Harmonic Support for IP Standard SMPTE ST 2022-6

Harmonic’s Spectrum X media server system, Electra X media processor and Electra XVM virtualized media processor will support the SMPTE ST 2022-6 standard for transporting video over IP.

"Harmonic has long been dedicated to facilitating use of IP networks for flexible, cost-effective media transport, and this commitment is evident in our products' support for the full set of IP protocols," said Bart Spriester, svp, video products, at Harmonic. "Equipped to support key video-over-IP transport protocols, now including ST 2022-6, our media server and processing solutions are expediting the industry's move toward IP and, for many customers, virtualized video infrastructure. During IBC we will demonstrate the valuable CAPEX and OPEX gains made possible by Harmonic-enabled IP-based workflows."

Harmonic claimed to have pioneered compressed IP video workflows a decade ago with the Electra MPEG-2 encoders and DiviTrack statistical multiplexing technology. In 2012, Harmonic received an Emmy Award for its contribution to the development and commercialization of a digital infrastructure solution for local cable ad insertion. The award recognized Harmonic's IP-based advanced video encoding, multiplexing and splicing technologies, which were part of a fully integrated framework. With its latest developments, such as support for ST 2022-6, the company's Electra X and Spectrum X systems now bridge SDI and IP infrastructure to enable simplified, more efficient video workflows.

"Rather than simply encapsulate and transport media between islands of IP technology, broadcast and production facilities are moving to an architected and complete IP solutions-based infrastructure. As the industry continues its embrace of 4K/UHD production, the utility of IP in handling uncompressed or lightly compressed media will fuel this transition," added Spriester. "With expanded SMPTE ST 2022-6 support, the Harmonic product portfolio addresses customers' growing requirement for software-based, virtualized system deployments built on IP-based infrastructure."

Ed Chapman, vp, business development and alliances at Arista said: "In establishing broad support for SMPTE 2022-6 and other key video transport protocols across its product portfolio, Harmonic is taking a forward-looking approach to open IP architectures that will yield numerous benefits for media facilities. As such facilities transition from SDI to IP-based infrastructure, they can effortlessly deploy Harmonic products along with Arista EOS and its programmable platforms in a system tailored to deliver exceptional performance, along with gains in overall flexibility and efficiency."

See Harmonic at IBC stand 1.B20.

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