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Harmonic Inc. Announces Earnings Guidance for the Third Quarter of 2015
Oct 8 15
Harmonic Inc. announced earnings guidance for the third quarter of 2015. For the third quarter of 2015, the company anticipates: net revenue in the range of $81 million to $84 million. GAAP gross margins in the range of 53.5% to 55.0%. GAAP operating expenses in the range of $51.5 million to $53 million. Non-GAAP gross margins in the range of 54.5% to 56.0%. Non-GAAP operating expenses in the range of $46.5 million to $48 million.
NASA Partners with Harmonic to Launch First Non-Commercial UHD Channel in North America
Sep 11 15
NASA is partnering with Harmonic to launch NASA TV UHD, the first ever non-commercial consumer ultra-high definition (UHD) channel in North America. The partnership is the result of a Space Act Agreement between Harmonic and the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Using an end-to-end UHD video delivery system from Harmonic, NASA Television will have the capability to deliver linear 2160p60 video content, allowing viewers to enjoy footage on a wide range of television and internet-connected devices. The new UHD channel is expected to launch on November 1, following preliminary tests. Leveraging the 8-megapixel resolution of UHD, the channel will showcase the breathtaking beauty and grandeur of space. NASA TV UHD video will be sourced from high-resolution images and video generated on the International Space Station and other current NASA missions, as well as re-mastered footage from historical missions. Harmonic currently is in discussions with pay TV operators to carry the channel on the satellite, cable and optical networks for consumer access. The channel also will stream on the Internet, which will require at least 13 MBps access connectivity to receive the signal and enjoy the UHD experience.
Dubai Media Incorporated Selects Harmonic Spectrum Media Servers to Facilitate Smooth HD Migration
Sep 10 15
Harmonic announced that Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has chosen new Spectruma, media servers for an upgrade of the company's main broadcast facility in Dubai. Already a long-time Harmonic client, DMI purchased the server systems to support ingest and to provide flexible and reliable SD/HD playout for 14 on-air channels. Replacing an existing Spectrum installation, the new Spectrum systems installed at DMI include Spectrum MediaDirectora, media server controllers, Spectrum MediaStorea, storage arrays, Spectrum MediaPorta, real-time video encoder/decoders and the Harmonic Media Application Server (MAS) media management platform. Configured for 1+1 redundancy, each of the server systems provides 14 channels of HD/SD MPEG-2 playout and another two channels of HD/SD MPEG-2 play and record, with up/down/cross conversion and simulcast on each port. The Spectrum media servers support ingest and playout and are integrated with an existing Harmonic MediaGrid shared storage system that provides nearline and external storage at DMI. The new systems support a higher channel count, provide higher server storage capacity, and improve performance while reducing power and space requirements. DMI now enjoys the ability to play out SD and HD content on the same server port and to output an SD/HD simulcast for any given file as standard. While these capabilities help to ease DMI's transition to HD, they also enable the broadcaster to provide its viewers with enhanced picture quality.
Harmonic and Dimetis Partner to Create Field Test System
Sep 10 15
Harmonic Inc. and Dimetis GmbH have partnered to create a fully integrated field test system to reportedly accelerate the distribution of next-generation terrestrial television services in Germany. Utilizing a combination of Harmonic's Electra X2 advanced media processor, ProStream 9100 high-density stream processor, DiviTrackIP statistical multiplexing technology, and NMX Digital Service Manager integrated with the BOSS BROADCAST Manager from Dimetis, video content and service providers can seamlessly migrate to the new DVB-T2 and HEVC video compression standards to reduce capital and operational expenses while improving video and audio quality. All Harmonic equipment was provided by local distribution partner Netorium. Transitioning to the DVB-T2 standard will provide broadcasters with a wide range of benefits, including improved spectrum efficiency, SD to HD service enhancement, superior video quality, Dolby Digital Plus/AAC audio support, and DVB subtitles. Leveraging HEVC, the DVB-T2 standard enables broadcasters to deliver more services per channel at a low total cost of ownership with amazing video quality. "The German TV market is just on the cusp of making the jump from DVB-T to DVB-T2 terrestrial television distribution.
Harmonic Enters Contract with Deutsche Telekom to Support the Delivery of New, Advanced TV Services for the Operator
Sep 9 15
Harmonic Inc. announced that the company has entered a contract with Deutsche Telekom's affiliates in Eastern and Southern Europe to support the delivery of new, advanced TV services for the operator. Leveraging Harmonic's range of comprehensive solutions, these Deutsche Telekom affiliates will be able to deliver hundreds of IPTV and OTT video channels, using less bandwidth, with a low total cost of ownership (TCO) and video quality. Deutsche Telekom's affiliates in Eastern and Southern Europe join a growing list of service providers around the globe who rely on Harmonic's scalable and flexible solutions to deliver superior video quality to subscribers. Harmonic's solutions support all the key emerging video applications, including HD and Ultra HD broadcasting, linear ad insertion, video-on-demand and multiscreen delivery.