Harmonic Awarded Patent for Efficient Cloud-Based Video Processing

Innovative New Technology from Harmonic Lowers Operating Costs for Video Processing

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that it has been awarded Patent Number 10,104,405 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the invention titled “Dynamic Allocation of CPU Cycles in Video Stream Processing.” The patent defines innovative technology that dynamically adjusts CPU cycles for cloud-based video processing based on video complexity information. With this latest patent, Harmonic continues to lead the video industry’s transformation to the cloud. 

“This patent illustrates our commitment to innovation and to bringing new efficiencies and economic benefits to the entire video delivery workflow,” said Patrick Harshman, president and chief executive officer of Harmonic. “Receiving this patent award reinforces Harmonic’s leadership in cloud- and SaaS-centric video delivery and strengthens our customers’ abilities to efficiently create high-quality revenue-generating services, including live and UHD offerings, for their subscribers.”

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

Harmonic Enables SKY Perfect JSAT to Deliver a World-Class Video Experience

Leveraging Harmonic’s Software-Based Solutions, SKY Perfect JSAT Deploys Cutting-Edge UHD and HD Services With Unprecedented Operational Efficiency

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SJC), a leading multi-channel pay TV platform operator in Japan, is upgrading its DTH headend to support HD and UHD delivery using an IP-based video and stream processing solution from Harmonic. SJC has also deployed an integrated playout solution from Harmonic to simplify the delivery of HD channels. Harmonic’s solutions rely on software-based and intelligent function integration to enable seamless channel expansion, increase cost savings and deliver exceptional video quality to SKY PerfecTV! subscribers at low bitrates.

“As the only multi-channel pay TV platform operator covering Japan, we have millions of subscribers counting on us to deliver a world-class entertainment experience,” said Shuhei Yamaura, managing executive officer, broadcasting engineering group at SJC. “Harmonic has been a long-standing technology partner in helping us transition to software-based systems and an industry frontrunner in delivering HD and UHD channels. As we unleash over 180 HD and six UHD channels for MPEG-2, H.264 and HEVC distribution, Harmonic’s video platforms will provide exceptional efficiency through software and intelligent function collapse.”

SJC is using Harmonic’s Electra® video processing and ProStream® X stream processing solutions to ensure optimal HD and UHD video quality, as well as bandwidth efficiency for their new DTH headend. The Electra and ProStream X platform increases SJC’s operational efficiencies and cost savings via the use of COTS servers.

Harmonic’s market-leading Spectrum™ X media server features channel-in-a-box capabilities that allow SKY PerfecTV! to deliver a rich on-air presentation to subscribers. By reducing the number of individual components required to air fully branded channels, Harmonic’s integrated playout solution decreases equipment, maintenance and power costs.

“We are proud to launch UHD channels at SKY PerfecTV! in Japan, where UHD is at the forefront and leading higher resolution video experiences around the world,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, corporate development at Harmonic. “SJC chose Harmonic for this upgrade based on our proven track record in helping operators around the globe transition their video processing infrastructure towards software-based technologies while maintaining the highest standard of quality and reliability.”

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

TVS Cable Deploys DOCSIS 3.1 Broadband Offering with Harmonic’s CableOS Virtualized Cable Access Solution

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that TVS Cable, a leading regional cable operator headquartered in Kentucky, has deployed Harmonic’s CableOS™ virtualized cable access solution for new DOCSIS 3.1 broadband services. The industry’s first software-based Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS), Harmonic’s CableOS solution enables TVS Cable to provide gigabit internet speeds while overcoming space, power and legacy-hardware complexity constraints.

“Prior to deploying CableOS, we were running seven CMTSs over 1,100 miles of plant space. It was complex and expensive to manage so many different devices, IP pools and hardware types,” said David Thacker, assistant manager at TVS Cable. “Harmonic’s CableOS solution significantly reduced the complexity, enabling us to be more agile, efficient and scalable. The CableOS solution beat out the competitive offerings in all aspects to give us a chance to be a frontrunner in delivering gigabit internet services.”

