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Harris Broadcast Doubles Down on Radio Broadcast Efficiency at 2013 NAB Show

Company to showcase technologies for improved market coverage, cleaner over-the-air sound and integrated studio architectures
Denver, CO, March 06, 2013

Harris Broadcast comes to Las Vegas next month fresh off a multi-week technology road show focusing on transmission efficiency and audio networking for analog and digital radio broadcasters. The company will bring the same approach to the 2013 NAB show (Las Vegas Convention Center, April 8-11, Booth 2503), with new product enhancements and its first MaxxCasting demonstration for large audiences.

MaxxCasting was introduced last month as a joint solution with Geo-Broadcast Solutions to maximize audience reach, allowing broadcasters to fully utilize their FCC spectrum allotments. The MaxxCasting architecture employs corresponding transmission and control technologies to increase signal coverage via efficient, single-frequency networks — often more effectively than traditional booster technologies.

Harris Broadcast will demonstrate a MaxxCasting solution featuring Flexiva™ low-power transmitters, Intraplex® SynchroCast®3 IP based simulcast systems and Geo-Broadcast Solutions’ network design architecture (including GPS and booster technologies) — all outfitted in a compact Harris Broadcast outdoor enclosure to maximize equipment protection and increase location options.

“This unique solution merges the technologies of both companies to help broadcasters leverage their investment in spectrum to deliver greater coverage, increasing listeners, advertisers and revenues today — and opens the door to over-the-air delivery of targeted broadcast content across many zones using our unique ZoneCasting architecture,” said Richard Redmond, vice president of product management and strategy, Harris Broadcast.

Harris Broadcast will also show its Flexiva low-power transmitters in North America for the first time (50, 150, 300 and 500 W), and introduce a new transmitter option for integrated Orban audio processing to enhance sound quality. Flexiva customers can add capabilities of Orban Optimod-FM 5500 series multiband digital audio processors at a lower cost than a standalone unit, offering the same world-class audio processing power and control. The optional plug-in cards are available for the entire Flexiva transmitter range, extending from 50 W to 40 kW.

The company will also showcase complete networked studio architectures for cost-efficient, distributed audio systems covering multiple studios. The full demonstration will include various PR&E® consoles, networking systems and accessories to manage seamless, tightly integrated studio workflows. The demonstration will extend to the company’s Intraplex range of IP codecs, including the NAB debut of the IP Link 200.

The IP Link 200 is a low-cost, multi-channel IP audio codec offering flexible device configuration, multi-format support and “multicoding” capability to minimize bandwidth usage for both compressed and uncompressed audio. The IP Link 200 also supports multiple identical streams over the same network (or two separate paths) via Dynamic Stream Splicing, a unique feature that delivers T1/E1-level network reliability — and essentially eliminates service interruptions.

About Harris Broadcast 
Harris Broadcast develops uniquely integrated digital media solutions that streamline the entire content workflow from live production to transmission. The company’s tools and technologies fit seamlessly into any media operation, enabling customers to easily and profitably create compelling content for delivery over multiple distribution platforms. With a presence in key locations around the world, Harris Broadcast supports media customers in more than 130 countries. Additional information is available at www.harrisbroadcast.com.

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