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Italy’s Class CNBC TV orders Harris

4 October 2007

Harris Corporation has received an order spanning its entire HD product portfolio from Mediacontech, a leading services provider that is supplying the production and playout facilities for Class CNBC, the first business and financial news TV channel in Italy, writes Andy Stout.

The major order includes multiple Nexio XS HD/SD server systems and Velocity NX full-featured craft editors; a Platinum router; an IconMaster master control and branding solution; and two systems from its H-Class software suite: H-Class ADC playout automation and the Invenio digital asset management system. The system integrator for this project is Harris Corporation’s distributor in Italy, Video Systems Engineering (VSE).

With a focus firmly on the Italian financial markets, Class CNBC is headquartered in Milan and is a joint venture among publishing house Class Editori, NBC Universal (owner of CNBC Europe) and Italy’s commercial television company, Mediaset. Class CNBC is broadcast on the SKY Italia satellite platform and is the first Italian-language global digital television channel, providing news and information on a realtime basis, 24 hours a day, and covering trading in Europe, Asia and the United States. Class CNBC also has its channel streamed on the internet to audiences around the globe through the Rosso Alice’s web portal.

“The Harris approach of providing integrated solutions across its portfolio is a perfect match to the news and playout requirements at Class CNBC,” said Marco Carazzato, programme manager of Mediacontech. “The company’s ONE strategy is fundamental to the implementation of this system, and the close integration of the Harris products will enable us to work effectively and easily across the complete workflow chain.”

“This is an exciting win for Harris and demonstrates once again that our strategy of providing customers with a complete workflow solution helps companies such as Mediacontech and Class CNBC achieve their business goals,” said Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communications. “The close integration of ADC and Invenio will allow Mediacontech and Class CNBC to maintain data consistencies and improve data movement throughout their production to playout workflow.”

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