CAPER 2018: FOR-A® Showcased Customer Favorites with an Eye Toward the Future

As a demonstration of the company’s continued commitment to the Latin American region, FOR-A will highlight three of its most popular products – the HVS-490 and HVS-100 switchers and FA-9600 signal processor – as part of its participation at CAPER 2018, which occurred from October 24-26th at the Costa Salguero Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

FOR-A exhibited within the CAPER stand of partner SVC (Sistemas de Video Comunicación) in Booth D-10. The theme of this year’s booth was “No Boundaries.”

“CAPER has traditionally been an extremely important part of our marketing strategy,” said Mario Rodriguez, FOR-A Latin America Sales Manager. “It allows us to connect with key customers from nearby South American countries, such as Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Ecuador. There are many who may not be able to get to Las Vegas for NAB or Amsterdam for the IBC, and CAPER is an ideal location and time for us to meet up and show them all the new technology we have that will benefit them now and in the future.”

The HVS-490 live HD/4K-UHD, multi-effects production switcher is designed for use in any live environment, including mobile shoots, events, and in-house corporate productions. Event memory and macro functions make it easy to set up quickly for live performances. And FOR-A’s MELite™ technology eliminates the need for multiple switchers in a multi-monitor staging scenario.

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HVS-490 video switcher

With integrated frame synchronizers and multi viewers, the HVS-490 reduces the amount of equipment required. Using multiple control panels, the system enables several operators to work on separate tasks. Using optional input and output expansion cards, the HVS-490 supports 40 inputs/18 outputs, 36 inputs/20 outputs or 32 inputs/22 outputs, including two-channel HDMI outputs. In 4K, it allows 10 inputs/six outputs, nine inputs/six outputs or eight inputs/seven outputs. It also has 16 channels of 2.5D DVE as standard and can be optionally expanded to a maximum of 32 channels.

The HVS-100 video switcher with Thunderbolt™ 2 I/O expansion cards was also on display at CAPER. The HVS-100 is controlled via any tablet, handheld or laptop type device with a web browser as opposed to a ‘hard’ control panel. With its Thunderbolt 2 I/O expansion cards, users can transfer video content with a single cable through computers and interface with other devices, such as character generators, virtual studios and/or file-based/IP products. One cable allows transmission of 4 HD signal lines.

The FA-9600 multi purpose signal processor supports 4K, 12G-SDI, HDR and Wide Color Gamut. The unit features dual channel frame synchronization, extensive professional video format support, color correction, up/down/cross conversion, and offers 12G-SDI and HDMI terminals – opening the door to 4K production. The FA-9600 is ideal for use in mixed HDR/SDR environments, including production studios, live staging productions and mobile OB and up-link production trucks. The energy-efficient unit is a convenient 1U size, and the signal processor’s newly developed color processing circuit provides strong support in HD/4K production.

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FA-9600 signal processor

In addition to the HVS-490, FA-9600, and HVS-100 w/HVS-100TB2 Card, a range of new FOR-A equipment was also on display: the Insight Multi-Channel Video Server, ClassX content creation and graphics playout solution, MCC-4K motion-compensated universal standards converter, and Fujitsu IP-HE950 real-time video transmission gear.

2018 marks the 20th year FOR-A has participated at CAPER. FOR-A enjoys a long-term relationships with several prominent Latin American broadcasters, including: Artear, Canal 7, Telefe, TyC Sports, Canal 9, ESPN, DirecTV, and FoxSports.

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Harmonic Appoints Deborah Clifford to Its Board of Directors

“I’m delighted to welcome Debbie to our board,” said Patrick Harshman, president and CEO of Harmonic. “Her strong finance and operational leadership experience will be an asset to Harmonic as we continue to shape the future of video and broadband service delivery through innovations in video SaaS and virtualized cable access solutions.”

Ms. Clifford currently serves as the vice president of financial planning and analysis at Autodesk, a leading 3D design, engineering and entertainment software company. Most recently, she has been a lead architect of Autodesk’s transformation from selling perpetual licenses to becoming a SaaS provider. Ms. Clifford has held a variety of finance positions of increasing scope and responsibility during her tenure at Autodesk, partnering closely with product, marketing and sales leadership. Before Autodesk, she was director of financial planning and analysis at Virage, a video search software company, which she helped take public. She began her career in public accounting at Ernst & Young.

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Deborah Clifford Joins Harmonic Board of Directors

“Harmonic has developed a smarter, faster and simpler approach to gigabit cable access and video streaming that is unique to the industry. I look forward to helping the company continue its cloud-native and SaaS transformation, with a focus on increasing growth and profitability,” said Ms. Clifford.

Ms. Clifford holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a business specialization from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She currently serves on the board of trustees of GeoHazards International, a non-profit organization dedicated to disaster prevention in the developing world.

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Delivering High-speed Wi-Fi to Airline Passengers Throughout Asia and Across the Pacific

Demand for in-flight connectivity in Asia Pacific will soar in the next decade, as passengers on flights that can last up to 17 hours take advantage of the on-board, high-speed Wi-Fi service enabled by the new generation of high-throughput satellites (HTS).

The frustrating Wi-Fi experience of the past few years is steadily improving as more aircraft are retrofitted with the equipment and antennas designed to take advantage of the powerful HTS satellite network. The launch of the Horizons 3e satellite expands our global Intelsat EpicNG constellation of high-throughput satellites, providing the first truly worldwide, Ku-band HTS network capable of delivering airline passengers the same Wi-Fi experience inflight that they enjoy at home or in their offices.

