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What did we learn from CES 2017?

CES 2017

CES 2017, the ultimate, fantastical La La Land for us “nerds,” is sadly over. But the first tech treat of 2017 certainly deserves its quota of copious reflection and analysis. I had three objectives this year, update on UHD screen and service rollout, a look at cyber security from a broadcast and content protection standpoint…

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Software-based Encoding is Driving Momentum for UHD and 4K Services

Harmonic PURE compression engine

The broadcast and pay-TV industries are gearing up for the mass deployment of 4K video. Research from Strategy Analytics revealed that almost half of all homes in the U.S will own a 4K TV by 2020. Yet, as consumer desire to watch video content in higher resolutions and on an ever-growing number of screens grows,…

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Eureka! The cure for poor quality ABR delivery has finally arrived

Codec optimization is becoming critical for ABR delivery. Here’s why: Consumer demand for OTT services is increasing at a staggering pace, and today’s viewers expect the same high-quality experience on smartphones and tablets as they’re used to getting on the television. According to Limelight Networks’ consumer research report, “The State of Online Video,” consumers’ biggest…

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IPTV 2.0 is Coming – It’s Time to Get Prepared! (Part 2)

IPTV 2.0

IPTV 2.0 is upon us. In the first part of this blog series, we took a look at the challenges facing telco operators in the IPTV 1.0 environment, mainly related to bandwidth. Now let’s move on to how adaptive bitrate (ABR) technology is helping relieve these pain points as the industry veers toward the next-generation…

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2017 will be a year of mass deployment of VR consumer devices. Are you ready for the ride?

2017 VR deployment

Virtual reality is a hot topic with video enthusiasts and increasingly appearing to be a game changer for content providers, broadcasters and pay-TV operators. At Harmonic, we’ve been leading the charge for live experiences with immersive 360-degree VR demonstrations at NAB and IBC that elevate immersiveness and viewer engagement to a new level. At IBC…

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IPTV 2.0 is Coming – It’s Time to Get Prepared! (Part 1)

IPTV 2.0

At TV Connect 2014, Harmonic predicted the arrival of IPTV 2.0, and it’s becoming true. During this two-part series, I’m going to take you on an IPTV 2.0 journey. The first part will focus on defining IPTV and the typical challenges encountered for IPTV 1.0. So what is IPTV? IPTV is a switched IP technology…

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HDR schemes and the issues governing quality color conversions (Part 2)

high dynamic range HDR

Anyone attending IBC this year will have been made aware that the addition of High Dynamic Range (HDR) is now regarded as the key parameter to bolster the chances for a UHD channel introduction to complement existing HD services (see part 1 All aboard the HDR Tram). The principle reason for the introduction of HDR is…

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Harmonic Introduces the Industry’s First Software-Based CCAP Solution

CableOS software based CCAP solution

At SCTE’s Cable-Tec Expo ’16 in Philadelphia, Harmonic introduced CableOS, an end-to-end software-based CCAP solution that delivers unprecedented scalability, agility and cost savings. Join Light Reading’s Alan Breznick and Harmonic’s Asaf Matatyaou, as they discuss how CableOS resolves operators’ space and power constraints in the headend and hub, while addressing the rising demand for high-speed…

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All aboard the HDR Tram, UHD happenings at IBC2016 (Part 1)

BLOG_All aboard the HDR Tram, UHD happenings at IBC2016

The recognition that High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a vital component for any UHD channel was universal at the show, so demonstrations targeted at the workflow implications, as well as the differences between the various methods was well received. From a workflow perspective, implementing HDR and the associated signaling and metadata represents a significant departure…

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