Harris Corporation’s Leitch NEXIO NewsNet Newsroom System Chosen by Brazil’s TV Bandeirantes
CINCINNATI, February 27, 2006 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today announced that its Leitch NEXIO™ NewsNet™ server newsroom system — along with a range of content management and distribution products from the comprehensive Harris portfolio — was selected by Sao Paulo, Brazil-based TV Bandeirantes (Rede Bandeirantes de Televisăo). Spanning from media ingest through storage, news production, post production and playout, the fully integrated system will provide TV Bandeirantes with a streamlined workflow throughout the total content delivery chain.
TV Bandeirantes is one of Brazil’s leading broadcasters, with its signals transmitted over 77 channels across the country and reaching 94 percent of television households in Brazil. The company will use the NEXIO™ NewsNet™ system to transmit a variety of programming, including local network news, 24-hour news and sports.
“We have had a long-term, positive experience with Leitch newsroom solutions, as our entire 24-hour news channel, Band News, is built around a Leitch legacy server system and NewsFlash® non-linear editor,” said Gilberto Verzoni, director of engineering and technology of Bandeirantes Group. “We decided to return to Leitch server technology for our new network news operation because of this excellent history and because we know we can count on the company for superior service and support. Also, the new NEXIO™ system’s multi-standard functionality, open interoperability and advanced software ensure that we are fully prepared for any future requirements.”
The Leitch NEXIO™ NewsNet™ system comprises a NEXIO™ transmission server system, NEXIO™ NewsFlash® networked editing systems and a NewsFlash Preditor™ low-resolution browse and edit solution, all connected to a shared storage system. The system enables a news operation to ingest, edit and air material without requiring content transfer. Critical to the system’s functionality are Ingest Control Manager™, which streamlines acquisition; Rundown Manager™, a MOS-enabled gateway and play-to-air system; NEXIO™ Remote, which enables control of up to four NEXIO™ channels over a standard LAN connection; and the NEXIO™ Playlist event sequencing application. In addition, the system features 14 TB of storage in a mirrored configuration.
“This is an important project for the Latin American region, as it reinforces the solid reputation our Leitch server technology enjoys, as well as our company’s reputation for providing cost-effective, practical solutions for today’s digital newsroom applications,” said Edel Garcia, vice president of sales, Caribbean and Latin America, for Harris Broadcast Communications Division’s Leitch Business Unit. “The NEXIO™ server platform was specifically designed with the changing requirements of major broadcasters such as TV Bandeirantes in mind. The system’s integrated, streamlined operational workflow and in-server editing capability provide broadcasters with a faster means of processing material in high-pressure news environments, which has enabled NEXIO™ to become a leading component in news production environments worldwide.”
Harris also supplied TV Bandeirantes with a complete peripheral system, which includes Leitch X75™SD multiple-path converter/synchronizers; Integrator® large routers with a host of remote control panels; SuiteView™ multi-source display processors; and 6800+™ modular interface products. Test and measurement is handled by Videotek® TVM-950 multi-format HD/SD-SDI video and audio signal analyzers and Videotek® PTM-305 handheld, multi-function, personal test monitors. Rounding out the system are Leitch VelocityQ™ non-linear editors for post production applications and the 1RU Leitch CCS™ Remote Control Panel, which provides control and monitoring of CCS™-enabled devices on the network.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. With headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual sales of over $3 billion and more than 13,000 employees — including 5,500 engineers and scientists — dedicated to the development of best-in-class assured communications™ products, systems, and services. The company’s operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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