SOURCE: Harmonic Inc.

Harmonic Inc.

November 18, 2010 09:00 ET

Harmonic Powers Live Coverage of the 2010 Asian Games

IP-Based Video Processing Solutions Enable GlobeCast's Satellite Distribution of the Premier Sporting Event

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - November 18, 2010) - Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that its market-leading IP-based video processing solutions were deployed by GlobeCast to facilitate the live broadcast of the 2010 Asian Games being held in Guangzhou, China, through November 27. The new Harmonic IP-based headend system provides GlobeCast with high quality compression and stream processing for satellite distribution of live coverage from the Asian Games to affiliate TV stations and MSOs throughout Asia.

Harmonic was selected to power the live satellite distribution of the Asian Games by providing a cost-effective, high quality solution and the responsiveness GlobeCast required. The advanced capabilities and video quality of Harmonic's integrated IP-based headend technologies coupled with dedicated support allowed GlobeCast to efficiently and quickly launch the system in time for the demanding 16-day competition.

GlobeCast is using Harmonic's Electra® 5400 SD and Electra 7000 HD MPEG-4 (AVC) encoders, and ProStream™ 1000 stream processing platform with integrated Basic Interoperable Scrambling System (BISS) capabilities and DiviTrackIP™ statistical multiplexing technology to deliver secure, high quality services while optimizing bandwidth efficiency. Harmonic's ProView™ 7000 integrated receiver/decoders (IRDs) are used by GlobeCast for content reception.

"GlobeCast wanted to work with a solution provider that could offer an integrated headend system and responsive support team, in addition to meeting the technical requirements for video compression and distribution," said Raymond Tse, Vice President of Asia Pacific Sales for Harmonic Inc. "Harmonic supplies the advanced compression and video stream processing technologies along with the critical support infrastructure enabling GlobeCast to deliver live coverage of the Asian Games with confidence."

Harmonic offers a wide range of video processing solutions, including the Electra family of encoders that support HD, SD, and 3D video services in MPEG-2 or AVC formats, as well as integrated up/down-conversion, simultaneous secondary output and audio level adjustment capabilities in the latest generation Electra 8000 platform. The ProView IRDs are powerful, cost-effective solutions for decoding, descrambling and digital turnaround, and the ProStream 1000 stream processing platform is a highly versatile platform for multiplexing, scrambling and advanced processing of MPEG streams.

About Harmonic Inc.
Harmonic Inc. offers a comprehensive, innovative and market-leading portfolio of video infrastructure solutions, spanning content production to multi-screen video delivery. Harmonic customers can efficiently create, prepare and deliver differentiated video services over broadcast, cable, Internet, mobile, satellite and telecom networks, while simplifying end-to-end asset management, reducing costs and streamlining workflows.

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is headquartered in San Jose, California with R&D, sales and system integration centers worldwide. The company's customers -- including each of the top 20 Fortune 2000 media companies -- choose Harmonic to enable their high quality video services delivered to consumers 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: secure, high quality services while optimizing bandwidth efficiency; powerful, cost-effective solutions for decoding, descrambling and digital turnaround; a highly versatile platform for multiplexing, scrambling and advanced processing of MPEG streams; and efficiently and quickly launching the system.

Our expectations and beliefs regarding the capabilities of Harmonic's IP-based video processing solutions and the anticipated benefits for GlobeCast 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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