Changzhi TV Launches New Digital Pay TV and On-Demand Service Powered by Harmonic’s Digital Video Solutions

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Chinese Cable Operator Expands Service Offering with Digital Broadcast and Time-Shifted TV; Deploys Full Range of Harmonic Headend Solutions

Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that cable operator Changzhi TV, a subsidiary of Changzhi Municipal Radio, Film & TV Bureau in China, has deployed a wide range of Harmonic’s video processing and on-demand solutions to power its new digital TV and time-shifted video on demand (VOD) services. The Harmonic solution provides superior video quality and bandwidth utilization, numerous significant operational efficiencies, and a very powerful, scalable and flexible platform to support Changzhi’s new revenue-generating interactive services. Changzhi TV, located in Shanxi province, launched its new services in December 2009, and is an existing customer of Harmonic’s HFC access solutions.

“Harmonic’s advanced digital video solutions for both real-time and on-demand services offered excellent performance and value,” said Liang Zhengguo, Vice President of Changzhi TV. “With this reliable, high quality video delivery network now in place, we can offer additional interactive services to our subscribers, enhancing their TV viewing experience while generating incremental revenue.”

The comprehensive range of Harmonic technologies selected by Changzhi for this project include: ProView™ integrated receiver/decoders, Ion™ MPEG-2 multichannel encoders, ProStream™ 1000 stream processors with Mentor™ re-encoding technology, NSG™ 9000 edgeQAMs, StreamLiner® 3000 video servers, Armada® intelligent asset management and NMX Digital Service Manager™. Changzhi TV has also selected Star, a Harmonic partner, for its VOD and back-office solutions.

“As the popularity of services such as VOD, time-shifted TV, and network personal video recording continues to increase among viewers around the world, the ability to easily scale the video infrastructure to seamlessly support additional broadcast and on-demand services is becoming more critical,” said Raymond Tse, Vice President of Asia Pacific Sales at Harmonic Inc. “Offering a unique portfolio of digital video solutions spanning the complete video delivery chain, Harmonic is an industry leader in enabling service providers to deliver an ever-increasing variety of broadcast and personalized video services to the TV, PC, mobile and other consumer devices.”

Harmonic’s comprehensive range of video delivery solutions will be showcased at the CCBN exhibition in Beijing, China, stand #2404, March 23-25.

About Changzhi TV 
Changzhi TV is located in Shanxi province, China, and was founded in 2003. Changzhi’s media and broadcasting services include the Radio Station, TV Station, Cable Station and Audio/Video publication. The business covers data transmission, broadband network access and digital TV program transmission. Changzhi has more than 400,000 cable subscribers and overall digitalization is progressing well, with VOD and HD services launched in the first quarter of 2010. 
 

About Harmonic Inc.
Harmonic Inc. is redefining video delivery with the industry’s most powerful solutions for delivering live and on-demand video to TVs, PCs and mobile devices. Harmonic’s technical innovation and market leadership enable the company to offer a unique and comprehensive solution portfolio—including encoding, transcoding, content preparation, stream processing, asset management, edge processing, and delivery. Broadcast, cable, Internet, mobile, satellite and telecom service providers around the world choose Harmonic’s IP-based digital video, software, and broadband edge and access solutions. Using these award-winning and industry-leading solutions, operators can reduce costs and differentiate their services by offering consumers a higher quality, personalized multi-screen experience.

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with R&D, sales and system integration centers worldwide. The Company’s customers, including many of the world’s largest communications providers, deliver services in virtually every country. Visit www.harmonicinc.com for more information.

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This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27(A) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21(E) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements related to: supporting Changzhi’s new revenue-generating interactive services, Changzhi offering additional interactive services to subscribers, enhancing the TV viewing experience while generating incremental revenue, and the continuing increase in popularity of services such as VOD, time-shifted TV, and network personal video recording.

Our expectations and beliefs regarding the capabilities of Harmonic’s digital video solutions and their benefits for Changzhi TV may not materialize, and actual results could differ materially from those projected. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in Harmonic’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its recent Reports filed on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Harmonic does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements.