GMA Network Philippines Expands International Channel with Harris H-Class

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Part of major expansion strategy by broadcaster now reaching more than 12 million viewers

Last Updated: November 22, 2006 6:11 pm GMT
(SYDNEY, Australia, November 22, 2006) Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today announced that it supplied and installed an upgrade to the Harris® H-Class™ D-Series™ Playout Automation application at GMA Network, one of the Philippines’ leading broadcasters, in support of its expanding international channel, GMA Pinoy. Initially launched in Japan, the United States, Guam, Malaysia and the Middle East, GMA Pinoy now has a base of more than 100,000 subscribers.

In order to facilitate its expansion plans and enhance its programming capabilities, GMA Network recently reshaped and revamped its operations to encompass leading-edge technology from Harris.

“As we celebrated GMA Network’s 56-year anniversary, we wanted to enhance our product offering and improve our ability to reach Filipinos all over the world,” said Jay V. Fuentes, assistant vice president for the Technical Operations Center and On-Air Operations Division at GMA Network. “When we decided to expand our international channel, ensuring we had the right automation was a critical element of the necessary upgrades. After our assessment, we concluded that upgrading our D-Series Playout Automation application was the best solution, as it has proven to be highly flexible and reliable, and it met all our expansion criteria. We also are satisfied with the support Harris has provided throughout our expansion.”

Designed as a mission-critical automation solution for direct-to-home satellite delivery services platforms, cable multiple system operators, and global and national commercial TV networks, the D-Series Playout Automation application emphasizes workflow efficiency coupled with the highest levels of system resilience. With complete scalability and redundancy, the D-Series Playout Automation application allows stations to manage complex, multichannel operations, while employing a small staff. If required, the D-Series Playout Automation application’s exceptional scalability would allow GMA to expand up to 1,000 channels. In addition, D-Series™ customers can reconfigure and upgrade their systems while remaining "on air."

Joe Khodeir, president of Harris Software Systems, Asia Pacific, said, “GMA has been a great client, demonstrating exceptional confidence in Harris and our D-Series Playout Automation application, and we are delighted to be given the opportunity to support the expansion of this successful, international channel.”

GMA Pinoy TV is currently available in the United States (Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento and Cerritos, California), the Middle East, Malaysia, Japan, Guam and Saipan, and also can now be seen on both DIRECTV® and cable in Hawaii.

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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