Harris Broadcast, a portfolio company of The Gores Group and 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 has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Imagine Communications, a leading innovator in digital video solutions, enabling content providers and system operators to deliver bandwidth-efficient services with optimum video quality and Quality of Experience (QoE). The transaction, subject to customary approvals and closing conditions, is expected to close in January 2014.
The Imagine Communications acquisition strengthens Harris Broadcast’s end-to-end solutions portfolio, particularly enhancing its OTT, mobile video and multi-screen TV Everywhere capabilities, while furthering interoperability of technology and systems from both the linear and non-linear TV viewing worlds.
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Total Cost of Ownership – TCO. You see it used everywhere these days: when shopping for a new car, investing in an IT system, assessing manufacturing equipment and even the deployment of lap top computers for business – and it’s now the latest buzz word for the transmission industry. But what does it really mean for broadcasters? Is it just the efficiency of the power amplifier? Cranking up that number is easy, if you don’t mind narrowing the bandwidth or sacrificing error correction. But I think that the key word is “total”, so let’s take a look at the myriad of factors that make up TCO in a transmission system.
The first, and most obvious, is the capital investment of purchasing a transmitter. But then you have to put it somewhere and commission it. In many areas, site space is at a premium and is charged accordingly. Then you need to run it, and keep your signal on the air (that’s how you, the broadcaster or network operator get paid, right?), so you need to look at transmitter power consumption including cooling, control, exciters, drivers, PA’s, etc. Next you have the AVR’s or UPS systems that may be in the AC path, along with AC Isolation transformers, or Step-up/Step-Down Transformers ahead of the transmitter. Another big factor is getting rid of the excess heat generated by the transmitter, which means factoring in heating, cooling and ventilation costs – which is another reason that overall transmitter efficiency is so important.
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Harris Broadcast today appointed Steve Reynolds as Chief Technology Officer and Skip Sorenson as Chief Financial Officer. Both will report to Charlie Vogt, CEO of Harris Broadcast, with Mr. Reynolds leading product management and research & development, and Mr. Sorenson responsible for finance and IT.
“After an intense 100 days since joining Harris Broadcast, we have built a management team that is laser-focused on the challenges and opportunities facing our industry, customers and partners,” said Mr. Vogt. “Steve and Skip join an outstanding team that shares a clear vision to lead the market in technology innovation and fuel a customer-first culture. Steve’s software and IP pedigree, most recently at Comcast, bring a cutting-edge customer perspective that is ideal for guiding our product direction, while Skip’s financial acumen spanning public and private companies aligns with our long-term goals and objectives.”
The addition of CTO and CFO follow executive management appointments by Mr. Vogt across Sales, Services and Human Resources and are part of his aggressive plan to strengthen the company’s global leadership as an independent company.
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The broadcast industry has always had a language all its own, complete with technical terms unique to this business. But as cloud computing transforms video facilities, new buzzwords like public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud are working their way into our vernacular.
With the public cloud, resources such as servers, networks, storage devices, and bandwidth are pooled together and offered to the general public as a service accessible via the Internet. High-profile public cloud providers, such as Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Rackspace, offer use of their global data centers to customers that want to offer public cloud-based services.
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As the largest media and entertainment technology conference on the East Coast, Content and Communications World (CCW) expects to draw 6,000 attendees and over 250 exhibitors representing all facets of the industry.
Held annually at the Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, this year’s event (November 13-14, 2013), includes Super Sessions—panel discussions featuring high-profile industry experts—as well as complimentary talks and training on how to maximize the latest, most innovative tools and technologies.
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Harris Broadcast and Broadcast Partners have completed the Netherlands’ transition to all digital radio. The organizations deployed the nationwide digital audio broadcasting plus (DAB+) solution in a record three months, which included more than 30 Harris Broadcast Maxiva VAX transmitters with web enabled IP-based control and monitoring from the head-end to the transmission stage.
With the government mandate to move to complete national digital radio coverage by 2017, commercial broadcasters saw business advantages in accelerating their program, appointing Broadcast Partners to design, build and run the digital network. Working with Harris Broadcast, the broadcasters were able to meet their targeted date to have the complete network up and running.
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