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DirecTV tabs Harris for HD gear

Mon, 05/12/2008 - 8:30am
Mike Robuck

Harris Corporation today said that DirecTV will be using its HD networking equipment in the satellite provider’s quest to offer more HD choices.

Harris is now delivering its NetVX HD equipment to DirecTV, which DirecTV will be using for its HD contribution encoding and transport.

"The NetVX HD solution provides the best overall picture quality and platform flexibility for our HD contribution and transport operation," said Hanno Basse, vice president of broadcast systems engineering at DirecTV. "Harris' commitment to DIRECTV's present and future technical requirements proved highly valuable and has allowed us to meet our schedules for national HD content acquisition."

DirecTV started using NetVX transport systems in 2005 for backhaul of local market programming content. Harris said the NetVX design allows a broadcaster to install multiple encoders in a single chassis with a common-signal output, further reducing equipment costs by providing an all-in-one device for encoding, multiplexing, and network adaptation.

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