Harmonic reaches sales milestone

10,000 Electra channels ordered since June 2009 launch


Harmonic has announced that sales orders for its Electra 8000 universal broadcast encoder have surpassed 10,000 channels since its launch in June 2009.

The compression solution is deployed by broadcast, satellite, telecomms and cable operators around the world to power a range of services — 3D, HD, SD, MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-2, and picture-in-picture.

Cable MSOs have deployed the Electra 8000 for recently introduced switched digital video (SDV) services, using the Electra’s dual output capability. The Electra 8000 is also compliant with Microsoft’s Mediaroom Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) platform.

At Harmonic’s IBC stand (1 C61), the company will demonstrate HD and SD video powered by the dense one rack unit (1-RU) Electra 8000, which is capable of encoding up to four channels with simultaneous secondary output.

Harmonic will also feature a technology demonstration of simultaneous delivery of mobile and Web video streams from the Electra platform. Other capabilities on display will include integrated processing features such as SD/HD up-conversion, statistical multiplexing and automatic audio level adjustment.

“Harmonic's customers continue to seek innovative technologies as they launch high quality HD, 3D and multi-screen video services,” said Neil Brydon, senior group manager, compression product marketing, Harmonic Inc.

“Our world-class development team continues to set the benchmark in video processing technologies that facilitate the launch of advanced services.

“The Electra platform significantly improves video quality, streamlines the baseband processing workflow, saves bandwidth and reduces rack space and power requirements, key factors that have propelled the success of this solution.”

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