Harmonic Enables Guangdong Radio and Television to Deliver Premium UHD Broadcasts in China

Harmonic’s Playout Solution Enables First Chinese Province-Level UHD Broadcast Channel

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Guangdong Radio and Television (GRT) is the first province-level broadcaster in China to deploy UHD channels, thanks to a playout solution from Harmonic. Supporting a range of formats, including SD, HD and UHD, Harmonic’s playout solution enables GRT to create pristine UHD broadcasts.

“UHD is still fairly new to the Chinese market, and we wanted to be at the forefront of this exciting movement,” said Huang Yonghong, associate director at GRT. “Harmonic’s playout solution provides rock-solid reliability and a rich feature set, increasing our workflow efficiency and allowing UHD channels to be launched very quickly.”

GRT has deployed Harmonic’s market-leading Spectrum™ X media server to deliver provincial UHD broadcasts and expand its HD channel offering. Harmonic’s Spectrum X solution reduces the complexity of broadcast workflows by merging multiple capabilities onto a single appliance. Native SDI and IP I/O on the same chassis will also enable GRT’s future transition to all-IP workflows and accelerate the launch of new revenue-generating channels.

Spectrum X media server also features innovative HDR and SDR with tone mapping and tone expansion, with support for sustained SDR or HDR outputs and mixed SDR and HDR clips. Additionally, the server provides simulcast channel capabilities with support for two different output resolutions, including SDR and HDR, from one playlist. These advanced features can easily be adopted by GRT in the future as it continues to improve upon video quality.

“Being among the first to launch UHD channels in China gives GRT a reputation for quickly responding to technology innovation and addressing consumer demand for an elevated entertainment experience,” said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales and video services, APAC, at Harmonic. “Since Spectrum X is a highly versatile and flexible video server, we are able to expand features and functionality over time, enabling GRT to protect its investment.”

Harmonic will demonstrate its UHD solutions, including the Spectrum X media server, at BroadcastAsia2019, June 18-20 in Singapore at Stand 4S2-01. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

TVB Delivers Superior-Quality OTT Experience with Harmonic

Harmonic’s Content-Aware Encoding Improves Viewer Satisfaction for OTT Delivery by Reducing Buffering and Startup Delays

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Television Broadcast Limited (TVB), a leading television broadcasting company based in Hong Kong, has deployed Harmonic’s EyeQ™ content-aware encoding for its myTV SUPER OTT platform. EyeQ encoding optimizes bandwidth for OTT services, reducing TVB’s CDN costs and improving viewers’ quality of experience (QoE) on every screen by significantly decreasing the amount of stream buffering and startup delays.

“Today’s television viewers expect the same flawless, uninterrupted quality of experience for OTT as broadcast,” said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales and services, APAC, at Harmonic. “Our EyeQ content-aware encoding enables TVB to achieve constant video quality for OTT and improved speeds for video delivery. With the bandwidth savings that EyeQ encoding provides, TVB can enhance its offering and deliver valued-added services like UHD and new sport channels in the future, keeping viewers engaged and watching longer.”

TVB is leveraging EyeQ technology to deliver live HD OTT channels on set-top boxes using the HEVC codec. At the heart of the company’s acclaimed, software-based Electra® media processing platform, EyeQ content-aware encoding offers TVB a fresh approach to delivering consistent, superior video quality for its OTT service, with a significant reduction in bandwidth. The EyeQ technology is unique in its ability to leverage the mechanics of the human eye to assess video quality and optimize encoding parameters in real time.

