Radio Television Guatemala will use Harris equipment to power and HDTV broadcast in Central America

Harris’ Broadcast Communications Division has announced that Radio Television Guatemala has purchased a turnkey HDTV transmission, encoding and master control package for the broadcaster’s digital television launch in the Guatemala City region. Radio Television Guatemala’s first HDTV broadcast, the inaugural Soccer World Cup ceremony and match, marks one of the first HDTV broadcasts in Central America. The station will continue with over-the-air digital and HDTV broadcasts on Channel 19 on a regular basis following the conclusion of the World Cup.

The Soccer World Cup HDTV broadcast will be part of a celebration commemorating the broadcaster’s 50th anniversary. Harris will help with installation of a Harris Ranger ATSC 1kW transmitter, Harris NetVX HD encoders and a Leitch IconMaster SD/HD-configurable master control system, including character crawls and squeezeback effects; and NEO XHD series up- and downconverters. The equipment at the main transmission site in Guatemala City, a Leitch NEXIO video server, will be used for content storage and playout.

The Harris Ranger will be outfitted an Apex exciter, featuring RTAC (real-time adaptive correction) technology to provide a high quality picture through enhanced digital signal processing. Harris will also provide transmission line, RF loads, combiners and power management equipment to prepare the facility for digital and HDTV transmission.

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