Saturday, January 27, 2007

Digital Broadcasters | GMA Pinoy TV | Expands with Harris Automation

Digital Broadcasters Vendor News was asked the other day if GMA Network in the Philippines had adopted a new digital broadcast Playout Automation System from Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS).

A Harris release November 21, 2006 reported that Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) had supplied and installed an upgrade to the Harris H- Class D-Series Playout Automation application at GMA Network for its playout of its GMA Pinoy TV Network seen around the world by 100,000 subscribers.

The D-Series Automation fits GMA Pinoy TV needs as it offers direct- to-home satellite delivery services platforms.That was enough for Jay V. Fuentes, assistant vice president for the Technical Operations Center and On-Air Operations Division at GMA Network to commit to the system. “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, said Fuentes.

Digital Broadcasters Vendor News notes how GMA Pinoy TV has a growing network. It is currently available in the United States in various California locations with sizeable Filipino populations and serving Philippine overseas workers in the Middle East, Malaysia, Japan, as well as in Guam and Saipan. Pinoy TV is also carried on both DIRECTV and cable TV in Hawaii.

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