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Harris Corporation Delivers IPTV Headend to IRIS Networks


RIS to Use Harris® NetVX™ Technology to Encode and Transport Local Channels to Rural Telcos for IPTV Delivery to Consumers

CINCINNATI, February, 2008 — Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, today announced that IRIS Networks of Nashville has installed a Harris® IPTV headend featuring NetVX™ MPEG-4/H.264 video encoding for the delivery of standard and high-definition terrestrial TV channels to rural independent telecommunications companies.

IRIS Networks is a member-owned organization comprising 11 independent telephone companies in Tennessee, southern Kentucky and Virginia. The organization’s Nashville point-of-presence (POP) serves as a centralized distribution point for the delivery of 16 channels of local off-air station programming from Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee, to participating telecommunications companies, all of which provide TV services to rural areas underserved by traditional cable TV service providers.

The Harris® IPTV headend installed at IRIS Networks’ POP in Nashville includes Harris® Videotek® DDM-800 ATSC demodulators and NetVX™ MPEG-2 decoders to receive and decode the TV signals from off-air antennas; and NetVX™ ENC-A21 MPEG-4/H.264 encoders to compress and transport the multiple standard and high-definition TV channels over a fiber-based IP backbone to the rural telephone companies that deliver the channels to subscribers at home and elsewhere.

“The ability to offer television service to existing and potential subscribers is extremely important for local and regional independent telecommunications companies to compete against larger cable and satellite service providers,” said Peter De Bono, director of engineering for IRIS Networks. “The Harris® IPTV headend solution provides a technically superior yet cost-effective solution that allows us to get up and running quickly with local TV services to ultimately create a more attractive consumer product. The highly integrated architecture supports our IPTV initiative today with lower total cost of ownership and provides a scalable platform to build on in the future.”

Harris® NetVX™ encoders and decoders, and Videotek® demodulators are among the wide range of Harris products that optimize the IPTV headend delivery workflows of today’s Telco TV and triple play operations for IPTV service providers. Harris leverages decades of broadcasting experience to power IPTV headends that provide better quality TV, implement better business models, and provide better media distribution operations.

Harris Broadcast Communications provides products, systems, and services that deliver interoperable workflow solutions that span the entire broadcast 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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