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Harmonic powers Japan’s first live UHD channel

Japanese cable TV operator EHIME CATV has deployed Harmonic's Electra X3 advanced media processor to support a trial of the country's first live, full-frame 4K Ultra HD (UHD) channel.

Japanese cable TV operator EHIME CATV has deployed Harmonic’s Electra X3 advanced media processor to support a trial of the country’s first live, full-frame 4K Ultra HD (UHD) channel.

Utilising the Electra X3 media processor to encode UHD content using the HEVC Main 10 codec, EHIME CATV can deliver real-time 2160p60 video to subscribers’ set-top boxes (STBs) at low bit rates, while maintaining video quality targets, the company claims. The Electra X3 media processor’s compression technology is designed to provide EHIME CATV with superior video quality while offering low total cost of ownership (TCO).

“We are the first video infrastructure provider to offer a fully converged platform for broadcast and OTT delivery of UHD content,” said Dario Choi, regional vice president of sales, Asia Pacific, Harmonic. “The Electra X3 media processor offers an innovative approach to encoding, enabling operators like EHIME CATV to deliver full-frame, broadcast-ready content with the utmost video quality, to drive new revenue-generating services.”

At the heart of the Electra X3 media processor is the Harmonic PURE Compression Engine, an encoding technology that supports resolutions up to 2160p60 with the HEVC 10-bit codec for broadcast and OTT multiscreen delivery. The Electra X3 helps EHIME CATV’s deliver video to subscribers at sub 20Mbps bit rates from a 2-RU appliance.

Harmonic will demonstrate the line of Electra X media processors at IBC2015, from 11 to 15 September in Amsterdam.

www.harmonicinc.com

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