Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Germany’s HSE24 (Home Shopping Europe GmbH), a specialist in “teleshopping” since 1995, has transitioned its multiple home shopping networks onto a Harmonic production storage and playout platform. A Harmonic Spectrum™ media server system provides continuous playout for the four broadcast channels within the award-winning HSE24 network, and a Harmonic MediaGrid™ active storage system serves as post-production storage for recorded on-air content and supports an edit-in-place workflow in post-production.
“We chose to work with the Harmonic storage and server solutions because we needed a stable playout environment and more robust central storage for our post-production activities,” said Dieter Baron, vice president, broadcast technical at HSE24. “The Harmonic systems offer ease of use, scalable capacity, and I/O channels, and the high redundancy and availability critical for 24-hour broadcast operations such as ours. We’ve also used the Harmonic platform to create a highly efficient edit workflow that reduces the time and cost required to turn around programming quickly. The local support has been excellent, as has been the performance of our Harmonic systems.”
Over its 16-year history, HSE24 has served 7.5 million shoppers. Today the network’s channels are available to 40 million households — 36 million in Germany, three million in Austria, and one million in Switzerland. The company’s Spectrum server system handles playout for the network’s main channel, HSE24, as well as its digital special interest channels, HSE24 TREND and HSE24 EXTRA, and for a newly launched channel, HSE24 Italy. The Harmonic server system operates in conjunction with AVECO automation, which allows users to control the server from anywhere on the network.
HSE24 uses the MediaGrid system for central storage, including 19 hours of content from two channels daily, and to support editing with Final Cut Pro® systems. Editors can load a file for editing in Final Cut Pro and, after post-production is complete, very quickly save the new file for playout.
“The Harmonic installation at HSE24 demonstrates how our server and storage solutions support fast, efficient production workflows, as well as flexible, reliable playout of edited content,” said Manuel Ferreira, vice president of EMEA sales at Harmonic Inc. “For a successful and quickly growing company such as HSE24, the systems’ intuitive operation, reliability, and high performance are critical to maximizing uptime, and their scalability and modular design are essential to smooth, cost-effective channel expansion.”
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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 Spectrum™ and MediaGrid™ products. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these products may not materialize and are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the possibility that neither Spectrum nor MediaGrid meets some or all of its anticipated capabilities or provides some or all of its anticipated benefits, such as a stable playout environment, robust central storage, ease of use, scalable capacity, high redundancy and critical availability, fast and efficient workflow, reduction in programming turnaround and cost, excellent support and performance, flexible and reliable playout, intuitive operation and maximized uptime.
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