Harmonic to Demonstrate Groundbreaking Ultra HD and Virtualization at the 2015 NAB Show

Harmonic Will Introduce the Electra™ X Family of Advanced Media Processors, the World’s First Encoder Platform to Support Live, Full-Frame, Frame-Pipeline Ultra HD Encoding, as Well as Graphics, Branding and Playout Support for Broadcast and OTT Delivery

At the 2015 NAB Show, booth SU1210, Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, will showcase the latest innovations in video production and delivery workflows for broadcast and multiscreen services. Harmonic’s end-to-end video infrastructure solutions enable broadcasters and service providers to produce, deliver, and monetize amazing video experiences, with increased business agility and operational efficiency, by consistently providing market-leading innovation, high-quality service and low total-cost-of-ownership (TCO).

“Today’s consumers demand high-quality customized sports, entertainment and news video on any device, anywhere, anytime,” said Peter Alexander, chief marketing officer at Harmonic. “At NAB, Harmonic will demonstrate how broadcasters and service providers can create, deliver and monetize this consumer experience with unprecedented agility and cost efficiency leveraging our video processing, virtualized video infrastructure and channel playout solutions.”

Key highlights include:

Harmonic’s new Electra™ X family of advanced media processors, the world’s first encoder platform to support live, full-frame, frame-pipeline (full-GOP) Ultra HD (UHD) encoding and the industry’s first fully converged platform to support video compression, graphics, branding and playout for broadcast and OTT delivery. On display will be a live UHD encoding workflow featuring the Electra X3 advanced media processor. Powered by the Harmonic PURE Compression Engine™ encoding module, the Electra X3 enables broadcasters to deliver real-time, broadcast-ready UHD content up to 2160p60 (HEVC Main 10 profile). As the industry’s first full-frame UHD encoder in a single 2-RU appliance, Electra X3 integrates easily into existing workflows and offers low power consumption, bringing additional TCO benefits to operators.

The Harmonic VOS™ platform, a fully virtualized video infrastructure that includes Electra XVM, the industry’s first software-based, fully converged, broadcast-ready media processing platform. VOS is a software-based, virtualizable platform that unifies the entire media processing chain for broadcast and multiscreen distribution — including ingest, compression, graphics and branding, packaging and delivery on common hardware platforms. The VOS architecture enables broadcasters to simplify workflows, maximize flexibility and gain operational efficiency while decreasing their TCO.

An end-to-end HEVC-based video transmission solution featuring Harmonic’s new ProView™ 7100 integrated receiver-decoder (IRD), which supports the HEVC standard up to 1080p60 resolution, maximizing bandwidth efficiency while maintaining pristine video quality for broadcast service delivery.

Harmonic Polaris™ software, a new suite of playout management tools integrated with Harmonic’s market-leading Spectrum™ media server family. The demo will showcase the wide range of capabilities that Polaris supports, from fully automated integrated channel playout (ICP) to channel-in-a-box automation (CIAB) and integrated master control room (iMCR) workflows.

Density improvements for Harmonic’s MediaGrid shared storage system. The new high-density storage system provides 15-RU worth of conventional MediaGrid storage into just 5-RU and supports up to 360TB of usable storage per chassis. The result is a 30-percent improvement in rack density and greater than 30-percent cost savings per TB.

Telestream Announces Dynamic Ad Insertion Solution

VOD Producer DAI enables advertising sales to present fresh, relevant, demographically targeted ads within on-demand content over existing cable infrastructure

Nevada City, California, April 2, 2015 – Telestream®, the leading provider of video transcoding and workflow automation solutions, today announced availability of a new product built on its Vantage media processing platform. VOD Producer DAI is a software-based system that provides a proven Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI) solution for content owners and cable TV multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) of all sizes seeking to realize the revenue generating potential that DAI offers. VOD Producer DAI will be showcased for the first time at NAB 2015 on booth SL3305.

"Telestream VOD Producer DAI enables advertising sales to present fresh, relevant, demographically targeted ads within on-demand content over existing cable infrastructure, significantly increasing revenue," said Paul Turner, VP of Enterprise Product Management at Telestream. "The key to VOD Producer DAI is its ability to make the workflow much more hands-free and cost effective without requiring wholesale infrastructure replacement. Not only does it enable new ads to be inserted into VOD content, it also provides analytics and measurement tools that gauge the effectiveness of the ads for all stakeholders."

Telestream’s VOD Producer DAI allows content production networks to simplify the creation of DAI provisioned CableLabs VOD content while integrating the entire DAI ecosystem of participants. The system assembles final output from audio, video, graphics and metadata components to produce and deliver content and metadata output that is fully DAI provisioned with network branding, Dynamic Ad Insertion requirements and Nielsen watermarking for viewership measurement. It creates content, that complies with all statutary and regulatory requirements and is fully compatible with existing cable infrastructure, so that new hardware is not required.

