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Cable Technology Feature Article

August 07, 2009

Harmonic and its Rhozet Business Unit Win 2009 Internet Telephony IPTV Excellence Awards

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

The Direct-2-Edge cable IP TV platform and Rhozet Carbon Coder universal transcoding software from Harmonic Inc have received the 2009 IPTV (News - Alert) Excellence Award presented by Internet Telephony magazine of Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC (News - Alert)).
Rhozet Carbon Coder is a universal transcoding application that facilitates the transfer of media between acquisition, editing, play-out, archive, Web and mobile. The Rhozet Carbon Coder currently supports more than 40 formats and handles an array of critical operations including SD/HD conversion, PAL/NTSC conversion, logo insertion, color space conversion, color correction, Close Captioning extraction and more.
The D2E solution combines existing digital video and DOCSIS networks, with an architecture based on a modular cable modem termination system (M-CMTS), DOCSIS 3.0, video-on-demand (VOD) and switched digital video (SDV). The cable can now economically deliver the new cable IPTV service as most of the components in the solution are already part of existing architectures.
“At Harmonic (News - Alert), we are committed to pioneering technologies that enable our service provider customers to enhance their video offerings and generate new revenues,” said David Price, vice president of Business Development and Marketing Communications at Harmonic Inc. “The IPTV Excellence Awards are important endorsements of the innovative and high quality design of our products.”
With Harmonic's D2E cable IPTV solution, cable operators can deliver video over IP to multiple screens, including TVs and the PC by leveraging their existing DOCSIS and digital video investments. D2E has been deployed by multiple operators including SK Broadband in Korea.
TMC believes that Harmonic’s Rhozet Carbon Coder and Direct-2-Edge have improved their clients’ business by showing advancements in their IPTV solutions.
Rhozet Carbon Coder is not the only carbon coder that the company has. In September last year, the company introduced the ProStream 4000 multi-screen, real-time transcoder, an all-IP, software-based solution that provides Internet TV, 3G/4G mobile TV and “sync-and-go” video delivery to devices such as mobile phones, personal computers, personal media players, IP-enabled set-top boxes and digital televisions. The new product will be available for customer shipments in Q4 2008.

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Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray