Harris, NHK, Ready for HD Baseball

Japanese broadcaster NHK is producing some Major League Baseball in HD, and its latest HD production truck has Harris gear the way the Red Sox have power hitters.

Dubbed “K3”, the new truck is set for launch in May and will be showcased at the NAB Show at Gerling & Associates’ Booth #OE100.

“When outfitting a new mobile production unit, space savings and installation efficiency are at the top of the priority list,” said Takashi Tajima, chief engineer of NHK’s mobile unit division. “The Harris equipment provides us with that latest technology in a minimum amount of rack space, along with the added convenience of remote operation. We were also impressed with Harris’ family of 3 Gb/s products. From routers to multiviewers, Harris offers the industry’s most comprehensive range of cost-effective 3 Gb/s-ready products.”

The truck includes recently introduced Harris products, including a Platinum MX 9 RU audio router with embedded TDM MAX audio-switching infrastructure and a Platinum MX 15 RU video router integrated with a Centrio multiviewer. Also installed in the truck are more than 20 frames for NEO advanced processing modules and 6800+ core processing modules, as well as a Nucleus user-configurable control panel and the CCS Navigator advanced graphical navigation application.

NHK will use the new “K3” to support its live, East Coast coverage of Major League Baseball games that the company broadcasts in HD and transmits back to Japan. NHK has broadcast more than 280 games per season in Japan since 2001, when demand for coverage skyrocketed following the Seattle Mariners’ signing of former Japanese Pacific League star Ichiro Suzuki.