Harmonic’s CableOS solution supports fast deployment of broadband and streaming video services while also simplifying network operations. It does this by enabling a centralized virtualized CMTS Core connected to distributed dense PHY shelves located in multiple network hub facilities. Through the use of COTS servers and switches, CableOS lowers TVS Cable’s broadband delivery costs and accelerates the time to market for bold new service offerings.

“Virtualization is beginning to have a profound impact on the cable market, enabling greater agility, capacity and service velocity with reduced space and power requirements,” said Nimrod Ben-Natan, senior vice president and general manager, cable access business, at Harmonic. “We are proud to lead this virtualization movement in the cable access industry with our CableOS solution, which is helping operators like TVS Cable unleash compelling new broadband services.”

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

Harmonic Brings New Efficiencies to Broadcast and OTT Service Delivery at Inter BEE 2018

Whether service providers are delivering traditional broadcast or video streaming offerings, they need to be more nimble, improve video quality and increase monetization. At Inter BEE 2018, Harmonic will demonstrate how its software-based approach for media processing, playout and delivery can be deployed in cloud and on-premises environments to increase agility and operational efficiencies, while driving superior-quality user experiences across all screens.

“Being agile is a critical necessity for today’s content and service providers, given the speed with which technology and consumer viewing habits are changing,” said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales, APAC at Harmonic. “At Inter BEE 2018, we will bring the latest innovations in software and the cloud, to speed up time to market for video streaming services, driving new workflow efficiencies, better monetization and exceptional video quality.”

Highlights include:

Speed up the Launch of OTT Channels, Boost Monetization With SaaS for Video
VOS®360 Video software-as-a-service (SaaS) unifies the entire media processing chain, from ingest to playout, transcoding, encryption, packaging and origin, enabling operators to launch video streaming services faster and run simpler, leaner operations. A wide range of business models for VOS360 Video SaaS will be shown at Inter BEE 2018, including time-shift TV, VOD, live sports streaming, dynamic ad insertion for OTT and targeted advertising for broadcast.

For content monetization, Harmonic will demonstrate server-side dynamic ad insertion for OTT and targeted advertising for broadcast, as well as blackout content scheduling and management. With Harmonic’s solution, which supports HbbTV, operators can personalize content delivery per audience, geography or syndication.

Harmonic will also showcase breathtaking images featuring NASA content from the world’s first 24/7 UHD HDR video streaming service, powered by VOS360 Video SaaS.

Maximize the Efficiency of UHD HDR Service Delivery
Harmonic’s end-to-end UHD HDR workflow solution supports a wide range of applications, including channel origination, live streaming and video on demand. At the heart of Harmonic’s UHD HDR solution are the Spectrum™ X media server and Electra™ X encoder, which deliver pristine video quality at low bitrates. This solution can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud as part of Harmonic’s VOS®360 Video SaaS.

Harmonic’s CableOS Solution Powers Buckeye Broadband’s Launch of Gigabit Internet Service Over DOCSIS 3.1

Harmonic’s Virtualized Cable Access Solution Features a Software-based CMTS for Unprecedented Scalability, Flexibility and Cost Savings

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Buckeye Broadband, the leading cable and telecommunications provider in Northwest Ohio, is using Harmonic’s CableOS™ virtualized cable access solution to launch a DOCSIS 3.1 broadband platform offering speeds up to 1 Gbps. As the industry’s first software-based Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS), Harmonic’s CableOS solution enables Buckeye Broadband to transition to a more flexible, cost-effective architecture and deliver gigabit speeds and services while better controlling capital and operating expenses.

“As we look to deliver next-generation data, voice and video services to customers, we need a future-proof infrastructure solution,” said R.J. Walker, vice president of engineering, operations and IT services at Buckeye Broadband. “Harmonic’s CableOS solution provides sustainable capacity growth over the long term and end-to-end support for centralized architectures now, while future-proofing our operations for distributed architectures, enabling us to deliver faster broadband offerings and address critical space, power and cost requirements.”