Harmonic will demonstrate the latest innovations in OTT delivery at BroadcastAsia2019, June 18-20 in Singapore at Level 4, Stand 4S2-01. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Harmonic Extends Market Leadership with New Capabilities for CableOS™ Software

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced a suite of groundbreaking new capabilities that are being added to its field-proven CableOS™ virtualized cable access solution, including:

• Low-latency mode, enabling significantly enhanced video game quality of experience
• Double throughput performance with the latest 1-RU Intel servers and 100G NIC
• Virtual segmentation with network-wide QoS capabilities
• Simultaneous support of centralized and distributed architectures on a single core server
• Interoperability with standard-compliant, third-party Remote PHY devices
• Integration of the CableOS Pebble-1 Remote PHY Device into third-party nodes

“The next generation of CableOS software solidifies our market leadership position, leveraging our powerful cloud-native architecture to enable smarter, more flexible and more scalable multi-gigabit broadband services,” said Asaf Matatyaou, vice president, solutions and product management, Cable Access Business at Harmonic. “Adding cutting-edge virtual segmentation technology and other advanced features to our CableOS offering, and riding the Intel curve to deliver more bandwidth performance with less power, Harmonic is again moving cable access technology a giant step forward. Highlighting the agility of a true software architecture to address new business opportunities, we will provide an industry-first demonstration of low latency capabilities at ANGA COM 2019, showcasing a dramatic improvement to the quality of experience for online gamers.”

CableOS software offers support for the latest generation of 1-RU Intel server CPUs and 100G NIC, providing a massive boost in throughput. By running on state-of-the-art Intel servers, CableOS software allows operators to keep pace with the latest developments and performance improvements in IT, breaking out of the cycle of waiting for and purchasing expensive and quick-to-be-obsolete custom hardware-based CMTS platforms.

Further expanding deployment options for cable operators, Harmonic has also added virtual segmentation with network-wide QoS capabilities to the CableOS solution, allowing operators to increase bandwidth on existing coaxial cable to feed Remote PHY devices without deploying fiber to the new segmentation site.

The new CableOS software also supports hybrid Remote PHY operations for centralized, remote shelf and node deployments. The solution continues to benefit operators that need a boost in capacity for low service group counts in constrained, as well as large-scale environments, delivering flexible deployment options. Recently, the CableOS solution was successfully deployed in a traditional HFC architecture with the core server in one location and compact 1RU CableOS Wave Remote PHY shelves deployed in remote locations. Harmonic’s CableOS Wave Remote PHY shelves use less than 130 Watts, bringing further power, space and cost savings to the operator.

Building on the value of the unique telemetry capabilities featured in previous versions of CableOS software, the solution now provides operators with access to Harmonic’s managed network services and a web-based dashboard to simplify network monitoring. Offering a complete picture of network performance to speed up issue resolution, CableOS software ensures superior QoS for subscribers.

Harmonic will demonstrate the latest capabilities of its CableOS solution at ANGA COM 2019, June 4-6 in Cologne, Germany, hall 7, stand G20. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Harmonic at the 2019 NAB Show

Harmonic Video SaaS for Live Sports Streaming Gets INDYCAR Across the Finish Line Fast

Harmonic’s VOS®360 SaaS Features Usage-Based Pricing, Offering Flexibility and Elasticity for Efficient Live Sports Streaming

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that INDYCAR, the sanctioning body of the NTT IndyCar Series, the preeminent open-wheel series in North America, is using its VOS®360 SaaS for live sports streaming. Featuring a competitive, pay-per-use business model and flexible cloud-native media processing that covers the entire workflow — from ingest to playout, transcoding, packaging and origin server capabilities — Harmonic’s VOS360 SaaS enables INDYCAR to speedily deliver live coverage of auto races, cost-effectively and with exceptional video quality.

“It took less than five weeks to design, set up, test and deploy VOS360 SaaS for live streaming of NTT IndyCar Series races, which is incredibly fast compared with the industry norm for OTT deployments,” said Brad Lee, director of business solutions at Hulman & Company, the parent company of INDYCAR. “Using VOS360 media processing as a service, we can deliver exceptional video quality to any screen, which is a must for live sports events.”

With VOS360 SaaS, INDYCAR can scale the delivery of its OTT services based on actual needs – growing from a few terabytes per day up to petabytes when an NTT IndyCar Series race is on. The elastic usage-based pricing model of Harmonic’s Video SaaS solution guarantees there are no hidden costs, while the solution’s flexibility ensures that INDYCAR can launch new channels and services quickly without requiring a large upfront investment in equipment necessary for traditional hardware-based workflows.

