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Saudi Broadcasting Corporation Continues Migration to DVB-T2 Digital TV with Harris Broadcast

Denver/Dubai, UAE, March 12, 2013

Harris Broadcast has secured a new DVB-T2 transmission order from Saudi Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) as the country continues its transition to a national network of digital transmitters and satellite services. The latest phase of the ongoing SBC modernization program will add transmitters to sites in Aded and Yabren, bringing the total number of Harris Broadcast-supported DVB-T2 transmission sites to nine.

Harris Broadcast will supply compact, energy-saving Maxiva™ ULX (3.4kW) and Maxiva UAX (2kW) UHF transmitters in cooperation with Saudi Arabian dealer and systems integrator First Gulf Company (FGC). Both models feature the Harris Broadcast PowerSmart® architecture for the broadcast industry's highest power density and operational efficiency for over-the-air transmission; and incorporate the Apex M2X™ multimedia exciter to ensure best in class performance, reliability and signal quality.

Harris Broadcast will also supply its Videotek® MSA multi-stream analyzers to enable real-time monitoring of multiple over-the-air channels. Videotek MSA Series analyzers enable full testing of compressed video conformance, audio levels and data services — all in a 1RU, space-saving package.

“Harris Broadcast has proven solutions for DVB-T2 transmission and this new order showcases the breadth of our capabilities to support the roll out of country-wide DVB-T2 infrastructure,” commented Said Bacho, vice president of sales and services, Middle East and South Asia at Harris Broadcast. “We are delighted to work with First Gulf Company and Saudi Broadcasting Corporation to continue this program across Saudi Arabia by using some of our highly efficient DVB-T2 transmitters that help to reduce operating costs, optimize the available broadcast spectrum and ensure real integration throughout the workflow.”

Harris Broadcast and FGC are working together to upgrade these sites with Harris Broadcast DVB-T2 transmitters, along with tower, antenna and electrical upgrades.

About First Gulf Company 
First Gulf Company is one of the leading contractors in Saudi Arabia in the broadcast field. Its activity covers all of the broadcast spectrum, from TV and radio studios, to TV and radio transmission, satellite uplink, TVRO, SNG, OB vans, etc. FGC enjoys the full in-house capabilities of design, integration, installation and commissioning of systems. FGC is extending its activities into the MEA region.

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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