Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced that BT Sport has built a scalable, efficient production and playout system for its new sports television channels, which launch Aug. 1 in the U.K. and Ireland, on Harmonic video infrastructure. BT Sport is using Harmonic processing, storage, and playout systems to enable fast-turn production and to support timely, high-quality broadcasts of high-profile live sports. The BT Sport facility will broadcast BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, and ESPN. BT Sport will show 38 exclusively live football matches from the Barclays English Premier League, as well as FA Cup and UEFA Europa League, along with a range of new studio debate and information shows such as “BT Sport Live.”
Jamie Hindhaugh, chief operating officer of BT Sport, said, “At the core of our new studios build is a spirit of collaboration that brings the best of industry – and sometimes competitors – working together toward a common aim: to make the BT Sport studios a world-class hub for the best ideas and talent. We believe talent attracts talent, and our partnership with Harmonic has helped us to foster that mindset.”
Timeline Television provides the production system for BT Sport channels, which are produced at studios in London’s iCity, the home of BT Sport, as well as at the BT Tower in London. At each site, systems integrator Megahertz has installed a 1-petabyte Harmonic MediaGrid™ scalable shared storage system that is tightly integrated with EVS integrated production management systems. Supporting the file-based quick-turnaround sports workflow, the MediaGrid systems consistently serve the high bandwidth required while providing substantial work-in-progress storage capacity.
For reliable and scalable play to air at playout partner Red Bee Media, BT Sport uses market-leading Harmonic Spectrum™ playout servers with Spectrum MediaPort™ real-time video encoder/decoders and SAS-based Spectrum MediaStore™ storage arrays. Harmonic’s market-leading ProStream® 1000 stream processing platform and NMX™ Digital Service Manager carry the main services for the BT Vision Platform, which includes BT Sport. The ProStream 1000 provides SimulCrypt scrambling and is integrated with Nagra and Marlin digital rights management systems.
“Harmonic video infrastructure enables leading media companies to achieve fast, efficient delivery of content while maintaining the highest video quality standards,” said Ian Graham, vice president of sales, EMEA, at Harmonic. “The interoperability, performance, and reliability of our processing, storage, and server systems allow users such as BT Sport to leverage all their resources effectively in creating exciting and engaging content for their viewers.”
BT Sport is free with BT broadband and is available via the Sky Digital Satellite Platform, BT TV with Infinity, and online at btsport.com or via the BT Sport app.
Further information about Harmonic and the company’s products is available at www.harmonicinc.com.
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 MediaGrid storage system, Spectrum™ servers, MediaPort™ encoders, MediaStore, NMX™, and ProStream™ 1000 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 fastness, efficiency in delivery while maintaining high video standards, reliability, effectiveness, and the ability to create exciting and engaging content.
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, 2012, 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 forward-looking statements.