The key to unlocking the potential of Dynamic Ad Insertion is Vantage’s ability to automatically assemble and deliver DAI-ready cable VOD media. Using Telestream’s VOD Producer DAI, CableLabs compliant VOD media can be assembled from EDLs or XMLs from standard editing and business management systems. National and local region-specific requirements can also be pre-defined and accommodated.

"For a number of years throughout North America, we have partnered with major broadcasters and cable TV MVPDs in creating DAI architectures that enable them to realize the promise of DAI. We have collaborated with the pioneers of the cable DAI initiative and have now succeeded in deploying a business focused solution," said Jim Duval, Director of New Products at Telestream. "With VOD Producer DAI, we have developed a workflow automation platform that is unique and proven to achieve outstanding results in DAI applications of various size and scale."

Canoe, an industry leading advertising technology company focused on delivering dynamically inserted advertising to VOD programming, has classified Telestream as a certified integration partner. "Telestream has proven to be a quality partner to our shared programming clients," said Chris Pizzurro, Head of Product, Sales & Marketing at Canoe. "And VOD Producer DAI has proven to produce reliable results within the VOD DAI ecosystem."

Telestream VOD Producer DAI generates ongoing, profitable revenue with advertising from VOD assets for content production networks of any size. It allows content owners and MVPDs to refresh targeted advertising campaigns and optimize monetization value for any episode of any show.

Using Dynamic Ad Insertion, content owners and distributors can now realize an ad-driven revenue stream on their VOD services. Advertising sales reps can pitch the asset once and sell relevant advertising campaigns against the content throughout the duration of its lifetime. VOD Producer DAI lets users update inventory for holidays, cross promotions and other current events through the entire content lifecycle. Critical to revenue generation, users can measure results via the product’s integrated Nielsen watermarking. With Telestream’s VOD Producer DAI, the promise of Dynamic Ad Insertion can now finally be realized allowing content owners to add significantly to the bottom line of their content production networks.

For more information about Telestream, visit www.telestream.net

ITV Selects Telestream for Multi-platform Workflow Solutions

Telestream Transcoding Helps ITV Implement the DPP Strategy.

Telestream, the leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, has announced the completion of a strategic project with UK-based free to air commercial broadcaster, ITV. Designated content delivery modernisation (CDM), the project positions Telestream’s Vantage transcoding platform at the heart of ITV’s file-based workflow. Adopting Vantage in this way enables ITV to achieve time and cost efficiencies across the business and exploit its content across multiple delivery platforms.

As one of the leading partners in the Digital Production Partnership (DPP), ITV supports the decision by all the UK broadcasters to move to exclusively file-based program exchange by 1 October 2014.

ITV first created significant production improvements with its two major serial dramas – Coronation Street and Emmerdale. In 2012, production for the two soaps moved to HD, and as part of that process transitioned from tape to file-based production and post. ITV needed a means of taking the production file format (AVC-Intra) and converting it to the playout format (MPEG-2). The programs also need to be available to viewers on a range of online and mobile platforms for catch-up viewing. Using two Vantage processor farms has helped ITV achieve its goal of processing all its catch-up content in house.

Initially, ITV established a small Vantage-based transcode farm as a trial project to do all the processing for ITV’s two daily dramas. From that starting point, ITV has rapidly moved to a situation where it can process all catch-up content in house, through two Vantage processor farms, supplied through Telestream’s UK distributor, Boxer Systems.

David Hornsby, Content Delivery Applications Manager at ITV, said: “As part of the evolving digital landscape, viewers want to access quality content using a variety of platforms and devices. This presents great opportunities for ITV, and we are delighted to have achieved this milestone in our technology roadmap, which allows us to exploit our content across multiple delivery platforms and improve the viewing experience for our audiences.”

“Today, every piece of ITV content on any catch-up platform is encoded in house using Vantage which has enabled our business to achieve significant efficiencies in the quality, speed and costs associated with delivering content,” commented Hornsby.

“At Telestream, we believe that this project will prove to be an important milestone in the establishment of file-based workflows and especially DPP within the UK broadcast industry,” said Paul Turner, VP of enterprise product managementat Telestream. “We see one of the country’s largest broadcasters adopting new and radically different workflows, exploiting new distribution channels and potentially creating significant new revenue streams. We’re delighted that Telestream and Vantage are at the heart of that development.”

Telestream and ITV co-presented a session at IBC 2014 titled ITV Automates Multi-Platform Workflows with Telestream.

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