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Austria’s ORF Selects Harris Corporation’s Videotek Products for Test and Measurement Component of its Transition to HD


CINCINNATI, February 10, 2006 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today announced that ORF, Austria’s public broadcast network, has added 11 Videotek® VTM-420HD/SD multi-format, on-screen monitors to its facility. This recent installation brings the total number of units to 20, making ORF one of the largest VTM-420 installations in Europe. The sale was made by acronet HandelsgesmbH, Harris’ distributor of Leitch products in Austria.

“The VTM-420 system, with a built-in waveform monitor, vectorscope, picture display and audio meter, provides the whole gamut of signal monitoring we required in one compact and cost-effective package,” said Christian Lindenthal, planning engineer at ORF. “We required an SD signal monitor for current usage, but wanted to ensure the product was future proofed and HD-ready without paying a premium. Also key to our decision was the option to have a Dolby® E decoder and de-embedder within the system. All together these made the VTM-420 a perfect fit, and it saves us a lot of space, time and money.”

With high-definition and standard-definition SDI formats, the Videotek® VTM series not only offers a cost-effective solution for monitoring, but also comes in a progressive, ergonomically enriched and environmentally friendly package. The Videotek® VTM series enables waveform, vector, audio, alarms and picture to be displayed simultaneously on one screen. The VTM series has an illuminated user interface panel optimized for operation in any lighting condition, precision positive tactile feel controls, and state-of-the-art cooling architecture designed to meet low ambient noise requirements.

“We are delighted that ORF has once again decided to purchase our Videotek® test and measurement equipment, which is second to none for its video and audio monitoring capabilities,” said Dave Dougall, vice president, Leitch Europe. “The advanced audio capability provided in all our VTM series models was a key factor in ORF’s decision to purchase this system, as was the fact that the company uses Dolby® audio extensively in its digital satellite transmission.”

All HD models of the VTM series have two standard SDI inputs are capable of auto-recognition and detection of 1080i, 1080p and 720p formats — at all popular frame rates — plus standard-definition 525/625 serial digital signals. A unique function enables parade or overlay of two input signals (same format) for detailed timing and level comparison.

Real-time, signal-quality alarms with user-adjustable limits are standard, and all alarms are time stamped with data from timecode and an internal clock. Closed-captioned detection/alarm/display has selectable text size. Ethernet connectivity with SNMP agent increases network adaptability, while the built-in router control ports afford input expandability. SpyderWeb® control/logging software for remote user interface and XGA frame capture with a link in the alarm log afford exceptional user flexibility.

The VTM series audio options include Lissajous (audio phase), the unique Videotek® CineSound® display and a choice of two, four, six, or eight simultaneous bar graphs. Metering and monitoring of Dolby® Digital and Dolby® E formats along with analogue, AES/EBU and embedded are included in optional audio input capabilities. The VTM series models have an output resolution of 1024x768 and will support aspect ratio settings for 4:3, 14:9, 16:9, and 16:10 with direct connection for XGA monitors.

About ORF
ORF, Austria’s largest media enterprise and public service broadcaster, produces and transmits a total of 13 radio stations and two television channels (ORF 1 and ORF 2), which are complemented by nine regional television channels. Broadcasts are available as terrestrial and satellite transmissions. ORF broadcasts the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra concerts every New Year’s Day, featuring the world’s top conductors. Television stations in more than 40 countries around the world carry the event live each year.

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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