Harmonic Introduces Spectrum™ X Next-Generation Media Server System
First Playout Server Offering SDI and IP I/O With Up/Down/Cross-Conversion in One Chassis Eases Transition to IP Playout, Provides Path to Ultra HD, Reduces TCO
Supporting a broad range of SD and HD formats, and upgradable to Ultra HD, the Spectrum X system can operate as a true channel-in-a-box (CIAB), as an integrated channel playout server, or as a conventional I/O server connected to Spectrum shared storage infrastructure or internal storage. At Harmonic booth SU1210 during the 2015 NAB Show, the Spectrum X media server will be demonstrated providing playout with graphics and branding to Harmonic’s Ultra HD live workflow, making it the first Ultra HD CIAB solution.
“As the first playout server to mix SDI and IP I/O with up/down/cross-conversion capabilities in the same chassis, the Spectrum X server not only facilitates users’ shift to IP playout, but also powers new revenue-generating services at a lower total cost of ownership,” said Bart Spriester, senior vice president video products at Harmonic. “Transitioning at their own pace, Spectrum X users can migrate smoothly and cost-effectively from the SDI workflows of today to the IP-based workflows expected to take off in the future. The software-based design of the system lends further flexibility to users by allowing them to reconfigure the Spectrum X system to suit the changing needs of specific channels, as well as providing a path to Ultra HD. Broadcasters immediately see new capabilities and benefits while avoiding the complexity inherent in deploying solutions built on single-function devices or single I/O interfaces.”
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 Dec.31, 2014, 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.