Canada’s Leading Sports Network, TSN, Installs HD News and Editing System from Harris Corporation
Harris Corporation’s VelocityNX™ and NEXIO XS™ on air with TSN’s dedicated high-definition channel, TSN HD
CINCINNATI, November 29, 2006 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today announced that TSN, Canada’s leading sports network and the first broadcaster in Canada to deliver news in high definition, is the first network to utilize the new Harris® VelocityNX™ full-featured HD promotions craft editor. Earlier this year, TSN’s flagship news and information program, SportsCentre, became the first newsroom in Canada to deliver a daily newscast in HD.
“TSN is committed to providing sports fans with the most comprehensive, high-definition sports lineup in Canada, and as part of this commitment, we have strategically invested the necessary resources to maintain our HD leadership role,” said Allan Morris, senior vice president, engineering and operations, CTV Inc., TSN’s parent company. “We have been consistently on the air with the NEXIO XS server platform and the VelocityNX editing workstations since SportsCentre launched in HD in September, and we are pleased with the results.”
Supporting the editing of native SD and HD files directly from a Harris® NEXIO™ shared storage environment, the VelocityNX™ editing workstations are part of a new studio installation built around the NEXIO XS™ server platform. The TSN HD installation is used for sports highlight editing in high definition and includes three VelocityNX editing workstations, as well as the NEXIO XS NX3600HDX transmission server, the most recent addition to the NEXIO platform. The NX3600HDX transmission server offers integrated, agile software codecs with an extensive range of compression formats and back-to-back DV/MPEG playout in a single, three-rack unit (3RU) frame. Integrated seamlessly into the NEXIO™ shared SAN (Storage Area Network), the VelocityNX systems provide a comprehensive editing and effects toolset, including real-time multi-camera editing, color correction and the ability to employ multiple resolutions on the same timeline.
At TSN, the NX3600HDX transmission server records live sporting events continuously. As a feed is ingested, operators identify and sub-clip the highlights. Editors then use the VelocityNX editing workstations to access the incoming content almost immediately, creating highlight reels or trimming events into a format ready for broadcasting. Once the highlights have been edited, an EDL is created on the server and becomes available for immediate playout — all while the event is still in process. The highlight packages include cuts-only editing, with use of slow motion and overlay pillar box graphics. Edited footage from these events is also used in TSN HD’s SportsCentre program.
“We are pleased that TSN placed its confidence in us for the network’s critical high-definition newsroom debut,” said Tim Thorsteinson, president of the Harris Broadcast Communications Division.
TSN HD offers more sports coverage, hockey coverage, Canadian and internationally produced sports events, and hours of HD sports action and news than any other broadcaster in Canada. In 2006, TSN HD will feature more than 2,000 hours of coverage in high definition from 775 national and international events and programs, including the NHL, World Junior Hockey Championship, NFL, CFL, MLB, NBA, Golf, NASCAR, Soccer, Tennis, U.S. College Football and the Degree Poker Championship.
CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. CTV owns 21 conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 16 specialty channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by Bell Globemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.
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 $3.5 billion and nearly 14,000 employees — including more than 6,000 engineers and scientists — dedicated to the development of best-in-class assured communications™ products, systems, software 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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