Swisscom Moves Ahead with Mobile and Web TV Powered by Harmonic’s ProStream 4000 Multi-Screen Transcoder

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Harmonic's Real-Time Multi-Screen Transcoding Solution Deployed for New Web and Mobile TV Service in Switzerland 

Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telecom provider, has selected Harmonic’s ProStream™ 4000 real-time multi-screen transcoder to power Swisscom’s new WebTV and MobileTV service, encompassing more than 30 channels delivered in multiple formats for viewing on a wide variety of devices.

The ProStream 4000 is a key component of Harmonic’s MediaPrism™ Convergence Suite for multi-screen video delivery, and makes it possible for Swisscom to seamlessly transcode both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) broadcast video content to mobile and Internet formats. Its flexible, software-based all-IP architecture can be easily integrated into an existing IP headend, and offers outstanding performance and reliability, with a field-upgradeable codec library.

“Harmonic offered us a compelling convergence solution and superior technology roadmap for enabling the delivery of TV to our mobile customers,” said Volker Dietzel Head of TV & Portal Development at Swisscom Switzerland Ltd. “We have been pleased with the performance, flexibility and scalability of the ProStream 4000 transcoder for the extension of our TV proposition.”

“Over the years Swisscom has been a pioneering operator using the latest technologies to bring new and exciting services to their subscribers. The new Swisscom TV service represents a great step forward in offering innovative and high quality Internet and mobile video,” said Thierry Fautier, Senior Director of Convergence Solutions at Harmonic Inc. “We are working closely with leading operators like Swisscom to make the vision of ’anytime, anywhere’ video a reality. The ProStream 4000 was designed specifically to support mobile and web video applications, and as part of the MediaPrism convergence suite, can be used as part of a complete and integrated TV, PC and mobile delivery architecture.”

Deployed by several large Tier 1 service providers for mobile video service trials, Harmonic’s MediaPrism convergence suite is the industry’s most comprehensive solution for multi-screen video delivery, encompassing live and offline content ingest, transformation, delivery and workflow management.

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 20 years of 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 for more information.

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This press release may contain 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: making it possible for Swisscom to seamlessly transcode broadcast video content, and easily integrating its architecture into an existing IP headend.

Our expectations and beliefs regarding the capabilities of Harmonic’s ProStream 4000 multi-screen transcoder and the anticipated benefits for Swisscom 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.