Deal includes site audits, turnkey solutions and installation services for up to 13 stations affected by the TV spectrum repack
CINCINNATI, December 7, 2017 — Hearst Television, which owns and operates TV and radio stations in 26 media markets across 39 states, has signed an agreement with GatesAir to support multiple Hearst Television stations affected by the TV spectrum repack.
The agreement includes broadband transmitters and installation services from GatesAir, as well as complete site audits in advance of purchasing and installation. Based on each site’s specific requirements, Hearst Television will acquire Maxiva™ ULXTE liquid-cooled and/or Maxiva UAXTE air-cooled high-efficiency transmitters. All will integrate GatesAir’s new ATSC 3.0-ready Maxiva XTE exciter,including the latest generation of GatesAir RTAC software, which provides real-time adaptive correction to optimize signal integrity and compliance. All Maxiva transmitters incorporate GatesAir’s high-efficiency PowerSmart Plus technology to reduce size, weight and power consumption while streaming maintenance.
GatesAir and Hearst Television have completed detailed working plans in support of channel reassignments at each station. All information gathered following station site audits was immediately transferred to engineers at GatesAir’s Quincy, Illinois manufacturing base to initiate the systems design process.
“GatesAir has been a long-time partner of Hearst Television, and as we did for the DTV transition, we will once again count on them to provide transmitters and installations for our group of stations participating in the Spectrum Repack. We value their commitment and experience to enable us to hit our marks over the next 32 months,” said Martin Faubell, vice president of engineering, Hearst Television.
“Our extensive manufacturing and service operation leaves us uniquely prepared to accommodate Hearst Television with the industry’s most comprehensive repack solution across evaluation, equipment and engineering services, including accelerated delivery, installation and commissioning timelines,” said Joe Mack, vice president of sales, Americas, GatesAir. “We are thankful for Hearst Television’s business and look forward to helping them relocate to new channel assignments without disruption to their over-the-air services.”
GatesAir, Inc., a portfolio company of The Gores Group, provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership with all products designed and assembled in the USA. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/gatesair, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.
About The Gores Group
The Gores Group, founded in 1987 by Alec Gores, is a global investment firm focused on acquiring controlling interests in mature and growing businesses which can benefit from the firm’s operating experience and flexible capital base. The firm combines the operational expertise and detailed due diligence capabilities of a strategic buyer with the seasoned M&A team of a traditional financial buyer. Over its 30-year history, The Gores Group has become a leading investor having demonstrated a reliable track record of creating value in its portfolio companies alongside management. Headquartered in Los Angeles, The Gores Group maintains offices in Boulder, CO, and London. For more information, please visit www.gores.com.
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