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Harris’ mobile TV platform to be deployed by Albavision for Guatemala and Costa Rica

Harris has signed an agreement with Albavision (Angel Gonzalez Group) to implement Harris’ mobile digital TV transmission platform for broadcast operations in Guatemala and Costa Rica. The broadcasters are Radio Television Guatemala and REPRETEL in Costa Rica.

Albavision will be the first to roll out the new mobile TV platform in Latin America, with plans to implement it in other properties throughout the region in later stages. Radio Television Guatemala and REPRETEL have existing Harris ATSC transmitter installations and have been broadcasting in the ATSC standard for more than a year.

The Harris mobile digital TV transmission platform, which is expected to be available in November, is based on the new Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) mobile/handheld solution proposed by LG Electronics, Zenith and Harris. The proposed joint standard was recently supported by Samsung.

The proposed solution is based primarily on elements of the Mobile-Pedestrian-Handheld (MPH) technology — developed by Harris, LG Electronics and Zenith — as well as Samsung’s Advanced Vestigial Sideband (A-VSB) system.

A recent agreement among the developers of the MPH and A-VSB technologies cleared the path for electronics manufacturers to begin designing mobile DTV devices, and for local DTV broadcasters to proceed with confidence to build out their new mobile DTV services.

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