Harmonic Facilitates Video Delivery for Swiss IPTV Wholesaler

Swiss IPTV wholesaler Netstream is hosting a new IPTV headend platform based on Harmonic’s portfolio of encoding and transcoding products. Swiss distributor Adrenio installed Harmonic Electra 8000 universal SD/HD MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC encoders, ProStream 1000 stream processors with ACE transcoders, and the NMX digital service manager, enabling Netstream to offer competitive IPTV services to major Swiss telcos.

“We chose Harmonic’s encoding products because they deliver the highest picture quality on the market,” said Alexis Caceda, CEO, Netstream. “We needed a solution to expand our IPTV headend offering, and the Harmonic systems gave us high-density encoding solutions combined with amazing picture quality, allowing us to offer a complete IPTV package that is now being used by one of the largest mobile and fixed line providers in Switzerland.”

According to Harmonic, the 1-RU Electra 8000 encoders deployed by Netstream enhance bandwidth efficiency while delivering broadcast-quality video streams. Additionally, the encoders offer a feature set that meets operational requirements such as density and power efficiency, and will allow Netstream to launch additional value-added video services in the future.

“Because they operate at less than 70 watts per service, the Electra 8000 encoders were the perfect solution for lowering our power consumption and, in turn, operating expenses,” said Caceda. “Each 1-RU chassis houses up to four encoders, and that significantly reduces the amount of rack space we use while providing additional cost savings.”

Harmonic’s ProStream 1000 with ACE transcoder provides processing and delivery of HD, SD, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 AVC video and audio, and is being utilized by Netstream’s IPTV headend to output SD and HD MPEG-4 AVC. The system supports up to 60 SD or 20 HD services per 1-RU with a design that requires 10 watts per HD channel and less than five watts per SD channel.

Netstream plans to expand its IPTV headend by adding new channels to the platform over the next few months, offering a competitive IPTV solution to the Swiss market.

Netstream manages its IPTV headend through Harmonic’s NMX video network management solution. NMX enables Netstream to manage channel lifecycles and set encoding or statistical multiplexing parameters manually or via automation server. NMX also provides detailed analysis of bandwidth usage and alarm behaviors used to identify system-wide trends to improve overall stability and reliability.

“Netstream was looking to the future with the design of their headend platform for providing advanced IPTV services in the Swiss market,” said Michael Salomon, area sales manager at Harmonic. “The Electra 8000 and ProStream 1000 with ACE are helping to build that future by providing a highly scalable solution that delivers the best video quality.”

Harmonic solutions for the production and delivery of high-value video services have been deployed for new Internet and mobile TV platforms by leading satellite, telco, cable, and broadcast operators worldwide.