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Harris Corporation Continues to Win Saudi Television Contracts for its Integrated High-Definition Broadcast Technology

Saudi TV Studio

Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has been awarded several additional contracts by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Culture and Information (MOCI) for products spanning its high-definition (HD) portfolio.

Recent wins include the provision of equipment for eight new HD studios, three new portable HD studios, two new digital satellite news gathering/outside broadcast (DSNG/OB) vans and three new HD OB vans. These contract wins follow successful Harris high-definition equipment installations at seven Saudi TV studio control rooms in the cities of Qassim, Riyadh, Dammam, Medinah and Makhah in 2007 and 2008.

HD Studios

Harris is working with Riyadh-based dealer and systems integrator First Gulf Company (FGC) to install a wide range of broadcast equipment for a new Saudi TV HD studio in the Riyadh TV center (for the broadcast of a financial channel) and two new high-definition studios in the prestigious, new Dammam TV center. Harris and FGC also are working to install three new portable HD studios that will be used across the country.

Contracts have been signed for the provision of equipment for three new high-definition studios located in the cities of Hail, Jizan and Tabouk, a new HD studio for Makkah Town TV and an additional HD studio in the Riyadh TV center.


The equipment provided by Harris for each of the HD studios includes Platinum™ routers, Inscriber® G-Series™ graphics products, Videotek® TVM test and measurement devices, NEXIO® servers, Predator II™ or Predator II-GX™ multiviewers, a range of core processing technology including up/down/cross converters and multiplexers/demultiplexers, and Velocity ESX™ news, sports and production editing systems.

“Harris and FGC have been working closely with the MOCI to support their countrywide HD initiative and to ensure the success of this rollout,” said Richard Scott, senior vice president, global sales and services, Harris Broadcast Communications. “Our equipment is proving time and time again to be an ideal solution for supporting HD workflows at Saudi TV.”

HD Outside Broadcasting

Harris has installed HD equipment for two new Saudi TV DSNG/OB vans. The equipment installed in the mobile units includes Videotek TVM test and measurement products, Inscriber G-Series graphics, core processing infrastructure solutions and distribution amplifiers.

Harris has been contracted to support the build-out of three new Saudi TV HD OB vans in the coming months. The OB vans will feature an end-to-end range of high-definition technology including routers, servers, handheld test and measurement devices and multiviewers.


Harris Broadcast Communications offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions for broadcast, cable, satellite and out-of-home networks. The Harris ONE™ solution brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that enable advanced media workflows for emerging content delivery business models.

About Saudi TV and Radio

The Ministry of Culture and Information is the owner of the official Saudi TV and Radio Network. Currently, it has nine TV channels (operating in both terrestrial and via satellite) and four radio channels (operating in FM and AM frequency bands). In order to cover the whole country terrestrially, the ministry has about 20 medium-wave transmission stations, as well as about 130 TV and FM transmission stations of different power levels.


Saudi TV Production