Broadcast made its debut this year at IBC as a standalone vendor owned by equity
investors. The show also marked the inaugural annual trade show appearance for
Charlie Vogt, the former VoIP executive who took the reins of Harris Broadcast
in July, just days after the ouster of the previous CEO, Harris Morris. New
tech rollouts were limited to the transmitter line and the Selenio convergence
box. Harris also announced three of its projects at the Amsterdam techfest.
TRANSMITTERS: PowerSmart 3D
In the transmitter department, Harris Broadcast rolled out PowerSmart 3D, a “green,
energy-efficient architecture at the core of Harris Broadcast’s DTV and digital
radio transmission” product line.
PowerSmart 3D is said to included “fully broadband, single-amplifier designs”
specific UHF and VHF at around a 50 percent rackspace savings over likewise
powered models. The vendor said the modular PowerSmart 3D technology is up to
58 percent more power efficient than “previous technologies.”
IP TRANSIT: Selenio MCP1
Harris rolled out Selenio MCP1, a smaller version of
its Selenio networking module. The MCP1 sees the original box pared down by two
rack units, to 1RU. Harris says it still does the same IP-interconnection of
baseband video and legacy audio formats, particularly for remote live
contribution over IP networks.
As Harris puts it, “Selenio MCP1 is particularly useful for live signal contribution
over IP, telco and satellite links where users can reliably transmit and
monitor single- and dual-channel streams in both directions with hitless
Harris says Selenio MCP1 is aimed at customers with less complex operational
requirements, including low channel counts. It is said to share the same core
functionality as the 3RU version, but is customizable to user requirements and
pre-configured for delivery. The vendor said it would further tweak Selenio for
mid-sized to large-scale operations.
BUSINESS I: Quincy Centralizes on Harris
Quincy Broadcast, Print and Interactive is said to be
using Harris tech to “boost” the efficiency of the hub-and-spoke framework it
uses for 10 of its 14 TV stations located in six states. Harris says Quincy
operators will monitor more than 30 live channels from three hubs with Harris multiviewers;
and distribute network programming using the Harris automated content
management and distribution platform.
The Harris Broadcast technology will establish a common architecture across all
10 stations. KTTC in Rochester, Minn.; WGEM-TV in Quincy, Ill.; and WXOW-TV in
LaCrosse, Wis., will monitor and distribute programming for one primary and two
digital subchannels at each location. The system will accommodate a fourth
subchannel for each station in the future. Locally, Harris Broadcast servers
will handle media ingest and playout from Harris online storage systems.
Harris said the new centralized model follows on a recent Selenio deployment
across all 14 Quincy stations for over-the-air signal encoding and site-to-site
networking. Quincy stations also use Harris transmitters and traffic software
as well as modular core processing, frame sync and converters.
BUSINESS II: Harris Automates One America News Network
Harris said it’s “supporting” the recently launched One
America News Network with “a complete content management and infrastructure”
Herring Networks owns and operates One America News Network, which launched in
July and will reach up to 15 million homes by the end of this year, Harris
said. The network operates production operations in Washington, D.C. and San
Diego, Calif., though prime-time production, playout and other technical
operations are centralized at Herring Networks’ San Diego facility.
The Harris infrastructure includes routers with built-in multiviewers for in-plant
signal distribution and visual monitoring of IP and baseband signals, as well
as branding and graphics, signal processing, and test and measurement.
GOAL: Harris Broadcast To Support 2014 World Cup
Harris said it’s “gearing up for a
major tactical support operation at next year’s global soccer tournament in
Brazil,” meaning, in PR parlance, the World Cup. (Companies are sometimes
enjoined from stating the obvious about the World Cup and the Olympics.) The
company will support the host broadcaster, HBS, and its prime and technical
contractors, Sony Professional and sono Studiotechnik, with equipment and
said it also would provide mobile production platforms for the main Brazilian
broadcasters and content generators during the games, in addition to supporting
regional broadcasters covering the matches as well as “FunFest events,” by
powering outdoor video screens at each participating venue. In addition, the
Harris regional support team in Brazil and greater Latin America will be on
site throughout the games, and provide pre-event equipment commission,
configuration services and operations training.
Earlier this summer, German broadcast systems integrator and
international rental company,
Munich-based sono Studiotechnik, returned from Brazil where provided one of its
new fly-away production facilities based on Harris Broadcast technology at the
traditional curtain raiser, the Confederations Cup. Next year, this technology
will be scaled up to a national level and used at 12 locations in Brazil.
Supporting each fly-away facility, which fits into a single 40-foot shipping
container, is Harris Broadcast’s new Platinum IP3 router. HBS used the Platinum
IP3 for the Confederations Cup and subsequently placed an order for an extra
router to be positioned at the heart of the Rio-based International Broadcast
Center, Harris said.
August 28, 2013,
CEO Brings in Ops and Sales Chiefs
Vogt taps investor and former colleague for executive rolls.
July 9, 2013,
Vogt Named CEO of Harris Broadcast
Vogt comes to Harris from Genband, a privately held company involved in
voice-over-IP based in Frisco, Texas with global operations and 1,700
July 3, 2013, “Harris
Morris is Out at Harris Broadcast
Harris Morris, CEO of Harris Broadcast, is leaving the company as of today, a
company source confirmed.
April 30, 2013,
Broadcast Repositions, Cuts Staff
Harris Broadcast is undergoing a post-acquisition realignment that includes
staff cuts and operational changes.
March 4, 2013, “Remembering
the Gates Radio Company
The Gores Group becomes just the third owner of one of the world’s major
broadcast suppliers, and in the process it inherits that company’s 90-year
December 7, 2012,
Broadcast to Be Rebranded in Next Three Years
The Harris Broadcast division will retain the Harris name for another three
years while it transitions to a new brand, division chief Harris Morris said
December 6, 2012,
Sells Broadcast Division to Equity Investor for $225 Million
The transaction is subject to customary regulatory review and closing
conditions and is expected to be completed in early calendar year 2013.
May 3, 2012,
Broadcast Divestiture—Some Corporate History
I thought it worth mentioning here, due to the critical role that Harris has
served as a major, if not dominant, player in the U.S. TV transmitter and
Mobile DTV areas.
May 1, 2012
Will Sells Its Broadcast Business
“The decision to divest Broadcast Communications resulted from a thorough
review of our business portfolio, which determined that the business is no
longer aligned with the company’s long-term strategy,” said Harris Corp. president
and CEO William M. Brown.