Harmonic Headend Powers IPTV Service for Kosovo Telco PTK

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Post and Telecommunications of Kosovo (PTK) has deployed Harmonic’s IP-based digital video headend solutions for its new IPTV service. PTK selected an integrated Harmonic solution —ProView™ integrated receiver/decoders (IRDs), Electra® 8000 dual-channel SD/HD encoders, Ion™ AVC encoders, and NMX Digital Service Manager™ — based on performance, video quality, and scalability.

Harmonic’s ProView 7000 IRDs are used to receive and decode digital content sources, and Harmonic’s Electra 8000 encoders enable PTK to efficiently deliver up to four full-resolution, HD services within a single 1-RU chassis. The Electra 8000 also provides advanced features such as simultaneous secondary output, up/down-conversion, and automatic audio level adjustment. The Ion AVC solution provides up to four encoders in a single chassis, providing PTK with an effective solution for expanding digital video services while minimizing capital and operating expenses. The NMX Digital Service Manager offers PTK an easy-to-use yet powerful solution for network configuration and management.

Harmonic and Slovenian interactive TV technology provider BeeSmart worked together to provide the complete end-to-end IPTV platform for PTK’s multichannel television service, with BeeSmart providing the interactive TV middleware platform, as well as consulting and system design services.

“The fastest way to implement a successful end-to-end interactive IPTV service is to work with an experienced partner,” said Geoff Stedman, vice president for corporate marketing at Harmonic. “Together Harmonic and BeeSmart have helped PTK quickly and efficiently launch an IPTV service that includes unique features such as targeted advertising, while providing the scalability and comprehensive software development support to facilitate the launch of additional services in the future.”

Harmonic’s IP-based digital video solutions will be on display at Harmonic’s stand 85 during the IP&TV World Forum taking place March 22-24 in London, as well as on display as part of the company’s comprehensive range of video distribution and delivery solutions at booth SU4909 during the 2011 NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 11-14. The company’s line of production and playout solutions will be on display in booth SL2005 during NAB.

About BeeSmart
BeeSmart is an acknowledged interactive TV solution provider for service operators and the hospitality market. It sets new standards for interactive TV by converging TV, phone, and internet services on a single, telco-grade, service delivery platform. BeeSmart combines an exceptionally fast user interface, intelligent content recommendation system, VoIP on TV, web TV support, and the ability to host multiple operators on a single service delivery platform.

Enabling a higher return on service operator’s investments, it also delivers the best TV experience to subscribers. The company’s preferred way of working in the global market is developing strong business relationships with local partners through a comprehensive partner program, where the synergies for development of new services are harnessed.

About Harmonic Inc.
Harmonic Inc. offers a comprehensive, innovative and market-leading portfolio of video infrastructure solutions, spanning content production to multi-screen video delivery. Harmonic customers can efficiently create, prepare and deliver differentiated video services over broadcast, cable, Internet, mobile, satellite and telecom networks, while simplifying end-to-end asset management, reducing costs and streamlining workflows.

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is headquartered in San Jose, California with R&D, sales and system integration centers worldwide. The company’s customers—including each of the top 20 Fortune 2000 media companies—choose Harmonic to enable their high quality video services delivered to consumers in virtually every country. Visit www.harmonicinc.com for more information.

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For more press information:

Paulien Ruijssenaars
Public Relations for Harmonic
+1.408.490.7021
Email: press@harmonicinc.com

Michael Newman
Investor Relations for Harmonic
StreetConnect
+1.408.542.2760
Email: hlit@stct.com

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: providing the scalability and comprehensive software development support to facilitate the launch of additional services in the future.

Our expectations and beliefs regarding the capabilities of Harmonic’s IP-based digital video headend solution and the anticipated benefits for Post and Telecommunications of Kosovo (PTK) 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.