YES, a tier 1 direct broadcast satellite television provider in Israel, is using the software-based Electra encoding platform from Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) for the company's new, live, UHD channel, with AVCOM, a local system integrator, ensuring a smooth deployment.
Leveraging the HEVC video codec, Harmonic's Electra system allows YES to deliver high-quality UHD-HDR linear video content to more than one million subscribers at the lowest possible bitrates. Shipments of 4K HDR TV sets are expected to exceed 30 million by 2020, according to IHS.
Harmonic's Electra VS solution will help YES capitalize on the increased consumer demand for UHD 4K content, delivering crystal-clear video in HDR. The software-based system is extremely flexible and allows YES to input and encode live UHD SDI and IP streams. The Electra encoding platform is at the heart of a complete video delivery solution from Harmonic that also includes ProStream® X video stream processor for DVB- CSAV3 encryption and NMX network management.
Itzhak Elyakim, the CTO at YES, noted that the company selected Harmonic's Electra video system for encoding based on the stunning picture quality and bandwidth efficiency provided for UHD 4K live delivery. Harmonic's solution is based on a scalable design that will make it easy to expand YES' UHD channel lineup.
Ian Graham, vice president of sales, EMEA and LATAM, at Harmonic, added that the company was an early supporter of UHD HDR and through the Electra solution, the company enables customers to deliver stunning video quality in the most cost-efficient manner possible.