Harmonic’s New Rhozet Workflow System improves Transcoding Farm Efficiency and Scalability

Monday, April 12, 2010

Automated, Extensible Transcoding Management System Facilitates Quality Control and Effectively Addresses the High-Volume Requirements of Media Companies

 Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced the Rhozet™ Workflow System (WFS), a new task-based workflow engine for automated management of the video asset transformation process. WFS improves scalability, efficiency and reliability for media companies’ most demanding transcoding needs with an open and distributed workflow. The new Rhozet WFS supports Harmonic’s Rhozet Quality Control System (QCS) to incorporate file-based quality testing and automated compliance as part of the transcoding process. WFS and QCS will be showcased at Harmonic’s booth #SU7213 during NAB 2010 in Las Vegas.

WFS manages large-scale networks of Carbon Coder™ transcoder nodes in a distributed “farm” configuration. The distributed nature of WFS allows for automated processing of high-volume transcoding tasks, failover support, job distribution, job prioritization, dynamic load balancing, file transfer, status monitoring, and job notification.

For even greater flexibility, WFS users can create comprehensive workflows that incorporate a variety of processing tasks and conditional behaviors tailored to meet their specific requirements. Additionally, with its extensive APIs and software developer kit (SDK), WFS can manage the complete video asset transformation process by integrating third-party applications and other Harmonic video processing solutions.

“Harmonic’s new Rhozet Workflow System, combined with the Rhozet Quality Control System, provides complete file-based workflow management, including transcoding, quality control, and delivery. Its open architecture, resiliency and failover support makes it ideal for managing the high-volume workflows found in professional studios and broadcast facilities,” said Jon Robbins, Rhozet Product Manager, Harmonic Inc. “Harmonic’s Rhozet family of transcoding solutions continues to lead the industry in enterprise-level transcoding, by successfully addressing the key concern of our customers—how to achieve cost-effective, high-quality transcoding in a reliable and scalable environment.”

For advanced quality control capabilities, Rhozet QCS can be seamlessly added into the WFS and Carbon Coder transcoding architecture to significantly reduce the amount of manual intervention required to guarantee high quality output. Operators can use groundbreaking quality control features, configured to their specific needs, with an interactive tool for visual verification of output. The system analyzes all assets during the transcoding workflow to help identify possibly problematic files before, during and after the transcode process. QCS can be set to check a wide variety of video and audio characteristics, including black detection, silence detection, audio levels, letterboxing, blockiness, bit-rate, duration and transport stream compliance.

Harmonic offers a comprehensive and market-leading range of solutions for real-time or on-demand video ingest, transformation, distribution and delivery to any device. Harmonic’s transcoding solutions facilitate the creation of multi-format video for Internet, mobile and broadcast applications and are used by leading media companies including Ascent Media Group, British Sky Broadcasting (BskyB), Lifetime Networks, MTV, NBC, YouTube and Yahoo!

The Rhozet family of products includes Carbon Coder, WFS, QCS, Carbon Server™ and the ProStream™ 5000 offline transcoder. The full range of Rhozet transcoding solutions will be on display in Harmonic’s booth #SU7213 at NAB 2010, April 12-15 in Las Vegas.

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.

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This press release contains 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: the new Rhozet Workflow System improving transcoding farm efficiency and scalability.

Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters and the capabilities and benefits expected from the Rhozet WFS 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.