Silver King And Post-Newsweek Select Harris For Television Transmitter Equipment
NEW YORK, NY/BOSTON, MA -- Harris Corporation has entered into two agreements to provide analog and digital television (DTV) transmitter equipment for 12 television stations owned by Silver King Broadcasting and six Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc.-owned television stations. The exclusive master purchase agreements have a combined potential value of more than $15 million.
One of the nation's largest television groups, Silver King Broadcasting owns television stations in most of the top markets including: WHSE and WHSI, NewYork; KHSC, Los Angeles; WEHS, Chicago; WHSP, Philadelphia; WHSH,Boston; KHSX, Dallas; KHSH, Houston; WYHS, Miami; WBHS, Tampa; WHSW, Baltimore; and WQHS, Cleveland.
According to Andy Murphy, vice president of broadcast operations and engineering for Silver King, the company initially decided to enter into a purchase agreement to secure a place in line for digital transmission equipment. "This agreement puts us in position to provide an over-the-air digital signal to our viewers as soon as we are ready," said Mr. Murphy.
Post-Newsweek owns stations in six markets including: WDIV, Detroit; KPRC, Houston; WPLG, Miami; WFSB, Hartford; KSAT in San Antonio; and WJXT, Jacksonville.
"We are moving forward with our plans to convert our stations to digital," said Steve Flanagan, vice president of engineering for Post-Newsweek."This agreement takes us another step toward our goal ofproviding digital television for our viewing audience."
Harris Corporation is a leaderin the development of DTV. Last year, a Harris transmitter becamethe first in the U.S. to broadcast commercial digital television signals. The company also developed the RF Test Bed for theAdvanced Television Test Center in Alexandria, Virginia, which was used to evaluate all digital television systems proposed for the U.S. market. Harris also recently announced plans to conduct a nationwide digital television information initiative to prepare broadcasters for the conversion to DTV.
The company has signed agreements to provide DTV transmitter equipment to a number of television groups including: CBS; The Walt Disney Company's Capital Cities/ABC; Cox Broadcasting, Inc; Tribune Broadcasting; PBS station WETA in Washington, DC; and WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition, Harris is planning to establish a digital television research and development center. Harris is also one of the world's largest broadcast systems integrators, specializing in digital broadcast systems.
Harris Corporation, with worldwide sales of more than $3.6 billion, is an international communications and electronics company that provides a wide rangeof 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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