Date posted: November 11, 2013

CBS joins Harris Broadcast to discuss improvements in studio productions operations and more efficient studio workflow in “Is Studio Production Keeping You Up Late?” session

Harris Broadcast, a market-share leader of content management and network infrastructure solutions serving the global broadcast, communication service provider, government and enterprise markets, today announced it will demonstrate advanced technologies that help broadcasters transition to IP networks and file-based infrastructure at Content and Communications World (CCW), Nov. 13-14 (Javits Center, New York, booth 901).

Leading the CCW display is North America’s official introduction to the Selenio™ MCP1, an extension of the award-winning Selenio IP media convergence platform that broke barriers as an all-in-one, 3RU signal compression, networking and processing solution – addressing baseband video, audio and IP-based content. Selenio MCP1 delivers the same capabilities in a compact 1RU package, affording the user a more than 50 percent reduction in rack space. It provides video processing, advanced audio processing, compression and multiplexing in a single, flexible platform with intuitive graphical management tools, simplifying workflows and reducing operational costs.

“CCW provides a unique opportunity to share our broad portfolio and the latest in IP convergence technologies with thought leaders in media and entertainment from around the world,” said Pablo Gargiulo, president, global sales, Harris Broadcast. “We look forward to introducing the Selenio MCP1 integrated media convergence platform, which brings a compact form factor to the product family while furthering our vision of addressing IP interconnects to legacy video and audio applications.”

In addition, Harris Broadcast will display:

  • Versio™ –  The industry’s most complete integrated playout solution, utilizing key elements of market-leading Harris Broadcast automation, server, graphics and branding technologies integrated in a highly resilient, 1 RU form factor
  • Maxiva™ ULXT transmitter with PowerSmart® 3D technology – A liquid-cooled, robust transmitter solution helping broadcasters deliver high quality content to consumers worldwide; PowerSmart 3D significantly reduces energy use while providing unrivaled operating efficiency – without compromising power or reliability
  • Landmark OSI™ – One of the industry’s most widely-used and powerful traffic and billing systems for television, cable and radio operations, providing advanced, web-based functionality and easy-to-use tools for traffic, accounting and yield management; highly-scalable and proven to handle hundreds of stations across multiple networks

Cindy Parrish, product manager for Harris Broadcast, will also join Kathy Mavrikakis, senior producer of CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman, for a breakout session “Is Studio Production Keeping You Up Late?” on Wednesday, Nov. 13th at 11:00 a.m. at the Broadcast & Beyond Theater. The session will detail how asset management software helps studio production operations overcome challenges in creating the highest quality content for viewers, while ensuring efficient production workflows.

Date posted: September 30, 2013

Mobile production specialist supports “Gospel Music’s Largest Annual Event” with two trucks – and celebrates 100th shoot for flagship Aspiration truck

TNDV this month hit the 100-project milestone for its flagship HD/SD mobile production truck, Aspiration, in Louisville, Kentucky, where the company produced outside broadcast and in-house feeds for the annual National Quartet Convention (NQC).  TNDV also brought its recently-launched audio truck Vibration to the venue, Freedom Hall, to produce surround sound feeds (5.1 and 7.2) and multitrack recordings for the world-renowned six-day gospel music event.

The in-the-round event was captured for later broadcast on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network), with veteran TV producer and director Russell Hall overseeing the 10-camera shoot on board Aspiration.  Hall hand-picked TNDV for the show based on his previous experience with the company and its Aspiration truck.

The Vibration audio production staff hard at work on site at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky

“We’ve used six different mobile unit providers for this event over the past 12 years, but Aspiration is specifically targeted toward capturing entertainment and music specials,” said Hall.  “It gave us an ideal complement of gear, a large expando working space and a small parking footprint.  I have said many times that if I built a mobile unit, this is exactly how I would lay it out.”

The National Quartet Convention brings gospel music’s biggest stars together, and Aspiration’s layout helped Hall deliver the right product for many production elements beyond the TBN broadcast, including a live webcast, an IMAG shoot and retail videos.  The project also required pristine audio production on behalf of record labels and performing artists, a role that TNDV ably filled with Vibration.

