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RTN to Initiate World's First MPEG-4 AVC-Based Standard Definition Satellite TV Service with Island Media, NEOTION and Harmonic.

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Advanced Compression Technology Enables Pari-Mutuel Direct-to-Home Satellite Network to Add Channels and Services

NEOTION, a technology leader developing products and services for the digital television market, and Harmonic Inc. (Nasdaq:HLIT), a leading provider of digital video, broadband optical networking and IP delivery systems, have been chosen by Island Media to enable its customer Racetrack Television Network (RTN) to migrate to MPEG-4-AVC. This is expected to result in the world's first MPEG-4 AVC-based standard definition (SD) satellite TV service. Using this powerful technology, RTN will be able to significantly increase its channel count and add new services, thereby growing its market potential.

RTN, an affiliate of Las Vegas, Nevada-based Roberts Communications Network, Inc., plans to expand to 60 the number of channels broadcast by satellite and add new services. This project, which is being made easier as a result of Harmonic's experience migrating other broadcast services to MPEG-4 AVC and the versatility of its DiviCom MV 100 encoding platform, will be completed by the end of the year. "RTN is reinforcing its leadership position in the at-home racetrack simulcast market by developing new services and complete racing content for its subscribers. NEOTION MPEG-4 modules will allow our customers to easily receive RTN MPEG-4 channels by simply inserting the TV module in the industry-standard slot of their satellite receivers. This is an excellent combination with our Harmonic DiviCom MV 100 encoders, providing high-quality, ultra-low bit-rate video to our customers," says Todd Roberts, President of RTN.

NEOTION's revolutionary MPEG-4 TV modules enable viewers to easily have access to MPEG-4 TV channels along with optional hybrid connectivity for IP-TV, Video on Demand and other IP-based interactive services.

"We are really excited about this strategic project which will lead us to supply our cutting-edge MPEG-4 TV modules to the RTN subscriber network. This collaboration is extremely important to us as it provides us with a significant foothold into the US market," says Jean-Yves Le Roux, President and Founder of NEOTION.

"Advanced compression technologies offer satellite TV providers, such as RTN, the promise of more revenue-generating services within their existing bandwidth," said Jean-Christophe Morizur, Director of Product Marketing for the Convergent Systems Division of Harmonic Inc. "Harmonic's DiviCom MV 100, which is the industry's most widely deployed advanced codec-enabled standard definition compression platform, fully delivers on that promise by allowing RTN to seamlessly migrate from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 and, at the same time, greatly increase the channel capacity of its existing network."

About RTN & Roberts Communications Network (

RTN is an affiliate of Las Vegas, Nevada-based Roberts Communications Network, Inc. (RCN), which operates the pari-mutuel industry's largest satellite distribution network, delivering horse and greyhound racing simulcasts to racetracks, off-track betting outlets, and casino race books throughout North America on a year-round basis. The RTN Direct-To-Home Network reaches customers at home and provides each subscriber with uninterrupted, full card horse and greyhound racing simulcasts from racetracks throughout North America.

About Island Media (

Island Media, a division of Island, Inc., is a systems integrator of communication systems worldwide. Jeff Cifka, President/CEO, has chosen to specialize in MPEG-4 AVC with applications in high-definition television; satellite communications; IPTV, and digital signage. Island Media works in the racetrack simulcast industry and other business television applications as well as broadcast and cable.


NEOTION is a technology leader in the digital television market. The company designs, develops and markets a wide range of innovative products and services dedicated to both the consumer market and the media industry. In February 2004, NEOTION acquired XEOLE to quickly becoming a major player of the MPEG-4 AVC video compression market. NEOTION is headquartered in La Ciotat, France, with a subsidiary in Shanghai, China. NEOTION products include Cablecards, CI and chips integrating MPEG-4-AVC to enable applications in the satellite television and IPTV market. INFOCAST services is an innovative application providing interactive services on TV with e-mail, update, chat on TV, record by text messaging and Pay per Phone.

About Harmonic Inc. (

Harmonic Inc. is a leading provider of digital video, broadband optical networking and IP delivery systems to cable, satellite, telecom and broadcast network operators. Harmonic's open standards-based solutions for the headend through the last mile enable customers to develop new revenue sources and a competitive advantage by offering powerful interactive video, voice and data services such as video-on-demand, high definition digital television, telephony and Internet access. Harmonic (Nasdaq:HLIT) is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with R&D, sales and system integration centers worldwide. The Company's customers, including many of the world's largest communications providers, deliver services in virtually every country.
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