Harmonic Headend Powers IPTV Service for Kosovo Telco PTK

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Post and Telecommunications of Kosovo (PTK) has deployed Harmonic’s IP-based digital video headend solutions for its new IPTV service. PTK selected an integrated Harmonic solution — ProView™ integrated receiver/decoders (IRDs), Electra® 8000 dual-channel SD/HD encoders, Ion™ AVC encoders, and NMX Digital Service Manager™ — based on performance, video quality, and scalability.

Harmonic’s ProView 7000 IRDs are used to receive and decode digital content sources, and Harmonic’s Electra 8000 encoders enable PTK to efficiently deliver up to four full-resolution, HD services within a single 1-RU chassis. The Electra 8000 also provides advanced features such as simultaneous secondary output, up/down-conversion, and automatic audio level adjustment. The Ion AVC solution provides up to four encoders in a single chassis, providing PTK with an effective solution for expanding digital video services while minimizing capital and operating expenses. The NMX Digital Service Manager offers PTK an easy-to-use yet powerful solution for network configuration and management.

Harmonic and Slovenian interactive TV technology provider BeeSmart worked together to provide the complete end-to-end IPTV platform for PTK’s multichannel television service, with BeeSmart providing the interactive TV middleware platform, as well as consulting and system design services.

“The fastest way to implement a successful end-to-end interactive IPTV service is to work with an experienced partner,” said Geoff Stedman, vice president for corporate marketing at Harmonic. “Together Harmonic and BeeSmart have helped PTK quickly and efficiently launch an IPTV service that includes unique features such as targeted advertising, while providing the scalability and comprehensive software development support to facilitate the launch of additional services in the future.”

Harmonic’s IP-based digital video solutions will be on display at Harmonic’s stand 85 during the IP&TV World Forum taking place March 22-24 in London, as well as on display as part of the company’s comprehensive range of video distribution and delivery solutions at booth SU4909 during the 2011 NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 11-14. The company’s line of production and playout solutions will be on display in booth SL2005 during NAB.