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Russian National Cable Networks Employs Harmonic for Digital VOD Services Rollout

Harmonic announced that National Cable Networks (NCN) has selected Harmonic’s compression, video processing, edgeQAM and on-demand solutions for NCN’s service.The deployment will enable NCN to provide its 700,000 customers throughout Moscow with a service package, encompassing digital television as well as services such as video-on-demand (VOD) and network-based digital video recording (DVR). With over 4.5 million subscribers nationwide, NCN is Russia’s largest cable operator.

NCN said it is deploying a hybrid cable and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) architecture for the delivery of its digital and on-demand offering. Downstream content will be delivered over NCN’s HFC network, using the NSG 9000 universal edgeQAM for broadcast services. NCN said its programming and interactive services such as VOD, as well as upstream data, will be delivered over IP.

NCN said its digital broadcast television service will be powered by Harmonic’s DiviCom Ion encoders. Harmonic’s ClearCut offline content preparation software in conjunction with the Electra standard and HD encoders are being utilized to create on-demand assets, and the ProStream 1000 stream processing platform with Mentor re-encoding technology is used for bit-rate “clamping” of the network DVR content. Harmonic’s Armada Content Delivery Network (CDN) and StreamLiner video servers are used for VOD asset distribution and delivery.


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