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16/10/2009

Canada's Olympic Broadcast To Use Harris ONE Solution

Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium has announced that it has selected Harris Corporation to deliver an end-to-end HD broadcast solution for the Consortium's suite of assets during its coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
The Harris ONE solution features a variety of Harris graphics, servers and editing, networking, processing, branding and test and measurement equipment. The system brings together highly integrated products that enable advanced media workflows and provides the Consortium with the highest quality broadcast technology for its deliver of Olympic Games coverage like never before.
Allan Morris, Senior VP Engineering, Operations and IT, CTV, said: "Harris is supplying Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium with integrated broadcast and production solutions that allow us to centrally receive, manage and create programme elements and distribute them to multiple stations across Canada.
"Harris was committed to working with us in the development and enhancements of the overall systems. The company's longevity, stability and training of our support staff were significant factors in our decision to centralise our broadcast operations with Harris solutions."
The Harris package for the Consortium's coverage of the 2010 Winter Games will include NEXIO AMP advanced media platforms and NewsForce HD/SD production platforms, which will be used to build video clips for news and other programmes. Harris NetVX video networking systems and Inscriber G7 integrated SD/HD broadcast graphics are also central to the system. A variety of fixed and handheld Harris Videotek test and measurement solutions will be used to monitor video and audio signals live from the venues, assuring signal integrity and compliance with national broadcast standards.
Harris is also supporting the Consortium's online coverage of Vancouver 2010 with a backup control solution for FTP file transfer during digital coverage of the Games on CTVOlympics.ca and RDSolympiques.ca. The system is comprised of NEXIO Remote software, which monitors and controls channels on NEXIO servers over a local area network, and the NEXIO PlayList event-sequencing application, which enables clips to be selected from the NEXIO database and arranged in any order for frame-accurate transmission.
Tim Thorsteinson, President of Harris Broadcast Communications, said: "Harris has built a large portfolio of proven, integrated solutions to support advanced media workflows of this scale, and we are proud to support the Consortium for its coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games."
CTV, a leading broadcaster within the Consortium, is currently using a highly efficient and cost-effective workflow for local and national news built on Harris NEXIO AMP and NewsForce platforms, Inscriber G7 graphics and the Inscriber Connectus centralised graphics management system. The Harris ONE solution is used for CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson, Canada AM and CTV News Channel.
In addition to its Toronto headquarters, CTV currently has Harris NEXIO servers and Velocity editing solutions at its Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg, Halifax, Edmonton and Calgary locations.
CTV also uses NEXIO and Velocity solutions for its broadcast news operations at BNN, TSN and RDS.
(KMcA/BMcC)
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