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German TV Channel ZDF chooses Harris Corporation Broadcast Infrastructure for HD Upgrade of mobile production department

German television channel ZDF has purchased a large end-to-end broadcast infrastructure solution comprising products from Harris Corporation. The equipment was selected for the HD upgrade of ZDF’s entire mobile production department, ZDF Mobile Produktions Einheit (MPE), located in Mainz, Germany.

The migration of German public broadcasting from SD to HD

Featuring signal processing equipment, routers, multiviewers, distribution amplifiers and optical fiber test tools, the Harris solution was installed in ZDF MPE’s modular mobile rack equipment bundles, which can be configured-to-order and shipped to a variety of venues for mobile coverage of special events. The Harris equipment was instrumental in ZDF MPE’s mobile broadcast of the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, which took place August 15-23 in Berlin, Germany. “ZDF plays a leading role in the migration of German public broadcasting from SD to HD, as is demonstrated by our recent successful broadcast of the international Athletics World Cup in high definition,” said Alfred Bender, head of engineering for Special Projects, ZDF. “Therefore, it is important to us that all newly purchased equipment be HD-capable and future-proof by supporting 3 Gb/s technology.”

Mobile Broadcast Solution Built Around Harris® 6800+™ Modular Core Processing Platform

The Harris equipment comprises 6800+™ modular core processing frames (qty. 68) and 6800+ mix box frames (qty.10), with high-definition up/down/cross converters (qty.50) and analog video distribution amplifiers (qty. 25). For the transport of 3 Gbs/HD/SD/ASI signals, Harris provided an additional 430 DAs, 80 fiber transmitters and 80 fiber receivers, all from the 6800+ platform. Two compact 32x32 Panacea™ routers and 10 QS100HD Quad in-monitor multiviewers round out the installation, along with two Harris Videotek® handheld optical fiber test tools. Infrastructure and router control is handled by the CCS Navigator™ application and two NUCLEUS™ network control panels.


ZDF MPE provided by local systems integrator BFE

The equipment was provided to ZDF MPE by local systems integrator BFE. “The success of this project with ZDF illustrates how Harris is committed to ensuring that our customers benefit not only from best-of-breed HD solutions, but also from great service and support,” said Richard Scott, vice president, Europe, the Middle East and Africa operations, Harris Broadcast Communications. “The opening of our new office in Munich enables Harris to work very closely with its customers in the region, and we look forward to continued success in the German market in the coming years.”

About ZDF

ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) is Germany's national public television broadcaster. It is an independent non-profit corporation under the authority of the Länder, the sixteen states making up the Federal Republic of Germany. Based in Mainz, ZDF is operating a unique network of bureaus all over the world and has major editorial and production capacity in Berlin — the nation's capital since reunification of East and West Germany. The core operation of ZDF is its nationwide television channel which went on air in 1963 and today reaches its viewers by cable, satellite or terrestrial antenna, both in analogue and digital format.