Harmonic Announces Powerful Innovations for its VOS SaaS Summer 2020 Release

New Enhancements Increase Streaming Performance, Add Broadcast Delivery, Ensure Service Continuity and Simplify Targeted Advertising

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced a major release of its VOS® SaaS platforms and cloud-native software with new features that make live video streaming and broadcast delivery simpler than ever.

“The rapid evolution of cloud technology is ushering in a broad range of innovation in the media industry for both streaming and traditional broadcast applications,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, video products and corporate development, at Harmonic. “With this summer release for VOS SaaS and cloud-native software, Harmonic continues to drive forward innovation, helping our customers achieve unparalleled efficiency, flexibility and reliability when they pivot to cloud-native environments both on public and private clouds.”

VOS360 Live Streaming Platform:

  • New seamless 1+1 geo-redundancy capabilities, ensuring uninterrupted streaming.
  • Effectively manage peak viewing by utilizing multi-CDN and caching capabilities.
  • Support for Google Ad Manager and FreeWheel ad management platforms.
  • Reduce latency with Apple Low-Latency HLS protocol support.

VOS360 Channel Origination & Distribution Platform:

  • Reduce infrastructure costs with the world’s first statmux support in the cloud.
  • Simplify cloud playout workflows utilizing new partnerships for traffic management and playout automation, including partners Aveco, Crispin/Sony and Florical.

VOS Cloud-Native Software:

  • Realize performance boost and density gains with Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors.
  • Achieve higher CPU savings via a range of video-quality encoding configurations.
  • Deploy broadcast statmux capabilities and CAS vendor integrations on the same stack.

Harmonic’s VOS cloud offerings power millions of simultaneous streams, thousands of live channels and countless VOD requests.

To learn more about the new VOS SaaS summer release, customers are invited to join Harmonic for a live webinar on Wednesday, June 24 at 11:00 a.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. CEST. Registration is now open online here.

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

SportsMax Powers Live Sports Streaming with Harmonic

Harmonic’s VOS®360 Live Streaming Platform Provides Reliable Service Continuity and On-the-Fly Scaling for OTT Delivery of Premium Sports Events

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that SportsMax, a leading sports channel in the Caribbean and a subsidiary of the Digicel Group, is using Harmonic’s VOS®360 Live Streaming Platform to cost-effectively deliver premium sports events from popular leagues across the world. Leveraging the cloud, Harmonic’s VOS360 platform enables SportsMax to dynamically scale channel lineups based on the schedules of premier sports associations, such as La Liga, NBA, Caribbean Premier League, Women’s Tennis Association and the English Premier League, while providing exceptional quality of experience to viewers.

“Our sports schedule is dynamic; consequently, having an elastic solution for live video streaming is critical. At the same time, service continuity is absolutely essential for us,” said Oraine Godfrey, head of digital media at SportsMax. “The VOS360 platform offers unmatched flexibility and provides real-time scaling for handling peak viewing, which is important for live sports streaming. It also assures total service continuity and the best video quality, ensuring our fans are satisfied with their viewing experience. By allowing us to live stream from source to screen, Harmonic’s platform dramatically increases our efficiencies.”

Harmonic’s VOS360 Live Streaming Platform simplifies all stages of media processing and delivery for SportsMax, providing end-to-end capabilities including live and file transcoding, packaging and origin, dynamic real-time CDN selection, VOD and time-shift. The VOS360 platform is built with unparalleled uptime to keep channels on air. Dynamic dual cloud instances synchronize video and keep streams fully aligned, while Harmonic’s worldwide team of DevOps experts provides round-the-clock assistance to ensure high reliability for subscribers.

“Professional sports events are starting to return without spectators, placing an even greater relevance on streaming. High-quality, scalable and resilient streaming enables fans from all over the world to watch their favorite teams, leagues and players online,” said Alvaro Martin, vice president, sales and services, Latin America, at Harmonic. “With our VOS360 Live Streaming Platform, SportsMax can cost-effectively deliver coverage of the top sports leagues, over the top, to the Caribbean market. On-the-fly scaling capabilities on the VOS360 platform will ensure that millions of viewers can watch the events simultaneously with the reliability and exceptional quality of experience that Harmonic is known for.”

