AVIWEST Broadens Reach in Middle East With New Office in Dubai

AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, today announced it has opened a new sales and services office in Dubai, expanding the company’s presence in the Middle East. To ensure that regional customers’ requirements for reliable, powerful live video contribution solutions are thoroughly met, AVIWEST has appointed Nicola Atta as Middle East sales office manager.

“The new office location in Dubai enables AVIWEST to better serve and respond quickly to immediate presales, sales, and service needs across the United Arab Emirates, building on AVIWEST’s close collaborations with broadcasters and video professionals in the region,” said Erwan Gasc, CEO at AVIWEST. “By providing broadcasters and media professionals with a local presence, AVIWEST’s new office will ensure superior services and support and further augment the company’s growing business in the Middle East.”

AVIWEST’s new office will be located at Dubai Silicon Oasis, HQ Building — Wing B – Office 306, Dubai.

More information on AVIWEST and its products is available at www.aviwest.com.

Harmonic Introduces Powerful New Analytics-Driven Service for Cable Operators

CableOS Central Service Leverages Advanced Analytics to Revolutionize Cable Network Diagnostics and Capacity Planning

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced CableOS™ Central, a new AI-enabled service that features data analytics, 24/7 operational support and engagement tools for cable operators. Designed to complement Harmonic’s CableOS virtualized CMTS solution, CableOS Central provides operators with an intelligent and customizable way to proactively identify and address technical issues and network capacity opportunities, enabling delivery of superior-quality internet, voice and video services.

“While we were originally drawn to Harmonic’s CableOS solution because it enabled faster broadband while addressing critical space and power requirements, access to the network data provided by this solution has been a real game-changer for our operations,” said Rick Mlcek, president of shared services at Buckeye Broadband.

“CableOS deployments continue to gain momentum, and Harmonic is once again breaking barriers with its new CableOS Central service,” said Gil Katz, senior vice president, Cable Access Business Operations, at Harmonic. “Leveraging the rich data analytics available through our platform, CableOS Central is a powerful new service enabling operators to predict and address issues before they become service-affecting. As operators continue to roll out scalable gigabit broadband services and provide advanced entertainment, business and home-security service offerings, CableOS Central is essential for delivering exceptional quality of service.”

Harmonic’s CableOS Central service is composed of three service pillars: Data Analytics, Operations and Engagement Portal.

CableOS Central Data Analytics service continuously collects, synthesizes and presents network data through a modern set of real-time dashboards, smart alerts and notifications, enabling unprecedented service visibility. Unlike legacy cable data monitoring systems that periodically report the health of only a few network elements, the CableOS platform provides rich real-time data spanning the network physical layer, from data-center servers to remote devices, access network performance parameters and application traffic patterns.

CableOS Central Operations features a 24/7 team of cable access and networking experts, augmented by an innovative AI toolset. This team complements operators’ existing network operations centers by continuously analyzing data from CableOS Central Data Analytics, detecting and diagnosing issues, predicting future problems and assisting with configurations and upgrades.

CableOS Central Engagement Portal enables operators worldwide to quickly and efficiently engage directly with Harmonic. It is a state-of-the-art connected platform that provides operators with powerful tools for case planning, calendars, software downloads, product and deployment documentation and event management.

Harmonic will demonstrate its CableOS Central service at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Oct. 1-3, in New Orleans at Booth 247. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

AVIWEST Simplifies the Delivery of Live Video Streams to Affiliates

AVIWEST’s StreamHub Transceiver Now Enables Broadcasters to Interconnect to Numerous Third-Party Live Transmitters at a Time

AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, today announced that the new software version of its iconic StreamHub transceiver is now vendor-agnostic and universally compatible with third-party transmitters. Using StreamHub, video professionals and broadcasters can receive transmissions from various types of transmitters, enabling them to quickly, easily, and simultaneously share high-quality live content with multiple affiliates or other broadcast facilities.

