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Harris Unveils Next-Generation Mobile Digital TV Launch Kit

Kit helps broadcasters get mobile digital TV on the air quickly

Harris Broadcast Communications, a provider of interoperable workflow platforms, debuts its next-generation Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) Mobile Digital Television (MDTV) launch kit to help expedite channel launches for broadcasters.
Harris says its MDTV launch kit meets the requirements of the business model of the Mobile500 Alliance, a mobile TV advocacy group with 51 member broadcast companies and 437 U.S. television stations that plan to launch MDTV services.
The MDTV launch kit has applications for banner ad placement on program guides, channel-change advertising, audience measurement and digital video recorder (DVR)-like capabilities to record and playback content, Harris says.
The launch kit includes ready-to-plug-in hardware and software required to support over-the-air MDTV channels for existing DTV transmitters, the company says. It includes the Harris Selenio media convergence platform for signal encoding, Harris Apex M2X software-defined exciter technology and middleware from Expway to support program guides and other on-air services, the company says.
The kit also has integrated conditional access software to support content protection, and Harris says it plans to add Mobile emergency alert services (EAS) capability in 2013 to support emergency alerting for TV stations.