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DirecTV Encodes HD With Harmonic

DirecTV has deployed Harmonic’s video-encoding equipment as the satellite provider gears up to offer 100 national high-definition channels by the end of the year. 

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The DBS firm is using Harmonic’s DiviCom Electra 7000 HD MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding (H.264) systems, which can encode up to four 1080i or 720p HD channels with a one-rack-unit-high device.

DirecTV is also using Harmonic’s ProStream 1000 stream-processing platform, which provides distributed statistical multiplexing.