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Cable Technology Feature Article

July 07, 2011

WIN Selects Pixelmetrix DVB-T Monitoring

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Looking to monitor DVB-T services at WIN transmission sites across Australia, Australia’s largest regional television broadcaster, WIN Television, has opted for the Pixelmetrix (News - Alert) DVStation-Mini2 DVB-T fully featured monitoring probe.

Pixelmetrix offers services in preventive monitoring for digital television networks. Their pioneering DVStation defines a new generation of tools and techniques for the quality control of broadcast signals and content.

Providing WIN with 24/7 operational monitoring and assurance of the quality and continuity of their DVB-T services, the DVStation-Mini2 DVB-T offers high quality DVB-T RF measurements and in-depth TS analysis. For H.264 video streams, the intuitive system will also generate video thumbnails in both SD and HD, the company stated in a press release.

“We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to work with WIN on this project. Joining our DVB-T customers worldwide, they too have immediately benefited from greater visibility of service-affecting issues that our DVStation provides. The unattended remote control capability is particularly useful across their wide and hostile geographic coverage area,” said Danny Wilson, president and CEO of Pixelmetrix.

WIN’s digital network required a solution that was able to effectively monitor and log data collected from a widespread selection of monitoring points within their DTT network topology as the company had a transmission span covering more geographical area than any other broadcaster in the world. The DVStation-Mini2 DVB-T systems provide unparalleled visibility into the quality of service reaching WIN’s network-wide audience, and are supplied and installed by a local distributor, Techtel (News - Alert).

In September 2010, the company announced the addition of a parental control audit application in to its programmable test robot, Electronic Couch Potato or “ECP.” The ECP programmable test robot presents a true customer-viewing experience by providing measurements from the end point of the content delivery chain. It connects after the Set Top Box, or “STB”, and provides feedback on various service quality parameters to a central site. In addition, it can emulate an end-user changing channels on an STB.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.