Palmetto Rural hits note with Harmonic, Microsoft IPTV

Michelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 19-10-2011

The trend of smaller and rural telcos getting innovative continues with Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC) deploying a 290-channel IPTV service.
PRTC selected the Harmonic ProStream 1000 with ACE high-density, real-time transcoder to the power HD and SD video service, with differentiating features such as picture-in-picture, based on the Microsoft Mediaroom platform.
"It would have taken over a dozen devices from other vendors to provide the breadth of functionality found in the one rack unit ProStream 1000 with ACE," said Tony Stout, CTO, at Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative, in a statement. "Harmonic's ProStream with ACE technology gave us a cost-effective, highly flexible solution that delivers excellent video quality for our Mediaroom deployment, helping us gain a competitive advantage."
The ProStream 1000 with ACE ‘any-to-any, any-to-many’ real-time transcoding solution provides PRTC with Microsoft picture-in-picture capability and support for HD and SD, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) video and audio transcoding of up to 20 HD or 60 SD channels in a compact and power-efficient one rack unit (1 RU) chassis. The platform's industry-leading density enables PRTC to meet the growing demand for digital TV services.
A Microsoft Mediaroom ecosystem partner, Harmonic powers the video headends for a majority of Microsoft's IPTV customers.