AVIWEST StreamHub provides broadcasters with a scalable and tailored video solution for managing and sharing live streams from multiple transmitters via a single interface. With StreamHub, video professionals can manage multiple streams and distribute them to multiple affiliates from a single point of control. Having the power to interconnect to numerous third-party live transmission tools instantaneously saves video professionals time and money.

Knowing that broadcasters are often on the go and working from remote locations, StreamHub offers a web-based user interface with a video thumbnail view. This tool allows broadcasters to build a live video multiview composed with all input streams, which can be fed to affiliates. The multiview can be enriched with overlay information for each source, such as audio level and transmitter name. The main advantage of this capability is that it reduces data while feeding affiliates with multiple streams, allowing affiliates to choose a main stream from those available.

“By streamlining their production workflow and optimizing costs with our flagship AVIWEST StreamHub transceiver, broadcasters can offer an increased amount of live video content and boost viewer engagement,” said Ronan Poullaouec, chief technology officer at AVIWEST. “During a live event, broadcasters need to ensure there is no delay. Viewers do not want to miss a second of the action, especially for live sports. Choosing AVIWEST’s live video solution with state-of-the-art HEVC encoding will ensure high-quality video at minimum bit rates with low latency.”

StreamHub features AVIWEST’s Emmy Award-winning SST (Safe Streams Transport) protocol, which reliably combines multiple algorithms, including FEC, ARQ, and VBR rate control, to provide a high quality of service. StreamHub’s universality enables it to support a variety of streaming protocols, such as RTMP, RTSP/RTP, HLS and TS/IP, to ensure that broadcasters can freely distribute video content over the public internet and virtually any IP networks, including 3G, 4G, and 5G.

AVIWEST’s transceiver can be deployed on-premises or operated as a cloud-based service tailored to any news or live video production organization’s workflow and operational constraints, making it ideally suited for today’s ever-evolving multiscreen video delivery world.

More information on AVIWEST and its products is available at www.aviwest.com.

Harmonic Advances CableOS Solution with Expanded Cloud-Native and New FTTH Capabilities

Powerful New CableOS Version Extends Cable Access Leadership

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced further innovative advancements to its groundbreaking CableOS™ solution. Designed from the ground up as cloud-native, the CableOS platform and applications add powerful scalability, resiliency and data-center agility capabilities. This new version also includes both containerized DOCSIS CMTS and passive optical network (PON) applications, enabling converged delivery of broadband-over-cable and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) services.

“Building on Harmonic’s established leadership position with its CableOS offering, we are further unleashing the power of cloud-native architectures,” said Nimrod Ben-Natan, senior vice president and general manager, Cable Access Business at Harmonic. “DOCSIS CMTS and PON OLT are now simply containerized CableOS applications that run in parallel on the CableOS platform. We are delivering on the promise of smarter and simpler operations for our cable customers who are increasingly requesting converged solutions for cable- and FTTH-based broadband services.”

Benefits of the original software-based CMTS pioneered by Harmonic included state-of-the-art bandwidth delivery through commercial-off-the-shelf servers instead of inflexible custom hardware, thereby reducing space, power and hardware upgrade constraints. Now added to the CableOS solution are the cloud-native operational advantages of smaller operating domains, flexible high-availability architectures, elastic scale-out for service expansion, expanded telemetry and simplified A/B testing of new features. Based on open-standard Kubernetes, the CableOS platform dynamically orchestrates containerized applications and is designed to be flexibly deployed across headend, data center and cloud environments.

The CableOS solution also takes advantage of its cloud-native platform to support converged DOCSIS CMTS and FTTH PON OLT applications, and additional containerized access applications such as DOCSIS 4.0 in the future. 10G EPON and 10G XGS-PON are both included in the new CableOS version, as is a remote CableOS OLT module that has the same footprint as Harmonic’s Pebble Remote PHY device. Through a single CableOS instance running in a centralized data center, operators can simultaneously deliver Remote PHY DOCSIS and Remote OLT FTTH services, dramatically simplifying the operational complexity of managing and scaling multiple broadband access applications.

