Cincinnati, OH (June 17, 2005)–Harris Corporation has announced that Macmillan Media, the multimedia production, media training and broadcast services provider in Northern Ireland, has installed an innovative networking system that connects its new broadcast center in Belfast with Ulster Television (UTV), the Independent Television franchise holder for Northern Ireland.
The system, which combines digital microwave radio technology from Harris’ Microwave Communications Division and NetVX, an award-winning, high-speed, integrated networking platform from Harris’ Broadcast Communications Division, is far more cost effective than the leased fibre connection alternative.
Macmillan Media’s studios produce regional news output for Good Morning Television (GMTV) and other British broadcasters.
Owner and founder Michael Macmillan said, “It is essential that we present news bulletins which reflect GMTV’s highly successful national program content. The combined expertise of Harris Corporation’s Broadcast and Microwave Communications Divisions offered an opportunity to install a compelling blend of modern technologies. The capabilities we now have in our new broadcast centre enable us to meet the high standards set by our clients.”
Macmillan wanted a wireless connection between its new facility and UTV to take advantage of its line-of-sight proximity. Macmillan approached Charlie Day, managing director of UK-based broadcast equipment supplier The UK Office, who recommended Harris’ microwave radios. Macmillan now uses the microwave link to deliver two channels of television programming to UTV, including live contribution services for GMTV each morning.
At the hub of Macmillan’s system is Harris’ NetVX, which is equipped with two MPEG-2 codecs configured to deliver two channels of 4:2:2 contribution quality video over ATM on the E3 link.