Harmonic Introduces Breakthrough New Software Spectrum X Media Server


Harmonic announced a breakthrough in innovation for its market-leading Spectrum family of media servers. At IBC2023, Harmonic will introduce Software Spectrum X, the next-generation software-only advanced media server. The new solution delivers outstanding broadcast quality and mission-critical reliability from a 1RU COTS server that aligns with Harmonic’s highly successful Spectrum MediaPort 7000 real-time I/O module’s footprint.

“The Software Spectrum X solution combines the time-proven, solid foundation of Harmonic’s industry-leading Spectrum media server with a future-proof, software-based architecture that enables our customers to adapt to the evolutions in the media industry,” said Stéphane Cloirec, vice president, product management, video appliances at Harmonic. “Featuring an open and scalable design, the new software paves the way for versatile and reliable applications with the simple addition of new codecs, channel-in-a-box functionality, IP I/Os and other advanced features as business requirements dictate.”

Software Spectrum X offers market-leading performance and functionality in a compact footprint that packs up to four video channels in 1RU. The software supports a wide range of video codecs, resolutions and I/O options including 12G SDI, SMPTE 2110 and NDI, enabling media companies to deliver pristine, low-latency video in resolutions up to HD 1080p and UHD.

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A cornerstone feature of Software Spectrum X is its plug-and-play integration into any Spectrum system, thanks to common API support. Software Spectrum X is also compatible with Harmonic’s MediaGrid shared storage system. The software’s open architecture ensures interoperability with third-party, best-of-breed solutions while enabling rapid development of new features and unparalleled flexibility for media ingest, production and playout applications. A special low-cost licensing option of Software Spectrum X is available for ingest-only workflows.

Harmonic, the worldwide leader in virtualized broadband and video delivery solutions, enables media companies and service providers to deliver ultra-high-quality video streaming and broadcast services to consumers globally. The company revolutionized broadband networking via the industry’s first virtualized broadband solution, enabling cable operators to more flexibly deploy gigabit internet service to consumers’ homes and mobile devices. Whether simplifying OTT video delivery via innovative cloud and software platforms, or powering the delivery of gigabit internet cable services, Harmonic is changing the way media companies and service providers monetize live and on-demand content on every screen.

SOURCE: Prnewswire