“Fiber-to-the-home services are increasingly becoming a standard offering alongside DOCSIS among global MSOs,” said Jeff Heynen, research director, Broadband Access and Home Networking, Dell’Oro Group. “Having a cloud-native-based platform to converge the deployment and management of both services will be critical to helping MSOs simplify the management of both services and, ultimately, ease the transition from coax to fiber when necessary.”

Harmonic will demonstrate its latest CableOS solution with Remote OLT FTTH capability at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Oct. 1-3, in New Orleans at Booth 247. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Comporium Migrates to Distributed Access Architecture with Harmonic CableOS™ Solution

Harmonic’s Virtualized Cable Access Solution Enables Smarter, More Flexible and Scalable Deployment of DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit Broadband Services

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Comporium, a leading cable operator in South Carolina, is powering its DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit broadband services with a virtualized cable access solution from Harmonic. Featuring a scalable, software-based architecture, Harmonic’s CableOS™ solution provides Comporium with a cost-effective solution for delivering cutting-edge internet and video services through a distributed access architecture (DAA).

“Improving our subscribers’ quality of experience is a key initiative, and traditional CMTS solutions fall short of providing the flexibility, scalability and efficiency we need to cost-effectively launch multi-gigabit DOCSIS 3.1 broadband services,” said Mike Deller, vice president of engineering and planning at Comporium. “Harmonic’s CableOS solution saves us significant space, power and legacy hardware costs, enabling an easy migration from older CMTS platforms to new virtualized DOCSIS 3.1 networks that will give us a competitive edge in the market.”

Deployed at Comporium in a DAA, Harmonic’s CableOS solution is the industry’s first and only field-proven, software-based Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) and end-to-end Remote PHY system. In addition, Comporium is using Harmonic’s Electra® XT high-density transcoder to maximize bandwidth efficiency for IPTV service delivery.

“Speed is a major determining factor in consumer satisfaction with broadband services today, and that’s why Comporium is joining a host of other cable operators in North America and globally to deploy Gigabit internet services powered by our CableOS solution,” said Yaniv Ben-Soussan, vice president of sales, North America cable at Harmonic. “The CableOS solution enables continuous improvements in upstream and downstream bandwidth capacity plus all of the flexibility and scalability that comes from having a virtualized cable access solution, positioning Comporium for tremendous business growth.”

Harmonic will showcase its groundbreaking CableOS solution at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Oct. 1-3 in New Orleans at booth 247. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Harmonic Extends Cable Access Leadership at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2019

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that it will demonstrate significant new advances to its industry-leading cloud-native cable access solution at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2019. Deployed by a growing number of leading cable operators worldwide, Harmonic’s CableOS™ solution is enabling the industry’s transition to 10G through transformational technology, architecture and service innovations.

“Cloud-native software is turning the tide on cable access, enabling unprecedented broadband speeds, network scalability and operational efficiencies,” said Asaf Matatyaou, vice president, solutions and product management, Cable Access Business at Harmonic. “At the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, we will demonstrate how Harmonic is extending our industry leadership through powerful new cloud-native solutions and services, and through a growing number of groundbreaking deployments with industry leaders. With our CableOS solution, operators are cost-effectively delivering multi-gigabit internet speeds today, while also positioning themselves for the 10G future.”

Deliver Better Broadband and Realize Operational Savings with CableOS
Harmonic will showcase its field-proven CableOS cable access solution, the industry’s first cloud-native Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) and end-to-end Remote PHY system. The CableOS offering enables better broadband services and greater operating efficiencies through simultaneous support for traditional, centralized and new distributed architectures on a single-core server, as well as support for both DOCSIS 3.1 today and coming DOCSIS standard advancements.