With the addition of Horizons 3e, the Intelsat EpicNG satellites bring more than 200 Gbps in orbit around the globe. Horizons 3e not only provides full coverage of the Asia Pacific region but also concentrates the bulk of its throughput over the most heavily-trafficked aero and maritime areas. Like the five other Intelsat EpicNG satellites already in orbit, Horizons 3e brings more throughput into orbit from a single satellite that any other commercially available global Ka-band satellite constellation. And as Intelsat continues to scale and replicate its investments in HTS mobility satellites, airlines and maritime operators can be assured that their investments in our Ku-band ecosystem will meet their needs today and in the future.

Airlines serving Asia are among the fastest growing in the world today, according to analysis firm NSR. India is on track to record 50 consecutive months of double-digit air passenger growth. China is poised to overtake the United States as the largest air passenger market, while India and Indonesia will soon leapfrog the United Kingdom, Japan, France, Spain, and Germany to take third and fourth place, respectively. In a recent report, NSR also predicts that while the number of aircraft serving Asia will double in the next decade, the capacity demand for in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) will increase more than 100-fold.

While airline operations within and going to and from the Asia Pacific region have some of the longest flight times in the world, the density of flights varies widely, requiring satellite operators to find the right balance of coverage and network performance that delivers optimum connectivity to passengers and flight crews. Routes along the northern arc of the Pacific – between North America and Asia – are heavily traveled, while those between Hawaii and Oceania have fewer flights. Aircraft flying the long-haul routes to and from Asia Pacific tend to be wide-body aircraft, with more passengers needing connectivity than on the shorter inter-Asian routes flown with narrow-body jets. Horizons 3e will deliver badly needed capacity to the region and offer layers of spot-beam and wide-beam Ku-band coverage to satisfy the demand along all the varied airline routes.

The Intelsat EpicNG satellites were specifically designed to provide high performance data connectivity for mobile networks and broadband communications on the move for the aviation, maritime and automotive sectors. Our design, featuring ubiquity, density and resilience, results in a network uniquely positioned to deliver advanced solutions. We provide customers with an open, scalable network on an all-digital, high performance platform, and the higher efficiency and better economics we deliver means service providers will be able to extend connectivity solutions to more markets and more users. We are a leader in connecting the world via HTS and are uniquely positioned to deliver solutions that create value for our customers and end users.

This throughput and coverage are just the beginning. Airline maritime operators can be assured that Intelsat’s Ku-band ecosystem can and will continue to grow to meet future mobility demand, so their investments in hardware will deliver broadband service today and will reward them into the future.

The advantages of HTS connectivity were demonstrated last year when Intelsat and Gogo took aviation and technology journalists on a two-hour flight out of Newark International Airport. Gogo equipped the airliner with its 2Ku antenna developed by ThinKom Solutions and the latest-generation satellite modem from Gilat – all connected to one of the three Intelsat EpicNG satellites that layer beams over the Atlantic Ocean region. During the flight, the journalists connected 53 different devices to the Internet, moving 29GB of data at speeds as high as 100 Mbps while they used Facetime, Netflix, Facebook Live, and other high-bandwidth services to test the capabilities of the system. Gogo has contracts in place to add the 2Ku technology to 1,600 aircraft by the end of 2018. Supported by the Intelsat EpicNG satellites, this will deliver passengers the same level of service they have at home.

With the launch of Horizons 3e, Intelsat service providers such as Gogo will offer airlines in Asia a connection to a world-wide HTS network designed to meet bandwidth demand on any airline route. The Intelsat EpicNG satellites tie in with our existing wide-band constellation of Ku-band spacecraft, so service providers will have the coverage and redundancy they need to deliver broadband services to aircraft wherever they may fly.

Routes to and from Asia are key to almost every international airline in the world. Horizons 3e completes the first phase of our Intelsat EpicNG project, allowing airlines flying Asia Pacific routes to give passengers the highest level of mobile broadband available. To make sure our customers can satisfy growing passenger demand for in-flight connectivity, Intelsat will continue to add to our global HTS fleet. The more power and capacity we can add to the world’s airline routes, the better the experience will be for our customers and ultimately, the passenger.

Harmonic’s CableOS™ Solution Powers Buckeye Broadband’s Launch of Gigabit Internet Service Over DOCSIS 3.1

Harmonic announced that Buckeye Broadband, the leading cable and telecommunications provider in Northwest Ohio, is using Harmonic’s CableOS™ virtualized cable access solution to launch a DOCSIS 3.1 broadband platform offering speeds up to 1 Gbps. As the industry’s first software-based Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS), Harmonic’s CableOS solution enables Buckeye Broadband to transition to a more flexible, cost-effective architecture and deliver gigabit speeds and services while better controlling capital and operating expenses.

“As we look to deliver next-generation data, voice and video services to customers, we need a future-proof infrastructure solution,” said R.J. Walker, vice president of engineering, operations and IT services at Buckeye Broadband. “Harmonic’s CableOS solution provides sustainable capacity growth over the long term and end-to-end support for centralized architectures now, while future-proofing our operations for distributed architectures, enabling us to deliver faster broadband offerings and address critical space, power and cost requirements.”

Harmonic’s CableOS solution enables fast and flexible deployment of gigabit data, voice and video services by centralizing the operator’s virtualized CMTS core, which connects via a standard IP network to dense PHY shelves located in secondary headend and hub facilities. Through this flexible remote PHY architecture, and by utilizing COTS servers and switches, the CableOS solution dramatically improves gigabit service scalability and delivery costs.

“Software is transforming the future of cable access networks, providing increased scalability, flexibility and cost savings to operators,” said Nimrod Ben-Natan, senior vice president and general manager, cable access business, at Harmonic. “We’re excited to collaborate with Buckeye Broadband on this world-class broadband access network. With the CableOS solution at the heart of its infrastructure, Buckeye Broadband is ready to achieve unprecedented DOCSIS bandwidth and boost cost efficiencies.”

 

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