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Harmonic to supply PRTC with transcoding

Tue, 10/18/2011 - 3:44pm
Brian Santo

Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC) will be using Harmonic's real-time transcoding system to support its IPTV service.

PRTC, which operates an IPTV network based on Microsoft's Mediaroom platform in Walterboro, S.C., will install Harmonic's ProStream 1000 to support picture-in-picture (PIP) capability, plus provide 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, the vendor said.

"It would have taken over a dozen devices from other vendors to provide the breadth of functionality found in the one-rack unit ProStream 1000 with ACE," said Tony Stout, CTO at PRTC. "Harmonic's ProStream with ACE technology gave us a cost-effective, highly flexible solution that delivers excellent video quality for our Mediaroom deployment, helping us gain a competitive advantage."

A Microsoft Mediaroom ecosystem partner, Harmonic said it powers the video headends for a majority of Microsoft's IPTV customers.

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