Harris Corporation Awarded Nearly $30 Million In Digital Broadcast Contracts
ATLANTA, GA/MIAMI, FL -- Harris Corporation has been awarded two contracts valued at a total of nearly $30 million to provide digital broadcast equipment to television networks in Atlanta and Miami.
The first contract calls for Harris to provide a complete digital radio and television facility for Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) in Atlanta, Georgia.Harris will design, install and bring on line a 250,000-square foot facility that will be the new headquarters and production center for GPB. The contract, valued at $16 million,calls for Harris to provide a complete production center, three traditional studios, six interactive studios for distance learning, four all-digital radio studios, video and audio post-production editing, special effects and graphics suites, and a complete uplink/downlink satellite system. The project should be completed in August.
The new center will be the home of Georgia Public Television, a nine-station network affiliated with the Public Broadcasting Service, Peach State PublicRadio, a thirteen station network affiliated with National Public Radio, and Peach Star Education Services, producer and provider of distance learning services. GPT will be the first all-digital state-owned public broadcast television operation in the United States,and Peach State Radio will be the first all-digital radio network in the country.
The other contract involves Harris providing a digital transmission center for the Discovery Communications, Inc. (DCI) Latin America Television Center inMiami, Florida. The $13.9 million contract calls for Harris to create a 50-thousand-square-foot center with several master control rooms, post-production facilities, editing suites, audio post-production, playback and voice-over rooms andnetwork origination and satellite uplink equipment. The new DCI facility will mergepreviously leased production space with the company's Latin American headquarters. The work is scheduled to be completed in December.
Discovery Communications, Inc. (DCI) is a privately held, diversified media company headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. DCI operates four distinct business units including: Discovery Networks U.S., consisting of Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel and Animal Planet; Discovery Networks International, consisting of 19 different feeds of 13 separate Discovery networks transmitted worldwide in 15 languages;Discovery Enterprises Worldwide, consisting of Discovery Channel Multimedia, DiscoveryChannel Online, Discovery Channel Video, Discovery Channel Publishing and DiscoveryChannel Education; and Discovery Channel Retail, consisting of 113 stores of The Nature Company, 16 Discovery Channel Stores and 3 Scientific Revolution stores.
Harris Corporation is one of the world's largest broadcast systems integrators and specializes in digital broadcast systems. Harris is also a leading manufacturer of digital transmitters, and has signed digital transmitter supply agreementswith several top television groups, including Tribune Broadcasting, The Walt Disney Company's Capital Cities/ABC, and Cox Broadcasting, Inc. Harris also is in the process of establishing 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 ofproducts and services such as wireless and personal communications, digital television(HDTV), health care information, multi-media communications, automotive electronics,transportation, business information, defense communications and information, and Lanier office products.
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