Meredith’s Local Media Group has ordered a fully integrated Harris ONE file-based solution for the broadcaster’s Atlanta centralcasting hub serving stations in six states.
Harris will be supplying its fully integrated Harris ONE solution to Meredith Broadcasting for its planned centralcasting hub in Atlanta, which will interconnect stations in Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, South Carolina, Michigan and Connecticut, Harris announced today.
The first three stations will go online by the end of 2009 with the final three following by the middle of 2010.
Meredith upgraded its HD broadcast operations at KPHO Phoenix with Harris gear earlier this year and plans on using the station as another hub for three West Coast stations. It too will be built on Harris hardware and software.
According to the Harris press release, Larry Oaks, vice president of technology for Meredith, opted for Harris because of system’s integration and scalability and the familiarity of the Harris brand.
“We are building a complete file-based solution in Atlanta to support a minimum of 12 HD streams and implementing a full-form centralized model, so we had to understand the traditional flow of content today and where we wanted everything to go,” said Oaks in a prepared statement.
“We needed to develop a system that worked hand-in-hand to provide an efficient and easy structure for the entire facility, stream-by-stream.
“We decided to look at single-vendor solutions to ensure a lower-cost implementation and integrated functionality among all of the components. We believe that the Harris solution delivers both of these benefits to support a very successful centralized, file-based broadcast operation.”
The integrated Harris ONE solution for the Meredith Atlanta hub includes NEXIO AMP advanced media platforms, Predator II multiviewers, Platinum and Panacea routers, ADC automation, NEO conversion gear, 6800+ distribution frames, NetVX, MPEG-4/H.264 encoding and video/audio networking, Harris DTS Neural Surround 5.1 and two-channel audio processing, CCS Navigator control and monitoring for all six stations, Videotek test and measurement equipment, and IconMaster master control switchers and branding equipment.
Oaks also plans to scale the Harris solution in Phoenix, adding redundant NEXIO servers and CCS Navigator centralized monitoring among other new components.
“The Harris ONE approach is ideal for organizations like Meredith that are looking to centralize operations and enable a pathway to full-form centralcasting and file-based broadcasting,” said Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communications.
“Our unique ability to supply a completely interoperable, single-vendor solution enables broadcasters to centralize costs, support and workflow and bring greater efficiency and clarity to their daily operations.”