Foxtel Chooses Harmonic to Power First 4K UHD Service in Australia
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Oct. 9, 2018 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Foxtel, an Australian pay-TV operator with cable, direct broadcast satellite and IPTV streaming services, has launched the first 4K UHD offering in the country using a Harmonic software-based UHD solution. Harmonic's solution maximizes workflow efficiencies and ensures exceptional video quality at low bitrates for Foxtel's next-generation television services.
"Video quality, HDR support and reliability were our key considerations when choosing a technology partner," said Darren Windus, distribution systems manager at Foxtel. "Harmonic has a strong track record of delivering amazing video quality and world-class deployment support, making this an easy business decision for Foxtel. When we are ready to introduce HDR to this new service, Harmonic's software-centric approach to video delivery will make it a simple, quick upgrade."
Harmonic handles the entire UHD production and delivery workflow for Foxtel's new service using the Electra® video processor for live UHD HEVC encoding, the ProStream® X stream processor for scrambling and the RD9000 decoder to achieve superior video quality for broadcast contribution.
"This is a significant technology breakthrough for Foxtel and will undeniably attract many new subscribers who are excited about the raw beauty of UHD," said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales, APAC, at Harmonic. "With UHD's improved resolution, Foxtel's viewers can now feel like they are standing on the field during live sports events and become immersed in the latest movies. Our video processing solutions are at the heart of many UHD service offerings around the world, and we're proud to be leading the charge for stunning video experiences."
Further information about Harmonic and the company's solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.
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Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery technology and services, enables media companies and service providers to deliver ultra-high-quality broadcast and OTT video services to consumers globally. The company has also revolutionized cable access networking via the industry's first virtualized cable access solution, enabling cable operators to more flexibly deploy gigabit internet service to consumers' homes and mobile devices. Whether simplifying OTT video delivery via innovative cloud and SaaS technologies, or powering the delivery of gigabit internet cable services, Harmonic is changing the way media companies and service providers monetize live and VOD content on every screen. 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. Statements concerning Harmonic's business and the anticipated capabilities, advantages, reliability, efficiency, market acceptance, market growth, specifications and benefits of Harmonic products, services and technology are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on our current expectations and beliefs and are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the risks and uncertainties 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, 2017, 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.
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