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Harris Cuts Deal for Roundbox Technology

Most of the discussion about the ATSC M/H candidate standard has focused on the physical layer--how the bits get from the transmitter to the receiver. However, this is only part of the system. Other components involve signaling to provide receivers with information on services and programs available and how to tune them, along with mechanisms to provide features such as non-real time delivery of video.

Harris Corp. recently announced that they've signed an OEM agreement that will allow them to integrate the delivery management software from Roundbox Inc. into Harris' ATSC Mobile DTV broadcast system.

"The user experience is critical to assuring wide adoption of mobile DTV," said Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communication. "Our partnership with Roundbox ensures that broadcasters' assets will be delivered to users in a visually rich and compelling way on a wide variety of broadcast-enabled mobile devices."

The Roundbox software provides delivery management of ATSC announcement information. This includes an on-screen programming guide and provides a platform for delivering non-real time (NRT) services to mobile DTV-compliant devices. Visit for more information on their software.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.