Harmonic Sells Kit To China

Guangdong Radio and Television (GRT) is said to be the first ‘province-level broadcaster’ in China to deploy UHD channels, thanks to a playout solution from Harmonic.

"UHD is still fairly new to the Chinese market, and we wanted to be at the forefront of this exciting movement," said Huang Yonghong, associate director at GRT.

GRT has deployed Harmonic's Spectrum X media server to deliver provincial UHD broadcasts and expand its HD channel offering. The solution is said to reduce the complexity of broadcast workflows by merging multiple capabilities onto a single appliance. Native SDI and IP I/O on the same chassis will also enable GRT's transition to all-IP workflows and accelerate the launch of new revenue-generating channels.

Spectrum X media server also features innovative HDR and SDR with tone mapping and tone expansion, with support for sustained SDR or HDR outputs and mixed SDR and HDR clips. Additionally, the server provides simulcast channel capabilities with support for two different output resolutions, including SDR and HDR, from one playlist. These advanced features can easily be adopted by GRT in the future as it continues to improve upon video quality.

"Being among the first to launch UHD channels in China gives GRT a reputation for quickly responding to technology innovation and addressing consumer demand for an elevated entertainment experience," said Tony Berthaud, vp of sales and video services, APAC, at Harmonic. 

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