Olympics World broadcasters turning to Harris

Harris Corporation
is supplying a wide range of HD and SD broadcast equipment to support some of
the world’s broadcasters during their live coverage of the upcoming Summer
Games in Beijing, China.
“Harris
is supporting the Beijing Summer Games by providing broadcasters with a wide range
of equipment and support from large systems sales, equipment rentals, and tailored
service packages, to onsite setup assistance at the International Broadcast
Center and local service throughout the event,” said Tim Thorsteinson,
president of Harris Broadcast Communications. “Our Beijing warehouse is fully stocked to avoid
time–consuming customs checks and ensure replacement parts get into the hands
of our customers as quickly as possible. In addition, more than 40 Harris staff
members at our Beijing Research and Service facilities stand ready to handle
any support customers may require during this significant event.”
Various
broadcasters including CCTV, Gearhouse Broadcast, Alfacam, and the CBC will be using signal processing products, routers, multiviewers, servers,
graphics and HD conversion equipment from Harris for the games.
Japan
Consortium an association representing Japanese broadcasters for broadcast coverage
of the 2008 Beijing Games, has selected a variety of Harris video processing
and distribution products, including Integrator and Panacea routers, 6800+ HD
conversion equipment, frame synchronizers, distribution amplifiers (including 3
Gb/s), multiplexers and demultiplexers. These products will be used through a
rental agreement with Panasonic.
China
Central Television (CCTV), China’s premiere national broadcaster, purchased a
range of Harris video processing and distribution products, multiviewers and
test and measurement solutions, which will be used in CCTV’s master control
facility during the Beijing Games.
Gearhouse
Broadcast, a international broadcast services company, purchased an array of
6800+ HD core processing products, as well as a range of multiviewers, including
the award-winning Zandar Predator II multiviewer and the Zandar QS100HD Quad “multiviewer
in a card.”
Alfacam, a
Belgium–based company that provides TV facilities and services to broadcasters
and production houses, is sending 18 TV trucks to Beijing, each of which has
between 14 and 28 Zandar Predator HD8 multiviewers onboard driving HD
production and mixing monitoring.
CBC will use
two Inscriber G7 HD/SD broadcast graphics systems, which deliver 2D and 3D
real–time graphics flawlessly in over two channels, during its coverage of the
games.
“We
were looking for a powerful but simple–to–use graphics system to perform
real–time 3D rendering during our coverage of the Beijing Games, and the
Inscriber G7 met all our requirements,” said Joe Sidoli, director of
operations, CBC Network Sports. “The G7 offers seamless integration with
popular 3D software on the market, as well as easy–to–use, interactive
templates that enable our staff to create template-based text and graphics
right from their desktops. We were also impressed with Inscriber Network
Manager, which gives our operators complete control over where resources are
stored and how they’re distributed — enabling better content management and an
overall streamlined workflow.”