CBS to Use Harris HD Equipment

CBS Inc. recently selected Harris Corp. high-definition encoding and decoding equipment to upgrade the network's affiliate distribution system. The $5.8 million purchase will include Harris' Netplus high-definition contribution and distribution decoders and FlexiCoder ATSC MPEG-2 encoding systems for the network's 200-affiliates and 37 O&Os.

CBS used Harris' HD equipment for its high-definition broadcasts of the 2002 NCAAFinal Four and championship games and 2002 Masters golf Tournament.

The Netplus decoder is an integrated, high-definition 4:2:2 MPEG-2 audio/video receiver and decoder designed to provide contribution and network-distribution quality for video networking of HD signals distributed over fiber and satellite networks. Combined with the FlexiCoder HDP-100 HD encoding engine, Netplus provides a system for high-definition network distribution transmission applications with LAN control using SMNP. The system allows for additional embedded commands in the incoming network signal, which enables multiple events to be executed remotely.

The FlexiCoder offers modular architecture for plug-in and expansion. It features next-generation software enhancements, including video-enhancing HD compression management, SD statistical management, closed captioning, PSIP and data interface ports.