Harris Corporation Equips Mediatec Broadcast Sweden with Selenio-Based HD IPTV Encoding Solution

Top Quote Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, announces that Mediatec Broadcast Sweden will install the Harris(r) Selenio(tm) media convergence platform as its video headend (VHE) solution for two high-definition (HD) IPTV channels playing out from its regional facility in Helsinki, Finland. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 09, 2011 - Mediatec's Helsinki facility provides HD encoding and playout services for a news, current affairs and entertainment channel, and a separate movie channel operated by one of Finland's leading private commercial broadcasters. Selenio will significantly reduce maintenance requirements and minimize rack-space requirements within master control.

    "This is the initial phase of our investment plans for video headend solutions within Mediatec operations that move toward a consolidated approach," said Andreas Langell, manager, contribution and distribution services at Mediatec Broadcast Sweden. "Currently, we have a range of different encoding and playout solutions to support eight additional sports pay-per-view channels in Scandinavia. We hope to eventually use Selenio as the common platform for all encoding and playout requirements across our network."

    Selenio, capable of supporting IP and baseband signals, utilizes an ultra-compact, energy-efficient 3RU modular chassis with 14 hot-swappable slots that is useful for combining multiple workflow functions in a broadcast or new media environment. In a mission-critical national VHE environment, Selenio is ideal for combining specialized cards for encoders, multiplexers, DVB-T2 adaptation and embedded control and supervision.

    Mediatec will also install a Harris(r) Videotek(r) VTM4140™ SD/HD onscreen monitor, featuring an eye-pattern-capable video input module and an advanced audio analysis option to provide quality control (QC) assurance of the encoded HDTV signals. Swedish systems integrator DiViTec Digital Video Technology will supply all equipment.

    Based on the proven, cost-effective technology of the Videotek VTM Series, the VTM4140 is an easy-to-operate tool for monitoring and measuring HD and SD signals on any XGA-capable DVI monitor. The output display includes video picture, waveform, vector and alarm status or optional audio - each in one quadrant of the screen or any element in a full-screen view.

    In broadcast communications, Harris offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions for broadcast, cable, satellite and out-of-home networks. The Harris ONE™ solution brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that enable advanced media workflows for emerging content delivery business models.

    About Mediatec Broadcast
    Mediatec Broadcast, part of Mediatec Group, is one of Europe's most experienced outside broadcast companies. It has extensive experience in international sports and entertainment events and in handling live broadcasts all over the world. Mediatec works in four integrated business areas: outside broadcast (OB), mobile links, production, and wireless/camera solutions, and has an extensive range of outside broadcast units and production facilities including a fleet of more than 20 OB trucks, flight-pack facilities, studios, special cameras, 30-camera link systems, uplink trucks, and fiber MCRs. The company's past projects include large-scale broadcasts such as the Olympic Games in Sarajevo, Albertville, Lillehammer, Athens, and Beijing; the Wimbledon Tennis Championships; the Nobel Prize Awards; and the Tour de France. Also, Mediatec was a key service supplier to the host broadcaster for the Eurovision Song Contest, UEFA Cup Final, Champions League, and IIHF World Championships. More information is available at www.mediatecgroup.com.

    About Harris Corporation
    Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and more than 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.

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