SOURCE: Harmonic Inc.

Harmonic Inc.

January 28, 2010 09:00 ET

Insight Selects Harmonic for Extensive Digital Cable Network Upgrades

Top Ten U.S. Cable Operator and Industry Innovator Deploys Harmonic's Market-Leading Solutions for Major HD and SD Expansion and Upgrade

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - January 28, 2010) - Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Insight Communications, a top ten U.S. cable operator named MSO of the Year by CableFAX Magazine in 2008, has deployed a full complement of Harmonic's digital video technologies for an extensive network upgrade, including SD and HD encoders with integrated video/audio re-encoding technology and distributed statistical multiplexing. Harmonic's fully integrated, IP-based solutions enable Insight to reduce capital expenses, power consumption, and system operating costs, while delivering unmatched video quality and an expanded service portfolio.

Harmonic provided system integration and commissioning services for this project, which included system upgrades in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. Harmonic's solutions are being used to power Insight's Digital 5.0 service, which features over 330 channels and a crystal clear HD line-up of up to 58 channels. Insight also utilizes Harmonic's market-leading NSG™ 9000 universal edgeQAMs to power its on-demand offering of over 7,500 titles monthly, as well as NMX Digital Service Manager™ to manage the complete video network infrastructure.

"We are very satisfied by the great video quality of Harmonic's compression and stream processing solutions," said Abraham Naghibi, V.P. of Advanced Video Engineering, Insight Communications. "With this upgrade, we have invested in a state-of-the-art, fully IP-based infrastructure that can seamlessly support our recently expanded digital cable service."

"Insight is highly-regarded throughout the U.S. cable industry for its market leadership," said Gil Katz, Senior Director of Cable Solutions and Strategy, Harmonic Inc. "Insight was an early provider of VOD services in the U.S., and Harmonic was instrumental to Insight's original deployment. With the new Digital 5.0 service and this technology upgrade, Insight has transformed its digital cable offering. Harmonic's solution set provides Insight with unparalleled flexibility, outstanding value, and a seamless upgrade path to continued, best-in-class service delivery."

Harmonic was named the world's encoding market share leader with 28 percent of channels shipped in 2008 by research firm In-Stat, with Harmonic and Scopus (acquired by Harmonic in March 2009) together accounting for 37 percent share. Leading cable MSOs in the United States and around the globe rely on Harmonic's comprehensive portfolio of digital video stream processing, software, edge and HFC access solutions to power their broadcast and on-demand services.

About Insight Communications

Insight Communications is the ninth largest cable operator in the United States with approximately 775,700 customer relationships in the three contiguous states of Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. Insight offers bundled, state-of-the-art video, high-speed Internet and voice telephony services to its customers.

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: a seamless upgrade path to continued, best-in-class service delivery.

Our expectations and beliefs regarding the capabilities of Harmonic's digital video technologies and the anticipated benefits for Insight 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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