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Harmonic Advances the Art of Next-Generation Standard and High Definition Encoding at IBC2004 (26/8/2004)

At IBC2004 which is to be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 10 - 14, Harmonic Inc. (Nasdaq:HLIT) will demonstrate advances in the development of digital video solutions based on next-generation codecs. A series of Harmonic's DiviCom(R) 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(TM) multichannel MPEG-2 encoder. Ion's 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, Ion's 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.

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