Highlighting the service innovation velocity possible through CableOS’s cloud-native technology, Harmonic will demonstrate its revolutionary low-latency feature that dramatically improves quality of experience for gamers. In addition, leveraging the rich data analytics available in the CableOS offering, the company will unveil a groundbreaking new AI-driven 24/7 network diagnostic and capacity management service for cable operators.

Launch Streaming IP Video Services Faster
At SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Harmonic will also showcase its acclaimed VOS® solution that enables operators to launch new IP video services faster, be more agile and simplify operations — essential for business success in the increasingly competitive pay-TV market. The VOS offering integrates and collapses the digital video delivery chain, including time shift and nDVR, enabling cable operators to easily create, deliver and monetize pristine-quality streaming HD and 4K resolution TV.

Boost Video Quality-of-Experience with Content-Aware Encoding
Harmonic will also showcase its award-winning EyeQ™ content-aware encoding (CAE) at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. EyeQ CAE enables operators to launch streaming TV with up to 50% less bandwidth consumption on their core and access delivery networks and up to 50% less nDVR storage requirements.

Thought Leadership on Next-Generation Cable Access
Asaf Matatyaou, vice president, solutions and product management, Cable Access Business at Harmonic, is a speaker at the session “Mission 10G: Implementing Forward-Looking Capabilities in Your Network.” The SCTE Cable-Tec Expo preconference session will take place on Monday, Sept. 30, at 7 a.m. at the Hilton in Grand Ballroom C&D.

Matatyaou will also present a paper on “Practical Lessons of a DAA Deployment with Virtualized CMTS” during the session “Virtualizing the CMTS: Progress and Current Events” taking place on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 a.m. in room 225-227.

Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Viaccess-Orca and Broadpeak Power New NPVR Service for Orange Poland, Increasing Audience Engagement

Using VO’s Service Delivery Platform and CloudPVR Solution From Broadpeak, Orange Poland Can Deliver NPVR, Catch-Up TV, and Start-Over Services on All Devices

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that it is powering a new NPVR service for Orange Poland in partnership with Broadpeak, a leading provider of CDN and video-streaming solutions. VO’s Service Delivery Platform (SDP) has been integrated with Broadpeak’s CloudPVR solution, enabling Orange Poland to launch NPVR, catch-up TV, and start-over features on set-top boxes (STBs) and iOS and Android™ devices, with a fast time to market.

“Within the Polish TV market, there’s a high consumer demand for NPVR capabilities. To be competitive, we needed to introduce an NPVR service quickly and cost-effectively,” said Piotr Jaworski, CTO at Orange Poland. “VO and Broadpeak joined forces, creating a simple and efficient solution for managing and delivering NPVR. Being able to launch this new NPVR offering in just eight months, from kickoff to commercial launch, is a huge benefit for us as it enables our subscribers to enjoy the content they love more comfortably and intensively.”

VO’s SDP enables Orange Poland to manage subscribers and service delivery efficiently from a single platform whilst reducing costs. Using the comprehensive capabilities offered by VO’s SDP, Orange Poland can effectively manage the limits on the number of recordings, storage, and time duration, which are critical to a successful NPVR service. Broadpeak’s CloudPVR solution includes the BkM100 to manage recordings and the BkS350 origin packager to ingest and record ABR live streams. The BkS350 also records live content in one video format and then packages and encrypts it on the fly in any ABR format, providing massive storage savings.

“Orange Poland is the fastest-growing pay-TV operator in Poland,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO, Broadpeak. “We are extremely proud to build, together with VO, a solution that delivers Orange Poland’s vision for the future of television.”

“Today, users want the flexibility to watch television shows at any time, and services like NPVR are a great way for operators to address those subscribers’ demands,” said Paul Molinier, Viaccess-Orca CEO. “Working with Broadpeak, we’re helping Orange Poland to communicate and interact with audiences on all devices and deliver personalised recordings, including programs that have already been broadcast, improving audience engagement.”

