Harris transforms channel-in-a-box market for broadcasters with new product

MUMBAI: Harris Broadcast Communications has launched the Versio solution that it says alters the course of channel-in-a-box design for broadcasters, delivering an all-in-one solution to help customers rapidly launch, expand and sustain their on-air channels and services - while strengthening revenue growth and protection.

The Harris Versio solution combines baseband video, channel branding and automated workflow capabilities in an easy-to-deploy, software-based, single-rack-unit (RU) solution.

Versio significantly reduces the cost and time to launch broadcast, cable and other TV channels and services while offering simple integration with production, traffic and billing, scheduling, asset management, content playout and master control functions - taking full advantage of existing facility workflows for maximum return on investment.

The initial release compresses multiple single-channel workflows into the 1RU platform, incorporating Harris video server, channel branding and graphics, and optional on-board automation components. Flexible software-based configurations range from single-channel launches - independently or within an existing system - to multi-channel distribution, expansion and disaster recovery systems. Broadcasters will quickly accelerate channel launch times - reducing months of preparation to weeks or days by slashing resources required for traditional channel launches.

Harris Broadcast Communications president Harris Morris said, "Channel-in-a-box solutions to date are built around the comfort zones of each vendor. This is also true of Harris, but the difference is that Harris has the broadest industry experience when it comes to workflows and operational scenarios. We understand the core costs and investment it takes to deliver channels with reliability and at premium quality. This knowledge and expertise allows us to evolve the channel-in-a-box concept beyond current offerings and bring a more relevant solution to market."

Versio customers can leverage Harris’ considerable experience in digital asset management, traffic and billing to help manage overall channel costs – and increase revenue -- when adding the solution to an existing workflow. This includes the ability to sell and schedule new commercial spots in close proximity to "air time" for maximum flexibility.

Versio users also have the ability to use which features they need - with the flexibility to change their minds and turn options on and off as needed. Existing Harris automation and/or storage customers can use their native systems, for example, rather than being forced to use these features as integrated within the Harris Versio platform.

In addition, Harris’ rich experience in channel branding and production graphics maximises visual quality while addressing the operational complexities of delivering a unique on-air look. Meanwhile, Harris’ extensive codec support and networking expertise drastically improves on-air reliability though increased uptime and fewer operational errors.

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