New York, NY (March 18, 2014)—Before a crowd of industry insiders, customers and media assembled inside Madison Square Garden, Harris Broadcast CEO Charlie Vogt announced the company has split into two separate entities, with its TV and radio transmission division becoming GatesAir, and its media software and networking unit turning into Imagine Communications.
Imagine Communications will be headquartered in Dallas, with Centers of Excellence in Denver, Toronto, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv and Beijing. The company’s five decades of work in media software and networking has led to more than 3,000 customers spanning 185 countries, with more than three million products deployed that support over half of the world’s video channels, along with a portfolio of patents.
GatesAir will be headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, with its manufacturing, supply chain and fulfillment center in Quincy, IL. GatesAir has been working in over-the-air TV and radio transmission for nearly 100 years. The name change honors Parker Gates, who founded Gates Radio Co. in 1922 in Quincy.
“With vibrant new identities and focus, Imagine Communications and GatesAir are well-positioned to serve our industry and customers,” said Charlie Vogt, CEO of Imagine Communications and GatesAir. “Our vision, product direction and strategy further align Imagine Communications and GatesAir with today’s transformational trends, the networks of the future and our customers and partners.
“We have created two laser-focused companies that are innovating across different ends of the technology spectrum. Imagine Communications will lead the media and entertainment markets to a future defined by IP, software, the cloud, and TV Everywhere, with an architecture vision for delivering and monetizing multiscreen content. Likewise, GatesAir will continue to lead the next-generation TV and Radio over-the-air market, with a focus on providing wireless innovations that reduce power consumption and carbon footprint, while leveraging the growth in digital radio and TV transmission across the globe.”
Imagine Communications will be releasing additional details on numerous initiatives in the coming weeks leading up to and at 2014 NAB Show (booth N2503). GatesAir will also be releasing additional details on its portfolio and roadmap in the coming weeks, and will also be at the NAB Show (booth N609).