Vibration features a 256-input Studer Vista 9 console and ProTools multitrack recording at its core, with the on-board crew using more than 100 inputs for the NQC production; and running Joeco Black Box recorders in the background for maximum redundancy.  Hall communicated with the Vibration crew using a centralized RTS ADAM intercom matrix, employing multiple partyline channels and point-to-point channel assignments.  Similarly, TNDV built a single routing infrastructure between the two trucks, sharing video and audio resources across a Harris Broadcast Platinum router.

For Hall, the impact of employing a separate audio truck raised the overall production quality to a level not seen at previous NQC events.  They previously tried mixing and monitoring inside the venue, on board video trucks, in remote audio trailers and via other methods to varied success.

Aspiration and Vibration at the NQC: Two Trucks, One Infrastructure for Video and Audio Production

“In the past we have had to compromise on the quality of the audio capture, and this year we realized we had to make audio just as important as the video,” said Hall.  “We were producing an intense music event over a six-day period that would incur nearly 50 hours of audio capture.  Vibration gave us that same commitment to excellence on the audio side that Aspiration provides for video.”

For Nic Dugger, president and owner of TNDV, celebrating his 100th shoot with Aspiration at a nearly week-long event that covered 50 hours of complex concerts — with multiple producers and production companies — put into perspective how quickly things have progressed since launching the truck.

“In 25 months, Aspiration has done 100 unique shoots with unique load-in and load-out processes, often for multi-day events,” said Dugger.  “In the meantime we have launched three additional trucks, including our first audio truck with Vibration.”

Dugger notes that NQC was a special event to hit that milestone given how much planning went into the production.  “There was a crew member for each position — something not done very often today — which allowed TNDV engineers to truly service everyone involved instead of covering open positions.  It’s ultimately our jobs to make sure these portable facilities work just like their home studios, which allows everyone to work in complete comfort.”

Date posted: July 22, 2013

InfoCaster™ solution drives broadcast experience with local advertising content in airport terminals

ClearVision, the in-airport TV network developed by Clear Channel Airports, a division of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO), and connectiVISION Digital Networks, is using Harris Broadcast digital signage technology to deliver an out-of-home broadcast experience to travelers in four airports.  Powered by Harris Broadcast InfoCaster™ hardware and software, ClearVision delivers an engaging mix of network entertainment, in-house produced content, regional news and local advertising on uniquely branded channels for each airport.

connectiVISION gathers content from major broadcast and cable networks, produces supplementary media and graphics, and builds dayparting strategies for each channel based on 18-hour broadcast days.  Those dayparting strategies incorporate advertising purchased by local businesses, which InfoCaster generates as interstitials, lower thirds and banners.

InfoCaster digital signage technology helps ClearVision build broadcast schedules with network entertainment, commercials and local content for each airport

David Tetreault, chief operating officer at ClearVision/connectiVISION, notes that InfoCaster was the only solution of its kind that could handle the very specific program rotations and targeted content delivery ClearVision needs, along with the network-based scalability to support growth into more airports.

“We are broadcasters in the Away-From-Home arena and wanted to operate a program day that was scheduled hour by hour, minute by minute,” said Tetreault.  “We run a program log that is dynamic and always changing.  InfoCaster was the only system we evaluated that gave us the ability to plug in 12 minutes of advertising, three minutes of local branding per airport, and 45 minutes of entertainment content on an hourly basis for 18 hours each broadcast day.  We can program many unique channels just as a TV station or cable company operates.”

To date, the company has launched broadcast services at major airports in Raleigh, Dallas, New Orleans, and soon Cleveland, with future major market launches in the works.  Systems integration firm Keycode Media handles all airport installations, including InfoCaster media players, supporting infrastructure and screens in all terminals.  Keycode Media also built ClearVision’s Burbank, California-based network operations center where all content is prepared, scheduled and distributed.