“Our VOS360 SaaS enables INDYCAR to be more agile and simplify its operations, all the while making viewers feel like they’re part of the live action by delivering high-quality in-car video and pit-crew audio during auto races,” said Eric Louvet, senior vice president, global sales and video services at Harmonic. “Harmonic provided INDYCAR with a high level of support, along with minimal operational overhead in terms of not having to invest in a physical infrastructure or ongoing maintenance costs. Those factors made this deployment quick and simple, while reducing media processing costs going forward.”

Harmonic will demonstrate its SaaS-based live sports streaming offerings at the 2019 NAB Show April 8-11 in Las Vegas at Booth SU810. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190407Harmonic-IndyCar.docx

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PRESS RELEASE #2

PCCW Media Selects Harmonic SaaS for Unified Next-Gen IPTV and OTT Service Delivery

Harmonic’s VOS® Cluster SaaS Solution Enables Cloud Operations and Streamlines Content Preparation and Delivery

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that PCCW Media, a leading fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group of PCCW Limited based in Hong Kong, is using Harmonic’s VOS® Cluster SaaS for its Now TV, now Player and Now E services. By providing PCCW Media with a unified solution for IPTV and OTT content preparation and delivery, VOS Cluster cloud-native media processing software speeds up the time to market for new services. The Harmonic solution also assures a high-quality viewing experience on every screen for PCCW subscribers.

“We wanted to simplify the way we prepare and deliver video content for our IPTV and OTT platforms; but even more than that, we wanted a solution to help us migrate to new streaming formats and reduce our storage usage,” said Belinda Chan, Head of Technology at PCCW Media. “Harmonic’s VOS Cluster SaaS transforms traditional video preparation and delivery architectures. Together with the company’s robust 24/7 support, the VOS Cluster SaaS meets all of our requirements for efficiency, agility and cost savings.”

PCCW Media is using Harmonic’s VOS Cluster SaaS for a wide range of functionalities, including VOD transcoding, catch-up TV, live-to-VOD media processing, packaging and origin server capabilities. Unifying the entire media processing chain, from ingest through delivery, the cloud-native application allows PCCW Media to run simpler, leaner operations and offer innovative services with a short turnaround time.

“Being infrastructure independent and highly scalable, our VOS Cluster SaaS enables operators to act swiftly, launching new offerings in hours as opposed to months,” said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales, APAC, at Harmonic. “The VOS Cluster solution is the X-factor behind PCCW Media’s Now TV, now Player and Now E services, reducing capex and opex unlike any other solution, while delivering a superior-quality viewing experience.”

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Harmonic will showcase its video SaaS offerings at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at Booth SU810. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190407Harmonic-PCCW.docx

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PRESS RELEASE #3

Harmonic and Sony Partner to Demonstrate New SaaS Technology for ATSC 3.0 Hybrid Service Delivery at the 2019 NAB Show

Companies Demonstrate UHD, Time-Shift TV, Accelerated Channel Change and Robust OTA Services Using Harmonic’s VOS®360 SaaS and Sony ATSC 3.0 TV Software Innovations

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) and Sony Electronics today announced an innovative demonstration of advanced, hybrid ATSC 3.0 functionality that expands cloud services and enhances the end-consumer experience for ATSC 3.0 TVs. Harmonic’s VOS®360 SaaS delivers both the over-the-air (OTA) and the over-the-top (OTT) components of hybrid services that run on advanced TV software developed by Sony Electronics. At the 2019 NAB Show, Harmonic will demonstrate its unified solution with Sony Electronics, highlighting practical hybrid services use cases that are currently implemented at the Chicago 3.0 ATSC 3.0 trial by Weigel Broadcasting Co. The implementation reflects both companies’ commitment to enabling the innovative capabilities of the ATSC 3.0 standard and support for the successful deployment of hybrid ATSC 3.0 services.

