Harris Broadcast, a portfolio company of The Gores Group, announced today it would split into two companies,Imagine Communications and GatesAir. Imagine Communications will focus on video and multimedia software and processing products for media, broadcast, MSO and government and enterprise customers. GatesAir will target over-the-air broadcast technology and return to the Gates name, one of the premiere brands in the history of broadcasting.
California-based Imagine Communications specializes in digital video solutions for online providers and TV Everywhere applications.
Harris Broadcast, looking to make a splash in the TV everywhere and over-the-top sector of the media industry, acquired San Diego-based Imagine Communications, the company announced today. The acquisition allows Harris to update its Selenio product with adaptive bit rate transcoding, a neccessity in the OTT and TV everywhere space.
Steve Reynolds previously was senior vice president of consumer premises technology at Comcast. The company also announced Skip Sorenson as its new chief financial officer. Both executives will report to CEO Charlie Vogt. “Steve’s software and IP pedigree, most recently at Comcast, bring a cutting-edge customer perspective that is ideal for guiding our product direction, while Skip’s financial acumen spanning public and private companies aligns with our long-term goals and objectives,” Vogt said.
In partnership with Harris Broadcast, “Futurecast” is designed to increase data throughput by 30%, improve mobile TV and indoor TV reception and feature robust transmission capabiltiies for things like 4K broadcasts. Notably, the proposed physical layer doesn’t mention DVB, the European standard that was included in several of the ATSC 3.0 proposals. LG developed the current ATSC standard used today.
Quincy Broadcasting is upgrading its seven-year-old centralcasting setup with an infusion of new technology from Harris Broadcast that’s expected to improve the group’s workflow and cut down costs. Hub stations can now distribute syndiacted programming, and the group has plans to use the technology for new tasks in the coming year.
Under new leadership, Harris Broadcast hopes to streamline its product lineup and focus on key trends, including IP, virtualization, the cloud and over-the-top platforms. On 4K, a big trend at this year’s IBC Show, new Harris CEO Charlie Vogt says the ultra HD technology is being pushed too soon.
Charlie Vogt, who was named CEO of Harris Broadcast in July, has brought in a colleague from his last employer, GENBAND, to lead the company’s global sales efforts. Vogt has also hired a former senior analyst from Texas Pacific Group, an investment firm that specializes in distressed companies and turnaround situations, to head global operations.
On Friday, 19 organizations filed 10 proposals for ATSC 3.0, the next-generation television standard. Filers included LG, Harris Broadcast, Samsung and Sony. One company of notable interest is the nation’s largest TV station owner: Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Charlie Vogt, who replaced Harris Morris as CEO of Harris Broadcast this week, says he’s eager to learn the company and the broadcast industry and ready to shape Harris’ strategy. “Clearly, we’re going to invest the dollars where we feel like the market is trending to. The team has got to be very thoughtful and really smart about where we want to place our chips, and what bets we want to double down on,” Vogt says in an exclusive interview with TVNewsCheck.
Less than a week after letting its CEO go, Harris Broadcast has a new leader. The Denver-based broadcasting giant named Charlie Vogt CEO effective today. Vogt brings 25 years of IT and telecom experience to Harris. He formerly served as president and CEO of GENBAND, a maker of IP-based software and infrastructure products for mobile and cable network service providers.
Harris Broadcast said Tuesday that its CEO, Harris Morris, who led the company through its divestiture from Harris Corp. and subsequent acquisition by the Gores Group, will part ways with the company on Wednesday, July 3. The news was disclosed via an email sent to all Harris Broadcast staff by Chairman Carl Vogel. No reason was given for Morris’s departure.
This summer, IPBS’s eight TV stations and nine NPR stations will connect over a single IP-based network to share, collaborate and distribute content. Once fully rolled out, Roger Rhodes, the group’s executive director, says the next step could be implementing a centralcasting model, similar to what PBS stations in New York and Florida are using.
Cordillera Communications’ NBC affiliate is adding a secondary channel using Harris Broadcasting’s Versio channel-in-a-box solution.
Harris Broadcast will introduce new analytic tools and other enhancements to its NetGain business intelligence and analytics software at the 2013 NAB Show (April 8-11, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth N2503). The company will demonstrate new visual analytics, mobile dashboards, interfaces to social media data and access to embedded and third-party data mining capabilities as […]
Harris Broadcast has updated its software-based NEXIO Volt server, in response, it says, to customer demand for higher channel counts in a smaller form factor, in addition to offering more storage options. The Volt server update increases processing power, storage and connectivity. It doubles the number of available record ports with four bi-directional high-definition channels […]