Harmonic Offers Swiss IPTV Wholesaler Netstream a Highly Scalable Solution for Video Delivery

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Swiss IPTV wholesaler Netstream is hosting a new IPTV headend platform based on Harmonic’s portfolio of encoding and transcoding products. Swiss distributor Adrenio installed Harmonic Electra™ 8000 universal SD/HD MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC encoders, ProStream® 1000 stream processors with ACE® transcoders, and the NMX™ digital service manager, enabling Netstream to offer competitive IPTV services to major Swiss telcos.

“We chose Harmonic’s encoding products because they deliver the highest picture quality on the market,” said Alexis Caceda, CEO, Netstream. “We needed a solution to expand our IPTV headend offering, and the Harmonic systems gave us high-density encoding solutions combined with amazing picture quality, allowing us to offer a complete IPTV package that is now being used by one of the largest mobile and fixed line providers in Switzerland.”

The market-leading 1-RU Electra 8000 encoders deployed by Netstream significantly enhance bandwidth efficiency while delivering broadcast-quality video streams. Additionally, the encoders offer a rich feature set that eases operational requirements such as density and power efficiency, and will allow Netstream to launch additional value-added video services in the future.

“Because they operate at less than 70 watts per service, the Electra 8000 encoders were the perfect solution for lowering our power consumption and, in turn, operating expenses,” said Caceda. “Each 1-RU chassis houses up to four encoders, and that significantly reduces the amount of rack space we use while providing additional cost savings.”

Harmonic’s highly scalable ProStream 1000 with ACE transcoder provides processing and delivery of HD, SD, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 AVC video and audio, and is being utilized by Netstream’s IPTV headend to output SD and HD MPEG-4 AVC. The system supports up to 60 SD or 20 HD services per 1-RU with a power-efficient design that only requires 10 watts per HD channel and less than five watts per SD channel, saving energy and reducing operating expenses. The transcoder’s low carbon footprint was particularly appealing to Netstream, which plans to expand its IPTV headend by adding new channels to the platform over the next few months, offering an even more competitive IPTV solution to the Swiss market.

Netstream manages its IPTV headend through Harmonic’s NMX video network management solution. Possessing an advanced, feature-rich interface, NMX enables Netstream to manage channel lifecycles and set encoding or statistical multiplexing parameters manually or via automation server. NMX also provides detailed analysis of bandwidth usage and alarm behaviors used to identify system-wide trends to improve overall stability and reliability. NMX is highly scalable and extensible, making it a perfect solution for Netstream’s future expansion plans.

“Netstream was looking to the future with the design of their headend platform for providing advanced IPTV services in the Swiss market,” said Michael Salomon, area sales manager at Harmonic. “The Electra 8000 and ProStream 1000 with ACE are helping to build that future by providing a highly scalable solution that delivers the best video quality.”

Harmonic solutions for the production and delivery of high-value video services have been successfully deployed for new Internet and mobile TV platforms by leading satellite, telco, cable, and broadcast operators worldwide.

About Harmonic Inc.
Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) provides infrastructure that powers the video economy. The company enables content and service providers to efficiently create, prepare, and deliver differentiated video services for television and new media platforms. More information is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

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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 Electra™ 8000, ProStream® 1000 with ACE®, and NMX™ products. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize and are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the possibility that neither Electra 8000, ProStream 1000 with ACE, nor NMX meet some or all of its anticipated capabilities or provide some or all of its anticipated benefits, such as an increase in video quality, enhanced bandwidth efficiency, a reduction in operating expenses through density and power efficiencies and footprint reduction, improvements in overall stability and reliability, and scalability.

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 December 31, 2010, 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.