“With ATSC 3.0, broadcasters are taking a giant step toward delivering the best of what over-the-air and over-the-top have to offer,” said Jason Clement, vice president of software development at Sony Electronics. “Our activity with Harmonic is already making a huge impact on the next generation of television, as evidenced by the Chicago 3.0 deployment. We continue to be enthusiastic about ATSC 3.0’s ability to deliver dynamic new viewing experiences for consumers.”

“The delivery of hybrid services is a breakthrough capability of ATSC 3.0 that combines the latest improvements in over-the-air TV with a more personalized experience for viewers,” said Kyle Walker, vice president, technology at Weigel. “Using Harmonic’s ATSC 3.0 SaaS and Sony Electronics’ innovation in the TV software, Weigel was able to launch hybrid services quickly and with minimal equipment at our Chicago 3.0 test station.”

The ATSC 3.0 technologies developed by Harmonic and Sony fully support the delivery of hybrid services, in which some components of the service are delivered over the air and some components are delivered over a broadband connection. Using DASH on both delivery paths provides the common layer that unifies broadcast and OTT, making it possible for broadcasters to implement hybrid services without reinventing an entire streaming ecosystem.

The advanced applications shown at the NAB Show will include occasional UHD with seamless adaptability based on bandwidth, time-shift TV with trick-play, catch-up and start-over requests served over broadband, accelerated channel change, and robust OTA delivery by combining broadcast and broadband. The demonstration’s broadband connection between Harmonic’s VOS360 SaaS and Sony connected TVs illustrates how the companies’ innovations support the delivery of targeted content, including addressable advertising, allowing broadcasters to offer a more personalized user experience and open up new monetization opportunities.

“Collaborating with Sony — one of the biggest drivers of innovation in the media and entertainment industries — we are able to bring the promise of hybrid ATSC 3.0 television services to life using our award-winning VOS360 SaaS solution,” said Tim Warren, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Harmonic. “A year ago we touched on the potential of ATSC 3.0 hybrid services, and we are excited to demonstrate an actual implementation that has successfully been deployed in the real world at this year’s NAB Show.”

Harmonic will demonstrate its ATSC 3.0 solutions for hybrid service delivery at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at Booth SU810. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190407Harmonic-Sony.docx

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PRESS RELEASE #4

Harmonic Simplifies OTT Delivery with New CDN-Enabled Primary Distribution Solution

Harmonic’s New Workflow Solution Enables Programmers to Efficiently Deliver Linear Channels Via the Cloud to OTT Distribution Partners

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today unveiled the new CDN-enabled Primary Distribution solution, a powerful new workflow supported by the company’s VOS®360 SaaS. The Primary Distribution solution streamlines the management and delivery of linear channels from programmers to their affiliates, whether they are traditional pay-TV operators, virtual MVPDs or local broadcasters, anywhere in the world via CDN, replacing the need for dedicated networking links and satellite transponders. Successfully deployed by a major U.S. broadcaster to deliver 200 broadcast affiliate feeds to virtual MVPDs, Harmonic’s Primary Distribution solution transforms the way programmers deliver linear feeds to their distribution partners.

“This is primary distribution for the new age,” said Tim Warren, senior vice president and chief technology officer, video business at Harmonic. “There are incredible revenue opportunities that broadcasters can take advantage of in the video streaming environment, but a major challenge is preparing and distributing OTT-ready local broadcast channels to affiliates. Combining our comprehensive understanding of the linear TV ecosystem with our expertise in cloud-based media processing, we are excited to introduce our SaaS Primary Distribution solution to help programmers meet the demand for linear content on connected screens.”

Based on a pay-as-you-grow business model, Harmonic’s Primary Distribution solution is simple and cost-effective. Using VOS360 SaaS, programmers can seamlessly aggregate channels, manage schedules and content rights, and distribute feeds including local and network programming, live sporting events and advertising in real time over the internet. VOS360 SaaS processes and prepares the feeds and distributes OTT-ready channels from the cloud to distribution partners worldwide. The solution also enables broadcasters to insert accurate metadata for rights management, blackouts and local ad insertion from the cloud, without requiring dedicated on-premises equipment and at little upfront cost.

