Harmonic Adds Encryption

Harmonic announced that its VOD delivery solution, based on NSG, will provide real-time content encryption

August 24, 2005

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Harmonic Inc. (Nasdaq: HLIT) today announced that its industry-leading video-on-demand (VOD) delivery solution, based on the Narrowcast Services Gateway (NSG), will provide real-time content encryption using Privacy-Mode conditional access technology from Motorola. With this new capability Harmonic addresses a key issue for content providers and cable operators who want a more flexible and robust way to protect their video assets and revenue. This added protection is expected to fuel the global growth of on-demand services such as VOD and network-based personal video recorders (nPVR).

Television of tomorrow promises a high definition, on-demand and interactive experience where subscribers can access the content they want, when they want it and from any device. While an exciting prospect for the viewer, it raises concerns about how copyrighted video material will be secured in a highly personalised and, increasingly, in an IP-based environment. Encryption, which protects content during transmission and usage, is critical to making this vision of the future a reality.

"Broadband video is quickly moving toward an all-digital, high definition, on-demand paradigm," said Gil Katz, Director of Cable Solutions Marketing for the Convergent Systems Division of Harmonic Inc. "Cable operators need a cost-effective, flexible and secure way to deliver the value-added services that consumers really want. Harmonic's Narrowcast Services Gateway, the industry's most deployed VOD delivery solution, which now supports Privacy-Mode in addition to standards-based encryption technology, such as DVB, gives operators more options when building and extending their VOD service, irrespective of whether they employ real-time or pre-encryption. In addition, the NSG's architectural versatility makes it possible for the new real-time encryption capability to be added to already deployed systems."

The application of Privacy-Mode and other standards-based encryption technologies enables Harmonic's multifunction IP-enabled edgeQAM devices to seamlessly integrate with more conditional access systems and set-top boxes. The NSG's real-time encryption capability provides greater flexibility than the common practice of pre-encrypting content as well as reduces the overall cost and complexity of implementing and managing an on-demand service.

With the introduction of the NSG's new privacy-mode capability, Harmonic offers one of the most comprehensive solution portfolios for securely delivering video services over a variety of networks. Complementing the NSG, the multifunction Broadcast Network Gateway (BNG) includes a high-performance DVB scrambler that secures broadcast services delivered within cable networks. Harmonic's recently announced ProCipher bulk encryptor enables IP-based networks operators to simultaneously scramble hundreds of broadcast services in real-time.

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