Cablevision to Use Harmonic Gateways


Expanding on an existing technology partnership, Cablevision Systems Corp.
said it will deploy Harmonic Inc.'s 'Narrowcast Services Gateway 8100' to
support the MSO's forthcoming deployment of video-on-demand. Financial terms
were not disclosed.

Cablevision said the equipment will reduce the cost per stream when the
operator launches VOD in the New York metro area later this year.

'When evaluating options for our VOD deployment, we were looking for a
solution that would lessen the cost of VOD while providing the highest quality,'
Cablevision executive vice president of engineering and technology Wilt
Hildenbrand said in a press release.

Harmonic's NSG 8100 server gateway -- which supports eight QAM (quadrature
amplitude modulation) channels in a single-rack unit -- processes, filters,
routes and multicasts streams from video servers.

Cablevision is also using Harmonic headends alongside Sony Corp. boxes and
NDS Group plc conditional access for its digital platform.

The deal provided Harmonic with some much-needed good news in the wake of an
economic slowdown that has impacted vendors that sell transmission equipment to
cable operators. In February, Harmonic announced plans to reduce its head count
by 10 percent, or roughly 100 jobs.