Sakhi TV Uses Harmonic Video Infrastructure for Fast, Cost-Effective Launch of India's First Women-Centered Channel

Integrated Solution Comprising Spectrum ChannelPort, Ellipse, and ProView Systems Speeds and Simplifies Playout of Visually Rich Programming

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Nov. 19, 2014 -- Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced that Sakhi TV, India's first and only women-focused channel, has gone live using the Spectrum ChannelPort(TM) integrated channel playout system for ingest and branded playout along with the Ellipse(R) 3100 contribution encoder and ProView(TM) 7100 integrated receiver-decoder (IRD), stream processor, and transcoder for contribution applications. System integrator RGB Broadcasting supplied the complete solution, which has enabled the groundbreaking channel, based in Trivandrum, Kerala, to go to air very quickly and cost-effectively with a visually rich broadcast product.

"Only Harmonic video infrastructure could provide the high reliability, flexibility, and scalability required, as well as the ease of use and straightforward configuration that helped speed the launch of Sakhi TV's exciting new channel," said Shiju Jacob, director, RGB Broadcasting. "By integrating powerful graphics capabilities onto a trusted playout platform, the Harmonic Spectrum ChannelPort has dramatically reduced both the cost and complexity of bringing this new channel to air. Harmonic's Ellipse contribution encoders and ProView IRDs ensure that the quality of contributed video is nearly lossless. Together, these innovative solutions are enabling Sakhi TV in its goal to become the voice of the empowered Indian woman."

Sakhi TV develops programs, events, and standards and conducts public service through women's forums to safeguard the interests of women across India and the globe; to advocate for their empowerment and economic security for themselves and their families; and to promote quality living environments for them. The channel began live broadcasting in September, with the Harmonic ChannelPort providing integrated branding and master control switching with clip playback on the Harmonic Spectrum(TM) media server. The system enables operators to key multilayer graphics and dynamic text over live or recorded video with ease, thereby eliminating the need for costly external graphics systems.

Harmonic's Ellipse contribution encoders and ProView IRDs provide Sakhi TV with a high-density, scalable, and bandwidth-efficient solution that will enable the broadcaster to expand cost-effectively in the future. In addition to supporting a wide range of broadcast formats and standards, the Ellipse contribution encoders and ProView IRDs ensure that Sakhi TV maintains superior video quality throughout news broadcasts and other live productions.

"The launch of Sakhi TV represents an important milestone for India's broadcast industry, and it is also a powerful example of how Harmonic's affordable video delivery infrastructure can enable the country's expanding tier-2 broadcast market to take new channels to air simply and successfully," said Dan Taylor, general manager, India, Harmonic.

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