Harmonic’s new Primary Distribution solution assures exceptional video quality. At the heart of VOS360 SaaS is Harmonic’s software-based media processing technologies that deliver industry-leading video quality at low bitrates and support a wide range of formats, codecs and encoding schemes, allowing broadcasters to deliver crystal-clear superior-quality video to affiliates for OTT services.

Harmonic will demonstrate the new Primary Distribution solution at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at Booth SU810. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190407Harmonic-PrimaryDistribution.docx

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PRESS RELEASE #5

Harmonic Adds Microsoft Azure Support and Expands Partnership with Akamai for Harmonic VOS®360 SaaS

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced immediate availability of Harmonic’s VOS®360 SaaS solution on Microsoft Azure with video content delivered by Akamai Media Delivery. This combined offering enables video content and service providers to adopt a more modern, agile and scalable media processing and delivery workflow that eliminates egress costs and extends global reach.

“Our VOS360 SaaS solution on Microsoft Azure, with Akamai as the delivery partner, gives media companies a combination of best-in-class services, helping them to quickly capitalize on the demand for high-quality video streaming,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, corporate development, Harmonic. “In particular, Azure’s global footprint provides us access to data centers wherever we have customers, perfectly aligning with Harmonic’s growing worldwide OTT business.”

“Consumers are demanding more content and flawless video on every screen, and the result is an increasing need for simple, scalable and reliable video streaming solutions,” said Bob DeHaven, worldwide general manager for media & communications, Microsoft. “VOS360 SaaS on Microsoft Azure, and delivered by Akamai CDN, is a hyper-scale, integrated platform built to deliver superior-quality video experiences to consumers everywhere.”

“The cloud ushered in a host of capabilities to help enable high-quality video streaming to global audiences, but that came with challenges. Akamai technology helps companies to more easily stream video at the highest possible quality across varying network conditions and device capabilities, reliably and on a global scale,” said Jon Alexander, senior director, media product management, Akamai. “Together with Harmonic and Microsoft, we help simplify media processing from a cloud infrastructure that is scalable and cost-effective, making this an attractive solution for our joint customers.”

Harmonic’s VOS360 SaaS covers the entire media processing chain, allowing content and service providers to launch revenue-generating OTT services more rapidly than ever. Azure offers media companies an intelligent cloud service that unlocks creativity and collaboration, helps to bring content to market faster, and accelerates engagement and monetization. VOS360 SaaS will leverage Akamai’s global CDN for secure delivery of video content, providing unmatched customer service, analytics and continuous monitoring.

Harmonic will showcase its VOS360 SaaS at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at Booth SU810.Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190407Harmonic-Microsoft.docx

Siminn Moves Transcoding to the Cloud with Harmonic File360 SaaS

Iceland’s Leading Telecom Provider Eliminates On-Premises Transcoding Farm While Increasing Capacity and Efficiency

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Icelandic telecommunications company, Siminn, is using Harmonic’s new File360 software-as-a-service (SaaS) for file transcoding. Siminn plans to replace its existing hardware-based transcoding farm with File360 SaaS.

“Harmonic’s File360 SaaS is the next generation of file transcoding for Siminn. It gives us new encoding capabilities, such as HEVC/H.265 encoding, while adding more security to our transcoding workflow and the flexibility to expand our transcoding capacity well into the future as our company grows,” said Sveinbjörn Bjarki Jónsson, head of department, television system, at Siminn. “One of the beauties of SaaS is that there is no on-premise equipment, so no installation is needed. Integration with our backend system was incredibly fast, thanks to a very intuitive API with useful tools. We couldn’t be happier with the speed of onboarding and the excellent service and support we received from Harmonic, not to mention the amazing video quality we can soon offer to our subscribers.”

