Harmonic transcoder solution powers Zon multiscreen OTT play

Portuguese cable and satellite provider Zon has tapped Harmonic's (Nasdaq: HLIT) ProMedia transcoders and ProStream 4000 real time transcoders to help it deliver live streaming and VoD services to its subscribers over the top.

Zon said it plans to use the Harmonic solution to deliver content to smart TVs, PCs, tablets and other IP-connected devices, extending the television experience without sacrificing quality.

"Our users can now watch live programming and video on demand on a wide range of devices, having both our award-winning user interface and the same image quality over the Internet and in the traditional cable service," said Nuno Sanches, Zon's product development director.

Zon said its VoD services will be powered by Harmonic ProMedia Carbon transcoders. The devices are capable of SD/HD conversion, PAL/NTSC conversion, logo insertion, color space conversion, color correction, and closed-captions extraction.

Zon's multinode ProMedia Carbon transcoding farm is integrated with Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) PlayReady digital rights management (DRM).

Harmonic's high-density ProStream 4000 transcoding solution, meanwhile, gives Zon the ability to simultaneously process up to 48 video inputs and transcode up to 18 multiscreen profiles and 12 SD or four HD broadcast profiles per 1 RU for live TV. Built-in multi-encapsulation enables Zon to reach any viewing device by encoding once and then packaging to a variety of video formats. The ProStream 4000 also is integrated with a Microsoft PlayReady DRM server.

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