Prasar Bharati Transitions to Digital with Tek's Handheld Waveform Monitors

4/23/2003 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), the market leader in video test, measurement and monitoring, announced that Prasar Bharati, India's public service broadcaster located in New Delhi, has purchased Tektronix' innovative handheld waveform monitors for studio and field use during their transition from an analog to a digital infrastructure.

Prasar Bharati will use Tektronix WFM91D Handheld Waveform Monitors in a mixed analog and digital environment for studio maintenance and field production work. Because the WFM91D is a dual standard monitor, it eliminates the need for the broadcaster to purchase separate analog and digital monitoring instruments. As part of the WFM91D's flexibility, the instrument will auto detect whether the incoming signal is composite analog video or standard definition digital video and configure itself accordingly.

"As Prasar Bharati moves Doordarshan (the national television service of India) from analog to digital, the goal is to keep maintenance issues as simple as possible," said Studio Maintenance Wing, Doordarshan, Prasar Bharati. "The flexibility of the Tektronix WFM91D in its portability and its ability to move seamlessly between analog and digital sources addresses that need and allows us to cost-effectively serve over 362 million viewers with the highest quality signals."

"By using the Tektronix WFM91D Handheld Waveform Monitor, Prasar Bharati networks, stations and production facilities have recognized the benefits of using a single handheld device for both analog and digital measurements," said Todd Biddle, General Manager, Video Product Line, Tektronix. "They will be able to efficiently and cost-effectively complete their transition to digital while maximizing their investment in test instrumentation."

Handheld Analog and Digital Video Monitoring
The Tektronix WFM91D Handheld Waveform Monitor is a handheld, multifunction monitor ideally suited to the monitoring needs of field production, equipment installation or any situation where portability and battery operation is required for analysis of analog composite video and standard definition digital systems. The high-resolution, 4 in./102 mm color LCD display provides a clear picture of the incoming video signal. Alternately, the waveform, vector or audio displays may be shown full-screen or overlaid in monochrome atop the color picture display. In addition to the integrated LCD display, a composite video output enables routing to an external display.

About Prasar Bharati
Prasar Bharati is a statutory autonomous body established under the Prasar Bharati Act of 1990. Since 1997, Prasar Bharati has been operating All India Radio and Doordarshan, which were formerly independent media units operating under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Doordarshan, the national television service of India, is one of the largest terrestrial networks in the world. The flagship of Doordarshan's 23 channels - DD-1 - operates through a network of more than 1,314 terrestrial transmitters of varying powers reaching over 89 percent of the population. There are 107 additional transmitters giving terrestrial support to other channels. Doordarshan has established programme production facilities in more than 56 cities across the country and televises over 1,485 hours of programming per week, according to Doordarshan's Web site:

About Tektronix
Tektronix, Inc. is a test, measurement and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to the communications, computer and semiconductor industries worldwide. With more than 55 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy and manage next-generation global communications networks, computing and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Ore., Tektronix has operations in more than 20 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is

Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc.

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