IP-video tech companies Harmonic Inc. and This Technology LLC have announced a partnership to help pay-TV operators and programmers deliver multiscreen content to specific regions.
Harmonic products including the ProStream 9100 high-density stream processor and Electra 9200 universal multiservice encoder will be matched with This Technology's SwitchStream alternative content delivery system, centralizing control of switching, encoding and distribution.
This solution is intended to allow MVPDs and programmers to deliver programming such as sports and local news to specific regions.
Harmonic said in its press release that the solution is already employed with a Tier 1 operator. As Light Reading noted, Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) and Verizon (NASDAQ: CMCSA) are This Technology's most prominent clients.
"Together with Harmonic, we simplify what was once a very hardware-intensive process by offering the flexibility to use virtual IRDs," said Rick Hamilton, VP of global sales for This Technology, in a statement. "This enables nationwide or market-specific content switching based on programming requirements at any given moment. Looking ahead, we are committed to the expansion of this partnership to address emerging international demand."
Added Shahar Bar, senior VP of corporate development for Harmonic: "The value of this software collaboration will be further highlighted as the industry transitions toward a virtualized infrastructure with the Harmonic VOS architecture."
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