Harmonic’s CableOS solution enables fast and flexible deployment of gigabit data, voice and video services by centralizing the operator’s virtualized CMTS core, which connects via a standard IP network to dense PHY shelves located in secondary headend and hub facilities. Through this flexible remote PHY architecture, and by utilizing COTS servers and switches, the CableOS solution dramatically improves gigabit service scalability and delivery costs.

“Software is transforming the future of cable access networks, providing increased scalability, flexibility and cost savings to operators,” said Nimrod Ben-Natan, senior vice president and general manager, cable access business, at Harmonic. “We’re excited to collaborate with Buckeye Broadband on this world-class broadband access network. With the CableOS solution at the heart of its infrastructure, Buckeye Broadband is ready to achieve unprecedented DOCSIS bandwidth and boost cost efficiencies.”

Harmonic will showcase its latest virtualized cable access innovations at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Oct. 22-25, in Atlanta at booth 2145. For further information about Buckeye Broadband and its customer-oriented internet, video, and phone products, see www.buckeyebroadband.com. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Harmonic Announces its CableOS™ Virtualized Cable Access Solution Supports Cloud-Native Deployments

New Containerized Version of the CableOS Offering Successfully Deployed by a Tier-1 Cable Operator

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that its groundbreaking CableOS™ virtualized cable access software is available as a cloud-native containerized and Kubernetes-orchestrated solution, enabling new levels of scalability, reliability and efficiency for operators. Building on the CableOS solution’s original microservices software architecture, the new cloud-native offering will be a key enabler of the broader SDN and NFV transformation beginning to take hold in the cable industry. Featuring a rich and extensible API-based software architecture that is integrated with third-party provisioning, cloud networking and orchestration applications, the CableOS cloud-native solution has been successfully deployed by a tier-1 cable operator.

“Virtualizing the CMTS core was our first step toward unleashing a more flexible and scalable cable access architecture — and we are pleased to see this solution deployed by a growing number of global cable operators,” said Nimrod Ben-Natan, senior vice president and general manager, cable access business, at Harmonic. “Now, through cloud-native support, our CableOS solution delivers a new level of performance and density while enabling operational benefits, such as automated deployment and more granular system upgrades, in the delivery of competitive gigabit services. By aligning the CableOS solution with our companywide cloud-native strategy, Harmonic is leading a powerful new era of growth and efficiency for cable operators around the world.”

The CableOS software core can be deployed on either dedicated COTS servers or on cloud compute data centers, natively supporting both centralized hub-collapsed CMTS architectures and distributed access architectures (DAA). The new containerized and Kubernetes-orchestrated CableOS solution has been successfully deployed in both of these architectures. With a growing number of cable operators planning to migrate to both SDN/NFV core networks and DAA, Harmonic’s CableOS offering is uniquely positioned as a powerful bridge to cable’s future that is real and deployable today.

Harmonic will demonstrate CableOS at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2018, Oct. 22-25, in Atlanta at booth 2145. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Harmonic Appoints Deborah Clifford to Its Board of Directors

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced it has expanded the company’s board of directors with the appointment of Deborah Clifford.

“I’m delighted to welcome Debbie to our board,” said Patrick Harshman, president and CEO of Harmonic. “Her strong finance and operational leadership experience will be an asset to Harmonic as we continue to shape the future of video and broadband service delivery through innovations in video SaaS and virtualized cable access solutions.”

Ms. Clifford currently serves as the vice president of financial planning and analysis at Autodesk, a leading 3D design, engineering and entertainment software company. Most recently, she has been a lead architect of Autodesk’s transformation from selling perpetual licenses to becoming a SaaS provider. Ms. Clifford has held a variety of finance positions of increasing scope and responsibility during her tenure at Autodesk, partnering closely with product, marketing and sales leadership. Before Autodesk, she was director of financial planning and analysis at Virage, a video search software company, which she helped take public. She began her career in public accounting at Ernst & Young.

“Harmonic has developed a smarter, faster and simpler approach to gigabit cable access and video streaming that is unique to the industry. I look forward to helping the company continue its cloud-native and SaaS transformation, with a focus on increasing growth and profitability,” said Ms. Clifford.

