Israel: YES launches UHD-HDR with Harmonic

Harmonic, a specialist in video delivery technology and services, has announced that YES, a tier 1 direct broadcast satellite television provider in Israel, is using Harmonic’s software-based Electra encoding platform for its new live UHD channel. AVCOM, a world-class local system integrator, ensured a smooth deployment. Leveraging the HEVC video codec, Harmonic’s Electra system allows YES to deliver high-quality UHD-HDR linear video content to over 1 million subscribers at the lowest possible bitrates.

“Our goal was to become the first broadcaster in the region to deliver UHD-HDR live content, including popular sports events. Harmonic’s expertise in compression efficiency helped us to achieve that dream,” said Itzhak Elyakim, chief technology officer at YES. “We chose Harmonic’s Electra video system for encoding based on the stunning picture quality and bandwidth efficiency it provides for UHD 4K live delivery. We have been a Harmonic customer for many years and appreciate that their solution is based on a scalable design that will make it easy to expand our UHD channel line-up.”

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