Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that the industry-leading Electra™ 8000 universal encoder was selected by Boston’s NBC affiliate WHDH-TV for the recent HD broadcast of the 7 News pre-game and post-game shows at hockey’s premiere regular-season event, the 2010 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic, as well as the local broadcast of the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, February 12-28. WHDH-TV selected the Electra 8000 for these highly-viewed sports events due to its superior MPEG-2 1080i video encoding quality, compact design and improved bandwidth efficiency.
For the 7 News pre-game and post-game shows at the outdoor match-up between long-time rivals the Philadelphia Flyers® and Boston Bruins® at Fenway Park, WHDH-TV used the Electra 8000 to simplify the transmission of multiple camera feeds from Fenway Park to their studio by delivering the highest quality MPEG-2 HD encoding at the lowest bit-rates in a compact 1-RU design. Electra’s multi-channel HD encoding capability at the venue eliminated the need for WHDH-TV to transfer costlier baseband HD video back to the studio.
“We needed to get three camera feeds in high quality MPEG-2 HD from Fenway Park back to our studio for editing and broadcast,” said Jim Shultis, Director of Engineering, at WHDH-TV. “The Harmonic Electra 8000 provides the highest quality 1080i encoding in a compact, multi-channel design that was perfect for this application. And thanks to Electra’s flexibility, we are able to easily reconfigure it for broadcasting the Olympic Winter Games.”
For the upcoming Vancouver Winter Olympics, WHDH-TV is using the already deployed Electra 8000 for terrestrial HD broadcast of the events. The ability to easily configure the Electra 8000 for multiple applications provides WHDH-TV with a high return on investment, while lowering operating costs.
“Electra 8000, being the first truly converged high quality distribution encoder on the market and one of the most advanced encoding platforms for cable, satellite, IPTV or terrestrial applications, provides the flexibility to satisfy a wide range of applications at WHDH-TV,” said Dan D’Alessandro, Senior Director for Broadcast, Contribution & Distribution Sales at Harmonic Inc. “With this deployment, WHDH-TV has expanded its use of Harmonic’s video delivery solutions and implemented an efficient solution for increasing its HD programming.”
The latest generation compression solution from Harmonic, the Electra 8000 supports SD and HD, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), as well as integrated statistical multiplexing, broadcast quality up/down-conversion and other unique features such as Jünger Level Magic™ automatic audio leveling adjustment. Electra 8000’s groundbreaking architecture significantly reduces operational costs with its high density and power efficiency, and facilitates the launch of new value-added video services. Broadcast, cable, satellite and telco service providers around the world have deployed the Electra 8000 to power more than 2000 high quality video channels since its launch in July 2009.
About WHDH-TV Channel 7
WHDH-TV Channel 7, Boston’s NBC affiliate, is owned by Sunbeam Television. WHDH-TV broadcasts to the greater Boston metropolitan area, which is the 7th largest market in the U.S. serving approximate 2.4 million TV households. WHDH-TV can be found online at www.WHDH.com.
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.
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: easily reconfiguring the Electra 8000 for broadcasting the Olympic Winter Games, and providing the flexibility to satisfy a wide range of applications at WHDH-TV.
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Our expectations and beliefs regarding the capabilities of the Electra 8000 encoder and its benefits for WHDH-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.