“ClearVision TV is quickly becoming a disruptive force in airport multimedia,” said Toby Sturek, executive vice president, specialty businesses, Clear Channel Outdoor. “Clear Channel Airport’s bold reinvention of the air travel experience through ClearVision is enabling local, regional and national brands to connect with, and entertain, millions of travelers annually in an even more meaningful way.”

Mike Cavanagh, president of Keycode Media, adds that InfoCaster allows ClearVision to clearly differentiate its services from other airport TV networks by creating and distributing unique content that is specific to each airport as well as track any and all advertising placements across the entire network.  “You can imagine how complex it is to track ad placements across multiple airports, all with their own unique broadcast channels,” said Cavanagh.  “The InfoCaster software allows ClearVision to do it seamlessly and efficiently while creating an extremely attractive return on investment.”

Cavanagh adds that while airports will share network entertainment and some general content, the InfoCaster Network Manager tool makes it “easy to drag and drop the unique commercials and content for each city.”

Keycode Media handles all in-airport installations of InfoCaster and other technology components, including display screens in terminals.

Henry Mauriss, chief executive officer at ConnectiVISION, stated he expects the InfoCaster software will bring additional business benefits to the forefront of the operation, providing advertisers with proof of performance and opening last-minute windows into avails for up-to-the-minute ad scheduling.  This strategy hammers home the point that ClearVision is a broadcast operation.  InfoCaster is in fact part of a large Harris Broadcast family of graphics and channel branding products used by top network broadcasters.

“We looked at several players and chose Harris Broadcast because of its broadcast roots, and the ability of InfoCaster to provide more than the simple looping of content,” said Mauriss.  “Between InfoCaster and our fully equipped studio, we have the tools to deliver the right mix of content designed for the way people consume media on the go.  We are working to inform, entertain and educate viewers in the airports and beyond.”

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Date posted: July 1, 2013

Indiana PBS member stations expedite real-time content sharing via new high-bandwidth fiber and IP video network

Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations (IPBS), a consortium of eight PBS TV stations and nine NPR radio stations serving communities across Indiana, is now installing a Harris Broadcast networking solution to efficiently share and manage broadcast content across all 17 member stations.  Based on a new cost-efficient, high-bandwidth fiber and IP video network, the project gives these Indiana PBS member stations unprecedented real-time content sharing, collaboration, and distribution capabilities for television and radio.

Roger Rhodes, Executive Director of Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations (IPBS), calls the project a “Statewide HD/SD Educational Network for Hoosiers” and notes that IPBS carefully considered several strong vendors.  As its vision sharpened, Harris Broadcast was viewed as the only vendor that could facilitate the convergence of baseband video and audio processing, compression, and IP multicasting for statewide signal contribution, distribution and management in the way they envisioned today and into the future.

The Harris Broadcast Selenio media convergence platform will handle all video networking for content sharing across Indiana Public Broadcasting TV stations.

The complete Harris Broadcast solution includes the Selenio™ media convergence platform for HD/SD video networking, Intraplex® IP Link 100 and 200 codecs for audio networking, and the Magellan™ NMS solution for network-wide systems control and management.  The entire solution positions IPBS for the future with a configurable, expandable baseband/IP video platform that can adapt to new standards and operational requirements; and interoperate with third-party technology.

“Until now, real-time content sharing between our member stations has been extremely challenging due to the high cost of satellite time and technical limitations,” said Rhodes.  “When the build-out is complete, our stations will have the resources to do more live, real-time programming across the state in an efficient and streamlined manner.  Also, our creative storytelling and HD contribution capabilities will vastly expand because it’s no longer an impossibly expensive and cumbersome proposition.”

For example, Rhodes stresses that Selenio will control production travel costs by easily enabling every station on the network to carry live interviews from another IPBS station, or otherwise share content over the IP network.  He notes that The Indiana Channel is one IPBS program service that will benefit from live, real-time networking, as it packages member station-produced features on topics of interest that appeal to viewers statewide.

Meanwhile, Intraplex IP Link technology will enable IPBS NPR member stations to distribute full-bandwidth broadcast-quality audio streams and low-resolution confidence monitoring streams via IP multicast.  IPBS radio stations will use IP Link codecs to share radio shows and contribute live news reports to one or more IPBS radio stations.  They will also serve as regional news bureaus, feeding the statewide IPBS radio network far more easily and efficiently than previously possible.

“Our statewide radio news service can now expand program horizons with 24/7 real time content sharing throughout the state,” said Rhodes.  “While each station focuses on local community service and multi-station collaboration, this network allows them to envision the entire state of Indiana as their local live studio.”

Magellan NMS streamlines management of the entire IPBS workflow, ensuring smooth and efficient movement of high-quality video and audio media over the network.  The consolidation of all contribution video and audio into a single user interface greatly simplifies the distribution process amongst the stations.  Furthermore, the Magellan NMS architecture includes several thousand network drivers, simplifying future connectivity to other products in the IPBS workflow including network switches, routers and servers.

Harris Broadcast will configure the entire system at WFYI, the IPBS member station in Indianapolis, and train station engineers at this location over a two-day period.  Individual stations will later migrate their components to the field as the I-Light network service becomes available locally.  Rhodes calls this one example of “learning how to gain the efficiencies of a centralized service without a corresponding sacrifice of local station autonomy, community service and branding.”

Looking forward, Rhodes sees enormous opportunity to extend the reach and efficiency of the Harris Broadcast solution.  “This platform saves money, time, and effort for our member stations today, and paves the way to build a joint master control operation serving IPBS TV stations from single location,” he said.  “We’re always looking for ways to cut costs and put more resources into producing the high-quality, Indiana-centric programming our viewers depend on us to provide.  We believe that sharing the maintenance of a single master control will realize significant savings on capital equipment.”

Date posted: June 5, 2013

InfoCaster™ solution drives HD video, graphics and advertising content on more than 450 displays across Rogers Arena

Canucks Sports and Entertainment, owner of professional hockey franchise the Vancouver Canucks, has deployed an extensive sports video network throughout the team’s home venue based on Harris Broadcast’s InfoCaster™ digital signage technology.

InfoCaster replaces static, backlit signage displays, and was a key building block in a new focus on connecting with fans at Rogers Arena, home of the Vancouver Canucks.  Canucks Sports and Entertainment, which also owns Rogers Arena, has seen dramatic increases in fan engagement and sales revenues since installing InfoCaster.  From the moment fans arrive, they’re captivated by dynamic, cinematic displays of video, photos, and other visual elements to enhance the venue experience an experience that has quickly translated to bottom line benefits.

“We nearly doubled revenues associated with the digital signage early on, and have since boosted revenues an additional 25 percent,” said David Comuzzi, senior director of corporate partnerships for Canucks Sports and Entertainment.  “This has led to a rapid return on investment.”

Harris Broadcast InfoCaster digital signage technology has driven fan engagement at Rogers Arena to new levels since replacing static displays. Photo credit to Sterling Lorence.

InfoCaster delivers customized Canucks video presentations to more than 450 digital displays strategically placed throughout Rogers Arena, including entranceways, upper and lower concourses, concession areas and restrooms.  Fans can see many concourse banners featuring eye-catching 48:9 cinematic video — such as player profiles — spanning three landscape-oriented HD displays positioned side-by-side at intervals overhead.  Displays include welcome screens, digital menu boards, three-screen advertising boards and community boards.

“Our goal was to use environmental branding to create captivating imagery and storytelling that builds excitement for the game, fosters an affinity for our players and team, and builds life-long relationships with our fans,” said Mark Raham, creative director for Canucks Sports and Entertainment. “We also wanted to project a strong, positive brand image, develop partnership revenue, and promote ticket sales and merchandise.  This is part of our overall approach to delivering an amazing fan experience, and digital signage is a key touchpoint.  In just two years, our fan surveys and market research show greater fan loyalty and enthusiasm for the Canucks.”