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

Harmonic Providing Free Access to Video Streaming Innovation During Global Lockdown

Enabling Up to 50% Bandwidth Reduction for 90 Days Through Harmonic EyeQ™

The current global health crisis has given rise to rapid growth in network traffic, resulting in strain across global broadband networks. In order to address the recent surge and to support its many customers during these unprecedented times, Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced it will provide its EyeQ™ content-aware encoding (CAE) technology free for the next 90 days to help alleviate the current network constraints.

Harmonic’s EyeQ technology leverages artificial intelligence to reduce streaming congestion on broadband networks by up to 50% without impacting quality. It serves as a highly effective tool to combat the recent surge and a step above recently utilized methods such as resolution and bit rate reductions. EyeQ CAE is available on all Harmonic media processors, through a software license, and the VOS®360 Live Streaming Platform.

“Due to the nearly global lockdown, the demand for high-quality streaming services has exploded and as such has led to excessive constraints on broadband networks. Adding our EyeQ technology to the mix can greatly decrease bandwidth consumption for high-quality video and alleviate strain on local and national broadband networks,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, video products and corporate development at Harmonic. “By offering free licenses for the expected lockdown timeframes, Harmonic is providing an effective tool to help both media companies and broadband networks alike.”

Harmonic will highlight its EyeQ CAE technology through Live Connection, a 30-day virtual showcase highlighting Harmonic’s latest video streaming innovations. The online interactive series will shine light on the powerful benefits of Harmonic’s software solutions and cloud-based platforms providing increased agility, flexibility, efficiency and continuity to meet the growing consumer demand for streaming and broadcast services. To register for the Harmonic Live Connection virtual showcase, please visit live.harmonicinc.com.  

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

Harmonic Announces Virtual Showcase to Bring Smarter Video Streaming to Life

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced the launch of Live Connection, a 30-day virtual showcase highlighting Harmonic’s latest video streaming innovations. The online interactive series will shine light on the powerful benefits of Harmonic’s software solutions and cloud-based platforms providing increased agility, flexibility, efficiency and continuity to meet the growing consumer demand for streaming and broadcast services.

The virtual showcase, commencing on April 16, will kick off with a webinar on how to cut streaming congestion without sacrificing quality of service and will comprise a mix of additional live webinars, a unique virtual showroom experience and engaging one-on-one meetings with Harmonic team members.

“We’re rolling out Harmonic Live Connection to meaningfully engage with our globally dispersed customers and assure the continuity of their mission-critical services,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, video products and corporate development, at Harmonic. “Our virtual showcase will highlight Harmonic’s innovations in low-latency live streaming, channel origination, UHD HDR, personalized advertising, video workflow portability to cloud, geo-redundancy and ATSC 3.0, that make next-gen video streaming and broadcast services smarter.”

Live Streaming Made Simpler
Harmonic will demonstrate its VOS®360 Live Streaming Platform, which leverages the flexibility of cloud infrastructures to meet the demanding and complex requirements of live streaming. The fully managed solution is cloud-neutral, running on a range of public cloud platforms, and efficiently handles all stages of the media processing and delivery chain, with geo-redundancy to ensure the highest level of service reliability.

Using the VOS360 platform for live streaming, operators can achieve real-time scaling to handle peaks in viewership, which is extremely useful for live sports. Several unique cloud-based workflows will be shown, including low-latency delivery for OTT, dynamic ad insertion and live video delivery optimization.

Channel Origination Made Smarter
Harmonic will showcase its VOS360 Channel Origination & Distribution Platform, highlighting how the fully managed platform enables smarter content control. Using the schedule-based delivery solution, operators can create linear channels, live events and streams, direct to consumers or syndication partners, at lightning speed on one simple platform.

The VOS360 platform features unparalleled scheduling flexibility, wide support of sources and fully automated delivery over the internet for both live and file-based content. Supported by a worldwide team of DevOps experts that provide round-the-clock assistance, Harmonic’s VOS platforms ensure high reliability, even during viewing peaks. Key capabilities highlighted at Live Connection will include modern playout combining on-premises and in-cloud resources controlled by the same traffic or control system, CDN-enabled distribution to affiliates as well as cloud channel origination enabling content personalization.

Media Processing Made Faster
Harmonic’s VOS Cloud-Native Software leverages the flexibility of on-premises cloud-native infrastructures to power demanding and complex streaming and broadcast systems. The VOS software enables the fast launch and simple management of end-to-end professional media workflows in private data centers, including ingest of live or file sources, channel playout and processing of all content with ease. Key capabilities highlighted at Live Connection will include unified broadcast and streaming delivery, portability to public cloud and seamless geo-redundancy.

