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STB and Harmonic DiviCom MV 100 Demo SMPTE VC-1

Encodes and Decodes VC-1 and AAC within MPEG-2 Transport Stream (April 19, 2005)

Equator Technologies and Harmonic Inc. announced the demonstration of fully interoperable headend and customer premises systems based on SMPTE VC-1. The solution includes Harmonic's high-performance DiviCom MV 100 encoder and an Equator-based set-top box from UTStarcom Inc.

   The demonstration compresses video in real-time and shows seamless interoperability with a production ready set-top box. The advanced profile interlace VC-1 is being carried within an MPEG-2 transport stream that is multicast over an IP connection.

   "Live interoperability and production readiness are a major milestone for next generation codec technology use," said Chris Basoglu, vice-president of Technical Marketing and Applications at Equator. "This demonstration of UTStarcom's production available set-top box proves the codec technology readiness for deployment and the speed in which a programmable platform can respond to changing and maturing industry standards."

   "The advanced, ultra-low bit-rate compression capabilities and outstanding video-quality of Harmonic's DiviCom MV100 have made it the industry's most-deployed broadcast-grade standard definition encoding platform for both MPEG-2 and advanced codecs," said David Price, VP Business Development at Harmonic. "The MV 100 in combination with the Equator-based set-top boxes from UTStarcom provides complete end-end readiness for operators that want to introduce live broadcast VC-1 technology this year. The solution is available now and will continue to mature as the SMPTE standard is finalized."

   This demonstration will be featured in Harmonic's booth (#SU10707) at NAB 2005. Equator can also be found at the MPEG Industry Forum Pavilion (booth #SL5310A) and is available for scheduled meetings at #SL3062-MR. 

   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.

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