VO will demonstrate its SDP and other solutions at IBC2019 at Stand 1.A51. To set up a meeting and to learn more, click here: https://www.viaccess-orca.com/what-s-new/events/ibc-2019.

Broadpeak will demonstrate its Cloud-PVR and other solutions at IBC2019 at Stand 5.B78. To learn more and book a meeting, visit https://broadpeak.tv.

Harmonic at IBC2019

PRESS RELEASE #1

Harmonic’s VOS Cloud-Native Platform Adds Live Video Delivery Optimization

Acclaimed VOS Offerings Now Solve Critical Scalability and Cost Issues for Live Streaming

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced a groundbreaking new delivery capability for its VOS® cloud-native offerings that provides telco, cable and mobile operators with real-time scalability for mission-critical, high-demand live video streaming services. This exciting new capability has successfully been deployed by a leading mobile network operator to deliver live sports content utilizing a multi-CDN approach with Harmonic’s CDN partners.

Operated as a fully managed service, this expanded video delivery functionality utilizes a single control platform and a multi-tiered, multi-CDN approach leveraging established partnerships with third-party CDNs and video delivery nodes deployed by Harmonic. With no upfront investment, this unique SaaS offering enables operators to achieve unparalleled scale, decrease costs, and improve quality-of-experience for live video streaming and on-demand content.

“The biggest challenge with live video streaming is being able to handle the unexpected peaks in viewership, especially during premium events,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, Video Business, at Harmonic. “This new access network capability for our VOS offerings provides operators with the ultimate trifecta for live premium-quality video streaming: immediate scalability, critical reliability and smart, flexible pricing models. It’s essentially an insurance policy for live video delivery and an exclusive capability not achievable with other business-as-usual solutions.”

Using this groundbreaking new extension of Harmonic’s VOS offerings, operators can reliably deliver exceptional-quality video streaming experiences. By optimally leveraging multiple delivery paths, Harmonic’s new capability gives operators the power and the confidence to scale rapidly while economically supporting the quality demands of premium live video streaming.

Harmonic will showcase its innovative video SaaS and software solutions for OTT and next-gen TV delivery at IBC2019, Sept. 13-17, in Amsterdam at Stand 1.B20. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190912Harmonic-VOS.docx

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PRESS RELEASE #2

Live Sports Get Personalized with Harmonic, Google and 3SS

Breakthrough Picture-in-Picture, Sports Multi-View and Personalized Mosaic Capabilities on Android TV™ Demonstrated at IBC2019

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), in collaboration with Google and 3SS, has created an integrated OTT and broadcast live sports workflow on Android TV™, delivering essential tailored features such as picture-in-picture, multi-view and personalized mosaic. At IBC2019, on Harmonic Stand 1.B20 and Google Stand 14.E02, the companies will demonstrate how pay-TV operators can now deliver personalized, low-latency live sports experiences on OTT and hybrid set-top boxes (STBs) using Harmonic’s VOS® cloud-native live video platform, a powerful UHD STB and the 3READY custom launcher application from 3SS.

The demo incorporates Harmonic’s containerized VOS software platform, spanning content preparation through origin server, hosted on Google Cloud Platform. Enabling unified OTT and broadcast delivery workflows, the VOS platform ensures low latency and exceptional picture quality for all multistream applications, improving the live sports experience.

“Personalized experiences are common in OTT sports environments, and it’s time to bridge the gap between the OTT and broadcast worlds,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, Video Business, at Harmonic. “This tailored live sports OTT and linear experience on Android TV is a breakthrough in our industry, made possible thanks to a unique cloud-native live video platform provided by Harmonic, a powerful UHD STB powered by Android TV and an intuitive user experience enabled by 3SS.”

“The customer need for live sports is super simple. It has to be live and in best quality. The reality is that OTT live streams typically have a latency between 30-90 seconds and are often far from ultra-high quality.” said Pierre Donath, chief product officer at 3SS. “Together with Harmonic, we challenged what’s possible and created the next level of OTT live sports and personalized linear experience by combining our industry-leading technologies powered by Android TV.”

