Advanced Platform Provides Broadcasters and Service Providers With a Single Solution for HD-SDI and SD-SDI Output, Multiformat Decoding, and Descrambling, Maximizing Efficiencies for Video Distribution
SAN JOSE, Calif. — March 4, 2014 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced the ProView(TM) 8000 family of multiformat integrated receiver-decoders (IRDs) that optimize primary distribution of video content over satellite or IP delivery networks. With an advanced feature set and compact design, the ProView 8000 IRD family increases workflow efficiencies, cost savings, and reliability for global broadcasters and service providers, simplifying the migration to an IP infrastructure and launch of value-added services. Harmonic will demonstrate the first member of the new ProView family — the ProView 8100 commercial decoder — at the 2014 NAB Show, April 7-10 in Las Vegas, booth SU1210. Harnessing Harmonic‘s superior video quality and low latency technologies, the ProView 8100 ensures timely distribution of video at resolutions up to 1080p50/60.
The ProView 8100 is ideal for use in a wide range of applications, from basic monitoring to end-point delivery from the distribution network. The IRD can act as a stand-alone unit or as part of a widely dispersed primary distribution network under the control of Harmonic‘s DMS(TM) video distribution management system. DMS provides broadcasters and service providers with powerful control tools for remotely managing large device populations, enabling secure broadcast of video content over satellite or IP delivery networks. Relying on the ProView 8100-DMS combination, service providers can lower operating expenditures and eliminate the need for costly remote site visits by managing the video distribution network from a single control system with advanced scheduling, configuration, software upgrade, and inventory management capabilities.
“The ProView 8100 fills a gap in the market for robust, affordable primary content distribution solutions,” said Yaniv Ben-Soussan, senior director, product management and video processing, Harmonic. “This new general-purpose decoding platform delivers features traditionally available only in high-end IRDs — like simultaneous HD-SDI and SD-SDI output with high-quality down-conversion — to broadcasters and service providers, enabling them to power HD and SD production chains with a single device to maximize workflow efficiencies and cost savings.”
Designed to enhance single-channel commercial decoding applications, the ProView 8100 supports advanced decoding, descrambling, and frame-rate conversion from a single rack unit, decreasing rack space and energy consumption in video distribution plants. Decoding of MPEG-2/MPEG-4 AVC SD or HD video transport streams eases the transition from legacy to modern delivery networks, while frame-rate conversion increases workflow efficiencies for multinational program distributors by enabling high-quality up- and down-conversion of content shot at one frame rate but targeted for distribution at a different frame rate. The flexible IRD supports multiple input options, including DVB-S/S2, DVB-ASI, and IP, and outputs to ASI and IP. Advanced descrambling capabilities further improve workflow efficiencies, eliminating the need for a separate descrambler. An intuitive Web-based graphical user interface lowers the learning curve for operators.
The ProView 8100 is the latest addition to Harmonic‘s complete IRD product portfolio, which includes the multichannel ProView 7100 and ProView 7000. The ProView 7100 is the industry’s first single-rack-unit, scalable, multiformat IRD, transcoder and MPEG stream processor, and the ProView 7000 is a scalable receiver, DVB descrambler, multiformat video decoder, and MPEG stream processor, which is ideal for digital turnaround processing, full transport stream descrambling and decoding applications.
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Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure for emerging television and video services. The company’s production-ready innovation enables content and service providers to efficiently create, prepare, and deliver differentiated services for television and new media video platforms. More information is available at www.harmonicinc.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements related to the anticipated capabilities and benefits of Harmonic‘s ProView(TM) product family and its DMS(TM) product. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize and are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the possibility that the products do not meet some or all of their anticipated capabilities or provide some or all of their anticipated benefits, such as the maximization of workflow efficiencies, affordability, cost savings, reliability, simplification of migration to IP infrastructure and the launch of services, lowering of operator learning curve, and timely distribution of video services.
The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, such as those more fully described in Harmonic‘s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec.31, 2013, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Harmonic as of the date hereof, and Harmonic disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
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