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Harmonic powers Japan 4K channel

Harmonic, a specialist in video delivery infrastructure, has announced that 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 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 at low bit rates, while maintaining video quality targets.

“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.”

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