Harmonic will demonstrate its hybrid OTT and broadcast solutions at IBC2019, Sept. 13-17, in Amsterdam at Stand 1.B20. Additionally, at the Google booth, Stand 14.E01, Harmonic’s vice president of video strategy, Thierry Fautier, will present “Enhancing Live Sport Experience with Harmonic on Android TV” on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 4:30 p.m. and will show off VOS360 SaaS running on Google Cloud throughout the show. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190912Harmonic-AndroidTV.docx

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PRESS RELEASE #3

Harmonic Joins Forces with HPE to Deliver the Best of On-Premises IT and Cloud Media Processing as a Service

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced it has teamed up with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to optimize deployments of its VOS® cloud-native platform. Together, Harmonic’s VOS offerings and HPE GreenLake deliver customer success through a consumption-based service that enables operators to achieve increased simplicity, scalability and cost savings for IPTV and OTT video delivery.

“Deploying a video SaaS in the data center has never been simpler,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, Video Business, at Harmonic. “We collaborated with HPE to bring the best of both worlds for operators that prefer on-premises systems but also want the agility of the public cloud. This flexible, consumption-based business model radically simplifies IT and frees up resources.”

HPE GreenLake is a suite of curated solutions that delivers IT outcomes with hardware, software and expertise on-premises. It alters the economics of video delivery for operators using Harmonic’s VOS offerings, providing access to on-premises IT and the benefits of cloud infrastructure. A wide range of applications are supported, including linear channel origination, live, SVOD, time-shift TV, live sports streaming, skinny bundles and disaster recovery.

“HPE GreenLake marks a paradigm shift in IT operations,” said Kong Hoe Chan, general manager, solution sales for HPE in APAC. “Collaborating with Harmonic, a leader in video technologies and services, we’re giving operators greater choices, enabling a hybrid mix of IT operating models and cloud-based media processing and delivery.”

Harmonic and HPE will initially roll out this service in the APAC region.

Harmonic will showcase its innovative video SaaS and software solutions for OTT and next-gen TV delivery at IBC2019, Sept. 13-17, in Amsterdam, at stand 1.B20. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190912Harmonic-HPE.docx

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PRESS RELEASE #4

Harmonic and Aveco Streamline Hybrid Playout Workflows

Partnership Enables Simpler Control of Cloud Channel Origination and On-Premises Playout Workflows for Live and Scheduled Content

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that it has partnered with Aveco to simplify the deployment of hybrid on-premises and cloud workflows for playout applications. Thanks to the partnership, operators can now use a single interface to control hybrid on-premises and cloud playout workflows for more efficient delivery of broadcast and OTT channels, including live streaming.

“Teaming up with Harmonic makes playout simple, no matter where you are in the world,” said Pavel Potuzak, CEO of Aveco. “Our MCR system uses a single interface for local, remote and cloud playout, giving operators the flexibility to deploy part of their workflow on-premises and part of it in the cloud, based on what makes the most sense for their business.”

Harmonic’s VOS®360 channel origination and Spectrum™ X media servers provide the cloud and on-premises infrastructure and management capabilities necessary to deliver playout of scheduled and live content for broadcast and OTT platforms. With Aveco’s ASTRA MCR system, operators can easily manage on-air operations in multiple locations through a common user interface.

“Expanding our relationship with Aveco is part of our strategy to make playout operations simpler and more powerful, providing operators with world-class control at their fingertips,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, Video Business, at Harmonic. “Harmonic is the only technology provider that offers open integration for its on-premises playout and cloud-based channel origination solutions to enable a true hybrid workflow under third-party control. As the leader in hybrid workflow solutions, we’re ensuring video service continuity and superior quality of service for our customers.”

