Harmonic Headend Powers New South African Pay TV Service

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Electra™ Encoders and DiviTrackIP™ Statistical Multiplexing Provide Fast Time-to-Market and Outstanding Picture Quality for On Digital Media’s New TopTV Service

Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that its market-leading digital video headend solutions have been deployed by On Digital Media (ODM) to power its new TopTV pay TV service in South Africa. The headend system includes Harmonic’s Electra® 5400 MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) multi-channel encoders and the ProStream™ 1000 stream processing platform with DiviTrackIP™ statistical multiplexing. This new solution was implemented for ODM in under two months by African Union Communications, a leading systems integrator and Harmonic reseller in South Africa.

TopTV has a total of 52 channels of which 14 are contributed from South Africa. Using the Harmonic headend system these 14 channels are sent over IP via SEACOM’s undersea fiber optic cable and are received at TopTV’s teleport in Germany where they are multiplexed with the remaining channels on another Harmonic headend system. The complete 52-channel line-up is then uplinked to the SES World Skies Sirius 4 Ku-band satellite over Africa and delivered to the consumer via a compact set-top box.

“The advanced capabilities of Harmonic’s integrated IP-based headend technologies allowed us to efficiently and quickly launch the new TopTV service,” said Frans Lindeque, COO at On Digital Media. “In addition, Harmonic’s compression and stream processing solution provides a superior quality viewing experience for our subscribers.”

“Satellite, broadcast, cable and telco operators around the world continue to prefer Harmonic’s video contribution, distribution and delivery solutions, which power thousands of channels of television delivered to tens of millions of households worldwide,” said Ido Nahmany, Africa Sales Director at Harmonic Inc. “On Digital Media’s launch of TopTV has the opportunity to make a big impact on the television market and open up a potential market of millions of new South African viewers.”

Harmonic, a leader in native IP digital headend solutions, offers a portfolio of products that perform the full range of video processing functions including satellite and terrestrial reception of digital content, encoding, grooming, statistical multiplexing, encryption, IP transport to the remote headend and service management. With a focus on open systems, Harmonic’s solutions support the DVB standard and are fully integrated with leading conditional access systems.

About African Union Communications (Pty) Ltd.
African Union Communications was started in 2002 to focus on providing professional products and services to the Broadcast and Telecommunication market in Africa. More than 20 years of experience was gained being the Harmonic agent in South Africa in the Multimedia arena by providing systems such as Satellite Distribution Networks, Direct to Home Satellite (DTH) platforms and Contribution links.

African Union Communications provides professional MPEG2/MPEG4 Digital Multimedia Systems working in close corporation with Harmonic Inc. and other major product suppliers to Design, Integrate, Install and Support Multimedia systems for the African Market. Visit www.aucom.co.za for more information.

About On Digital Media (Pty) Ltd.
On Digital Media (ODM) is a proudly South African incorporated company with effective BEE shareholding of 68%. The company was awarded an ICASA Pay TV License on 12 September 2007 and issued the license on 9 July 2008. ODM provides multi-channel television subscription services via a direct-to-home service using digital satellite technology to South African audiences based on maximum choice and affordability. On the technology front audiences can be assured of the latest state of the art digital broadcasting technology including MPEG-4 and DVB-S2.

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 San Jose, 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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