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Harris Corporation's H-Class D-Series Playout Automation Supports HD Trial Channel for Singapore's Largest Broadcaster

HONG KONG, — Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, today announced that MediaCorp, the largest broadcaster in Singapore, has deployed the Harris® H-Class™ D-Series™ Playout Automation application to control the terrestrial platform for Southeast Asia's first high-definition (HD) trial channel.

The D-Series Playout Automation application, with its flexible, scalable design, provides a solid base for MediaCorp's current HD trial channel and any future broadcast environment.

"As part of the Media Development Authority's initiatives to speed up the deployment and adoption of HD technology, MediaCorp decided to launch the terrestrial HD trial channel to offer better quality and a wider choice of services to viewers while exploring viable business opportunities harnessing digital technology," said Mr. Chang Long Jong, MediaCorp Deputy Group CEO (Television). "The main purpose of the trial is to gauge the television audience's level of interest in HDTV programming. A secondary objective is to test the performance of the latest MPEG 4 AVC/H.264 encoding technology employed for the trial. The data obtained will help us at MediaCorp crystallize our HDTV migration strategy."

To take advantage of recent enhancements and the modern Open Source Linux® operating system, Media Corp upgraded its existing D-Series™ installation from Version 3.0 to Version 4.0. To meet MediaCorp's stringent requirement of uninterrupted service during the D-Series™ upgrade, the Harris implementation team utilized the D-Series Playout Automation application's capability of performing upgrades while the system is "live." This allowed MediaCorp to maintain the existing system for transmission playout and disaster recovery while installing the upgrade. Throughout the entire process, MediaCorp's current channels remained "on air."

"Redundancy, reliability and flexibility were key factors in the decision to deploy D-Series Playout Automation application for this high-profile project," said Mr. Joe Khodeir, president of Harris Software Systems, Asia Pacific. "From ingest to transmission, D-Series™ provides MediaCorp with a solid HD automation solution for the future."

Designed as a highly reliable automation solution for direct-to-home satellite delivery services platforms, cable multiple system operators, and global and national commercial TV networks, the D-Series Playout Automation application provides operational efficiency through exception management. Rich functionality, scalability and redundancy inherent in the D-Series Playout Automation application allows media services to manage complex, multichannel operations with a small number of staff. D-Series™ Version 4 with Open Source Linux delivers the same advantages offered to larger, multichannel environments for applications that have fewer channels but still have the same mission-critical requirements for efficient, high-quality, on-air performance.

MediaCorp also uses the D-Series™ Playout Automation application and the ADC-100™ Playout Automation application to control its Channel 5, Channel 8 and Channel U entertainment channels, as well as Suria, the Malay entertainment and information channel, and the "Central" youth, arts and Indian programming channels.

About MediaCorp
With 70 years of radio (1936) and 43 years of television (1963) experience, MediaCorp is a pioneer in the development of Singapore's broadcasting history. As Singapore's largest broadcaster and one of the region's most renowned broadcasters, MediaCorp offers a complete range of media businesses: TV, Radio, Entertainment Productions, Movie Productions, Newspapers, Magazines, Electronic Media and other broadcasting services. MediaCorp's vision is to become one of Asia's top media companies by delivering valued content to the world. For more information, please visit

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