In the hybrid workflow environment, operators have the flexibility to use their on-premises playout system for complex channels, fixed lineups and long-term channels, and a cloud solution for 24×7, pop-up and disaster recovery channels. The result is efficient and cost-effective operation of channels.

Harmonic will demonstrate OTT and broadcast channel origination using hybrid on-premises and cloud workflows with Aveco automation at IBC2019, Sept. 13-17, in Amsterdam, at Stand 1.B20. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190912Harmonic-Aveco.docx

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PRESS RELEASE #5

Harmonic Powers Sky Italia OTT Services

Harmonic’s Cloud-Native Media Processing Solution Supports High-Quality Video Delivery at Low Bit Rates

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that its cloud-native media processing software and content-aware encoding (CAE) technology is powering Sky Italia’s OTT streaming services. The Harmonic solution is integrated into the Sky Italia hybrid cloud software-defined streaming platform. Leveraging the latest advancements in pure software architecture, the Harmonic solution provides Sky Italia with the agility, flexibility and scalability to speed up the launch of new premium services and enable delivery of superior video quality at low bitrates.

Sky Italia’s solution for its linear video streaming platform is based on Kubernetes and microservices to serve event-based and 24/7 channels on OTT platforms. Adhering to these requirements, Harmonic’s VOS® Cluster software dynamically controls and optimizes Sky Italia’s on-premises and cloud video-processing resources.

“To ensure the success of our next-generation streaming services, delivery of exceptional video quality and the ability to quickly adapt to changes are critical factors,” said Gabriele Ubertini, director of technology engineering and innovation at Sky Italia. “Harmonic’s cloud-native media processing software aligns with our choice of moving resources to Sky’s software-defined streaming infrastructure, while allowing us to be nimble. Using CAE, we can deliver stunning video to a larger group of subscribers, providing a better quality of experience to those in areas with challenging bandwidth availability.”

Sky Italia will use Harmonic’s VOS software for OTT media processing in on-premises datacenters integrated with the Sky Italia architecture, which leverages Kubernetes and a SMPTE 2022 uncompressed multicast video network. By enabling Sky Italia to dynamically control and optimize its video processing resources, together with their blueprint for an open-source ecosystem, the VOS solution will dramatically accelerate time to market for new channels. EyeQ™ CAE will be used to significantly reduce Sky’s bandwidth requirements, decrease CDN costs and improve QoE.

“Sky Italia asked for a highly available and scalable streaming solution for outstanding video quality and state-of-the art ABR packaging. We went above and beyond in meeting these requirements,” said Ian Graham, senior vice president of international sales and video services at Harmonic. “Having an elastic and always-up-to-date media workflow will give Sky Italia serious competitive advantages, enabling it to launch services faster and scale up seamlessly.”

Harmonic will showcase its latest video streaming innovations at IBC2019, Sept. 13-17 in Amsterdam at Stand 1.B20. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190912Harmonic-SkyItalia.docx

Viaccess-Orca Secures New Android TV STB for Orange Spain IPTV Offering

Using VO’s DRM, Orange Spain Can Meet the Strict Content Protection Requirements for Live, VOD, and Ultra HD Content

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that Orange Spain has deployed a new Android™ TV set-top box (STB) secured by VO’s DRM solution for its IPTV service. This new STB will enable Orange Spain pay-TV subscribers to access a wide range of premium content, including Ultra HD, live, and VOD, protected by VO.

“Android TV offers a quick time-to-market for new services and a rich set of applications, which is exactly the type of experience we want to provide to our subscribers. The key is ensuring that content is well-protected,” said José Antonio Guzmán, Director of OrangeTV at Orange Spain. “VO’s DRM relies on powerful hardware-based content protection mechanisms, allowing us to meet the most demanding studio security requirements in the world.”

