DirecTV Buys More Harmonic Gear for HD Expansion

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DirecTV has expanded the deployment of Harmonic’s video-processing systems to support its high-definition national channel service.

DirecTV upped its national HD roster to 130 channels in August. The satellite operator cited the high-definition service as driving subscriber growth in recent quarters: DirecTV had 17.16 million subscribers as of June 30, a 5% increase from 16.32 million a year earlier.

DirecTV will use Harmonic's DiviCom Electra 7000 HD MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) encoders and ProStream 1000 stream processing platform with DiviTrackIP statistical multiplexing solution as part of its continued HD expansion. Specific terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Worldwide, Harmonic’s Electra 7000 encoders power more than 1,800 HD MPEG-4 H.264 channels, according to the company.

DirecTV rival Dish Network, which lost 25,000 customers in the most recent quarter, has promised customers a slate of 150 HD channels by the end of 2008.

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