CINCINNATI and CHICAGO, April 26 /CNW/ -- LG Electronics and Harris
Corporation (NYSE: HRS) announced that the jointly developed MPH(TM) in-band
mobile DTV system has won two prestigious awards at the 2007 National
Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention - TV Technology magazine's STAR
Award (Superior Technology Award Recipient) and Television Broadcast
magazine's Top Innovation Award.
Developed by Harris Corporation and LG Electronics Inc. and its U.S.
research subsidiary, Zenith Electronics Corp., the MPH(TM) (Mobile-Pedestrian-
Handheld) in-band mobile DTV system provides robust DTV signals to mobile,
pedestrian and handheld devices. For broadcasters, this new technology enables
new and potentially lucrative revenue streams. For consumers, the MPH(TM)
system enables users to view their favorite programs from local broadcasters,
watch movies and sports, and access local news and weather information - even
when traveling in fast-moving vehicles or using handheld video devices away
The TV Technology STAR Awards are designed to celebrate and showcase the
preeminent technological innovations available to the broadcast industry. A
panel of judges consisting of TV Technology editors and columnists reviewed a
variety of products, examined the technical applications and their overall
contribution to the industry, and then submitted their award nominees.
Products or technologies that receive the Television Broadcast magazine's
Top Innovation Award are nominated by industry professionals and selected
unanimously by the editorial team of Television Broadcast. These awards are
presented in recognition of Technology Insight for the Bottom Line(TM), having
combined innovative technical achievement with workflow and cost efficiencies.
"We developed the MPH(TM) system with LG Electronics in response to our
customers' interest in a compelling, in-band mobile solution," said Tim
Thorsteinson, president of the Harris Broadcast Communications Division. "The
MPH system strikes the right balance for broadcasters looking to deliver both
high-definition programming to fixed receivers and standard-definition
programming and datacasting to mobile and handheld devices."
LG Electronics President and CTO Dr. H.G. Lee said, "Industry recognition
for the MPH(TM) mobile DTV system reflects the strength of both the technology
and our partnership with Harris. We look forward to capitalizing on the
technical and marketplace advantages of the MPH system, while working with
U.S. broadcasters to develop the mobile-portable-handheld DTV market."
The MPH system is a multiple-stream approach, with the main service
stream for existing DTV and HDTV services, and the MPH stream for one or more
mobile, pedestrian and/or handheld services. Key attributes of the MPH system
-- Backward compatibility with the existing ATSC 8-VSB transmission and
-- Capability to receive broadcast signals at high (mobile) speed with a
-- Use of practical, small handheld receivers without the need for
-- Power savings in handheld receivers;
-- Flexibility in both data rates and robustness;
-- Data-rate efficiency, and;
-- Use of advanced video and audio coding in the MPH(TM) stream.
Another advantage of the MPH system is that it does not require the
involvement of outside service providers or spectrum-pooling arrangements.
About LG Electronics USA, Inc.
LG Electronics USA, Inc. is the North American subsidiary of LG
Electronics, Inc., a $48.5-billion global force in consumer electronics, home
appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics
sells a wide range of digital display and digital media products, digital
appliances and mobile phones under LG's "Life's Good" marketing theme. LG's
U.S. R&D subsidiary Zenith Electronics in Lincolnshire, Ill., is a long-time
leader in consumer electronics technologies and a pioneer in digital HDTV,
having developed the "VSB" digital transmission system at the heart of the
ATSC DTV Standard adopted by the Federal Communications Commission. Zenith's
Emmy-award-winning technologies include TV remote control, stereo TV, flat
CRTs and HDTV. Zenith merged with LG Electronics in 1999. For additional
information, please visit www.zenith.com and www.LGusa.com.
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
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For further information:
For further information: Laura Whitaker, Vice President, Harris
Broadcast Communications, (408) 782-1201, firstname.lastname@example.org; or John
Taylor, Division Communications, Vice President, Public Affairs, LG
Electronics USA, Inc., (847) 941-8181, email@example.com, Web Site:
http://www.LGusa.com; http://www.harris.com; http://www.zenith.com