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Harmonic Inc.

April 13, 2010 08:45 ET

Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation Selects Harmonic for Digital Transition Project

Cyprus' Public Broadcaster Delivers High Quality Digital Video Broadcast Service With Comprehensive Harmonic DVB-T Solution Set

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - April 13, 2010) -  NAB 2010 Booth #SU7213 -- Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC), the public broadcaster of the Republic of Cyprus, selected Harmonic's IP-based digital terrestrial transmission technologies and related services to support CyBC's rollout of digital public television. Harmonic's turnkey DVB-T solutions and experience gained from numerous digital terrestrial deployments around the world provide CyBC with a comprehensive video delivery system and seamless upgrade path from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) transmission. CyBC's new DVB-T headend is located in Nicosia, and the digital service -- featuring four digital terrestrial television and radio channels -- will be carried over a microwave transmission network to mountain top sites and then broadcast via DVB-T signals to viewers.

CyBC deployed a broad set of video processing solutions for this project including Electra® 5400 SD and 7000 HD AVC encoders, ProStream™ 1000 stream processors with DiviTrack IP™ distributed statistical multiplexing, ProView™ 7000 integrated receiver/decoders, and NMX Digital Service Manager™.

"CyBC's mission is to deliver quality programming that addresses the democratic, social and cultural needs of Cypriot society, and our transition to digital is a key step in support of this goal," said Mr. Gregoris Maliotis, Director of Planning, Installations and Transmissions, Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation. "Harmonic's DVB terrestrial technologies have performed impressively in a challenging physical environment and provide us with peace of mind, that our future service expansion objectives can be quickly and easily met."

"Harmonic offers broadcasters a deep understanding of the digital terrestrial market and a comprehensive technology portfolio that addresses the industry's specific challenges," said Ian Trow, Director of Broadcast Solutions, Harmonic Inc. "Harmonic's pioneering IP-based video delivery solutions give CyBC a simple transition path to digital DVB-T transmission, best-in-class video quality, and maximize network capacity to support additional and advanced new services, including HD."

Harmonic's fully integrated digital terrestrial solutions are widely adopted by broadcasters worldwide, supporting SD, HD, MPEG-2 and HD AVC deployments in DVB-T and ATSC networks.

OmniWave, an authorized Harmonic reseller for Greece and Cyprus, was a key member of this project and provided additional technology integration and customer support services.

About Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation
The CYPRUS BROADCASTING CORPORATION (CyBC) is the public broadcaster of the Republic of Cyprus. CyBC is a full member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which is based in Geneva. It is also a member of the Commonwealth Broadcasters Association (CBΑ), the Permanent Conference of Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM) and the European Association of Regional Television (CIRCOM). It is also a founding shareholder of EuroNews.

As stipulated in national legislation, the mission of CyBC is to provide public broadcasting services within the Republic, responding directly to the democratic, social and cultural needs of Cypriot society and to the need to secure pluralism of, inter alia, cultural and linguistic diversity in mass media, including a balanced package of services consisting of informative, cultural and entertainment programmes, social service programmes, programmes addressed to overseas Cypriots, and transmissions related to national emergencies and civil protection efforts. CyBC is a public corporation governed by a nine-member Board of Directors appointed for a three-year term by the Council of Ministers. The Director General is the chief executive officer, appointed by the Board of Directors and endorsed by the Council of Ministers.

About Harmonic Inc.
Harmonic Inc. is redefining video delivery with the industry's most powerful solutions for delivering live and on-demand video to TVs, PCs and mobile devices. Harmonic's technical innovation and market leadership enable the company to offer a unique and comprehensive solution portfolio -- including encoding, transcoding, content preparation, stream processing, asset management, edge processing, and delivery. Broadcast, cable, Internet, mobile, satellite and telecom service providers around the world choose Harmonic's IP-based digital video, software, and broadband edge and access solutions. Using these award-winning and industry-leading solutions, operators can reduce costs and differentiate their services by offering consumers a higher quality, personalized multi-screen experience.

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with R&D, sales and system integration centers worldwide. The Company's customers, including many of the world's largest communications providers, deliver services in virtually every country. Visit www.harmonicinc.com for more information.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27(A) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21(E) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements related to: carrying digital service over a microwave transmission network, CyBC's transition to digital, and meeting future service expansion objectives quickly and easily.

Our expectations and beliefs regarding the capabilities of Harmonic's IP-based digital terrestrial transmission technologies and related services and the anticipated benefits for CyBC may not materialize, and actual results could differ materially from those projected. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in Harmonic's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its recent Reports filed on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Harmonic does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements.

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