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Harris Corporation Digital Broadcast Newsroom Solution Helps India's Khabar Bharti Achieve Faster Time to Air
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012


  • Regional Hindi news channel accelerates time to air with Harris file-based news production and playout workflow
  • Increased efficiency enables broadcasters to manage multiple media sources and enriches channel's on-air look and viewer experience
  • Local service and support ensures fast implementation of end-to-end solution


MELBOURNE, FL/NEW DELHI, February 13, 2012 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, announced that Khabar Bharti, a new 24-hour regional news channel in India, is on-air with an integrated Harris digital newsroom and playout solution. The channel, initially available in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, reaches more than 30 million homes — nearly a 50 percent market share.

The new channel buildout, coordinated by local dealer Nixon Technologies (India) Pvt. Ltd, combines Harris digital newsroom and playout solutions to support efficient, file-based workflows that accelerate time-to-air for broadcasters — dramatically reducing costs associated with content acquisition, production, distribution and media management.

"We see a huge benefit in working with a single broadcast manufacturer like Harris to complete our entire news workflow, from ingest to playout and everything in-between," said Neeraj Singh Chauhan, founder-director, Creo Communications and chief technical consultant at the Khabar Bharti channel. "This complete, integrated file-based workflow solution provides cost-effective, yet powerful technology across the entire news production workflow chain to support our business needs. The Harris technical support team based in Noida, India, alongside Nixon Technologies (India) Pvt. Ltd., provided fast and effective implementation to meet our tight on-air dates."

The Khabar Bharti facility is built around the Harris® NewsForce™ HD/SD news platform. The integrated Harris MOS Playlist Manager offers exceptional play-to-air control for news and production, driving Harris® NEXIO AMP® server channels to play stories to air with speed and efficiency. Additionally, NEXIO® low-resolution browse software enables journalists to preview and edit low-resolution clips without needing a complicated storage and management solution.

Harris® ADC™ automation brings everything together in the file-based environment, managing complex operations within master control. Its media ingest capabilities include automated and manual processes for content acquisition and preparation, giving operators maximum flexibility and ease of use.

"Broadcasters are seeking integrated solutions as they migrate to file-based environments, where all content is stored, processed and transferred as digital data," said Harris Morris, president, Harris Broadcast Communications. "Khabar Bharti showcases how digital broadcast news facilities can better streamline workflow processes and optimize success."

The installation also incorporates Harris® Platinum™ routers to centralize signal distribution under the control of ADC automation, while Harris® HView™ multiviewers centralize signal monitoring across multiple production control and master control rooms. Harris® Inscriber® G5™ XT production graphics enhance channel branding, using rich graphics tools to suit Khabar Bharti's fast-paced, live news production environment. Harris signal processing, distribution, conversion and Videotek® test and measurement products round out the solution.