SOURCE: Harmonic Inc.

Harmonic Inc.

April 12, 2010 08:30 ET

SKY Brasil Expands HDTV Offering With Harmonic's Market Leading Electra® 8000 HD Solution

Satellite Broadcaster Offers Subscribers Excellent Quality HDTV and Maximizes Bandwidth Efficiencies

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - April 12, 2010) -  NAB 2010 Booth #SU7213 -- Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that SKY Brasil, Brazil's largest high-definition (HD) pay-TV service provider in Latin America with approximately two million subscribers, has expanded its HDTV service based on Harmonic's market-leading Electra® 8000 multi-channel universal encoder. SKY Brasil launched its HDTV service last year using Harmonic's award-winning MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) digital video delivery solutions, including the Electra 7000 encoder, ProStream™ 1000 stream processing platform with DiviTrackIP™ statistical multiplexing, and NMX Digital Service Manager™. With the deployment of the Electra 8000 compression platform, SKY Brasil has gained additional bandwidth efficiency and expanded its HD services.

Harmonic's Electra 8000 AVC encoder supports SD and HD, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC, as well as integrated statistical multiplexing, broadcast quality up/down-conversion and other unique features such as Junger Level Magic™ automatic audio leveling adjustment. Electra 8000's groundbreaking architecture provides SKY Brasil with a state-of-the-art, simultaneous dual-output (HD/SD) encoder in a single rack unit, which facilitates the launch of new value-added video services.

"We continue to choose Harmonic to improve and power our SKY HDTV offerings simply because the company continues to provide the highest quality, most cost-effective, and feature-rich HD video solutions in the industry," said Luis Otavio Marchezetti, Director of Engineering for SKY Brasil. "Harmonic's Electra 8000 compression platform solution offers excellent video quality and greater bandwidth efficiency for our new HD services."

"The Electra 8000 and the other award-winning Harmonic MPEG-4 encoding, stream processing and network management systems deployed by SKY Brasil provide a reliable, comprehensive solution to power SKY's growing HD service," said Richard Phelps, Vice President of Sales for the Caribbean and Latin America at Harmonic Inc.

Leveraging Harmonic's expertise and market leadership, the Electra 8000 is the most advanced and feature-rich encoding platform for cable, satellite, IPTV or broadcast applications available today. Harmonic's comprehensive range of video delivery solutions will be showcased at NAB 2010 in Las Vegas, booth #SU7213, April 12-15.

About SKY Brasil
SKY Brasil is the largest high-definition, pay-TV service provider in Latin America. SKY Brasil provides a wide array of HD programming to approximately two million subscribers throughout Brazil. For more information, visit www.sky.com.br

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: continuing to choose Harmonic to improve and power SKY's HDTV offerings.

Our expectations and beliefs regarding the capabilities of the Electra 8000 encoder and its benefits for SKY Brasil 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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