Canucks Sports and Entertainment was drawn to InfoCaster because it’s user-friendly, flexible and capable of automating the delivery of different content to targeted, multi-zone displays.  For example, content spans the entire three-screen concourse banner prior to the game.  During the game, content appears only on the first and third screens while the middle display shows the game.  Menus can be changed quickly and accurately on over one hundred concession area displays, and player profiles and fan photos are updated on a regular basis.

“We have a massive library of HD video, stills and animated graphics that we need to schedule and deliver in a precise, synchronized sequence across designated screen sets, and this content is scheduled according to different programming blocks such as pre-game, in-game, intermission and post-game,” said Karl Pedersen, digital media technician with Canucks Sports and Entertainment. “Without such sophisticated, application-specific software integrated with the hardware, it would be very labor-intensive and daunting to deliver such a spectacular digital signage experience.”

The InfoCaster installation at Rogers Arena consists of several powerful components including InfoCaster Creator, which has a wide array of tools and templates for the design, authoring and creation process; and InfoCaster Manager for remote network management and control of numerous InfoCaster Player devices.  InfoCaster software manages the scheduling process, automating ad and promotional content placements across groups of displays to target specific audiences.

Date posted: May 14, 2013

Exceptional antenna directivity supports maximized and targeted signal delivery across single-frequency FM radio transmission networks

Terrestrial radio innovators GeoBroadcast Solutions (GBS) announce Jampro Antennas as a technology partner to advance its vision of helping radio broadcasters maximize over-the-air signals and grow revenues.

Jampro joins Harris Broadcast as exclusive technology suppliers for GBS MaxxCasting and ZoneCasting networks.  MaxxCasting expands FM signal coverage areas, allowing broadcasters to take full advantage of their FCC-allotted spectrum.  ZoneCasting, pending FCC approval, brings hyper-localization to radio through targeted over-the-air content delivery.

Jampro will supply all antennas, combiners and support equipment related to installation of these components.  The custom antennas are specially designed for these networks, providing the advanced directivity required to ensure both maximized market coverage and highly-specific regional targeting.

Peter Handy, CEO of GeoBroadcast Systems, notes that Jampro brought a flexible approach to their antenna designs that uniquely fit requirements for both MaxxCasting and ZoneCasting deployments.  That flexibility extends to custom designs that meet the needs of each broadcaster — highly important as coverage patterns and targeting requirements will differ for each market.

“One critical concern is to minimize conflicts created between transmitting multiple signals across the same market,” said Handy.  “Jampro clearly addresses these challenges with custom designs that can increase or decrease directionality.  This is perfect for ZoneCasting, where we are geographically targeting content across multiple zones in a single market.  Furthermore, it is ideal for spreading coverage into areas of a broadcast market that is lacking a clear over-the-air signal.”

The business benefit of integrating Jampro antennas therefore becomes very clear:  A larger audience receives the signal due to their exceptional directionality, which means advertisers reach more listeners.  This potentially translates to more advertising dollars for the broadcaster by opening new revenue streams.

Handy adds that GBS representatives had a number of conversations at the 2013 NAB Show with broadcasters that recognize the game-changing capability of ZoneCasting, but in the meantime are very interested in the opportunity to increase the distribution of their over-the-air programming through MaxxCasting.  This is a perception that Jampro Antennas President Alex Perchevitch echoes.

“As an industry we have always accepted the fact that the legal signal coverage of a radio station is one model, while the actual signal coverage often falls considerably short of what a broadcasters is allowed to service,” said Perchevitch.  “A solution like MaxxCasting that allows you to bridge that gap is not only unique, but very compelling.”

Harris Broadcast and Jampro often collaborate on radio and television transmission projects, bringing proven compatibility to GBS for out-of-the-box reliability.  Harris Broadcast will integrate Jampro antennas and combiners across these single-frequency FM transmission networks, which incorporate multiple Flexiva™ transmitters and Intraplex® synchronizers as well as special GBS control software.

