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Pairing of Omneon MediaGrid(TM) Active Storage System and FilmPartners MXFserver Help Crawford to Optimize Media Production at New Atlanta Facility

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Oct. 11, 2011 -- Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Crawford Media Services Inc., a provider of premium postproduction services and media management solutions to domestic and international clients, has deployed the Omneon MediaGrid(TM) active storage system with MXFserver to support a collaborative multiplatform editing environment within its new 80,000-square-foot facility in Atlanta, Ga. The unique Harmonic production storage solution has allowed Crawford to implement a highly efficient DNxHD workflow in which editors working privately or collaboratively on different platforms can share content in a single storage pool.

"The combination of MediaGrid and MXFserver from FilmPartners puts content at the center of the workflow, streamlining and optimizing the process of media production," said Steve Davis, SVP of Crawford Media Services and COO of Media Management. "Together, these systems serve as a complete and cost-effective solution. In addition to enabling project sharing between edit clients, this production storage platform allowed us to retain our existing project number scheme. As a result, we were able to improve our infrastructure and realize more efficient collaborative efforts without significant modification to our operations and organizational workflows."

The MediaGrid production solution brings efficient, highly available storage optimized for media to Crawford's postproduction workflow. Content is ingested and encoded to DNxHD (220 Mbps) and then written to the MediaGrid system as DNxHD files, which are registered to an MXFserver project and presented to authorized users through a project-based interface. This model thus allows producers and editors -- regardless of their edit platform -- to see and work with all content files assigned to each project.

"MediaGrid storage combined with MXFserver delivers a unique ability to support project sharing on any edit workstation, and is valuable to Crawford's current and future business opportunities," said Geoff Stedman, general manager, storage solutions division at Harmonic Inc. "The company already benefits from multiformat, multiplatform shared editing workflows, and as Crawford's operations grow, its Harmonic storage platform will provide a scalable foundation for new content-focused workflows and services."

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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 the Harmonic Omneon MediaGrid. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize and are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the possibility that MediaGrid combined with MXFserver from FilmPartners does not obtain market acceptance or that one or more of the expected benefits such as cost-efficiency or scalability are not achieved.

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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 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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