Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium secures Harris Corporation to deliver Harris ONE™ solution

Harris Equipment for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Harris to supply Canada's Olympic Broadcast Consortium with graphics, servers, editing, networking, processing, branding and test and measurement equipment. The Harris ONE™ solution features a variety of Harris graphics, servers and editing, networking, processing, branding and test and measurement equipment. The system brings together highly integrated products that enable advanced media workflows and provides the Consortium with high quality broadcast technology for its delivery of Olympic Games coverage like never before.

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Integrated broadcast and production solutions

"Harris is supplying Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium with integrated broadcast and production solutions that allow us to centrally receive, manage and create program elements and distribute them to multiple stations across Canada," said Allan Morris, Senior VP Engineering, Operations and IT, CTV Inc. "Harris was committed to working with us in the development and enhancements of the overall systems. The company's longevity, stability and training of our support staff were significant factors in our decision to centralize our broadcast operations with Harris solutions."

NEXIO AMP™ and NewsForce™ media production platforms

The Harris package for the Consortium's coverage of the 2010 Winter Games will include NEXIO AMP™ advanced media platforms and NewsForce™ HD/SD production platforms, which will be used to build video clips for news and other programs. Harris NetVX™ video networking systems and Inscriber® G7™ integrated SD/HD broadcast graphics are also central to the system. A variety of fixed and handheld Harris Videotek® test and measurement solutions will be used to monitor video and audio signals live from the venues, assuring signal integrity and compliance with national broadcast standards. Harris is also supporting the Consortium's online coverage of Vancouver 2010 with a backup control solution for FTP file transfer during digital coverage of the Games on CTVOlympics.ca and RDSolympiques.ca. The system is comprised of NEXIO Remote™ software, which monitors and controls channels on NEXIO® servers over a local area network, and the NEXIO PlayList™ event-sequencing application, which enables clips to be selected from the NEXIO database and arranged in any order for frame-accurate transmission.

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Cost-effective workflow

"Harris has built a large portfolio of proven, integrated solutions to support advanced media workflows of this scale, and we are proud to support the Consortium for its coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games," said Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communications. CTV, the leading broadcaster within the Consortium, is currently using a highly efficient and cost-effective workflow for local and national news built on Harris NEXIO AMP and NewsForce platforms, Inscriber G7 graphics and the Inscriber Connectus™ centralized graphics management system. The Harris ONE solution is used for CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson, Canada AM, and CTV News Channel.

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