Date posted: March 27, 2013

Broadcast industry’s most powerful, complete network monitoring and control solution adds mobile gateway option for enhanced remote management

Harris Broadcast will demonstrate its Magellan™ NMS network management and control solution across several real-world applications at the 2013 NAB Show (April 8-11, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth N2503), highlighting new video headend (VHE) and remote management capabilities to enhance efficiency and reach.

Introduced at the 2012 NAB Show, Magellan NMS offers far-reaching diagnostic abilities and centralizes control and monitoring across multiple locations, from local workflows to remote facilities.  Its open architecture simplifies systems integration and customization, with the flexibility to interface with Harris Broadcast equipment and any third-party device.

Harris Broadcast will show its Magellan NMS system in monitoring and control demonstrations with Selenio encoders at the 2013 NAB Show.

This year, Harris Broadcast unveils the new VHE application within Magellan NMS and a mobile gateway option to enhance local and remote monitoring, control and management functions.  The VHE application adds redundancy layers, cross-point switching and component-specific alarming to improve protection and system connectivity, giving customers a complete, at-a-glance view of video headends.

Harris Broadcast will exhibit the Magellan NMS VHE application with its Selenio™ media convergence platform, managing and monitoring signals for multiple encoding, decoding and multiplexing modules.   Furthermore, the company will demonstrate cross-point switching using Harris Broadcast Panacea™ routers and Selenio chassis control with intelligent frame synchronizers, converters and advanced audio processing.

The company will also demonstrate its new mobile gateway option for on-the-go access, with instant notification of important system events.  This improves response time and reduces equipment downtime through access over any HTML5-capable mobile device, as well as native iOS and Windows® 8 mobile applications.

Magellan NMS offers a true distributed architecture, eliminating the central server required in most control and monitoring systems.  This robust design provides rock-solid stability, ensuring no single point of failure for mission-critical broadcast environments.  Its open design ensures that users can quickly create and modify applications, with simple web-based access to any device on the network.

Date posted: March 20, 2013

Company further expands transmission portfolio with new integrated ISDB-Tb and DVB-T modules

Harris Broadcast will introduce its Platinum™ VAX Compact Class range of VHF transmitters at the 2013 NAB Show (Las Vegas Convention Center, April 8-11, Booth N2503), adapting the company’s compact, power-efficient transmission philosophy to low-power VHF applications for ATSC and worldwide terrestrial standards.  The company will also introduce new transmitter plug-in modules, including an ISDB-Tb remux solution and off-air digital receivers that save cost and space at transmission sites.

The Platinum VAX Compact Class series is the latest addition to the company’s transmitter portfolio, ensuring a solution for virtually any VHF analog or digital power requirements.  The new series is most suited for low-power transmitting stations and gap filler applications, and is especially useful for covering specific regions in extended markets or difficult terrains.

The new off-air receiver module from Harris Broadcast integrates into Apex M2X exciters for space-efficient DVB-T and ISDB-Tb signal demodulation

Platinum VAX Compact Class transmitters cover low-power VHF transmissions in a 2RU chassis design, with rack savings of up to 50 percent compared to previous-generation transmitters of equivalent power levels.  As with all Harris Broadcast TV transmitters, the new series integrates Harris Broadcast Apex M2X™ exciters to enable simple modulation changes and analog-to-digital upgrades, supporting ATSC, DVB-T/T2 and ISDB-Tb among other standards — including DAB radio.

Harris Broadcast will also introduce a new ISDB-Tb internal remux module to allow broadcasters to insert local broadcast information, including electronic program guide (EPG) data, while using their existing distribution systems.  The ISDB-Tb module is integrated within the Apex M2X exciter to reduce energy use and avoid impact on the physical footprint of the transmitter system.   Additionally, the company will unveil transmitter-integrated DVB-T and ISDB-Tb digital terrestrial tuners to monitor off-air signals; and demodulate RF signals and generate ASI transport streams for re-broadcast.