Video Workflows Made Easier with Software Appliances
Harmonic is at the forefront of simplifying the migration to all-IP workflows leveraging the SMPTE ST 2110 standard, making UHD HDR production and delivery straightforward for content providers and broadcast operators, and unifying ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0 delivery through its software-based XOS advanced media processor. Harmonic will demonstrate support for SMPTE ST 2110 and UHD HDR for contribution; production and playout; and OTT and broadcast delivery with the ViBE® CP9000 contribution encoder, Spectrum™ X media server and XOS advanced media processor, respectively.

To receive an invitation for the Harmonic Live Connection virtual showcase, please contact your Harmonic account manager or visit live.harmonicinc.com.

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

Foxtel Expands Ultra HD Services with Harmonic

Market-Leading Electra® Media Processor Employs AI Encoding to Improve Bandwidth Efficiency

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Foxtel, a leading subscription-TV provider in Australia, has deployed Harmonic’s software-based Electra® XOS live video processor to increase efficiencies in its Ultra HD service offering. Utilizing the AI-powered Electra XOS solution, Foxtel is able to deliver additional Ultra HD programming using the same fixed bandwidth capacity.

“Video delivery technologies have evolved tremendously over the past few years, enabling even greater efficiencies,” said Darren Windus, distribution systems manager at Foxtel. “As a longstanding Harmonic customer, transitioning to the Electra XOS solution allows us to take advantage of advanced technologies, such as AI, and as a result deliver richer Ultra HD content with amazing quality at low bitrates.”

Harmonic’s Electra XOS solution, part of Harmonic’s market-leading Electra family, brings together industry-leading expertise in video algorithms and the latest in AI innovation to deliver exceptional video quality when bandwidth is limited. The solution supports streaming and broadcast formats, HDR processing, uncompressed and compressed IP inputs, and integrated packaging to simplify live video workflows. The software-based Electra XOS platform allows for continual updates with the latest technology advancements, ensuring that Foxtel stays ahead of the curve.

“Today’s viewers expect to watch Ultra HD channels, especially for live sports. But delivering higher resolution content can put a significant strain on the operators’ network capacity,” said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales and video services, APAC, at Harmonic. “Foxtel trusted Harmonic’s expertise in high-efficiency encoding to simplify the launch of its Ultra HD programming. This successful deployment at Foxtel is a clear demonstration of the world-class video quality, optimized bandwidth and system reliability that the Electra XOS solution provides.”

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

Vidgo Launches 100+ Channel Live Streaming Service Powered by Harmonic

VOS®360 Live Streaming Platform Provides Rapid Service Scaling for OTT Delivery

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Vidgo has launched a new OTT service powered by Harmonic’s VOS®360 Live Streaming Platform. Vidgo’s live TV streaming service featuring sports, news and entertainment, boasts more than 100 premium channels including ABC, Comedy Central, ESPN, Fox, and the NFL Network as well as a Latino package for Spanish-speaking viewers. By handling the complete end-to-end media processing and delivery workflow for Vidgo, Harmonic’s VOS360 platform simplifies live streaming from source to screen, speeds up time to market for new channels and enables rapid service scaling.

“A large, diverse content catalog is critically important for an OTT streaming service to be successful, and Vidgo has set a high bar in this regard. Our new streaming service gives subscribers a simple, convenient way to watch live TV anytime, on any device, ensuring that sports fans never miss important matches, fights and games on some of the most popular channels available,” said Shane Cannon, CEO at Vidgo. “We chose Harmonic’s VOS360 Live Streaming Platform because it significantly reduces our operational costs and complexity, making it simple to stream live events with high reliability and exceptional quality of experience. Harmonic provided outstanding support and expertise throughout the project, taking the guesswork out of live streaming.”

Harmonic’s VOS360 Live Streaming Platform offers a comprehensive range of media processing functionalities in a cloud-native environment, including live and file transcoding, packaging and origin, dynamic real-time CDN selection, targeted advertising, VOD, SVOD, time-shift viewing and network DVR. Relying on a single cloud-based platform for live streaming from source to screen significantly increased Vidgo’s efficiencies and accelerated its time to market. Harmonic’s advanced DevOps team provides Vidgo with around-the-clock support and monitoring, ensuring the highest level of availability and reliability for its new live streaming service.