The new File360 offering is a dedicated file-based transcoding SaaS that transforms virtually any asset to the most popular distribution formats used today. It leverages public cloud infrastructure to offer highly flexible and dynamically scalable transcoding farms at the most competitive rates. Fully monitored and maintained by Harmonic, the File360 solution is designed to be self-service — from the initial onboarding and configurations to creating the first transcoding job. However, Harmonic monitors the service 24/7 to ensure maximum uptime, exceeding the SLA and to provide immediate support as required.

“Moving to a SaaS model increases Siminn’s operational efficiency — no more maintaining their own on-premises farm and the OS patches, software upgrades and RMAs that go with it,” said Ian Graham, senior vice president of international sales and video services at Harmonic. “SaaS also gives Siminn much faster support turnaround times because Harmonic actively monitors and maintains the system, which translates to superior continuity and quality of service. Plus, with a cloud solution, Siminn can add as much file transcoding capacity as it needs with the addition of new customers.”

Harmonic is showcasing its latest innovations in video SaaS and next-gen video delivery at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11 in Las Vegas at Booth SU810. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Harmonic Announces Virtualized Version of its Market-Leading Spectrum™ X Media Server

Running on Customer-Provided Hardware, Spectrum X Software Uses the Power of COTS Computing to Give Customers Advanced Features and New Deployment Options

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced the launch of its virtualized Spectrum™ X solution, a software version of the company’s market-leading media server running on customer-provided hardware. Leveraging the power of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computing, the virtualized solution offers new deployment options and advanced features.

“Over the years, Harmonic’s Spectrum X media server has set the standard for solid, robust ingest, playout and channel-in-a-box workflows. This software marks a new milestone for the Spectrum product line, giving media companies greater freedom of choice and more options for deployment in a fast-changing media landscape,” said Tim Warren, senior vice president and chief technology officer, video business, at Harmonic. “Moving to the virtualized Spectrum X solution allows users to utilize their IT budgets to get the Harmonic-compatible hardware they need while still getting the benefits of the industry-leading Spectrum X platform.”

The virtualized Spectrum X solution offers market-leading performance and functionality, plus new advanced features, allowing users access to more workflows than the Spectrum X media server enables today. The new Spectrum X software offers HTML5 graphics and supports SDR/HDR conversion including tone mapping and tone expansion. Uncompressed video-over-IP is also featured, with SMPTE ST 2110 support for SD to UHD.

Harmonic’s openness to integrate any control system (including automation, MAM, PAM, transcode and QC) creates more deployment opportunities for media companies. Open APIs for the conventional Spectrum appliances and the new virtualized Spectrum X enable control of media workflows under a single user interface to suit exact workflow requirements, making it easier to deliver content on any platform to any end user.

The virtualized Spectrum X solution supports all Spectrum storage options, making it a fit for any application that the appliance-based Spectrum X media server supports today. Additionally, users of Harmonic’s MediaGrid scalable shared storage and Spectrum X solution can now leverage IO-HSM (ingest and playout controlled hierarchical storage management) to add an extra level of protection and performance to their production and playout workflows. When enabled, IO-HSM uses media and connectivity intelligently to manage shared storage and protect it from the risk of network outages, data starvation and other issues that can impact shared storage environments. It adds sophisticated protection to active playlists and includes those being managed by third-party control systems.

Harmonic will showcase the virtualized Spectrum X solution and its new features at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at Booth SU810. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Harmonic Showcases Innovations to Monetize, Optimize and Unify OTT Streaming and Broadcast at 2019 NAB Show

Demonstrations Include Compelling New SaaS, OTT Streaming, IP Workflow and ATSC 3.0 Solutions

At the 2019 NAB Show, Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) will demonstrate its approach to unified video delivery solutions for all deployment scenarios — including SaaS, cloud and hybrid environments — for smarter, faster and simpler distribution of OTT and broadcast channels. Harmonic’s video SaaS and software-based solutions dramatically increase business agility for broadcasters, content owners and service providers, enabling them to launch services quickly and provide better-quality video experiences, including UHD HDR, on every screen.

