Harmonic intros integrated broadcast, multi-screen encoder

Staff writer
15 Sep 2011

Harmonic has announced the Electra 9000, the world's first multicodec, multiformat video encoder for broadcast, satellite, telco, and cable operators that simultaneously supports broadcast, mobile, and Web formats in a 1-RU chassis.

This integrated broadcast and multi-screen compression platform continues Electra's leadership in video quality and multifunction collapse to provide a flexible, open, scalable architecture that integrates easily with existing broadcast infrastructure and enables new multi-screen services, while lowering capital and operating expenses.

Multi-screen services have become a priority for operators as consumer expectation for affordable, convenient, high-quality video everywhere becomes the norm.

A priority for Harmonic was to incorporate Web and mobile support into the Electra platform without compromising quality or reducing the Electra's broadcast feature set. Operators benefit from a streamlined headend operation, with several critical functions for broadcast, mobile and Web video brought together in a single platform.

The Electra 9000 encoder delivers HD and SD video services using Harmonic's proven MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) and MPEG-2 compression algorithms, and combines the company's market-leading broadcast capabilities with the ability to support emerging multiscreen applications.

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