Harmonic Introduces the Electra 9000 Integrated Broadcast and Multiscreen Encoder
Multiscreen 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 business benefits are substantial," said Neil Brydon, senior group manager, compression products at Harmonic Inc. "With mobile and Web delivery, operators can reach a wider audience and increase the value proposition for subscribers by offering maximum video quality on a wide range of devices. The Electra 9000 also reduces expenses through its multifunction, high-density, power-efficient design, which supports multiple services on one 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. The Electra 9000 maximizes bandwidth efficiency and channel density by providing up to four audio/video processing modules per chassis. Each module supports flexible combinations of up to four SD/HD inputs, with up to eight broadcast output profiles and 32 multiscreen aligned output profiles.
The Electra 9000 supports both baseband and IP workflows, as well as three-pass encoding with hierarchical LookAhead™ technology, comprehensive pre-processing, and a high-performance up/downconverter and de-interlacer. The Electra platform also includes integrated statistical multiplexing with Harmonic's DiviTrackMX™ and support for DiviTrackIP™ in LAN or distributed WAN environments. The new platform supports main and secondary outputs for SD or HD, and a rich suite of audio processing options such as Jünger Level Magic™ automatic audio leveling adjustment.
The Electra 9000 enhances serviceability and reliability through a dual power supply support option and field replaceable modules. Scalability is improved through a pay-as-you-grow architecture that allows for the upgrade of compression blades, I/O modules, and formats with firmware licenses as business needs evolve.
The Electra 9000 is the latest element in Harmonic's end-to-end multiscreen solution. It can be combined with the company's ProMedia Package carrier-grade adaptive streaming preparation system, and ProMedia Origin HTTP and RTMP streaming video server to encapsulate and deliver video to a variety of target ecosystems, with support for Apple® HTTP Live Streaming, Microsoft® Smooth Streaming, Adobe® RTMP and Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming.
The Electra 9000 will be featured at Harmonic's stand 1.B20 during IBC 2011 in Amsterdam, Sept. 9-13. First customer shipments are expected in the first quarter of 2012.