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31/07/2008

Harris Supports International Broadcasters During Olympics

Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, is supplying a wide range of high–definition and standard–definition (HD/SD) broadcast equipment to support some of the world's leading broadcasters during their live coverage of the upcoming 2008 Beijing Summer Games in Beijing, China.
Harris also has implemented a comprehensive plan to provide its international customers with full local support before and during the games.
"Harris is supporting the Beijing Summer Games by providing broadcasters with a wide range of equipment and support - from large systems sales, equipment rentals, and tailored service packages, to onsite setup assistance at the International Broadcast Center and local service throughout the event," said Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communications.
"Our Beijing warehouse is fully stocked to avoid time–consuming customs checks and ensure replacement parts get into the hands of our customers as quickly as possible. In addition, more than 40 Harris staff members at our Beijing Research and Service facilities stand ready to handle any support customers may require during this significant event."
From signal processing, routing and multiviewers to servers, graphics and HD conversion equipment, Harris solutions will help the following broadcasters provide millions of viewers with coverage of the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:
  • Japan Consortium - an association representing Japanese broadcasters for broadcast coverage of the 2008 Beijing Games, has selected a variety of Harris video processing and distribution products, including Integrator and Panacea routers, 6800+ HD conversion equipment, frame synchronizers, distribution amplifiers (including 3 Gb/s), multiplexers and demultiplexers. These products will be used through a rental agreement with Panasonic
  • China Central Television (CCTV) - China's premiere national broadcaster, purchased a range of Harris video processing and distribution products, multiviewers and test and measurement solutions, which will be used in CCTV's master control facility during the Beijing Games
  • Gearhouse Broadcast - a leading international broadcast services company, purchased an array of 6800+ HD core processing products, as well as a range of multiviewers, including the award-winning Zandar Predator II multiviewer and the Zandar QS100HD Quad "multiviewer in a card"
  • Alfacam - a Belgium–based company that provides TV facilities and services to broadcasters and production houses, is sending 18 TV trucks to Beijing, each of which has between 14 and 28 Zandar Predator HD8 multiviewers onboard driving HD production and mixing monitoring
  • CBC - Canada's national public broadcaster, will use two Inscriber G7 HD/SD broadcast graphics systems, which deliver 2D and 3D real–time graphics flawlessly in over two channels, during its coverage of the games
"We were looking for a powerful but simple-to-use graphics system to perform real-time 3D rendering during our coverage of the Beijing Games, and the Inscriber G7™ met all our requirements," said Joe Sidoli, director of operations, CBC Network Sports. "The G7 offers seamless integration with popular 3D software on the market, as well as easy–to–use, interactive templates that enable our staff to create template-based text and graphics right from their desktops. We were also impressed with Inscriber Network Manager, which gives our operators complete control over where resources are stored and how they're distributed - enabling better content management and an overall streamlined workflow."
Further information is available at: www.harris.com.
(KMcA/JM)
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