“The video market continues to evolve at a rapid pace, with consumer demand for higher quality experiences on more screens pushing the need for unified video delivery systems,” said Tim Warren, senior vice president and chief technology officer, video business, at Harmonic. “Now more than ever, operators need a scalable, flexible and reliable video streaming solution. We’re helping operators monetize the rapid changes happening in the media and broadcast worlds through SaaS and software that support revenue-boosting services, such as live sports streaming with low latency, pristine UHD HDR video, and skinny bundles.”

Drive OTT Monetization with SaaS
Harmonic’s VOS®360 SaaS enables smart repurposing of live and linear content for delivery on any screen, improving content monetization for operators. At the 2019 NAB Show, Harmonic will demonstrate enhanced channel origination workflow capabilities in the cloud for its VOS360 media processing as a service, which leverages playout and graphic branding functionalities to maximize efficiency and monetization.

Harmonic will also showcase dynamic ad insertion capabilities for VOS360 SaaS that enable operators to deliver advanced targeted advertisements and replace content during blackouts, increasing monetization for OTT content and improving the end-user experience. A new built-in manifest manipulator for VOS360 SaaS will be shown, allowing operators to support all major OTT use cases and assure compliance with content rights and regulations.

Unify OTT and Broadcast Delivery with Video SaaS
At the 2019 NAB Show, Harmonic will demonstrate its VOS360 SaaS solution’s simultaneous support of unique workflows for OTT and next-gen TV delivery. The company will highlight innovative solutions for unified OTT and broadcast delivery, including HDR channel origination, statmux, and disaster recovery scenarios, as well as unveil a CDN-enabled primary distribution solution supported by VOS360 SaaS.

Harmonic will also demonstrate hybrid VOS360 SaaS channel origination and on-premise playout controlled by Crispin automation, and its unique cloud-based approach to ATSC 3.0, supporting hybrid services that combine over-the-air broadcast with OTT streaming services.

Achieve Rock-Solid Reliability and Efficiency for UHD and IP Workflows
Harmonic will demonstrate media over IP studio production and UHD playout workflows, featuring software-based Spectrum™ X media servers controlled by third-party automation systems. Harmonic’s solutions support the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards and AMWA IS-04 and IS-05 specifications, enabling video content and service providers to make a smooth transition to all-IP workflows. Harmonic’s channel origination solutions featuring playout and graphic branding can be deployed on-premises as an appliance or virtualized solution, and in the cloud as part of Harmonic’s VOS360 SaaS. Support is provided for hybrid workflows, where on-premises and cloud systems are controlled by a common automation and MAM using Harmonic’s open APIs for easy integration.

Look into the Future
Harmonic will demonstrate several new innovations including one of the world’s first AI-based variable frame rate encoding methods for live HD content on legacy set-top boxes. There will also be a demo of 8K immersive media featuring stunning NASA content and AI-based video compression, which enables superior QoE for video delivery over any network.

Hear About Innovations in Video Delivery
Harmonic executives will participate in a number of sessions at the Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference at the 2019 NAB Show, presenting sessions that elaborate on innovations related to applying AI to video compression, optimizing live OTT services, demystifying UHD HDR, real-world ATSC 3.0 deployments, and big data’s role in service availability.

Harmonic is showcasing its latest innovations in OTT and next-gen TV delivery at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at Booth SU810. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

CCTV Delivers Vivid UHD Television Experiences with Harmonic

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that China Central Television (CCTV), the Chinese state broadcaster, has selected Harmonic’s advanced media server for UHD playout. By simplifying the delivery of UHD channels for CCTV, Harmonic enables a more vivid television experience for more than a billion viewers.

“As more and more consumers purchase UHD TV sets, it’s important that we satisfy the demand for higher resolution content,” said Song Wei, director of broadcast department II,Broadcast and Transmission Center at CCTV. “After using Harmonic’s media servers for years, we knew it would provide the reliability, workflow simplicity and operational savings needed to successfully launch our UHD channels.”

