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Rounding Out the Recently Introduced ProMedia(TM) Suite, the Efficient, Automated System Captures Files Directly Into Any Format in Real Time

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Nov. 8, 2011 -- Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT), a leading provider of video infrastructure solutions, today announced the release of its ProMedia(TM) Capture video ingest engine, which enables real-time ingest of live and tape-based HD/SD video for file-based production and multiscreen workflows. ProMedia Capture offers a streamlined, simplified approach to complex content acquisition processes by capturing files at the highest resolution directly into the formats needed for production or for distribution to multiple screens. ProMedia Capture provides enormous time-savings in workflows that require real-time ingest from multiple sources such as video mastering, repurposing, archiving, and video-on-demand (VOD) workflows.

ProMedia Capture is the newest member of Harmonic's ProMedia suite of software solutions and appliances, introduced in August, which enables high-quality video creation and delivery to TV, PC, tablet, mobile phone, and other IP-connected devices through advanced video processing and streaming functionality. ProMedia Capture's efficient handling of content ingest optimizes any file-based workflow by ensuring the file is in the required format at the critical moment that it enters the video ecosystem. Leveraging the widely deployed ProMedia Carbon transcoding software, which is powered by Harmonic's Rhozet(TM) technology, ProMedia Capture offers the format flexibility to record directly upon ingest, without requiring an intermediate transcoding step.

"Building on the successful launch of the ProMedia Suite, Harmonic brings the ability to execute automated ingest with destination-format specificity, in an easy-to-deploy, interoperable solution to customers of all types," said Moore Macauley, director of product management, multiscreen, at Harmonic. "Whether ingesting content that's headed to a non-linear editor as part of a news workflow, footage that's going directly to connected storage, or programming that needs to be distributed to a TV and a smartphone simultaneously, this system saves valuable time and resources."

As a fully integrated solution designed to simplify operations, ProMedia Capture uses a Web-based GUI to control two independent ingest channels and VTRs. Desktop monitoring gives the user full visibility into the capture process and, with Web connectivity, enables the convenience of system monitoring from anywhere.

Metadata and ancillary data are also supported in a number of ways. The GUI provides a convenient application for handling CableLabs ADI package creation that can be automatically exported to VOD systems. An API provides a means for users to associate metadata with ingested files. For file formats that support ancillary data, ProMedia Capture preserves non-video or audio essence data such as VBI and VANC.

The ProMedia Capture system can be used as a standalone device utilizing its 1.3 TB of on-board storage, or fast turnaround editing and automated workflows can be further optimized through seamless integration with Omneon MediaGrid(TM) shared storage and the Harmonic Workflow System (WFS).

Harmonic will demonstrate its latest multiscreen video solutions, including ProMedia Capture, as well as a range of innovative edge and access solutions at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2011, Nov. 15-17 in Atlanta in booth 968. ProMedia Capture will be available for shipping in late November.

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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.

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 our ProMedia(TM) Capture solution. Our expectations and beliefs regarding this product may not materialize and are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the possibility that ProMedia Capture does not obtain market acceptance or that one of more of the expected benefits, such as time and cost savings, speed, efficiencies, flexibility, ease of deployment, simplification of processes, and optimization of workflows, are not achieved.

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 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.

EDITOR'S NOTE - Product and company names used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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