Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that a full range of its IP-based stream processing, transcoding, media server, and storage solutions has been selected by SCOLA, a non-profit, global educational TV broadcaster based in McClelland, Iowa, to power its satellite distribution and Internet service expansion. The new solution, supplied by local reseller and integrator partners Foundation Telecommunications Inc. (FTI) and TBC Integration, will improve SCOLA’s broadcast video quality, decrease satellite bandwidth usage up to 50 percent, and triple the amount of VOD formats supported on SCOLA’s website.
To enhance the picture quality, workflow, and multiview channel capabilities for SCOLA, FTI and TBC Integration will deploy an array of integrated Harmonic video infrastructure solutions including Electra® 8000 encoders, ProStream™ stream processors and real-time multiscreen transcoders, Omneon Spectrum™ MediaCenter media servers, and a file-based ProMedia™ Carbon automated transcoding farm.
“SCOLA is pleased to join with FTI and TBC Integration to utilize Harmonic’s innovative video technology so that our services may be enjoyed to the fullest extent worldwide,” said Francis Lajba, SCOLA president and CEO. “SCOLA has long leveraged the latest technologies to help bring the people of the world closer together.”
“We work with top solution providers to provide best-in-class video infrastructure solutions for our broadcast and satellite customers,” said Sean Busby, executive vice president of TBC Integration. “Harmonic offers superior video compression, processing, and server solutions, making it possible for us to enable SCOLA to expand its services successfully and deliver a more compelling offering.”
Market-leading Electra 8000 encoders provide SCOLA with SD/HD MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC encoding, as well as integrated statistical multiplexing. The unique architecture of the Electra 8000 features up to four channels in a single rack unit (1 RU), significantly reducing operational costs for SCOLA with its high density and power efficiency. SCOLA will use the ProStream 1000 stream processing platform for bulk scrambling and the multichannel Spectrum MediaCenter for media server and content storage functions.
The carrier-grade ProStream 4000 real-time multiscreen transcoder is optimized for adaptive streaming applications, enabling SCOLA to meet growing demand for OTT and mobile TV services. File-based transcoding is provided by the Rhozet™-powered ProMedia Carbon, which is being deployed in an enterprise-class, automated transcoding farm controlled by the Harmonic Workflow System (WFS). SCOLA will also use IRIS™ software for quality of service monitoring and NMX Digital Service Manager™ for easy configuration, control, and monitoring of Harmonic and third-party video network elements.
“SCOLA wanted to work with a solution provider that could offer an integrated headend system and meet the end-to-end technical requirements for video compression and distribution,” said George Livergood, president at FTI. “Harmonic supplies the advanced video compression, stream processing, and server technologies that enable SCOLA to expand its broadcast and Web services with confidence.”
SCOLA is a non-profit educational organization that receives and retransmits television programming from around the world in native languages. SCOLA also provides other language-learning content on this website. Universities, colleges, K-12 schools, cable systems, government language schools, and individuals use SCOLA content for current news, language study, and cultural enhancement. SCOLA content is available via satellite, the Internet, and participating cable providers. More information on SCOLA is available at www.scola.org.
About TBC Integration
TBC Integration specializes in providing leading-edge digital video and data transmission solutions by designing, integrating, and supporting systems for live and/or store-and-forward digital satellite and terrestrial networks. Digital Glue, a division of TBC Integration, is an in-house rapid software development team specializing in content delivery products over an IP infrastructure. TBC offers customers a complete turnkey service, from a network of authorized installers to an interactive Web-based project management system. More information on TBC Integration or Digital Glue is available at www.tbcintegration.com or www.digitalglue.com.
About Foundation Telecommunications Inc.
Founded in 1979, Foundation Telecommunications Inc. provides international, innovative telecommunications network solutions using leading-edge technologies with a “customer-first priority.” FTI integrates total digital solutions incorporating the most appropriate technologies – whether satellite, fiber, laser, or wireless – for the most appropriate customer solutions. From providing wireless MESH communications from deep in an Appalachian coal mine to the rest of the world, to geographically remote automated high-performance wireless “hot spots,” FTI is on the leading edge. More information on FTI is available at www.ftionline.com.
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 capabilities and anticipated benefits of Harmonic’s Electra 8000, ProStream, Omneon Spectrum MediaCenter and ProMedia Carbon. 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, Omneon Spectrum MediaCenter nor ProMedia Carbon meet all of its anticipated capabilities or provide all of its anticipated benefits , such as an increase in video quality, a decrease in satellite bandwidth usage, and an increase in formats supported.
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 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.