Switzerland's public broadcaster SRG has selected a combination of Harmonic's multifunction video encoders, stream processing solutions and management tools to power its new HDTV services.

The solutions deployed for the new DVB-S system provide the video quality, bandwidth efficiencies and flexibility to enable SRG to begin its migration to HD while continuing to provide legacy channels until the transition has been completed, the US technology company announced in San Jose, California.

"Harmonic's video compression and processing solutions deliver the flexibility and quality to successfully address the challenges of migrating services from SD to HD over the next three to five years," said Andre Frank, project manager, distribution/engineering media services, at SRG. Frank added that Harmonic's Electra 8000 encoders allow the broadcaster to reclaim bandwidth by increasing the channel count per transponder while maintaining video quality.

SRG is also using Harmonic's ProStream 1000 stream processing platform for bulk scrambling and NMX Digital Service Manager for configuration, control and monitoring of Harmonic and third-party video network elements. The system was installed by Euromedia Service, a systems integrator and Harmonic reseller based in Germany.