YES launches live UHD-HDR channel with Harmonic


Harmonic, a worldwide leader in video delivery technology and services, recently
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
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

Shipments of 4K HDR TV sets are expected to exceed 30 million by 2020, according to
IHS. Harmonic’s Electra VS solution will help YES capitalise on the increased consumer
demand for UHD 4K content, differentiating the broadcaster from other content
providers by delivering crystal-clear video in HDR. The software-based system is
extremely flexible, allowing YES to input and encode live UHD SDI and IP streams.
The Electra encoding platform is at the heart of a complete video delivery solution
from Harmonic that also includes ProStream X video stream processor for DVB-
CSAV3 encryption and NMX network management.

“By launching a UHD-HDR channel, YES is making the television experience so much
more visually appealing for subscribers,” said Ian Graham, vice president of sales,
EMEA and LATAM, at Harmonic. “Harmonic was an early supporter of UHD HDR, and
through our Electra solution, we enable our customers to deliver stunning video
quality in the most cost-efficient manner possible.”