Ms. Clifford holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a business specialization from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She currently serves on the board of trustees of GeoHazards International, a non-profit organization dedicated to disaster prevention in the developing world.

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

Harmonic Leads the Charge for Virtualized Cable Access and Video Streaming at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that it will demonstrate groundbreaking new innovations in virtualized cable access and video streaming at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Oct. 22-25, in Atlanta. Harmonic’s software-centric solutions are enabling the next generation of IP-based cable services, including scalable gigabit internet and superior-quality multiscreen video.

“Increased competition from OTT service providers and shifting consumer behaviors have created a challenge and opportunity for global cable operators,” said Nimrod Ben-Natan, senior vice president and general manager of Harmonic’s Cable Access Business. “Operators today need to be nimble, reducing costs while delivering market-leading broadband and video services. At SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, we will demonstrate how new smarter software-based cable access and video streaming solutions enable operators to meet this challenge with unprecedented scalability, simplicity and efficiency.”

Unleash Broadband Potential With Virtualized Cable Access
Harmonic will unveil next-generation capabilities for its CableOS™ virtualized cable access solution at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. The CableOS solution is the industry’s first software-based Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) and end-to-end Remote PHY system, designed from the ground up to support both centralized and distributed architectures. Powering the world’s first virtualized cable access networks, Harmonic’s CableOS offering brings market-leading broadband access speeds to consumers and enterprises while simultaneously overcoming space, power and other legacy hardware technology constraints.

Bring Video Streaming Services to Life Faster With SaaS
At SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Harmonic will also showcase breathtaking images featuring NASA content from the world’s first 24/7 UHD HDR video streaming service, powered by the VOS®360 Video SaaS solution for media processing and delivery. In addition, Harmonic will demonstrate how operators can improve consumer quality of experience through artificial intelligence-based technology found in the company’s award-winning EyeQ™ content-aware encoding solution.

Harmonic’s Thought Leadership Shines Bright at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo
Asaf Matatyaou, vice president, solutions and product management, Cable Access Business, at Harmonic, will present at the “Distributed Access Architecture (DAA)” pre-conference session on Monday, Oct. 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room B405/406/407. The session will cover the newest DAA technology trends and deployments.

In addition, Matatyaou will speak about “Virtualizing the CMTS: Who’s Doing What in vCMTS-ville” during a panel discussion on Monday, Oct. 22, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in room B406.

Harmonic will showcase its latest innovations at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2018, Oct. 22-25, in Atlanta at booth 2145. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Foxtel Chooses Harmonic to Power First 4K UHD Service in Australia

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Foxtel, an Australian pay-TV operator with cable, direct broadcast satellite and IPTV streaming services, has launched the first 4K UHD offering in the country using a Harmonic software-based UHD solution. Harmonic’s solution maximizes workflow efficiencies and ensures exceptional video quality at low bitrates for Foxtel’s next-generation television services.

“Video quality, HDR support and reliability were our key considerations when choosing a technology partner,” said Darren Windus, distribution systems manager at Foxtel. “Harmonic has a strong track record of delivering amazing video quality and world-class deployment support, making this an easy business decision for Foxtel. When we are ready to introduce HDR to this new service, Harmonic’s software-centric approach to video delivery will make it a simple, quick upgrade.”

Harmonic handles the entire UHD production and delivery workflow for Foxtel’s new service using the Electra® video processor for live UHD HEVC encoding, the ProStream® X stream processor for scrambling and the RD9000 decoder to achieve superior video quality for broadcast contribution.

“This is a significant technology breakthrough for Foxtel and will undeniably attract many new subscribers who are excited about the raw beauty of UHD,” said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales, APAC, at Harmonic. “With UHD’s improved resolution, Foxtel’s viewers can now feel like they are standing on the field during live sports events and become immersed in the latest movies. Our video processing solutions are at the heart of many UHD service offerings around the world, and we’re proud to be leading the charge for stunning video experiences.”

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