Harmonic’s market-leading Spectrum™ X media server is renowned for reducing the complexity of broadcast workflows by merging multiple capabilities, such as file, baseband, and transport stream ingest, with integrated channel playout. Relying on the modernized, software-based playout solution, which supports both SDI and IP environments, CCTV is able to deliver UHD content with the utmost efficiency and quality. Combined with Harmonic’s Spectrum MediaCenter storage, the solution also provides CCTV with reliable file system and communication management.

“As one of the biggest broadcasters in Asia Pacific, CCTV is at the forefront of innovation by testing new technologies, and this deployment is a great example of its commitment to bringing outstanding video experiences to viewers,” said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales and services, APAC, at Harmonic. “Harmonic’s Spectrum X media servers are driving the industry transition to UHD architectures through playout flexibility and rock-solid reliability.”

Harmonic will showcase its flexible, scalable and agile software-based solutions for video streaming, broadcast and cable access at CCBN 2019, March 21-23, in Beijing at booth 2201. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Harmonic Leads Technology Innovation Sessions at the 2019 NAB Show Conference

Topics Include Applying AI to Video Compression, Optimizing Live OTT Services, Demystifying UHD HDR, ATSC 3.0 in Action and Big Data’s Role in Service Availability

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that several of the company’s executives will speak at the Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference (BEITC) at the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas in April. During the conference, experts from Harmonic will examine a wide range of innovative technology-related topics, from OTT to live UHD HDR service delivery, AI-driven video compression, ATSC 3.0 and big data. As the worldwide leader in video delivery technology and services, and an established thought leader at industry conferences, Harmonic is helping the media industry deliver superior-quality broadcast and OTT video services to consumers globally.

AI-Driven Video Compression: Jean-Louis Diascorn, senior product manager at Harmonic, will spearhead a BEITC session on how “AI Technology Is Changing the Future of Video Compression” on Monday, April 8, from 10:40 to 11 a.m. in Room N256 of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). During this presentation, attendees will learn how AI is being applied to video compression and its benefits for broadcast and OTT applications. The session will include a brief history of video compression, ways that AI can be utilized and the different types of AI implementations that can be used for video compression.

OTT and UHD HDR Innovation: Thierry Fautier, vice president of video strategy at Harmonic and president of the Ultra HD Forum, will lead two presentations at the BEITC. The first session, “How OTT Services Can Match the Quality of Broadcast,” will analyze the current challenges involved with delivering live OTT services and describe solutions that are available today, such as content-aware encoding, artificial intelligence and low-latency CMAF. This session will take place on Tuesday, April 9, from 11 to 11:20 a.m. in room N260. The second session, “Demystifying Live UHD HDR Service Delivery,” presented on behalf of the Ultra HD Forum on April 10 from 10:40 to 11 a.m. in Room N260 of the LVCC, will examine the different UHD HDR deployment scenarios and analyze the rationale for picking a specific HDR standard.

Real-World ATSC 3.0 Results: Harmonic’s Director of Broadcast Market Development Jean Macher will present a session on “Implementation and Test Results for ATSC 3.0 Hybrid Services at Chicago 3.0” to examine a cloud-based approach to hybrid services that combine over-the-air broadcast with OTT streaming. These hybrid services are currently implemented at the “Chicago 3.0” ATSC 3.0 trial by Weigel Broadcasting Co. The session will take place on Sunday, April 7, from 11:40 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Room N256 of the LVCC.

Big Data and Service Availability: Chris Pattinson, vice president of global software quality at Harmonic, will lead a BEITC session on “Using Big Data and Workflow Redesign to Enhance Broadcast Service Availability” on Tuesday, April 9 from 3:20 to 3:40 p.m. in room N258 of the LVCC. Attendees will learn how to use everything from the pattern of HTTP requests to log messages from the micro-services that make up the broadcast chain to predict failure and prevent it, and automatically repair the system if failure does happen.

Harmonic will showcase its innovative video delivery technologies in Booth SU810 during the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11 in Las Vegas. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.