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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Feb. 7, 2011 -- Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Germany's CBC Cologne Broadcasting Center, part of The Media Group RTL Germany, has installed an Omneon Spectrum(TM) HD media server system to support ingest and playout for its RTL HD and VOX HD channels from a brand-new broadcast center in Cologne.

"When we first moved our Munich branch to a file-based environment five years ago, we chose to build our broadcast workflow on Omneon Spectrum media server systems," said Mido Fayad, head of broadcast operations and engineering at CBC. "Given the excellent versatility and performance of those systems in supporting our playout and archive applications, it was an easy decision to invest in Spectrum HD systems for our new Cologne broadcast center."

CBC already relies on Omneon Spectrum media server systems to support ingest and playout for TV channels RTL II and n-tv as well as ingest for Sportcast. The new Omneon Spectrum SD/HD media server system, which operates under the control of Abit Showit for ingest and Abit Presentit playout automation, will support RTL Austria and RTL Switzerland, VOX Austria and VOX Switzerland, Super RTL Austria and Super RTL Switzerland, n-tv, RTL Crime, RTL Living, and Passion.

Material is ingested for all of these channels, as well as for live Deutsche Bundesliga soccer matches, through CBC's media management systems, a Sony cart machine, and either DigiBeta VTRs or HDCAM SR VTRs controlled by Abit automation. Up to eight channels are ingested (50-Mbit/s IMX or 50-Mbit/s XDCAM HD422) -- with concurrent QC -- in parallel to the Spectrum system.

The Spectrum system's MXF format support facilitated integration with CBC's IT-based IBM archive system. As a result, once recorded material is confirmed on the Omneon media server, it is transferred to the archive and a low-resolution browse copy of the media is created to give staff fast, easy access via VPMS/Smart MAM system. Spots stored on the Spectrum server system can be pulled into the Abit playlist by "drag and drop" right up to a few seconds before playout. Close integration of the Omneon Spectrum systems and Abit solutions enables CBC to conform its playout to the standards of different target markets and countries.

"We've enjoyed a long and successful relationship with CBC, having worked together with Abit and Netorium to create a state-of-the-art file-based workflow for the broadcaster's Munich facility," said Geoff Stedman, vice president for Omneon and corporate marketing at Harmonic. "As CBC takes its operations live at the new Cologne broadcast center, an Omneon Spectrum system once again provides CBC with the versatility, reliability, and scalability necessary to support complex yet highly automated ingest and playout workflows."

German Netorium GmbH assisted CBC in the planning, integration, and configuration of the Omneon system with other systems in the state-of-the-art facility.

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About CBC

Since its establishment in 1994, CBC Cologne Broadcasting Center has become one of the leading broadcasting and television production companies in Germany. Numerous renowned TV stations and producers rely on the company's know-how and state-of-the-art technology and value its wide array of individualized services. CBC is situated in Cologne, Munich/Gruenwald, and Berlin. More information is available at www.cbc.de.

About Harmonic Inc.

Harmonic Inc. offers a comprehensive, innovative and market-leading portfolio of video infrastructure solutions, spanning content production to multiscreen video delivery. Harmonic customers can efficiently create, prepare and deliver differentiated video services over broadcast, cable, Internet, mobile, satellite and telecom networks, while simplifying end-to-end asset management, reducing costs and streamlining workflows.

Omneon, now part of Harmonic, provides integrated, end-to-end file-based infrastructure that optimizes workflow for the production, distribution and management of digital media. Omneon video server and video-optimized storage platforms are architected to deliver the high reliability, flexibility and scalability required for on-air channel playout and efficient content production. More information is available at www.omneon.com.

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with R&D, sales and system integration centers worldwide. The company's customers -- including each of the top 20 Fortune 2000 media companies -- choose Harmonic to enable their high-quality video services delivered to consumers in virtually every country. More information is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27(A) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21(E) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements related to: excellent versatility and performance of systems supporting playout and archive applications; and reliability and scalability necessary to support complex yet highly automated ingest and playout workflows.

Our expectations and beliefs regarding the capabilities of Harmonic's Omneon Spectrum(TM) HD media server system and the anticipated benefits for the CBC Cologne Broadcasting Center, part of The Media Group RTL Germany, may not materialize, and actual results could differ materially from those projected. 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 recent Reports filed on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Harmonic does not undertake 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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