Orange Spain is now using security agents from VO within both its legacy Linux-based STBs and new Android TV STBs, ensuring a superior television experience for all subscribers. VO’s proprietary DRM and a multi-DRM backend platform are currently in use by more than 30 leading operators around the world and successfully deployed on Android STBs for IPTV and OTT services. VO’s DRM passed a rigorous assessment by Cartesian, proving that it is a robust content security solution.

“Content security requirements are continuously changing and increasing in complexity, and VO’s wide range of security services and solutions are made to address these challenges. Our DRM solution ensures that operators can deliver a rich offering in any ecosystem, including Android TV,” said Paul Molinier, CEO of Viaccess-Orca. “VO DRM is available on Android TV STBs from a variety of manufacturers, and we have significant deployment expertise in this environment, making us attractive to operators like Orange Spain that want to quickly launch and monetize a new television offering.”

VO will demonstrate the solution deployed at Orange Spain at IBC2019 Stand 1.A51. To set up a meeting to learn more, click here: https://www.viaccess-orca.com/what-s-new/events/ibc-2019.

DVB Presents World-First Showcase of DVB-I: Internet-Enabled Linear Television Services

Exhibiting at IBC2019 (1.B71), DVB, an industry consortium that develops open interoperable technical specifications for the delivery of digital media and broadcast services, announced today that it will present the world’s first demonstration of linear television services using the DVB-I solution, which relies on internet-based access and streaming mechanisms alongside classical broadcasting techniques.

“As we approach the deployment stage for DVB-I, IBC is a great opportunity to showcase its readiness to enable the kind of reliable and user-friendly experience we associate with watching TV, but in situations where a broadcast connection may not be available,” said Peter MacAvock, chair of DVB. “Stop by DVB’s new location in Hall 1 at IBC2019, have a drink, talk with our experts, and learn where the future of digital media and broadcast delivery is headed thanks to DVB specifications.”

World-First DVB-I Demo
At IBC2019, several DVB members will collaborate to present the world’s first working demonstration of DVB-I, built from the related specifications. The demo will include broadband- and broadcast-delivered linear television services using HTTP-based access and streaming mechanisms. It showcases key elements such as a DVB-I Service List, DVB-DASH streaming with the recently released low-latency mode, and Multicast Adaptive Bit Rate support for network optimization.

DVB member demo partners will include: ATEME, Broadpeak, ENENSYS Technologies, Harmonic, ITV, Kineton, Newtec, RAI, Rohde & Schwarz, SES, TPV Technology, and Viaccess-Orca.

One-on-One DVB Expert Consultations
Additionally, DVB specialists will be on hand at the stand to meet one-on-one with visitors regarding a wide range of DVB-related topics. Potential topics include physical layer transmission technologies, DVB-I and streaming solutions, audio and video coding, interactive services, conditional access, and more. To schedule a consultation, visit https://dvb.as.me/.

Thought Leadership Sessions on DVB Specifications
DVB will extend its thought leadership to several IBC2019 conference sessions, providing expert opinions on all things related to DVB. Sessions will include:

Peter Siebert, Head of Technology at DVB, will take part in an IET session panel titled “Broadcast to IP Impacts” at the Future Zone Theatre, on Friday 13 Sept., 14:15-15:00.
Additionally, Siebert will give a presentation on the DVB specification for high dynamic range at the Ultra HD Forum IBC Masterclass, in the Emerald Room, Saturday 14 Sept., 10:35-10:55.
Peter MacAvock, Head of Delivery, Platforms and Services at the EBU Technology & Innovation Department and chair of DVB, will give a presentation titled “Broadcast in Light of 5G: What Will It Look Like?” as part of the Newtec Sessions, Room G106, Saturday 14 Sept., 12:30-13:30.

Cheers: Join DVB for a drink
A DVB drinks reception sponsored by Sisvel will take place at IBC2019 on Friday 13 Sept. from 17:00 to 19:00 on the DVB booth. IBC2019 attendees are encouraged to stop by, catch up with old friends, and make some valuable new connections within the wider DVB family.