SOURCE: Harmonic Inc.

Harmonic Inc.

September 08, 2010 04:00 ET

Harmonic Reaches Encoding Milestone With 10,000 Electra® 8000 Channels Ordered

Market-Leading Video Processing Platform Powers 3D, HD, SD, MPEG-2, AVC, Picture-in-Picture Video Services for the World's Leading Operators

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - September 8, 2010) -  Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that sales orders for its groundbreaking Electra® 8000 universal broadcast encoder have surpassed 10,000 channels since its launch in June 2009. This industry-leading compression solution is deployed by broadcast, satellite, telco and cable operators around the world to power the full spectrum of video services -- 3D, HD, SD, MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-2, and picture-in-picture. Multiple cable MSOs have deployed the Electra 8000 for recently introduced switched digital video (SDV) services, using the Electra's high quality dual output capability. The Electra 8000 is also compliant with Microsoft's Mediaroom Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) platform.

At Harmonic's stand #1.C61 during IBC 2010 in Amsterdam, September 10-14, the company will demonstrate superior quality HD and SD video powered by the dense one rack unit (1-RU) Electra 8000, which is capable of encoding up to four channels with simultaneous secondary output. Harmonic will also feature a technology demonstration of simultaneous delivery of mobile and Web video streams from the Electra platform. Other capabilities on display will include integrated broadcast-grade processing features such as SD/HD up-conversion, statistical multiplexing and automatic audio level adjustment.

"Harmonic is a leader in the video compression space. As service providers move to multi-screen video delivery, encoders like the Electra 8000 that can output high quality video streams for mobile and Internet video delivery, as well as broadcast TV, will be an important tool for the industry," said Michelle Abraham, Principal Analyst at In-Stat.

"Harmonic's customers continue to seek innovative technologies as they launch high quality HD, 3D and multi-screen video services," said Neil Brydon, Senior Group Manager, Compression Product Marketing, at Harmonic Inc. "Our world-class development team continues to set the benchmark in video processing technologies that facilitate the launch of advanced services. The Electra platform significantly improves video quality, streamlines the baseband processing workflow, saves bandwidth and reduces rack space and power requirements, key factors that have propelled the success of this solution."

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 San Jose, 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: significantly improving video quality; streamlining the baseband processing workflow; saving bandwidth and reducing rack space and power requirements 

Our expectations and beliefs regarding the capabilities of Harmonic's Electra® 8000 and the anticipated benefits for 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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