Harris/Imagine’s Vogt To Belden: Bring It On

The CEO of Imagine Communications (formerly Harris Broadcast) says the company will “out-innovate” its chief rival, Belden’s Grass Valley. Charlie Vogt says Imagine “is moving into a very dynamic software environment and I’m not sure that that is in the DNA” of Belden. He also says Imagine will be “bold and agressive” in acquiring smaller companies that round out its product line.

Harris To Hold ‘Court-Side’ Media Day At MSG

SPECIAL REPORT: DIGINETS, PART 3

Tech Makes Multicasting Cheap, Painless

When some stations started multicasting digital subchannels there were a number of engineering issues that made the process cumbersome. Today, although there are different methods to launch a diginet — from using network-configured equipment to running second channels through a station’s main master control — most broadcasters say the task is neither tough nor expensive.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH HARRIS MORRIS

With New Owner, Harris Is Moving Forward

Harris Morris says that The Gores Group, which bought the broadcast equipment firm last week, is on board with the unit’s management and strategy of offering a one-stop-shop that can provide all of the major pieces of a broadcast plant. “We absolutely think that we have got the right pieces of intellectual property and we have got the right people.”

TECH SPOTLIGHT

IBC 2012 Wrap: M&A, Cloud, 4K, CiaB

Vendor consolidation was one of the most discussed topics at the annual Amsterdam tech conference, although no new deals were announced there. Other hot topics: new products and services based on cloud technology, multi-platform content delivery; social media services; Sony/SES Astra’s 4K demo; and channel-in-a-box.

IBC 2012

Harris Plunges Into Channel-In-A-Box Fray

At IBC today, Harris became the latest vendor to offer a channel-in-the-box solution for quickly and cheaply putting signals on the air. The vendor says Versio incorporates proven Harris technology and integrates seamlessly with other Harris gear and software. Harris’ Andy Warman says it’s only a matter of time before broadcasters accept channel-in-a-box technology, even for news-laden main channels.

TECH SPOTLIGHT

Tech’s Big Question: What’s Next For Harris?

Broadcasters across the country and around the world are wondering how Tuesday’s announcement that Harris Corp. wants to spin off its storied broadcasting business will play out. The division’s president, Harris Morris, says the company “is going to seek a buyer who is committed and focused on this business and on growing in the media space. At the same time, we will try to eliminate disruption in the short-term while we go through the sale process.”

Harris: ‘Business As Usual’ Despite Spinoff

The Communications Division’s president, Harris Morris, says the unit has become “less aligned with the Harris core businesses and long-term strategy,” and the timing is right to sell.

Harris Offers HD Conversion For Production Trucks

Harris Corp. (NYSE:HRS) has introduced a solution for mobile production trucks that it says reduces costs and complexity for customers.  At the 2012 NAB Show, Harris showcased complete solutions to convert mobile production trucks into true high-definition production centers — and an expanding customer roster using Harris mobile production solutions to tackle news, sports, live […]

Harris Intros Multi-Display Management Solution

Harris Corp. has introduced HView SX Pro, a scalable, high-density multi-display management system. The HView SX Pro extends Harris’ HView multiviewer range, delivering a compact, new signal processing and monitoring option for control rooms. Harris says its smaller design reduces space, power and complexity “while offering superior picture quality and intelligent, flexible control options. Its […]

TECH SPOTLIGHT

Software Slices, Dices Data To Boost Sales

The growth of customer relationship management solutions and data analytics means stations have a number of options to help them collect and manage information about their customers. Among those in the sales software hunt are Harris, WideOrbit, Decentrix, Matrix Solutions and SalesForce.

TECH SPOTLIGHT

Traffic & Billing: Fewer Firms, More Offerings

Over the past decade, the T&B sector has consolidated dramatically. Where once there were 15-20 players, there are now just a handful, fiercely competing to meet clients’ demands for trimming costs and managing ads on the proliferating platforms, including the Web, digital subchannels and various mobile offerings. WideOrbit and Harris OSi are the dominant companies in the U.S. commercial TV station sector, but a number of others, including Myers, BroadView, Pilat and Sintec, want a piece of the pie.

TECH SPOTLIGHT

Channel-In-A-Box Market Is Hot, Crowded

IT-based playout, or channel-in-a-box, is the hottest TV technology around these days. Propelled by broadcasters’ insatiable need to cut costs, Grass Valley, Miranda, Florical, Snell and Evertz are now offering the virtual master control technology and Harris and Harmonics may be next.

Rentrak, Harris Integrate Products

Harris Corp. has struck a deal with Rentrak that aims to make Harris’s software solutions for advertisers more robust. Broadcasters and their advertiser clients will be able to access Rentrak’s rating data in Harris’s products.

NAB 2011

Automation, Traffic: Doing More With Less

Among the myriad of broadcasting gear on display at next week’s NAB Show in Las Vegas are automation, traffic and billing equipment and software. There’s growing interest in these products since TV broadcasters need to be able to oversee a growing number of channels with a shrinking number of staff.

NAB 2011

Mobile DTV Will Be Everywhere At NAB Show

Panels, papers, prototypes and ready-to-go technology exhibits on the emerging broadcast mobile market will be a big part of next week’s NAB Show in Las Vegas. Says ATSC’s Jerry Whitaker, “This is the year that broadcast stations want to put mobile on the air and are indeed acting on that.”

NAB 2011

Harris To Intro ATSC Mobile DTV Applications

The new applications demonstrate the viability of ATSC’s Non-Real-Time Content Delivery Candidate Standard. Among the uses are glasses-free 3D, electronic couponing, mobile digital signage, interactive mobile tweeting, Roundbox widget server applications, traffic and travel info and emergency alerting.

Harris Reorders Its Business Lines

Harris Corp. announced Tuesday that it has strategically realigned its operating businesses” to provide increased market focus and address the fast-growing global market for integrated communications and information technology and services.”  Harris said the realignment will let it “effectively integrate its technology, products and services to meet the demands of government and commercial markets.” The […]

TECH SPOTLIGHT

New Harris A/V ‘Box’ Merges Baseband, IP

Dubbed Selenio, the multifunction, rack-mounted unit uses modules to perform a variety of tasks — frame synchronization, video conversion, encoding, decoding, multiplexing and demultiplexing. It also give users a pathway to IP networking, while saving space and power, Harris says.

DMA 61

KGEB Tulsa Chooses Harris For Master Control

Golden Eagle Broadcasting’s KGEB Tulsa, Okla. (DMA 61) has installed a variety of Harris workflow, infrastructure and networking equipment for its master control operation as the broadcaster continues its analog-to-digital conversion. Central to the dual-playout operation in master control are two Harris NEXIO AMP transmission servers with 12TB of integrated storage per unit; and a […]

TECH ONE ON ONE WITH HARRIS MORRIS

Harris Regroups With Multi-Pronged Strategy

Harris Morris, president of Harris Corp.’s Broadcast Communications Division, explains the major reorganization and new goals of the equipment giant. It’s concentrating on an expanding global emphasis, while not lessening its U.S. efforts. Among its other initiatives are repurposing existing technology in new markets and helping broadcasters find new ways to exploit new technology. Morris says the plan is to be “laser-focused on getting BCD back into the black this year and showing that we can profitably grow the top line.”