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Harris Corporation Announces D-Series Playout Automation Compliance with the H-Class Content Delivery Platform


New features deliver enhanced support for enterprise business operations

LAS VEGAS, NAB 2006, April 24, 2006 — Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) today announced an enhanced D-Series™ Playout Automation solution that interfaces with the H-Class™ Content Delivery Platform for more efficient workflow in multi-channel environments. New features include the dynamic exchange of play list and “as-run” data. The enhanced solution also includes native interfaces with the H-Class™ Platform, which provide existing and new D-Series™ customers with tighter integration to other H-Class applications, such as H-Class™ Scheduling, H-Class™ Media Ingest and H-Class™ Digital Asset Management.

Integration with the H-Class Content Delivery Platform introduces the proven reliability and scalability (up to 1,000 channels) of the D-Series solution to other enterprise-scale H-Class Platform clients, making it possible for these businesses to consider new revenue models as they enter the multi-channel, multi-service world of digital television (DTV). The new D-Series/H-Class Platform interface will be demonstrated in the South Hall at Harris booth #SU2929.

“The D-Series solution gives customers the flexibility to pursue peripheral markets once thought unreachable with current channel counts,” said Chris Jones, Harris product line manager for D-Series. “By utilizing D-Series™ in combination with other elements of the H-Class Application Suite, customers gain a dramatic competitive advantage through increased performance and improved capability to streamline their operations, increase productivity, optimize revenue streams and reduce operational and infrastructure costs. D-Series™ is clearly the mid- and large-scale automation solution for the business-focused enterprise.”

XM Satellite Radio, the nation’s leading satellite radio company, has relied on the Harris D-Series automation solution since its launch in 2001. “The Harris D-Series automation system has been flawlessly operating at XM,” said John Archer, vice president of Operations, XM. “The ability to take content, place it across multiple channels, and reconcile it at the end of the day takes a lot of technology. With Harris, we know we have it covered. Their solution delivers a cost-effective platform for XM to deliver more than 160 channels to subscribers from coast to coast.”

Designed as a mission-critical automation solution for direct-to-home (DTH) satellite delivery services platforms, cable MSOs, and global and national commercial TV networks, the Harris D-Series automation solution emphasizes workflow efficiency. With complete scalability and redundancy, the D-Series™ allows stations to manage complex, multi-channel operations while employing a small number of staff. In addition, D-Series™ customers can reconfigure and upgrade their systems while remaining “on air.”

Today’s release of D-Series Playout Automation supports a range of new H-Class Platform features including:

* Dynamic exchange of play list data — Interfaces with H-Class Content Delivery Platform, providing highly granular, event-based message flow from H-Class™ Scheduling to D-Series™. This new feature allows scheduling and traffic systems to increase and optimize revenue streams by selling premium airtime close to play-out time.
* Dynamic exchange of “as-run” data — Interfaces with H-Class Content Delivery Platform, providing immediate “as-run” reporting between D-Series™ and H-Class™ Scheduling. This new feature allows traffic managers to protect revenue by reacting to last-minute schedule changes made in master control. It also inserts “make good” spots on the day of air instead of losing future airtime sales.
These dynamic interfaces with traffic and billing are ideal for broadcasters seeking to efficiently maximize the value of their business assets.

General Pricing and Availability
Pricing is based on customer configuration. The latest release of D-Series Playout Automation will ship in July 2006.

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 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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