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.

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.

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

Harmonic Brings Real-World OTT and Broadcast Success to IBC2019

Innovations in Cloud and Software Lead Transformation to Simpler, More Scalable and Flexible Video Workflows

At IBC2019, Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) will demonstrate real-world deployments of its unified OTT and broadcast delivery solutions. A variety of deployment strategies will be showcased, including cloud, on-premises and hybrid environments, to demonstrate how service providers, broadcasters and content owners originate and distribute video channels smarter, faster and simpler. Harmonic’s unique approach to video delivery includes cloud-based SaaS solutions that dramatically speed up the launch of new services, including live OTT channels, increase business agility and enhance video experiences.

“At IBC2019, we’re drawing from our extensive deployment experience and showcasing concrete solutions deployed in the field by leading service providers, broadcasters and content owners,” said Tim Warren, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Harmonic. “The video market is highly dynamic, and consumer demand for live OTT services is growing. Harmonic’s expansive solutions portfolio and enhancements in cloud, targeted advertisement and 8K technologies, with a SaaS business approach are designed with a sharp eye to help our customers stay one step ahead of the video evolution.”

Unified OTT and Broadcast Delivery
Unified delivery workflows running in the cloud and on premises will be demonstrated, which offer service providers a low-latency OTT solution for multiprotocol environments to provide the same delay between broadcast and OTT feeds — key for delivering live sports. In addition, Harmonic will showcase a range of unique workflows for VOS®360 SaaS to launch skinny bundles, create new pop-up channels, deploy disaster recovery and stream live sports in UHD.

Maximize Efficiency & Flexibility with Virtualized, Software and Cloud Playout Solutions
At IBC2019, Harmonic will demonstrate real-world deployments of hybrid SDI/IP, UHD and HDR playout and on-premises/cloud-based channel origination for OTT and broadcast workflows powered by its virtualized Spectrum™ X media servers and VOS360 SaaS. By supporting the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards and AMWA IS-04 and IS-05 specifications, Harmonic enables video content and service providers to make a smooth transition to all-IP workflows.

Simplify Live Content Distribution with CDN-Enabled Primary Distribution SaaS
Harmonic’s CDN-enabled Primary Distribution solution, a powerful workflow supported by the company’s VOS360 SaaS, will also be highlighted. With the Primary Distribution SaaS solution, programmers can deliver linear channels to distributors, whether they are traditional pay-TV operators, virtual MVPDs or local broadcasters, anywhere in the world via CDN.

Increase Monetization with Video SaaS for OTT and Broadcast Services
Harmonic will also showcase the powerful dynamic ad insertion (DAI) capabilities in Harmonic’s video SaaS solutions. With the company’s video SaaS solutions, operators can deliver advanced targeted advertisements and optimize ad campaigns to deliver personalized advertisements to viewers in real time. Harmonic’s solutions provide operators and advertisers a unified approach to reach audiences over hybrid broadcast and broadband delivery networks.

Future Zone Brings 8K, AI Technologies to the Forefront
The company will demonstrate high-quality 8K video delivery on 8K connected TVs and legacy mobile devices with EyeQ™ content-aware encoding (CAE), which reduces the required bandwidth by up to 50% while improving quality of experience. AI-based video compression will also be demonstrated, showing how it can reduce bit rates for broadcast and IPTV delivery, improve QoE for OTT and increase density for all applications.

Thought Leadership on AI Video Compression, 8K and 5G at the Future Zone Theatre
Thierry Fautier, vice president of video strategy at Harmonic, will outline the opportunities that 5G networks promise and the challenges ahead for 8K in his “Taking a Look at 8K and 5G Technologies” presentation on Sept.14 at 1:50 p.m. in the Future Zone Theatre (Hall 8, Stand F40).

Also in the Future Zone Theatre, Stephane Cloirec, senior director, video appliances at Harmonic, will speak on how “AI-Driven Video Compression Brings New Revenue Opportunities and Cost Savings for Service Providers” on Sept. 16 at 4:10 p.m.

Harmonic is showcasing its innovative solutions for OTT and next-gen TV delivery, along with real-world deployment examples, 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.