Harmonic Insight

Cloud is the Perfect Disaster Recovery Solution for Live Sports Events

Blackout screen during a match.

Can you name a single live television show that has the same power of drawing people together like sports events? When a major sports tournament takes place, billions of viewers across the world are watching intently on their TVs, PCs, smartphones and tablets. OTT streaming is ubiquitous today, and it has opened up a whole…


World Soccer Tournament Broadcasts Set the Stage for Ultra HD and HDR Deployments

Football Championship Photo

It’s a wrap. The world’s largest soccer tournament recently concluded in Russia, with France earning bragging rights for the next four years as the reigning football champions. In the broadcast industry — the biggest story during tournament coverage was Ultra HD (UHD) and High Dynamic Range (HDR). UHD HDR is more than hype. It’s the…


Eurosport’s Successful Recipe for Live UHD during Roland Garros


During the 2018 Roland Garros, Eurosport, the number one sports destination in Europe, wanted to step up its game. Specifically, Eurosport wanted to deliver live UHD coverage of the tennis tournament, held May 21 to June 10 in Paris, in UHD. To make this happen, Eurosport chose Harmonic. Relying on Harmonic’s UHD solution during the…


A Good Start of the Year for UHD HDR

UHD tennis

2018 is proving to be a successful year for Ultra HD (UHD) HDR. Recently, DIRECTV announced it will broadcast National Hockey League and National Basketball Association games throughout 2018 in UHD HDR, in addition to its DIRECTV Now streaming service supporting 4K and HDR in the future. We know that pristine resolutions are in high…


The Mobile Video Tidal Wave Has Hit. The Impact on Cellular Networks.

Video over cellular networks

The growing use of smartphones, mobile broadband, and innovative apps will lead to video accounting for two-thirds of all internet traffic on cellular networks in 2020, according to the latest research from Ovum. This shift in video consumption is creating both new opportunities and challenges for communications service providers. We know that Communications Service Providers…


Live UHD Streaming of Sports is Gaining Momentum

In 2015, the NFL streamed an entire football game over the internet. As the first live sports event to be streamed to a worldwide audience, this was quite a feat. Over the last few years, over-the-top (OTT) technologies and services have evolved immensely to where streaming of live sports is now nearly on an equal…


Remote Production at Scale

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In my previous blog, I talked about the impact of all-IP workflows for production — encompassing everything from uncompressed and compressed video and audio flows as well as IP-based control and talkback. In this post, I look at some ways to resolve workflow requirements for remote production, where content acquisition takes place thousands of miles…


Plotting the Migration to IP for Studio Production


It is clear that one, if not the biggest, winner in the transition from SDI to IP will be production workflows.  With many touchpoints for signal processing and the creative process for operators in live and as-live environments, the arrival of easy–to-access flows for video, audio and data as well as reduced dependence on conversion…


3 Trends Guaranteed to Make a Big Impact on OTT in 2018


In light of last week’s announcement of VOS™ SW Cluster, the next evolution of Harmonic’s VOS offerings for IPTV and OTT deployments, now is the perfect time to look at some of the key trends for OTT this year. As a comprehensive software application that embeds market-leading media processing, including ingest, playout, compression, encryption, packaging,…


The Impact of Apple’s HEVC Adoption


Early 2018 is a particularly dynamic time for codec development and deployment, and many streaming publishers are wondering whether to stand pat with H.264 or to start to experiment with VP9, HEVC, or even AV1. When Apple added HEVC to HLS in mid-2017, HEVC seemed like the frontrunner. What will be the impact on codec…