The company will also demonstrate complete ATSC Mobile DTV solutions including M-EAS functionality and non-real time data applications, as well as DTV headend solutions ISDB-Tb and DVB-T2.  The complete headend solutions feature the Selenio™ media convergence platform for encoding; Videotek® MSA Series for monitoring signal integrity and compliance; and various Maxiva™ UHF and Platinum VHF transmitters all based on the company’s PowerSmart® architecture to maximize power, space and energy efficiency.

Date posted: March 11, 2013

Industry’s first out-of-the-box business intelligence solution boosts data mining, analytical and mobile capabilities to capitalize on business opportunities today and tomorrow

Harris Broadcast enriches business intelligence for media executives and sales teams with new analytic tools that improve insight into current business and advertising models — and offer unparalleled foresight into future revenue-generating opportunities.

Harris Broadcast will introduce these and other new enhancements to its NetGain® business intelligence and analytics software at the 2013 NAB Show (April 8-11, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth N2503).  The company will demonstrate new visual analytics, mobile dashboards, interfaces to social media data and access to embedded and third-party data mining capabilities as part of its new NetGain v2.4.2 release.

Through the new visual analytics capability, NetGain gives broadcasters and media organizations unique capabilities to proactively pull data from many sources, and quickly compare and analyze that data to fully understand current business landscapes through an intuitive visual interface.  Users can quickly publish the generated dashboards and reports to mobile devices, via e-mail or portal.  Meanwhile, new “visual foresight” tools leverage predictive analytics to help customers develop forward-looking metrics, from anticipated earnings to potential media buys for advertisements.

The latest release of Harris Broadcast’s NetGain business intelligence software integrates with more than 300 predefined data mining sources – ideal for building short- and long-term advertising strategies

NetGain v2.4.2 also incorporates the following new tools and benefits:

  • Access to Wisdom Professional for performing advanced analytics on Facebook user data.  This provides media companies with advanced capability to analyze viewing audiences and enhance advertising placement.
  • More than 300 predefined data mining and predictive analytics functions.
  • Integration with the open-source “R” analytics library, unleashing limitless access to analytics and statistics for business modeling.

NetGain integrates these new tools while retaining its ability to load data and generate reports with speed and efficiency, allowing customers to share business intelligence information locally or across the enterprise within minutes.  Furthermore, the wealth of information generated ensures that users can get a complete view of all available business opportunities.

“Broadcasters today need to optimize their inventories beyond over-the-air channels and across the web, mobile and other digital media opportunities,” said Harris Morris, CEO, Harris Broadcast.  “They also need to visualize the total trend versus looking separately at television spots versus digital.  NetGain ensures that broadcasters, cable networks and other media groups can achieve a complete view of their businesses as opposed to a ‘siloed’ approach,” while enabling visibility into future results based on multiple scenarios.”

Harris Broadcast now pre-integrates NetGain with its various traffic, billing, sales and scheduling platforms (OSi™, Novar™, Landmark™ and Vision™) as well as third-party data sources to maximize data sourcing and flexibility.  NetGain users can also now directly import data from Salesforce® (www.salesforce.com) to better track and measure advertising campaigns across multiple channels.

Additionally, the enhanced mobile capability provides a strong sales-enablement tool for account executives on the go.  This allows sales managers to arm their teams with easy-to-read, interactive dashboards on tablets and other mobile devices, simplifying customer presentations and detailing business performance.

“There are two clear benefits to NetGain’s enhanced mobile capability,” said Scott Criley, director, media and workflow, Harris Broadcast.  “Our customers can leverage the back office capability of NetGain to better understand the current situation and future opportunities in advance of client meetings.  For client presentations, NetGain efficiently makes clean reports, dashboards and marketing material accessible from a mobile interface, making it an ideal tool for revenue generation in the field.”

Date posted: March 6, 2013

Company to showcase technologies for improved market coverage, cleaner over-the-air sound and integrated studio architectures

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.

The IP Link 200 codec makes its NAB debut this April in Las Vegas

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.

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