raycom purchased Harris(R) NetVX(TM) ATSC encoding, the IconLogo(R)
branding system and NEO(R) modular video processing products.  Raycom
television stations will use the Harris(R) NetVX(TM) platform for ATSC
encoding of one high-definition (HD) and two standard-definition (SD) signals
multiplexed through their existing ATSC transmission facilities.  In addition
to NetVX(TM), Raycom stations will deploy the Harris(R) NEO(R) advanced
modular processing platform as a key component of the video processing
strategy.  Also included in the project are the Neural Surround(TM)
MultiMerge(TM) audio processor and a Triveni Digital GuideBuilder(TM)-Pro
centralized PSIP system.
    The project allows Raycom to realize the benefits of key NEO(R)
capabilities, including industry-leading, 3D-adaptive composite video decoding
that allows for excellent SDI video quality (DAS-3901) and motion-adaptive
SD/HD video and aspect ratio conversion with firmware keying that enables
smooth field upgrades (XHD-3902).
    Bob Thurber, director of engineering for Raycom Media, said, "It was
important for us to secure a reliable processing and encoding solution that
would see us well past the transition.  Choosing the right product was
critical; however, another key factor in our decision to go with Harris was
their superior customer service.  It's important for us to be able to go to
one place for all of our service needs."

    
    About Raycom Media
    
    Raycom, an employee-owned company, is one of the nation's largest
broadcasters and currently owns and/or operates 42 television stations in 18
states. Raycom stations cover more than 10.6% of U.S. television households
and employ 3500 individuals in full- and part-time positions.  In addition to
television stations, Raycom owns Raycom Sports (a marketing, production and
events management and distribution company in Charlotte, N.C.); Raycom Post (a
post production facility in Burbank, Calif.); Broadview Media (a post
production/telecommunications company based in Montgomery, Ala.); and
CableVantage (a cable advertising sales group based in Columbia, S.C.).

    
    About Harris Corporation
    
    Harris is an international communications and information technology
company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries.
Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of about
$4 billion and more than 14,000 employees -- including more than 6,000
engineers and scientists.  Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class
assured communications(TM) products, systems, and services for global markets,
including government communications, RF communications, broadcast
communications, and wireless transmission network solutions.  Additional
information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com

    
    GuideBuilder is a trademark of Triveni Digital Inc.
    Neural Surround and MultiMerge are trademarks of Neural Audio Corporation.

    




For further information:

For further information: Laura Whitaker, Vice President, Communications
of  Harris Broadcast Communications Division, +1-408-782-1201, 
laura.whitaker@harris.com

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