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Harris Television Transmitters Capable Of Broadcasting Proposed New Digital TV Standard

MELBOURNE, Fla., Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), the leading manufacturer of television transmitters in the U.S., said its new digital television (DTV) transmitter can broadcast the industry's proposed new standard and that the company can begin shipping the systems soon after the Federal Communications Commission finalizes its decision. The company already has supplier agreements to provide the transmitters to several top television groups.

A broadcast and computer industry group this week agreed to a new standard that deletes a provision from the Grand Alliance proposal that required certain video formats the computer industry felt was not compatible for PCs. The compromise will support the requirements of the broadcast and computer industries.

"This industry compromise paves the way for the roll out of DTV," said Guy W. Numann, president of Harris' Communications Sector. "Once the FCC approves this agreement, the industry can finally move toward putting digital television in the homes of the American public."

Once finalized, the standard enables broadcasters to transmit free over-the-air DTV digital services, including HDTV signals that have twice the visual detail of current systems, compact disc-quality sound, and new services -- all within today's single television channel.

A recent study of U.S. television broadcasters shows that many stations plan to offer DTV within five years, with many converting within just two years.

Harris has signed digital transmitter supply agreements with several top television groups, including Tribune Broadcasting, The Walt Disney Company's Capital Cities/ABC, and Cox Broadcasting, Inc. In July, a Harris transmitter became the first in the United States to broadcast commercial digital television signals. Harris also recently announced plans to establish a digital television research and development center near Cincinnati, Ohio.

Harris Corporation, with worldwide sales of more than $3.6 billion, is an international communications and electronics company that provides a wide range of products and services such as wireless and personal communications, digital television, health care information, multi-media communications, automotive electronics, transportation, business information, defense communications and information, and Lanier office products.

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/NOTE TO EDITOR: A photo is available by AP Photo Express (FPS3 of November 26)/

/CONTACT: Neal Stein, 407-727-9608 or nstein@harris.com, Martha Rapp, 217 - 221-7577 or mrapp@harris.com, both of Harris Corporation. Additional information on Harris is also available on the Internet through the company's World Wide Web address: http://www.harris.com/

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