Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced that Dubai-based digital media company Intigral has deployed a comprehensive Harmonic headend solution to support its IPTV and OTT multiscreen services. Through a high-density, scalable architecture, Harmonic's integrated solution allows Intigral to cost-effectively prepare and deliver high-quality live and VOD content to regional telecommunications operators for viewing on TVs, PCs, smartphones, and tablets.
"Our telecommunications customers are committed to delivering a superior subscriber experience. To meet the demand for IPTV and OTT multiscreen services, we needed a flexible, integrated headend solution that could scale up to support additional channels and value-added services," said Tony Saab, general manager at Intigral. "Through broad format support and a high-density, scalable architecture, Harmonic's multiscreen solutions allow us to provide high-quality live and VOD content on any screen."
Harmonic's market-leading Electra(TM) 9200 universal multichannel encoder provides high-quality, low-bandwidth MPEG-4 AVC encoding of SD and HD video content for Intigral's IPTV services. Leveraging a high-density design that supports up to eight output services per chassis, Electra dramatically lowers Intigral's capital and operational expenses. Through a rich feature set that includes integrated audio encoding tools, GbE networking, and enhanced serviceability via removable power supplies, fan assembly, compression modules, and processing cards, the Electra 9200 increases video quality, reliability, and operational efficiencies for the digital media company. The encoder features a scalable architecture that will grow as Intigral's market requirements change.
Intigral is using Harmonic's ProMedia(R) Live real-time transcoders to convert baseband SD and HD MPEG-2/MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) content into multiple streams optimized for OTT multiscreen delivery. Harmonic's advanced video compression technologies provide premium HD video quality at the lowest possible bitrate. In addition, ProMedia Live simplifies processing by efficiently handling metadata information, such as language, captions, ad signaling, and insertion upon input and output. ProMedia Live works flawlessly with Harmonic's ProMedia Package to enable sophisticated transcoding, encapsulation, and encryption processes from a unified platform.
VOD content for Intigral's OTT multiscreen services is powered by Harmonic's ProMedia Carbon file-based transcoders. ProMedia Carbon performs transcoding of high-quality SD and HD video content from a file-based architecture that can easily be scaled in the future. This Harmonic solution also supports a massive array of acquisition, editing, broadcast, Web, and mobile formats to enable the distribution of high-quality HD content on any screen. ProMedia Carbon is controlled via Harmonic's WFS(TM) file-based workflow engine, which provides automated processing of high-volume transcoding tasks to further maximize operational efficiencies.
Harmonic's ProMedia Origin streaming video server optimizes the delivery of Intigral's OTT multiscreen services relying on a range of content formats for smartphones, tablets, and connected TVs, as well as industry-standard protocols, including Apple(R) HLS, Adobe(R) HDS, and Microsoft(R) Smooth Streaming. Integration with ProMedia Package minimizes rack space, simplifies the workflow, and maximizes the operator's cost savings.
"Harmonic offers the most complete solution for IPTV and OTT multiscreen, making it easy for digital media companies like Intigral to deliver video content to an ever-increasing number of connected devices," said Jean-Pierre Mace, regional sales director and managing director, Dubai office, at Harmonic. "Harnessing the flexibility, scalability, and versatility of an integrated video infrastructure solution from Harmonic, Intigral can cost-effectively distribute live and VOD content with an amazing picture quality."
Harmonic's comprehensive range of solutions that bring increased operational efficiencies and cost savings to broadcast and multiscreen production and delivery, while ensuring superior video quality on any screen, will be showcased at stand E7-12 during CABSAT 2014 in Dubai, March 11-13. Further information about Harmonic and the company's products is available at www.harmonicinc.com.