“New entrants to the OTT environment don’t necessarily have massive budgets, and they need to launch services fast,” said Eric Armstrong, vice president of sales, North America Media at Harmonic. “With our VOS360 Live Streaming Platform, Vidgo can cost-effectively scale its new OTT service on the fly and stream content ranging from on-demand to premium live sports events to millions of subscribers with exceptional quality, scalability and reliability, differentiating itself in this highly competitive arena.”

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

Harmonic’s CableOS Solution Powers Broadband Expansion for Westman Communications

Deployed in a Distributed Access Architecture, Harmonic’s vCMTS and Remote PHY Solution Increase Scalability and Flexibility for Canadian Cable Operator

SAN JOSE, Calif. Dec. 17, 2019 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) announced that Westman Communications Group (Westman Communications), a leading communications provider in Canada, has expanded its broadband capacity using Harmonic’s CableOS™ virtualized cable access solution in a distributed access architecture (DAA) with Harmonic’s Remote PHY (R-PHY) nodes. Overcoming the space, power and operational constraints of legacy hardware products, the CableOS solution enables Westman Communications to deliver DOCSIS 3.1 internet services to customers today and be ready for multi-gigabit broadband speeds in the future.

“We want to deliver enhanced next-generation services to our customers over the best network in the most cost-effective way possible,” said Graham Johnston, chief technology officer at Westman Communications. “Harmonic’s flexible software-based CMTS with simplified licensing and R-PHY support, along with their extensive DAA deployment expertise, enabled us to launch the CableOS solution in under two months, a considerable feat for such a significant technology transformation. We’re now fully prepared to meet the consumer demand for increased broadband speeds.”

Westman Communications provides services across 35 Manitoba communities. With this deployment, Westman Communications joins the fast-growing group of communications providers, realizing the advantages of virtualization with Harmonic’s CableOS solution. The CableOS offering serves more than 1 million cable modems globally and has been awarded numerous patents for ground-breaking innovations that are now enabling more flexible and efficient broadband service delivery expansion.  

“Cable networks and the services they provide are transforming to address new market opportunities,” said Gil Katz, senior vice president, Cable Access Business Operations at Harmonic. “When you’re making a mission-critical shift to next-generation technology, choosing a partner that is proficient and experienced is imperative. This is where Harmonic is leading the charge, with a highly skilled professional services team and the industry’s first and only field-proven software-based CMTS and R-PHY system. Our CableOS solution offers the best TCO, enabling operators like Westman Communications Group to confidently deploy higher speed internet services quickly and efficiently.”  

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

Shop LC and The Jewelry Channel Elevate Online Shopping Experience with Harmonic

Retail Giants to Deliver High-Quality, Low-Latency Video Streaming with Harmonic’s VOS360 SaaS

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Austin, Texas-based online auction shopping network Shop LC and its U.K.-based sister company, The Jewelry Channel (TJC), leaders in internet retailing of jewelry and lifestyle products, will use Harmonic solutions to power their OTT services. Using Harmonic’s VOS®360 SaaS, Shop LC and TJC will be able to distribute live OTT content to any screen with exceptional quality of experience and low latency, as well as deliver on-demand content for web shoppers.

“Low latency is critical for live OTT. Having Harmonic as a video delivery partner gives us the confidence to provide an outstanding online shopping experience to our customers,” said Vineet Vashisht, chief technology officer at VGL Group, Shop LC’s and TJC’s parent company. “Harmonic’s VOS360 SaaS sets the benchmark for delivering high-quality, low-latency live video streams, and that is why we’re also looking at replacing our on-prem playout system and creating pop-up channels with Harmonic in the near future.”

Harmonic’s VOS360 SaaS will give Shop LC and TJC the unique capability to stream CMAF DASH and low-latency HLS video. Using its time-shift feature, Shop LC and TJC can easily create high-quality VOD assets for use on their website, including videos and images related to retail products, thereby offering an enhanced shopping experience to customers.

“Harmonic’s expertise in cloud and video streaming technologies ensures that Shop LC and TJC can provide a world-class live OTT experience to customers, along with high-quality on-demand content that engages customers and boosts sales,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, video products and corporate development, at Harmonic. “With 24/7 operations, a cloud-neutral approach and extensive expansion options, VOS360 SaaS not only streamlines the current workflow for the shopping channels but also provides ample confidence of enhancements in the future.”

Harmonic will showcase its latest video streaming innovations at NAB Show New York, Oct. 16-17 in booth N336. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.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.

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.