Harris Corporation Expands DTV Presence in México with Sale of High-Power ATSC Transmitters to Grupo Televisa
Harris DiamondCD® transmitters installed in four major cities for early 2006 DTV launch
CINCINNATI, February 8, 2006 — Harris Corporation’s (NYSE: HRS) Broadcast Communications Division today announced that Grupo Televisa S.A., a leader in TV broadcasting throughout México, has purchased eight Harris DiamondCD® high-power DTV transmitters as the broadcaster prepares to complete its ATSC digital television launch in four metropolitan regions. The transmitters were delivered and installed during the fourth quarter of 2005. Televisa will begin transmission of DTV programming to populations in and around México City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, and Tijuana in early 2006.
“2006 is shaping up to be milestone year for digital television in México,” said Dale Mowry, vice president and general manager of Harris Broadcast Communication’s Television Broadcast Systems business unit. “We are delighted that one of México’s leading broadcasters has selected Harris for the provision of digital transmitters as it completes phase one of its DTV launch.”
“The introduction of DTV services in Mexico is without any doubt an historical television milestone in Latin America and confirms Televisa as a leader in entertainment products for our audience and viewers,” said Felix Araujo, vice president of Televisa Regional. “Our relationship with Harris ensures that our DTV network will include state-of-the-art equipment, and that our signals and services are fully reliable for the benefit of society in and out of our country. Harris and Televisa will share experiences and learn together through joint steps in this new adventure called digital convergence through the DTV conversion.”
México formally adopted the ATSC standard in October 2004 following years of DTV testing. The Mexican government last year issued an 18-year deployment table that lays out specific DTV transition plans for both public and private broadcasters over six, three-year periods. The first three-year segment of this plan targets major cities, especially those closest to the U.S. border, with private broadcasters launching ahead of public broadcasters. The Harris DiamondCD transmitters, at 1.8 kW, enable Televisa to maximize coverage in each region.
Televisa selected Harris DiamondCD transmitters as part of its initial launch following positive technical evaluations, also pointing to Harris’ market-leading U.S. share and depth of experience in digital terrestrial transmission. DiamondCD transmitters have been among the most popular transmitters employed for the U.S. digital TV rollout, with more than 300 deployed in the U.S. at power levels from 1.8 kW to 35 kW. Harris outfitted each transmitter destined for Televisa with its market-leading Apex™ advanced digital TV exciter. The Harris Apex exciter continues to build on its DTV market success with more than 400 installations since its 2002 introduction. Televisa is also outfitted with Harris’ eCDi™ enhanced transmitter network monitoring and control system to enable remote operation of the transmitter from a central location in México City.
“The structural design of the Harris DiamondCD transmitter allows comfortable access for our technicians to perform preventive maintenance tasks and further optimizes air flow for proper temperature control. One can observe that the product’s construction and assembly includes high quality components throughout the design to optimize performance” says Arturo Mignon, director of transmission. “The operating side also features a nice monitoring system that shows on screen the status of each component of the transmitter chain and a drill down menu with electrical diagrams, pictures and tables for control, operation, learning and in the future, failure correction.”
Harris will support Televisa in a variety of ways throughout its DTV launch. Televisa’s awareness of Harris’ in-country customer support, 24/7 x 365 technical support in Quincy, Illinois, and various training programs were also factors in its decision to install Harris transmitters.
“Harris is extremely pleased to announce that Televisa has put its trust in Harris transmitters to play a major role in its initial DTV launch,” said Nahuel Villegas, Harris Broadcast Communications’ regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean. “Televisa’s DTV launch is a major step forward for digital broadcasting not only in México, but throughout Latin America as neighboring countries look ahead to a digital future. Harris will continue to promote the value of digital television throughout Latin America and guide customers through an economical and technically sound digital transition.”
About Grupo Televisa
Grupo Televisa, S.A. is the largest media company in the Spanish speaking world, and a major player in the international entertainment business. It has interests in television production and broadcasting, programming for pay television, international distribution of television programming, direct-to-home satellite services, cable television, radio production and broadcasting, professional sports and show business promotions, feature film production and distribution, dubbing and operation of a horizontal Internet portal.
About Harris Broadcast Communications Division
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 has 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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