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Harmonic Inc.

January 13, 2010 09:00 ET

Harmonic's Ellipse 1000 Contribution Encoder Deployed in India's First Commercial HD/SD Teleport Facility

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - January 13, 2010) - Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Broadcast Equipment India Pvt. Ltd. (BEI), has deployed Harmonic's Ellipse™ 1000 MPEG-2/MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) contribution encoder in the first commercial high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) teleport facility in India. The Ellipse 1000's advanced encoding capabilities provide broadcasters a smooth migration path to HDTV with the unique ability to simultaneously transmit MPEG-2 SD and MPEG-4 AVC SD/HD video to multiple transponders.

"With the expansion of HD television services in India, it is vital that we are prepared to handle the requirements of our broadcast customers to cost-effectively deliver high quality HD video services to their subscribers," said Mr. Satish Aggarwal, Managing Director of Broadcast Equipment India Pvt. Ltd. "The versatility, features and output quality of the Ellipse 1000 contribution encoder are indicative of Harmonic's video expertise."

Located at Sector-63 Noida (NCR Delhi) in India, BEI's commercial teleport facility has the capacity to uplink 16 services to four transponders for transmission over INSAT-2E for broadcasting in India and to the entire footprint of the INSAT-2E. The facility can also transmit the video signal to other parts of the world through BEI's collaboration with BT. BEI also provides optical fiber link access to the teleport facility from customer locations anywhere in India.

"By supporting compression standards ranging from MPEG-2 SD to MPEG-4 AVC HD and SD, the Ellipse 1000 enables a smooth MPEG migration path for BEI's broadcast customers as they make the transition to HDTV operations," said Shimon Shanor, Vice President of Strategic Markets Sales for Harmonic Inc. "The Ellipse 1000 encoder increases channel reliability while significantly reducing capital and operating expenses by way of advanced AVC and MPEG-2 compression technology packed in a small, low-power footprint, with simultaneous IP/ASI outputs, support for DVB-S/S2 and advanced multiplexing capabilities."

The Ellipse 1000 is part of Harmonic's complete portfolio of solutions selected by the leading broadcasters and service providers worldwide. Harmonic's Ellipse contribution encoders and ProView integrated receiver/decoders support fixed and mobile contribution including events and on-the-spot news coverage from digital satellite newsgathering (DSNG) vans.

About Broadcast Equipment India Pvt. Ltd

Broadcast Equipment India Pvt. Ltd. (BEI), a flagship company of BEI-VTI Group of Companies, is among the few ISO 9001-2000 certified companies in the Indian broadcast industry. With over 25 renowned broadcast brands as partners, a technically distinguished workforce, and an acknowledged reputation in the industry for sales and after sales support, the company provides a one-stop solution for systems design, integration, testing, supply and commissioning of teleports, DSNG & OB vans, TV studios, broadcast channels and related facilities. Visit for more information.

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 20 years of 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 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: expansion of HD television services in India, preparation to handle the requirements of broadcast customers, and enabling a smooth MPEG migration path for BEI's broadcast customers.

Our expectations and beliefs regarding the capabilities of Harmonic's Ellipse 1000 contribution encoders and the anticipated benefits for BEI and its customers 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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