Grupo Televisa selects Harris DTV transmitters

The broadcaster is preparing to launch digital television in four metropolitan areas in Mexico
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Harris Broadcast Communications Division announced that Grupo Televisa, a Mexican television broadcaster, has purchased eight Harris DiamondCD high-power DTV transmitters.

The sale came as the broadcaster prepared to complete its ATSC digital television launch in four metropolitan regions. Televisa will begin transmission of DTV programming to populations in and around México City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, and Tijuana in 2006.

Mexico formally adopted the ATSC standard in October 2004 following years of DTV testing. The Mexican government last year issued an 18-year deployment table that lays out specific DTV transition plans for both public and private broadcasters over six, three-year periods. The first three-year segment of this plan targets major cities, especially those closest to the U.S. border, with private broadcasters launching ahead of public broadcasters.

The Harris DiamondCD transmitters, at 1.8kW, enable Televisa to maximize coverage in each region. The company outfitted each transmitter destined for Televisa with its Apex digital TV exciter.

Televisa is also outfitted with Harris’ eCDi enhanced transmitter network monitoring and control system to enable remote operation of the transmitter from a central location in Mexico City.

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