Harmonic hot for IP video

HOT Telecommunications, Israel's largest pay-TV provider has invested in Harmonic's full suite of IP-based digital video offerings in order to boost operational efficiency and expand its channel line-up.

The transitioning from ASI to an IP-based headend infrastructure allows HOT to simplify its network and reduce costs without compromising on flexibility, reliability and scalability.

Harmonic has supplied its DiviCom Electra 7000 HD MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) encoders and Broadcast Network Gateway edge devices. Also being used on the installation is the company's ProStream 1000 stream processing platform for multiplexing, DiviTrackMX and DiviTrackIP. The latter will be used to deliver HOT's HD service, while NMX Digital Service Manager is used to monitor and control the enhanced video service. Harmonic is also supplying its HFC broadband access solutions for more efficient transport across the RF network.

"In planning our upgrade, critical requirements included best-in-class HD video quality, the ability to multiplex, scramble and re-encode content within a single platform, and the requirement for a broad portfolio of products advanced enough to enable our continued migration to an all-IP infrastructure. Harmonic's digital video technologies met all of these needs," said Meidad Katz, VP of Engineering and CTO at HOT.