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Verimatrix

September 13, 2010 06:41 ET

Verimatrix and Harmonic Highlight Secure Adaptive Bitrate Streaming for Multi-Screen Video Services

VCAS Integration With Harmonic's MediaPrism Suite Creates Powerful Platform to Address New Revenue Opportunities in Digital TV

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - September 13, 2010) - IBC 2010 -- Stand #1.C61 and Stand #4.B84 -- Verimatrix, the specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-screen digital TV services around the globe, today announced a collaborative solution with Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) that leverages the HTTP Live Streaming adaptive bitrate standard to securely deliver video services to the iPhone®, iPad, PC and a range of other devices. The solution is an integration of Harmonic's MediaPrism Convergence Suite with the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) for Internet TV to create a unified headend that delivers protected standard (SD) and high definition (HD) content over unmanaged networks to any Internet-connected consumer playback device. MediaPrism is a complete carrier-grade solution for multi-screen video delivery that includes industry-leading live and video-on-demand (VOD) transcoding, live-to-VOD ingest and HTTP video delivery.

Featured as a core technology of the Apple iPhone, iPad and new Apple TV devices, but now broadly adopted as an open, state-of-the-art adaptive bitrate streaming delivery standard for a wide range of device types, HTTP Live Streaming delivers smooth audio and video streams using standard HTTP protocols, which are transparently supported on existing web server and CDN delivery infrastructure. The technology supports automatic adaptation to available network types and automatically switches to the optimal bitrate for a smooth quality playback experience. Both live and VOD content can be delivered using the same protocols with easy incorporation of targeted advertising segments. The combination of MediaPrism and VCAS for Internet TV enables pay-TV operators to create a range of new revenue streams involving multi-screen delivery.

"Securing content delivery is as important to a successful video delivery service as ensuring a quality experience and delivering great channels," said David Price, VP of Business Development & Marketing Communications at Harmonic. "Working with Verimatrix, we are giving operators the chance to multiply their service offerings, reach more subscribers, and increase their value to subscribers, all without adding complexity to their head-end."

"We collaborate closely with Harmonic to integrate multiple network delivery architectures, and together we are able to demonstrate both the flexibility and extensibility of our core product architecture, including VCAS as a secure convergence point for OTT and hybrid services," said Steve Oetegenn, chief sales and marketing officer at Verimatrix. "Standards-based technologies, like HTTP Live Streaming, enable operators to enhance ARPU, improve subscriber loyalty and broaden their customer base beyond the limits of a managed network."

VCAS for Internet TV and ViewRight® Web are components of the VCAS 3 architecture, which addresses the new video marketplace with a proactive revenue security and enhancement approach for DVB broadcast, hybrid, and IPTV networks, including standards-based security for Internet TV delivery on PC, phone, tablet, and set-top box devices. Whatever network transition challenges are awaiting service operators, VCAS 3 can help optimize operational costs and cast a wider net with their service offerings.

Demonstrations of the joint solution, including integration with ViewRight Web-enabled devices, will be on display at IBC2010 in Hall 4 Booth B84 and at the Harmonic booth Hall 1 Booth C61.

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 http://www.harmonicinc.com for more information. 

About Verimatrix
Verimatrix specializes in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-screen digital TV services around the globe. The award-winning and independently audited Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) and ViewRight® solutions offer an innovative approach for cable, satellite, terrestrial and IPTV operators to cost-effectively extend their networks and enable new business models. As the recognized leader in software-based security solutions for premier service providers, Verimatrix has pioneered the 3-Dimensional Security approach that offers flexible layers of protection techniques to address evolving business needs and revenue threats. Maintaining close relationships with major studios, broadcasters, industry organizations, and its unmatched partner ecosystem enables Verimatrix to provide a unique perspective on digital TV business issues beyond content security as operators seek to deliver compelling new services. For more information, please visit www.verimatrix.com and our Pay TV Views blog to join the conversation.