SOURCE: Harmonic Inc.

Harmonic Inc.

March 23, 2010 04:00 ET

Hunan Cable Group Adds HD and On-Demand Services Using Harmonic's Market-Leading Video Solutions

Chinese MSO Deploys Harmonic's Award-Winning MPEG-4 AVC Compression, Stream Processing, EdgeQAM and Network Management Systems

BEIJING--(Marketwire - March 23, 2010) - CCBN Stand #2404 - Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Hunan Cable Group, the leading cable provider in China's Hunan Province with more than five million subscribers, has launched a new HDTV service and expanded its on-demand offering, powered by Harmonic's market-leading digital video delivery solutions. Systems deployed by Hunan Cable include Harmonic's Ion™ AVC HD multi-channel encoders, ProStream™ 1000 stream processing platform with DiviTrackIP™ statistical multiplexing, NSG™ 9000 universal edgeQAMs, and NMX Digital Service Manager™. Hunan Cable Group is the first provincial-level cable network in China to provide HDTV services.

"Performance and reliability were key criteria in selecting the technology for our new HDTV and on-demand systems. Harmonic's digital video solutions met and exceeded these requirements," said Li Tu, Director of the Technical Center at Hunan Cable Group. "We now have in place a powerful, high-quality infrastructure that enables us to offer our customers a very compelling TV experience."

This deployment provides Hunan Cable Group with a fully integrated IP headend, encompassing compression, statistical multiplexing, scrambling, VOD edge processing and network management. Harmonic's compact, power-efficient MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) HD encoders deliver up to four channels within a single 1-RU chassis, lowering operating expenditures while enhancing video quality. The modular 1-RU ProStream 1000 stream processing platform handles MPEG-2 re-encoding, multiplexing, scrambling, and advanced processing of the MPEG streams.

Harmonic's industry-leading NSG 9000 universal edgeQAM platform provides reliable edge processing for the VOD services, while supporting expanded high-speed data services. NMX Digital Service Manager offers Hunan Cable Group a powerful set of tools for network configuration, management and automated redundancy.

"HDTV continues to gain momentum in China, as demonstrated by Hunan Cable Group's new service rollout," said Raymond Tse, Vice President of Asia Pacific Sales at Harmonic Inc. "Hunan Cable Group is also a customer of Harmonic's HFC access technologies, and with this project, Harmonic is providing them with the latest generation H.264 and VOD technologies as part of a comprehensive, integrated video delivery network architecture."

Harmonic will be displaying its industry-leading digital video and HFC access solutions at stand #2404 during the CCBN 2010 Expo taking place March 23-25 in Beijing.

About Hunan Cable Group
The Hunan Cable Group (HCG) is the leading cable provider in Hunan Province, China, which has a population of over 68 million. HCG was founded in 2007 after consolidating approximately 100 local networks in Hunan Province. HCG currently provides 110 SD digital TV programs and 11 HD TV programs for over 5 million subscribers. HCG also offers advanced interactive services such as VOD, Time-Shift TV, and Internet Broadband Access 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: enabling Hunan Cable Group to offer their customers a very compelling TV experience, and HDTV gaining momentum in China.

Our expectations and beliefs regarding the capabilities of Harmonic's digital video delivery solutions and the anticipated benefits for Hunan Cable Group 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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