Harmonic scores win with Tennessee Tier 3 IPTV deployment

Video encoding specialist Harmonic Inc. (Nasdaq: HLIT), which earlier this year rolled out its ProMedia software suite to build on the booming video market, has been selected to power the HD and SD video for Tennessee's Ben Lomand Telephone Cooperative.

The telco offers advanced Voice, Broadband and digital video services--a 200-channel HD and SD offering--to residential and business customers in Middle Tennessee and the Upper Cumberland.

Ben Lomand will use Harmonic's widely deployed ProStream 1000 with ACE high-density, real-time transcoder to power the service, enabling "any-to-any, any-to-many" support for HD and SD, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) video and audio transcoding of up to 20 HD or 60 SD channels, as well as ASI to IP multiplexing, in a one rack unit (1 RU) chassis. The platform will enables Ben Lomand to meet growing demand for digital TV services, while lowering capital and operating expenses through reduced power consumption and rack space.

The ProStream 1000 with ACE currently is supporting more than 18,000 channels worldwide. In addition to its transcoding performance, the ProStream 1000 advanced stream processing core includes enhanced multiplexing and scrambling capabilities.

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