Eutelsat Maximizes Satellite Bandwidth Usage With Harmonic Video Processing Solutions
2013-01-15 14:02:18 -
Harmonic's Award-Winning ProStream(®) 1000 With ACE(®) Transcoder Increases the
Size of Eutelsat's DTH Service and Delivers Excellent Video Quality
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Jan. 15, 2013 - Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader
in video delivery infrastructure, today announced that global satellite operator
Eutelsat Communications has selected Harmonic's ProStream(®) 1000 with ACE(®
)stream processing and transcoding solution to optimize bandwidth allocation for
its direct-to-home (DTH) service in Africa. Utilizing the highly scalable,
ultra-dense ProStream platform, Eutelsat has implemented dual illumination of
DVB-S/MPEG-2 and DVB-S2/MPEG-4 video content to significantly increase satellite
capacity and its DTH service offerings, as well as deliver superior video
quality to subscribers.
"The main objective of this project was to capitalize on the bandwidth
efficiencies offered by MPEG-4 while ensuring there was no discernible
difference in service quality for our customers," said Jerome Gressier, head of
platforms engineering and operations team, at Eutelsat. "ProStream 1000 with ACE
transcoding achieves excellent video quality at exceptionally low bit rates,
enabling us to deliver additional channels at a more competitive price."
The ProStream 1000 with ACE solution maximizes Eutelsat's bandwidth efficiency
by providing up to 20 HD or 60 SD channels of video and audio transcoding from a
single rack unit. The solution also incorporates ASI-to-IP multiplexing and
scrambling while seamlessly integrating with the existing headend, which
includes Harmonic ProView(TM) 7000 integrated receiver-decoders (IRDs). The
ProStream solution offers advanced DiviTrack(TM) statistical multiplexing
technology to create up to 16 pools of transcoded channels with 64 channels per
pool, allowing Eutelsat to deliver the best video quality at the lowest possible
aggregate bandwidth. Leveraging the massive bandwidth savings enabled by the
ProStream 1000 with ACE solution, Eutelsat can support twice as many channels
per satellite transponder.
The high-density platform lowers capital and operating expenses through reduced
rack space and energy consumption, drawing only 10 watts per HD channel and less
than 3 watts per SD channel. Through its scalable architecture, the ProStream
solution provides Eutelsat with the flexibility to support additional channels,
as well as value-added services such as multiscreen in the future, to meet the
demands of its growing customer base.
"Harmonic has successfully implemented numerous DTH deployments in Africa and
around the world, giving us a unique perspective on the bandwidth concerns
affecting Eutelsat and their innovative dual illumination project," said Ian
Graham, vice president of sales, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, at Harmonic.
"Harnessing a combination of our market-leading MPEG-2/MPEG-4 IRD and
transcoding solutions, Eutelsat can cost-effectively deliver a better quality of
video and an increased number of digital video services to its customers."
Further information about Harmonic and the company's products is available at
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Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure
for emerging television and video services. The company's production-ready
innovation enables content and service providers to efficiently create, prepare,
and deliver differentiated services for television and new media video
platforms. More information is available at www.harmonicinc.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, including statements related to the anticipated
capabilities and benefits of Harmonic's ProStream(®)1000 with ACE(® )products.
Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize and are
subject to risks and uncertainties, including the possibility that the products
do not meet some or all of their anticipated capabilities or provide some or all
of their anticipated benefits, such as cost effectiveness and the delivery of
better quality video.
The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject
to other risks and uncertainties, such as those more fully described in
Harmonic's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its
Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec.31, 2011, its Quarterly
Reports on Form 10-Q and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. The forward-looking
statements in this press release are based on information available to Harmonic
as of the date hereof, and Harmonic disclaims any obligation to update any
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