Harris NEXIO Server Platforms Chosen by Sky Sports Active to Deliver Interactive Sports Programming

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Last Updated: November 13, 2006 6:37 pm GMT
(CINCINNATI, November 13, 2006) Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today announced that 10 of its NEXIO™ servers and eight NewsFlash® networked, high-resolution editors have been installed at Sky Sports’ new broadcast facility in London to provide highlights packages for BSkyB’s interactive sports channel, Sky Sports Active.


The new facility will provide the control room capabilities for live sports programmes, including international cricket and UEFA Champions League football coverage.

“We evaluated a number of server manufacturers on the market for this project, and our key driver for choosing the NEXIO servers was the ability Harris had to complete the installation quickly and effectively,” said Darren Long, head of sports operations at BSkyB. “It wasn’t all about cost ? time and implementation also were very important factors for this particular project. We needed to be on air to deliver the cricket coverage to our viewers earlier this year, and Harris was able to deliver, install and complete all staff training required within a very short time. To achieve this, we worked very closely with the Harris team to ensure the build went as smoothly as possible.”

The NEXIO production system forms the backbone of the Sky Sports Active facility, which consists of two newly enhanced, continuously operating control rooms. Integral to the production system are the NewsFlash editors, which allow highlight packages to be cut quickly and played to air almost instantly through the NEXIO servers. The combination of the powerful NEXIO tools and NewsFlash editors enables Sky Sports to provide a unique, interactive viewing experience to its subscribers, allowing them to select alternative camera angles, access a wealth of statistics, review match highlights and even choose between live matches and place bets through their set-top boxes. The NEXIO servers enable a fast turnaround of sports production and enhanced interactive opportunities.

“With the NEXIO servers, we found a system that was scalable, flexible and able to deliver on our critical programming requirements,” said Long. “We needed to be able to turn programme material around quickly, seamlessly and instantaneously to the viewer, and we found that the NEXIO server with the integrated NewsFlash editing tool was able to achieve this.”

“The installation at Sky Sports Active’s enhanced control rooms demonstrates that our NEXIO servers are able to achieve fast turnaround of content for sports production applications where timing is critical,” said Dave Dougall, vice president of sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for the Harris Broadcast Communications Division. “At Sky, the production team using the NewsFlash editing software is able to deliver up-to-the-minute programme packages and achieve a very different style of production output.”

NEXIO™ is a modular, scalable server system for transmission and news environments that offers integrated application platforms for editing, browsing and media management across a multi-tiered storage hierarchy. As an operation grows, the NEXIO™ design allows users to build systems of up to 28.8 terabytes in a single domain in small, low-cost increments.

A high-resolution craft editor, NewsFlash® sets industry standards for speed of editing and turnaround. The key is direct Fibre Channel access to shared NEXIO™ storage by all users, without delay or restriction. More important, all seats can begin editing the moment that ingest begins, enabling a true collaborative environment.

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. With headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual sales of $3.5 billion and nearly 14,000 employees — including more than 6,000 engineers and scientists — dedicated to the development of best-in-class assured communications™ products, systems, software and services. The company's operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at http://www.harris.com

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