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Harmonic Inc.
S&P 600 Component
IndustryICT - Broadcast and Media segment
Key people
Patrick Harshman, president and chief executive officer
ProductsVideo servers and storage, broadcast and multiscreen encoders and transcoders, contribution encoders, stream processors, integrated receiver-decoders, media asset management
Revenue$530.46 million (2012)
Number of employees
1148 (2012)

Harmonic Inc. is an American technology company that develops and markets video routing, server, and storage products for companies that produce, process, and distribute video content for television and the Internet.[1]


Harmonic was initially incorporated in California in June 1988 as Harmonic Lightwaves, and reincorporated into Delaware in May 1995. Anthony J. Ley became chief executive in November 1988. Co-founder Moshe Nazarathy led a research and development center named "Harmonic Data" in Israel starting in 1993, funded in part by the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation.[2]

Harmonic acquired the DiviCom business of C-Cube Microsystems in 2000 for about $1.7 billion in stock.[3] It acquired the video networking software business of Entone Technologies in 2006 for about $45 million,[4] Rhozet Corporation in 2007, and Scopus Video Networks, Ltd. in 2009.[5]

Omneon Video Networks was founded in May 1998, with investors including Advanced Technology Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Accel Partners and Invesco.[6] Omneon co-founder Donald M. Craig designed products that won Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards in 1988 and 1996. On December 29, 2006 Omneon filed for an initial public offering,[7][8] and tried again several times in 2007[9][10] and 2008 after dropping the "Video Networks" from its name,[11] but remained private.[12] On May 6, 2010 Omneon announced it agreed to be acquired by Harmonic for an estimated $274 million.[13]

Harmonic sold its line of fiber-optic access products to Aurora Networks in February 2013 for $46 million in cash.[14][15]

On February 29, 2016 Harmonic acquired Thomson Video Networks.[16]


Harmonic’s products fall into four principal categories; video production products, video server products for playout, video processing products, and cable edge products. Video production products are used to support video editing, post-production and finishing. Server systems are used to assemble and play out one or more channel systems. Video processing products are used by media companies, broadcasters, telcos, satellite operators, cable operators, and OTT operators to acquire and use different types and sources of video signals. Cable edge products are used by cable operators to deliver customized broadcast or on-demand and data services to their subscribers.[17]

The company supplies cable television headend or hub devices that receive digital video or data from the operator network, re-packetizes the video or data into an MPEG transport stream, then digitally modulates the MPEG transport stream onto a downstream RF channel using quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM).[18]

Harmonic sells its products to cable, satellite and telco, and broadcast and media companies. In 2012, United States customers included Cablevision Systems, CenturyLink, Charter Communications, Comcast Corporation, Cox Communications, DirecTV, EchoStar Holding, TRC Integration, Time Warner Cable, and Turner Broadcasting. Customers outside the United States include Alcatel-Lucent, Bell TV, Capella Telecommunications, Huawei Technologies, Klonex – VCS, Netorium, Rogers Communications, SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, Virgin Media, and Ziggo.[19]


Harmonic’s video infrastructure competitors include vertically integrated system suppliers, such as Motorola, Cisco Systems, MediaKind and, in certain product lines, a number of smaller companies, including Envivio, RGB Networks (now Imagine Communications), Elemental Technologies and Appear TV and ATEME. In production and playout products, competitors include Harris (now Imagine Communications), Grass Valley, Miranda and Avid Technology. In edge devices, competitors include Motorola Mobility (acquired by Google in 2012), Cisco Systems, and Arris. In late July 2017, Harmonic completed the acquisition of Thomson Video Networks that used to be one of its leading competitors in Europe and APAC.


  1. ^ "Harmonic Inc. Company Profile". Yahoo! Finance.
  2. ^ Harmonic Lightwaves (March 28, 1997). "Annual Report for the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 1996". Form 10-K. US Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  3. ^ "Harmonic to Buy DiviCom Unit of C-Cube". The New York Times. October 28, 1999. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  4. ^ "Harmonic acquires Entone Technologies". Broadcast Engineering. August 25, 2006. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  5. ^ 2012 10-K. Harmonic, Inc. p. 16.
  6. ^ Omneon Video Networks, Inc. (April 5, 2004). "Notice of sale of securities" (PDF). Form D. US Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  7. ^ Omneon Video Networks, Inc. (December 29, 2006). "Prospectus". Form S-1. US Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  8. ^ James Rogers (January 4, 2007). "Omneon Preps for $115M IPO". Network Computing. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  9. ^ Omneon Video Networks, Inc. (April 10, 2007). "Prospectus". Form S-1/A. US Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  10. ^ Omneon, Inc. (December 7, 2007). "Prospectus". Form S-1/A. US Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  11. ^ Omneon, Inc. (June 9, 2008). "Prospectus". Form S-1/A. US Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  12. ^ Omneon, Inc. (March 17, 2009). "Form RW - Registration Withdrawal Request". US Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  13. ^ Todd Spangler (May 6, 2010). "Harmonic To Acquire Omneon For $274 Million: Deal Would Combine Harmonic's Video Encoding With Omneon's Video Production Systems". Multichannel News. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  14. ^ "Harmonic quits cable access business". Broadcast Engineering. February 19, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  15. ^ Michael Grotticelli (February 20, 2013). "Harmonic to sell cable access business, focus on core distribution technology". Broadcast Engineering. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  16. ^ "Harmonic Completes Acquisition of Thomson Video Networks". March 2016.
  17. ^ 2012 10-K. Harmonic, Inc. pp. 9–11.
  18. ^ Alvear, Jose (2012). IPTV Market Leader Report by Vendor and Service Provider Tier. Multimedia Research Group. p. 27.
  19. ^ 2012 10-K. Harmonic, Inc. p. 11.
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