Tek Adds CC Analysis to Sentry

Tektronix is adding advanced closed caption analysis to its Sentry Video Network Monitors. Software from Partner Nexidia “reads” Closed Caption text and compares it to spoken audio for accuracy and FCC compliance.

Tektronix recently announced that it has partnered with Nexidia to integrate Nexidia Comply software in its suite of Sentry video quality monitors. The partnership brings automated analysis of closed caption content, a capability that previously required human intervention.

Sentry currently gives broadcasters and cable operators the ability to verify the technical elements of closed captions, such as whether captions are present, appear at the right time and are properly placed, among other factors. The integration of the Nexidia Comply software, enables Sentry to ensure that the text presented in a closed caption accurately matches the spoken dialogue.

Nexidia Comply, part of the Nexidia Illuminate software suite, uses patented speech recognition technology to check the validity of closed captions in comparison to spoken language. Integration with Sentry means there will be no changes needed in workflow, monitoring or reporting processes in order to take advantage of Nexidia Comply’s closed caption content analysis.

“One of the clear requirements outlined in FCC Title 47 that went into effect earlier this year is that captions must match spoken words,” said Ian Valentine, Business Director, Video Product Line, Tektronix.

“By adding Nexidia Comply to its Sentry monitoring solutions, Tektronix is giving Sentry users a way to confirm compliance of captions, video description, and languages, ensuring they meet customer expectations and FCC standards,” Drew Lanham, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Nexidia Media & Entertainment division said.

The integration of Nexidia Comply with Sentry was demonstrated at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2015 event. The solution will be available to customers in an upcoming release of Sentry.

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