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SKY PerfecTV! Goes HD with Harris H-Class D-Series Playout Automation Application


Fully automated system capable of rapid expansion

SINGAPORE, June 20, 2006 — Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) today announced a major contract with SkyPerfecTV!, Japan, to supply and install an HD version of the Harris H-Class™ D-Series™ Playout Automation application and H-Class™ Media Ingest application for the SkyPerfecTV! on-air operation. The order was placed through the Harris Japanese distributor ITOCHU Cable Systems Corp., a leading systems integrator in Japanese cable TV, broadband and broadcast media.

SkyPerfecTV! is one of Japan’s leading direct-to-home satellite services with over three million viewers giving it a more than 35-percent share of the Japanese pay TV market.

SkyPerfecTV! initially purchased the D-Series Playout Automation solution to control six playout channels, a number of different routing systems, Sony FlexiCarts, Pinnacle servers, subtitling and multiple keying levels using Miranda equipment. Based on the system’s reliability, SkyPerfectTV! carried out further technical reviews that lead to the current system expansion.

A key feature of the D-Series Playout Automation solution is its scalability, which will allow the expansion of the number of channels under its control up into the hundreds, scaling as a broadcaster’s requirements grow.

The HD system installed was the first D-Series™ version 4.0 (running on the Linux platform) in the world. The system sits independently of the existing 15 SD channels, runs Omneon servers for HD encoding and a Front Porch DIVA archiving system.

The system provides redundancy from ground level up to the satellite. “We designed an automation solution for SkyPerfecTV! in such a way that if it were to lose any part of the architecture on either side — from satellite to transmission — it would have a fully mirrored path allowing the functioning side to take all the failed channels and run without disruption,” explains Joe Khodeir, president of Harris Broadcast Communications Asia Pacific operations. “This gives SkyPerfecTV! redundancy across their whole bandwidth, which also allows us to isolate any issue for maintenance. All involved in the SkyPerfecTV! project are delighted with the performance and development of the D-Series Playout Automation solution.”

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


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