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Harmonic announces 3-screen system

Thu, 09/10/2009 - 8:30am
Brian Santo

Harmonic reported that multiple Tier 1 telcos are already trialing its product suite for delivering content to TVs, PCs and mobile devices. The company announced the suite, which it is calling MediaPrism, only yesterday at the IBC show in Amsterdam.

MediaPrism brings together Harmonic’s Clearcut and Livecut products, the company’s new ProStream 5000 file-based universal transcoder, the new StreamLiner 3000 video streaming servers, and its MediaPrism Workflow Manager, a management system Harmonic also debuted at IBC.

Clearcut prepares assets from tape or DVD sources, while Livecut is used for live ingest.

The new ProStream 5000 is a carrier-grade Flash memory-based server capable of transcoding up to 16 video assets simultaneously, and it supports the full range of codecs and formats available with Harmonic’s Carbon Coder software, according to the company.

The system can use Harmonic’s ProStream 4000 live transcoder or the new ProStream 5000. Both support new mobile streaming formats, including Apple adaptive HTTP Live Streaming and Microsoft Smooth Streaming for Silverlight, in addition to other legacy formats, according to the company.

The StreamLiner 3000 establishes a family of video streaming servers designed to deliver thousands of streams for a variety of applications, including centralized VOD distribution, regional receiving agents and large-scale content delivery network (CDN) architectures.

StreamLiner works with Harmonic’s Armada adaptive asset management software for multi-screen video delivery and supports HTTP progressive download, Apple iPhone, Microsoft Silverlight, Adobe Flash and UDP streaming, Harmonic explained.

The MediaPrism Workflow Manager is a digital media workflow engine that automates the flow of assets throughout the content ingest, transformation and delivery process. It can control scheduling, recording and playout for the full suite of MediaPrism software, in addition to other key functions such as ADI metadata processing and interfaces, EPG parsing and secure content delivery. MediaPrism’s open, standards-based architecture ensures interoperability with external components, including streaming servers, DRM, storage, metadata and EPG sources.

Thierry Fautier, Harmonic’s director of telco solutions, said, “All elements of the MediaPrism suite are built on open standards and can easily integrate with third-party components, providing a complete solution that is easy to deploy and delivers a high-quality video service to numerous devices, including the iPhone, smartphones, PCs, cable/IPTV set-top boxes and other IP-enabled devices.”

Harmonic did not identify the Tier 1 carriers it is working with, but assuming the trials are with carriers that currently support the iPhone, the possibilities are quite limited, as Apple has forged exclusive or semi-exclusive relationships with carriers in most major markets. Those carriers include AT&T in the U.S.; Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone in Europe; and Chungwa, SingTel and Softbank in Asia, among others.

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