Aveco Announces Support for Harmonic's Spectrum ChannelPort Integrated Channel Playout Platform and Offers New MAM Tools for Harmonic's MediaGrid

Prague, April 4, 2012 – Aveco®, the worldwide broadcast facility content management and automation solutions specialist, today announced support for Harmonic Inc.'s new Spectrum ChannelPort™ platform as well as support of the MediaGrid™ active storage solution with Aveco's family of new media asset management (MAM) and archiving tools—SAS CMS and SAS Archive.

"We are very pleased with Aveco's quick support for this next-generation product," said Mark Cousins, senior product line manager for media servers at Harmonic. "They understand the importance of enabling broadcasters, content owners, and service providers to get a new channel on-air quickly and less expensively."

"The ability to combine branding and switching capability into a videoserver enables Aveco to offer much more cost effective playout solutions for master control and news automation without compromising quality and reliability," said Roger Crooks, VP Sales and Marketing for Aveco. "In addition, it is a perfect fit for our ASTRA automation products enabling us to simplify the user's workflow with one less device to worry about since Aveco manages the ChannelPort for playout and graphics control."

Harmonic’s ChannelPort is a next-generation branded playout solution that combines clip playout functionality with critical channel-branding capabilities. Because ChannelPort modules fit seamlessly into existing Spectrum media server systems and can be added incrementally at a very competitive price, broadcasters can extend their channel lineups quickly and with confidence.

At NAB 2012, Aveco will introduce a new family of tools for media asset management and archiving called SAS CMS (Content Management System) and SAS Archive.

"These powerful tools have been unbundled from our automation tools to run as standalone systems [SAS]," said Crooks. "Now users can take advantage of our well established content management tools with other vendor's systems at a much lower cost than other MAM solutions on the market today."

Aveco's SAS will be shown for the first time, during NAB, managing content on Harmonic's MediaGrid high-performance storage platform.

These and other Aveco products will be shown in Aveco's booth at NAB 2012 in Las Vegas at booth N2138, showcasing media management and automation solutions for broadcast facilities. The company will also be holding a press conference on Monday, April 16, at 10:00 a.m. in room N242 (NAB Official News Briefing Room) of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

 

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About AVECO s.r.o.

 

AVECO s.r.o., based in Prague, Czech Republic and the United States (as AVECO Americas), designs, sells, and supports Broadcast Facility automation worldwide. Based on a powerful content management system, the ASTRA Suite of Tools provides complete solutions for all aspects of file-based and traditional video workflows including solutions for ingest, browse, master control, newsrooms, and studio automation. A variety of architectures are available from small standalone systems to high channel, multi-site operations which are modular and easily expandable. Solutions can be custom configured with only the features needed and various redundancy options provide very cost-effective and reliable systems. ASTRA is the only automation system available that scales from single channel to high channel systems that are built on a Real-Time Operating System which has the ability to hot swap software modules without rebooting. Aveco is a worldwide TV automation provider with over 250 customers throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Since formed in 1992, Aveco has remained a stable, privately owned company with a long-term commitment to steady growth and timely support.

 

Harmonic Inc. Statement

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 MediaGrid and MediaDeck products. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize and are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the possibility that none of these products meet some or all of its anticipated capabilities or provide some or all of its anticipated benefits, such as enabling users to get a new channel on-air quickly and less expensively.

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, 2011, 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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