Harris Corp. has reached an agreement with Albavision (the Angel Gonzalez Group) to implement Harris’ new full mobile DTV transmission platform for broadcast operations in Guatemala and Costa Rica—Radio Television Guatemala and REPRETEL in Costa Rica. Albavision will be the first to roll out the new Harris mobile TV platform in Latin America. The technology is based on the proposed ATSC mobile/handheld solution.
“Radio Television Guatemala and REPRETEL have existing Harris ATSC transmitter installations and have been broadcasting in the ATSC standard for more than a year,” said Juan Palbo Alviz, Albavision chief technology officer. “Therefore, we are very excited to take the next step and be the first broadcast operation in the Latin American region to broadcast to mobile devices using the new Harris mobile TV platform. The new proposed ATSC standard capability will allow us to integrate our current high-definition infrastructure and the capacity of mobile television without the need to incur a major investment. This is possible by making efficient use of spectrum when combining high-definition content for residences and lower resolution content for mobile units—both within the same transmission frequency and infrastructure.”
Nahuel Villegas, Harris vice president for the Latin America and Caribbean (CALA) region, said, “ATSC adoption is increasing within the CALA region, and Harris is pleased to play a significant role in Albavision’s mobile DTV evolution. The proposed solution offers broadcasters such as Albavision a proven, reliable solution for local, mobile TV services. Broadcasters can count on Harris to provide complete mobile DTV transmission solutions that offer new revenue streams through new multimedia content.”
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Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.