n Part 1 of our 4-part series, we provided an overview of the spectrum repacking and Incentive Auction process, which was introduced in the FCC’s latest Report & Order, issued June 2, 2014. In Part 2, we’ll look at the impact it will have on the transmission tower sites of stations that are required to move to a new channel assignment.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
The broadcast television industry is facing yet another major transition: the reverse auction of television channel assignments followed by the repacking of spectrum in the 600MHz band to make room for mobile wireless services. In this 4-part series—the first of many we’re planning on this and related topics—we will give an overview of this transformative event that is set to begin with an Incentive Auction—to be conducted by the FCC—slated for mid-to-late 2015.
Monday, July 21, 2014
This month marks my one-year anniversary with Imagine Communications and GatesAir (formerly Harris Broadcast). I wanted to take a moment to reflect on how the company has transformed into the clear industry leader, and specifically our alignment with the media broadcast industry, our customers, channel partners and prospective customers.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I am pleased to inform you that today we completed the acquisition of Imagine Communications, a California-based company specializing in digital video solutions for online providers and TV Everywhere applications. While this acquisition serves to strengthen our end-to-end solutions portfolio, I am more energized by the possibilities it opens for collaboration with our customers as the industry navigates the new multiscreen world.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Just when you think you understand your world, it gets sideswiped by something you didn’t see coming. This is true of the impending collision – or convergence – of the telecom and broadcast industries.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Total Cost of Ownership – TCO. You see it used everywhere these days: when shopping for a new car, investing in an IT system, assessing manufacturing equipment and even the deployment of lap top computers for business – and it’s now the latest buzz word for the transmission industry. But what does it really mean for broadcasters? Is it just the efficiency of the power amplifier? Cranking up that number is easy, if you don’t mind narrowing the bandwidth or sacrificing error correction. But I think that the key word is “total”, so let’s take a look at the myriad of factors that make up TCO in a transmission system.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Harris Broadcast today appointed Steve Reynolds as Chief Technology Officer and Skip Sorenson as Chief Financial Officer. Both will report to Charlie Vogt, CEO of Harris Broadcast, with Mr. Reynolds leading product management and research & development, and Mr. Sorenson responsible for finance and IT.
“After an intense 100 days since joining Harris Broadcast, we have built a management team that is laser-focused on the challenges and opportunities facing our industry, customers and partners,” said Mr. Vogt. “Steve and Skip join an outstanding team that shares a clear vision to lead the market in technology innovation and fuel a customer-first culture. Steve’s software and IP pedigree, most recently at Comcast, bring a cutting-edge customer perspective that is ideal for guiding our product direction, while Skip’s financial acumen spanning public and private companies aligns with our long-term goals and objectives.”
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Harris Broadcast and Broadcast Partners have completed the Netherlands’ transition to all digital radio. The organizations deployed the nationwide digital audio broadcasting plus (DAB+) solution in a record three months, which included more than 30 Harris Broadcast Maxiva VAX transmitters with web enabled IP-based control and monitoring from the head-end to the transmission stage.
With the government mandate to move to complete national digital radio coverage by 2017, commercial broadcasters saw business advantages in accelerating their program, appointing Broadcast Partners to design, build and run the digital network. Working with Harris Broadcast, the broadcasters were able to meet their targeted date to have the complete network up and running.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
I have spent my first 100 days immersed in the business and focused on the challenges and opportunities facing our industry, customers and partners. Together with our new management team, I have engaged our product, engineering, services, sales and marketing teams with a keen eye on industry trends, product requirements, quality, customer satisfaction, professional services and new business models designed to better align Harris Broadcast with our customers and business partners.
On Monday, Oct. 28th, we launched our new website — www.harrisbroadcast.com. The new site has been designed to deliver simplicity, easier navigation and focus — from industry-leading end-to-end solutions to educational resources and videos.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Wireless executives have expressed concern that the recent federal government's shutdown will have a negative impact on the upcoming spectrum auctions.
The Federal Communications Commission is planning to hold three spectrum auctions within the next 15 months. However, executives told Bloomberg that they are concerned that even though the impasse is over, it will still delay the deadlines of some of those auctions.