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Harmonic Inc.

December 06, 2011 08:00 ET

MultiChoice Selects Harmonic for Large Scale DVB-T2 Deployment in Africa

Harmonic Electra, ProStream and ProView Video Headend Solutions Enable Efficient Use of Bandwidth and Enhanced Regional Services While Delivering Excellent Video Quality

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 6, 2011) - Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that MultiChoice Africa, the leading sub-Saharan multichannel digital satellite television provider, has selected Harmonic's digital video headend solutions for its new Pan-African DVB-T2 network. The new DVB-T2-based distribution system, supplied by local reseller and integrator African Union Communication, (Pty) Ltd., relies on Harmonic Electra® multifunction HD/SD encoders, ProStream™ stream processing technology, and ProView™ integrated receiver/decoders (IRDs) to reduce the cost of transmission through more efficient use of satellite bandwidth, while bringing localized content to viewers throughout Africa.

"Harmonic digital video headend solutions provide the bandwidth efficiency, video quality, and reliability required to meet our needs for this extensive DVB-T2 network rollout," said Gerdus Van Eeden, chief technology officer at MultiChoice. "The new distribution system allows us to reliably transmit HD/SD MPEG-4 content over satellite for retransmission on the DVB-T2 network, providing improved regional programming while maintaining excellent video quality."

Harmonic Electra 8000 MPEG-4 HD and Electra 5400 MPEG-4 SD encoders are used by MultiChoice Africa to deliver high video quality at low bitrates, and the ProStream 1000 stream processing platform with DiviTrackIP™ statistical multiplexing is used to deliver high-quality services while maximizing bandwidth. The operator has also deployed Harmonic ProView 7000 IRDs for content reception at regional towers across the continent, and the NMX Digital Service Manager™ to monitor and control the complete headend system.

"Harmonic brings considerable experience to this deployment, having implemented numerous DTH and DTT projects that serve customers throughout Africa," said Ido Nahmany, sales director, Africa, at Harmonic Inc. "Our complete offering for high-quality HD/SD encoding, multiplexing and DVB-T2 distribution enables operators such as MultiChoice Africa to significantly reduce bandwidth usage costs associated with distribution to terrestrial transmitters, and increase the range and quality of the services they provide."

About MultiChoice Africa
MultiChoice Africa Limited ("MultiChoice Africa") is an African pioneer of pay TV services in sub-Saharan Africa, having launched the first digital satellite service in 1985. The company is registered in Mauritius, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Naspers Group. MultiChoice Africa offers cutting-edge digital technology and a selection of DStv (DTH) and GOtv (DTT) bouquets containing premium television channels for subscribers in 47 African countries and the adjacent Indian Ocean islands.

About Harmonic Inc.
Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) provides infrastructure that powers the video economy. The company enables content and service providers to efficiently create, prepare, and deliver differentiated video services for television and new media platforms. More information is available at

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements related to the anticipated capabilities and benefits of Harmonic's Electra®, ProView™and ProStream™ products. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize and are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the possibility that neither Electra, ProView nor ProStream meet some or all of its anticipated capabilities or provide some or all of its anticipated benefits, such as an increase in video quality, reduction in transmission costs, bandwidth efficiencies and reliability.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, such as those more fully described in Harmonic's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Harmonic as of the date hereof, and Harmonic disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

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