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Harmonic introduces first in line of new IRDs

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 1:41pm
Brian Santo

Harmonic announced a new family of multiformat integrated receiver-decoders (IRDs) with improved performance and designed to ease the migration to an-all IP infrastructure.

The first member of the new ProView 8000 line is the ProView 8100, which is capable of distributing video at resolutions up to 1080p50/60.

Harmonic said the ProView 8100 is suitable for use for everything from basic monitoring to end-point delivery from the distribution network. The IRD can act as a stand-alone unit or as part of a widely dispersed primary distribution network under the control of Harmonic's DMS video distribution management system, the company said.

DMS provides broadcasters and service providers with control tools for remotely managing large device populations, enabling secure broadcast of video content over satellite or IP delivery networks.

Relying on the ProView 8100-DMS combination, service providers can lower operating expenditures and eliminate the need for costly remote site visits, Harmonic claimed, by managing the video distribution network from a single control system with advanced scheduling, configuration, software upgrade, and inventory management capabilities.

"The ProView 8100 fills a gap in the market for robust, affordable primary content distribution solutions," said Yaniv Ben-Soussan, senior director, product management and video processing, Harmonic. "This new general-purpose decoding platform delivers features traditionally available only in high-end IRDs — like simultaneous HD-SDI and SD-SDI output with high-quality down-conversion — to broadcasters and service providers, enabling them to power HD and SD production chains with a single device to maximize workflow efficiencies and cost savings." 

Designed to enhance single-channel commercial decoding applications, the ProView 8100 supports advanced decoding, descrambling, and frame-rate conversion from a single rack unit, decreasing rack space and energy consumption in video distribution plants.

Decoding of MPEG-2/MPEG-4 AVC SD or HD video transport streams eases the transition from legacy to modern delivery networks, while frame-rate conversion increases workflow efficiencies for multinational program distributors by enabling high-quality up- and down-conversion of content shot at one frame rate but targeted for distribution at a different frame rate.

The flexible IRD supports multiple input options, including DVB-S/S2, DVB-ASI, and IP, and outputs to ASI and IP. Advanced descrambling capabilities further improve workflow efficiencies, eliminating the need for a separate descrambler. An intuitive Web-based graphical user interface lowers the learning curve for operators.

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