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Harmonic Advances the Art of SD and HD Encoding

Video solutions based on next-generation codecs shown at IBC2004 (August 25, 2004)

At IBC2004, which is to be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 10 14, Harmonic Inc. will demonstrate advances in the development of digital video solutions based on next-generation codecs. A series of Harmonics DiviCom MV 100 encoding platforms, running either SMPTE VC-9 or MPEG-4 AVC, will compress video in real-time and seamlessly interoperate with recently introduced third-party set-top boxes. This is the first major European event where Harmonic will show side-by-side MV 100 systems utilizing the new codecs.

The DiviCom MV 100 will also be presented within solutions for digital terrestrial (DVB-T) and satellite broadcasting (DVB-S), video-over-xDSL, and stored content applications such as video-on-demand. The MV 100 has set the benchmark for MPEG-2 bit-rate efficiency and video quality while providing a straightforward path to the next-generation codecs that reduces the total cost of ownership.

Harmonic will showcase the new DiviCom Ion multichannel MPEG-2 encoder. Ions compact and modular architecture enables operators to deliver four times the digital channels from a one rack-unit (1RU) encoder while maintaining high levels of video quality. A particularly attractive solution for DVB-T, Ion gives operators a more cost-effective way to provision a combination of local and national programming, increasing their overall revenue potential. At the same time, Ions IP output capability permits cable and telecom operators to realize increased flexibility while reducing their deployment and operational costs.

A leading provider of high definition (HD) solutions, Harmonic will be presenting HD in both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC formats. To simplify the introduction of HD services, Harmonic will demonstrate how HD and SD encoding systems can be mixed within the same statistical multiplexing pool, essential to bandwidth sensitive networks as well as cable operators seeking to maximize channel carrying capacity of their network.

Other solutions to be featured in the Harmonic Inc. stand include:

Video-on-demand based on the industry leading NSG 9000 edgeQAM and the 10-Gb/s GIGALight digital DWDM transmission system, which has earned the title ?biggest contributor to the future of content delivery.

Video overlay for passive optical networks (PON) and Ethernet fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP/FTTH) environments. Using this architecture, operators will be able to efficiently transport a complete line-up of analog and/or digital broadcast television, including 250 or more HD channels.

A network operations center (NOC) based on Harmonics NMX Digital Service Manager which controls and monitors both Harmonic and third-party equipment. In addition to managing broadcast services, NMX provides the most comprehensive management of VOD services from the headend to transport equipment and edge devices distributed throughout the network. NMX has been deployed by satellite, cable, terrestrial and telecom operators worldwide.

A compact and fully integrated DVB-compliant Digital Turnaround solution that permits operators to quickly and cost-effectively introduce and expand their pay-TV services.

Distributed digital program insertion (DPI) using Harmonics award-winning DiviCom encoders, NMX Digital Service Manager and Terayon DM-6400 Digital Splicer. This standards-based end-to-end solution helps DVB-T and cable operators meet regulatory requirements and strengthen customer relationships by delivering localized content.

About Harmonic Inc.
Harmonic Inc. is a leading provider of digital video, broadband optical networking and IP delivery systems to cable, satellite, telecom and broadcast network operators. Harmonic's open standards-based solutions for the headend through the last mile enable customers to develop new revenue sources and a competitive advantage by offering powerful interactive video, voice and data services such as video-on-demand, high definition digital television, telephony and Internet access.

Harmonic (Nasdaq: HLIT) is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with R&D, sales and system integration centers worldwide. The Company's customers, including many of the world's largest communications providers, deliver services in virtually every country.

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