Harris To Provide Equipment For New York City's First Digital Television (HDTV) Station

January 29, 1997

QUINCY, IL -- Harris Corporation has been chosen to provide digital television transmission equipment -- including an antenna atop the Empire State Building -- for the first digital television station in New York City.

Under terms of the contract, Harris will provide the antenna and transmitter that will allow WCBS to transmit digital programming over channel 33 later this year through an experimental license granted by the Federal Communications Commission. The station's call letters will be WCBS-HD.

According to Robert J. Ross, vice president, engineering and operations, CBS television stations, WCBS-HD will serve as a field-test for the United States' transition to digital television. "It will let us verify tests already undertaken and add to the information available. We need to see how digital television transmissions are affected by the buildings in a canyon city," Ross said.

Harris has signed digital transmitter supply agreements with several top television groups, including Tribune Broadcasting, The Walt Disney Company's Capital Cities/ABC, and Cox Broadcasting, Inc. In July, a Harris transmitter became the first in the United States to broadcast commercial digital television signals. Harris has also announced plans to establish a digital television research and development center near Cincinnati, Ohio.

Harris Corporation, with worldwide sales of more than $3.6 billion, is an international communications and electronics company that provides a wide range of products and services such as wireless and personal communications, digital television, health care information, multi-media communications, automotive electronics, transportation, business information, defense communications and information, and Lanier office products.

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Editor's Note: For further information, contact Tom Hausman at 321/727-9131 or thausm01@harris.com, or Martha Rapp at 217/221-7577 or mrapp@harris.com. Additional information on Harris is also available on the Internet through our World Wide Web address: http://www.harris.com/