Certainly one the most impressive awards we captured at the show was the IBC Innovation Award. Being honored with this award is a big feat, because the winning project has to show collaboration between a broadcaster and its technology partners in addition to solving a real-world creative, technical, or commercial issue in a manner that's, of course, innovative.
Our ProMedia™ Package multiscreen stream packager, Electra™ encoder, and ProMedia™ Carbon file-based transcoder were part of the winning project for Turner Sports in the IBC Innovation Award “Content Delivery” category. By providing Turner Sports with an advanced multiscreen encoding and packaging platform for its NBA League Pass broadband service, we're helping them deliver any game live over broadband to any subscriber on any platform: Apple, Android, desktop, games console, Roku, etc. With high-quality IP delivery made practical by a variety of technology ecosystem partners, including Harmonic, Turner Sports can deliver as many as 30 games a night, or over 800 streams published in real time. This enables basketball fans to watch the game of their choice, with local commentators. Turner Sports beat out three other finalists for the award: Airtel Digital TV for its real-time tweets on live television, BBC Future Media for its Media Factory (to include DPP AMWA file convention), and Sky Deutschland and Snap. At the awards ceremony, George Stromeyer, senior vice president of worldwide sales at Harmonic, said, “It is gratifying to see the hard work that Harmonic product development and engineering perform result in the recognition this award shows. The win is more evidence of delivering results through our thought leadership and market execution.” I’m also happy to announce that Harmonic was recognized twice in the 2014 CSI Awards contest. Our Electra™ XVM won in the category “Best Digital Video Processing Technology,” based on being the industry’s first fully converged, broadcast-ready, virtualized media processor. In addition, our NSG™ Exo distributed CCAP system won “Best Cable or Fibre Contribution/Distribution/Transmission Solution.” NSG Exo is one of the industry’s first and only offerings to support a Distributed Access Architecture. The CSI Awards are among the most prestigious and competitive technology awards in the industry, designed to recognize and reward innovation and excellence in the cable, satellite, broadcast, IPTV, telco, broadband/OTT video, mobile TV and associated sectors. Electra XVM picked up additional steam, winning the IBC Best of Show Award from TVB Europe. An independent panel of judges chose Electra XVM based on a variety of criteria, including design, features, cost efficiency, and performance in serving industry professionals. Last, but certainly not least, Harmonic’s new Ellipse® 3202 contribution encoder won the Broadcast Beat Product of the Year Award in the “Content Delivery” category. Designed to optimize the production and delivery of high-value video services for live broadcast and DSNG applications, the Ellipse 3202 encoder is the industry’s first DSNG encoder with an integrated modulator that supports both the new DVB Carrier ID (DVB-CID) standard for reducing interference between satellite signals, and the new DVB-S2X specification for improving performance of DVB-S2 satellite digital broadcasting. We’re proud of our product engineering, sales, and support teams; technology partners; and customers who played a pivotal role in helping us win these awards! Being recognized with these prestigious awards gives Harmonic further credibility as the world leader in video infrastructure. – John Scaggs, Sales Director, Harmonic