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SES Americom selects Harmonic for IPTV

Harmonic is developing a video-on-demand (VOD) solution for SES Americom’s IP-Prime IPTV service.

SES Americom will use Harmonic’s StreamLiner 2000 video servers, CLEARcut storage encoding solution and Ingest Gateway workflow software. The solution will enable telephone company operators and broadband service providers of every size throughout the United States using the IP-Prime service to offer a high-quality, cost-effective VOD service to consumers.

IP-Prime was designed to offer telcos a complete, easy-to-deploy and cost-effective, managed solution, with more than 275 video channels transported from the SES Americom IPTV Broadcast Center in Vernon Valley, NJ, to the headend at the central office. It ultimately feeds subscriber homes.

With the introduction of Harmonic’s StreamLiner on-demand video delivery platform, SES Americom will be expanding to a comprehensive on-demand service encompassing local and national content.

Ingest Gateway is a workflow system for managing the ingest of offline assets, used in conjunction with Harmonic’s CLEARcut storage encoding solution to facilitate the video processing needed prior to storage on the StreamLiner 2000 video server. The StreamLiner servers, built using off-the-shelf hardware from IBM and Hewlett-Packard, ingest offline and real-time content and then stream programs on-demand, as requested by viewers.

CLEARcut, Ingest Gateway and StreamLiner are part of Harmonic’s IP-based on-demand video delivery platform, which supports a wide variety of on-demand applications, including VOD, near VOD, time-shifted TV, network personal video recording (nPVR), barker channels and advertisement insertion.

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