June 12, 2013

Fiji TV adds Harris Broadcast integrated solutions with design and build-out support from Gencom Technology

Harris Broadcast has supplied a range of integrated broadcast solutions to international distributor and service provider, Gencom Technology Ltd, for the implementation of a multi-channel playout facility at Fiji TV. The solution at the leading television broadcaster in Fiji and the Pacific region encompasses the playout operation for 25 channels and also serves SKY Pacific, the Pacific’s premium direct-to-home (DTH) satellite pay TV service.

Gencom Technology designed and built the new solution in Auckland, New Zealand. “In talking to Gencom, it became clear that the Harris Broadcast integrated solution was the right option for us,” said Tarun Patel, CEO, Fiji TV. “We already rely on the Harris Broadcast NEXIO AMP® server platform and our experience so far has been extremely positive. For this reason, we were confident that we could rely on Harris Broadcast technology and, with help from Gencom, the two companies were able to design a solution specific to our needs.”

At the heart of the new facility is a Harris Broadcast Platinum™ router with integrated HView™ SX Pro multiviewers. This, alongside various 6800+™ modular processing systems, ensures reliable signal processing and monitoring across the entire Fiji TV facility.

The Harris Broadcast Platinum router broke industry barriers as the first to offer genuine dual-path routing, allowing video and audio to be contained in the same device without losing signal paths. HView SX Pro — easily the industry’s most scalable, highest-density multiviewer — delivers the exceptional quality and flexibility of today’s most advanced multiviewers in a smaller, smarter design.

“We recognize that every broadcaster in the world is different, and we aim to develop flexible solutions which will meet each customer’s real operational and commercial needs,” said Richard Hewitt, regional sales manager, Australia and New Zealand, Harris Broadcast. “Working with Gencom, we were able to build a solution for Fiji TV that meets each of their specific needs and is cost-effective, robust and highly reliable. We were also able to deliver the technology quickly and on budget – a key business driver for Fiji TV.”

The facility, now on-air, also incorporates a range of Harris Broadcast master control graphics and production solutions to enhance the on-air look across all channels. These systems include Inscriber® TitleOne™ AE graphics, plus the IconMaster™ master control switcher and IconLogo™ high-definition channel branding system.


About Harris Broadcast
Harris Broadcast is an industry leader in delivering the most advanced, content-rich media experiences available for a wide spectrum of radio, television and private media networks around the globe. With more than 25 leading brands including Versio™, Selenio™ and Maxiva™, the company enables media organizations to tap into one of the broadest, integrated product and solution portfolios in the industry. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company is widely recognized for its product quality and reliability, engineering excellence and customer service, and has earned nearly 100 technological firsts and more than 50 awards for technical innovation. For more information, please visit harrisbroadcast.com.

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Steve Reynolds

Steve Reynolds is President of Imagine Communications, a global leader in multiscreen video and ad management solutions that broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on to support their mission-critical operations.

Steve brings 25 years of technology leadership in the video industry to Imagine Communications. He has served as the CTO at Imagine Communications and Harris Broadcast, Senior Vice President of Premises Technology at Comcast, Senior Vice President of Technology at OpenTV, and CTO at Intellocity USA.

Steve earned a MS in Computer Engineering from Widener University and BS in Computer Science from West Chester University. As the Chairman of the AIMS Alliance and a member of SMPTE and SCTE, he has participated in numerous standards-making bodies in the cable and digital video industries. Steve also holds over 40 patents relating to digital video, content security, interactive television and digital devices.