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'Bipartisan Display' of Highest-Quality Digital TV Technology

'Bipartisan Display' of Highest-Quality Digital TV Technology

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2, 2004 - When the two top teams in men's college basketball collide Monday night to decide the national championship, two technology leaders - LG Electronics USA and Harris Corporation - will bring the fast-paced excitement to Capitol Hill in stunning digital high-definition television (HDTV).

At invitation-only events at the Capitol Hill (Republican) Club and the National Democratic Club, government officials and industry guests will enjoy the equivalent of courtside seats thanks to the widescreen, high-definition coverage of all the action from San Antonio's Alamodome.

CBS's HDTV production of the 2004 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship - to be broadcast locally by WUSA-DT via a Harris-built digital TV transmitter - will be received and displayed at both venues on an array of new LG Electronics digital HDTV receiver and display products. These plasma and liquid crystal displays, under LG's Zenith brand name and the new LG brand, are highlighted by the award-winning, 60-inch plasma HDTV monitor, which in addition to delivering unsurpassed digital images, is a scant 3.9 inches deep.

Including Saturday's semifinals and Monday night's final, a total of 12 games will have been televised in digital HDTV. These broadcasts, presented live by CBS Sports, are produced in HDTV's optimum format and then downconverted for the network's analog broadcast coverage. Whether watching in 16:9 HD or traditional 4:3 analog, viewers will see the same camera angles, replays and graphics and will hear the same play-by-play. Once again, CBS's HDTV coverage of these tournament games will be broadcast in stadium-like, 5.1 surround sound.

The twin Capitol Hill events underscore the excitement surrounding digital HDTV as the nation's transition to digital television (DTV) broadcasting continues to gather momentum. Some 5.7 million digital TV products will be sold in the U.S. this year, according to Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) forecasts. For its part, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) reports that 1,175 U.S. television stations spanning 205 media markets are currently offering digital programming to 99.6 percent of America's TV households.

Harris Corporation is an international communications equipment and systems company focused on providing assured communications� solutions for government and commercial customers in more than 150 countries. The company's five operating divisions serve markets for government communications, tactical radio, broadcast, microwave, and network support. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at

LG Electronics ( is a major global force in electronics and information and communications products with more than 64,000 employees working in 76 subsidiaries around the world. HDTV is a key element of LG Electronics' goal to enable the intelligent networking of digital products that will make consumers' lives better. LG Electronics' subsidiary Zenith ( is a long-time U.S. consumer electronics leader and primary developer of the digital HDTV transmission system adopted by the FCC. Zenith's Emmy award winning technologies include digital HDTV, flat-screen CRT's, stereo TV and TV remote controls. Zenith merged with LG Electronics in'99.

Harris: Tom Hausman, 321.727.9131,
LG Electronics: John Taylor, 847.941.8181,
DigitalMedia PR: Allan Schlosser, 410.798.9600,