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Antenna Cyprus Boosts Channel Playout Efficiency and Expandability With Industry-Leading Harmonic Spectrum Media Server

SAN JOSE, Calif.(29 Oct 2013)

Harmonic, a worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced that Antenna Cyprus has upgraded its channel playout infrastructure with the installation of a Spectrum(TM) media server system at its Nicosia, Cyprus, broadcast facility. Supporting file-based operations while ensuring reliable and scalable playout, the Harmonic solution has allowed Antenna Cyprus to realize greater efficiency, from ingest to editing to archive, and to lay the foundation for a smooth migration to HD playout.

"We chose to upgrade to the Spectrum media server system because of its excellent reputation, as well as its robust capabilities and simple scalability," said Michael Dallas, technical director at Antenna Cyprus. "The server system enables us to accept and work with a variety of file types, which is increasingly important as more and more content -- from commercials to sports coverage -- is being delivered to our facilities via file transfer. The ease with which we can move files around our facility has brought real time savings to our operations. As we look toward HD playout and the launch of additional channels, we're confident the Harmonic system will best support fast and cost-effective expansion."

The Spectrum media server system, comprised of MediaDirector(TM) server controllers, MediaPort(TM) real-time video encoder/decoders, and MediaStore(TM) storage arrays, reflects Harmonic's expertise in broadcast media technologies, as well as the best practices of information technology. Boasting wide format and wrapper support, along with open networking protocols that enable direct access to content by any file-based media application, the server system makes it easy for Antenna Cyprus to ingest file-based content, transfer media to the Avid(R) Media Composer(R) nonlinear editing system for editing, and play out programming and commercials in a streamlined end-to-end workflow.

As Antenna Cyprus evolves, the Harmonic solution will enable the broadcaster to scale channels, storage, bandwidth, and redundancy independently in smart, cost-effective increments. The Spectrum system's modular design assures that such upgrades can be performed without interruption of regular playout operations.

"As the established market leader in media servers, Spectrum is the ideal platform for streamlining media production and broadcast operations, and implementing file-based workflows," said Liron Nitzan, regional sales manager for Cyprus at Harmonic. "The modular architecture of the Spectrum system enables broadcasters to realize efficient tapeless television operations while maintaining maximum reliability and flexibility."

Athens-based Pierides TechnoSystems (PTS), Harmonic's channel partner and a leading broadcast industry systems integrator in the region, provided delivery, installation, and support.

Further information about Harmonic and the company's products is available at

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About Harmonic
Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure for emerging television and video services. The company's production-ready innovation enables content and service providers to efficiently create, prepare, and deliver differentiated services for television and new media video platforms. More information is available at

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements related to the anticipated capabilities and benefits of Harmonic's Spectrum(TM) media server, MediaDirector(TM), MediaPort(TM), and MediaStore(TM) products. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize and are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the possibility that the products may not meet some or all of their anticipated capabilities or provide some or all of their anticipated benefits, such as ease of file movement, streamlined end-to-end workflow, reliability, efficiency, flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and scalability.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, such as those more fully described in Harmonic's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec.31, 2012, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Harmonic as of the date hereof, and Harmonic disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

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