Harris Corporation’s New Mobile TV Platform Chosen by Albavision for Broadcast Operations in Guatemala and Costa Rica
Stations to be First in Latin America to Broadcast Using New Harris Mobile Solution
MIAMI, June 2008 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has signed an agreement with Albavision (Angel Gonzalez Group) to implement the recently introduced Harris full mobile digital TV transmission platform for broadcast operations in Guatemala and Costa Rica — Radio Television Guatemala and REPRETEL in Costa Rica. Albavision will be the first to roll out the new Harris mobile TV platform in Latin America, with plans to implement in other properties throughout the region in later stages.
“Radio Television Guatemala and REPRETEL have existing Harris ATSC transmitter installations and have been broadcasting in the ATSC standard for more than a year,” said Juan Pablo Alviz, CTO of Albavision. “Therefore, we are very excited to take the next step and be the first broadcast operation in the Latin American region to broadcast to mobile devices using the new Harris mobile TV platform. The new proposed ATSC standard capability will allow us to integrate our current high-definition infrastructure and the capacity of mobile television without the need to incur a major investment. This is possible by making efficient use of spectrum when combining high-definition content for residences and lower resolution content for mobile units — both within the same transmission frequency and infrastructure.”
The Harris mobile digital TV transmission platform, which is expected to be available in November 2008, is based on the new Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) mobile/handheld solution proposed by LG Electronics, Zenith and Harris Corporation and recently joined by Samsung. It will enable television broadcasters to quickly begin the transition to mobile digital television (DTV). The proposed ATSC mobile/handheld solution is based primarily upon elements of the Mobile-Pedestrian-Handheld (MPH™) technology — developed by Harris, LG Electronics and Zenith as well as Samsung’s Advanced Vestigial Sideband (A-VSB) system.
The recent agreement among the developers of the MPH and A-VSB technologies clears the path for electronics manufacturers to begin designing mobile DTV devices, and for local DTV broadcasters to proceed with confidence to build out their new mobile DTV services.
“ATSC adoption is increasing within the CALA region, and Harris is pleased to play a significant role in Albavision’s mobile DTV evolution,” said Nahuel Villegas, vice president for the Latin America and Caribbean (CALA region), Harris Broadcast Communications. “The proposed solution offers broadcasters such as Albavision a proven, reliable solution for local, mobile TV services. Broadcasters can count on Harris to provide complete mobile DTV transmission solutions that offer new revenue streams through new multimedia content.”
Angel Gonzalez, CEO of Albavision said, “We consider this a natural step in the evolution of free and open television. Aside from offering excellent content, our responsibility with advertisers and audiences is also to guarantee the best quality and signal coverage, regardless of the receiving equipment. That is our focus in high-definition digital television, and very soon, with signals in mobile equipment as well. The new ATSC mobility capability allows us to meet both objectives in an efficient and cost-effective way.”
Harris Broadcast Communications offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions that span the entire media delivery chain. The Harris ONE™ approach brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that are ideal for emerging media business models and for customers upgrading media operations to digital and high-definition services.
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