April 7, 2013

Complete integrated ISDB-Tb solution supplied by Harris Broadcast expands over-the-air DTV coverage, strengthens contribution networks

Harris Broadcast has supplied a digital transmission headend solution for phases two and three of RBS Group’s ISDB-Tb digital transition project in Brazil. The solution will allow RBS Group, a regional media group operating in southern Brazil, to increase its over-the-air DTV reach to more than 75 cities while strengthening content contribution networks.

The latest acquisition includes multiple Selenio™ media convergence platforms for contribution and distribution, as well as low- and high-power Maxiva™ UHF transmitters. Including equipment from phase one of the digitization project, RBS Group has 73 Maxiva digital transmitters and 34 Selenio systems, including 16 for redundant ISDB-Tb encoding and multiplexing; and 18 for low-latency, bi-directional content contribution across multiple RBS Group generators.

RBS Group’s decision to invest in Harris Broadcast equipment for phases two and three of the digitization and contribution project was favored due to three factors: successful implementation of phase one of the project; support for its bi-directional signal transport model, including all RBS Group generators; and the high quality and reliability of Harris Broadcast products.

The ISDB-Tb transmitter purchase for the current phases includes multiple 50 W and 2 kW Maxiva UAX air-cooled digital transmitters, manufactured at the Harris Broadcast transmission plant in Campinas, Brazil; and two 3.4 kW Maxiva ULX liquid-cooled digital transmitters. The Selenio configurations further support the transmission operation by enabling “BTS-compliant” signal transport over IP networks for the most efficient possible distribution.

“The main advantage is that the same platform delivers all services, including signal contribution and distribution among generators, and ISDB-T encoding and multiplexing — all delivered using a single interface with ease of use for RBS Group system operators,” says Felipe Luna, director, Harris Broadcast in Brazil.

The new projects also include 16 HD master control systems to prepare content for the states of Rio Grande de Sul and Santa Catarina, multiple Harris Broadcast Panacea™ Clean/Quiet switchers, HView™ QVM6800+ quad-split multiviewers, X50™ frame synchronizers and converters, and 6800+™ core video and audio processing systems.


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.