Tektronix Adds New Sentry Features

TV broadcasters have been challenged with the ever increasing competition from OTT providers, the FCC repack and having to meet tighter compliance regulations. New enhancements to theTektronix Sentry help broadcasters remain competitive while reducing operational costs.

In the Tektronix, Inc. exhibit, a series of enhancements to Sentry video quality monitors will debut. These include full TR 101 290 monitoring and alarming, new RF interfaces and end-to-end closed caption checks to ensure the output meets the latest FCC regulations.

Many broadcasters and other service providers rely heavily on standards like TR 101 290 to monitor Quality of Service (QoS). Sentry provides real-time monitoring and alerting to immediately notify broadcasters about errors related to the priority checks they are most concerned about. This saves on operational costs related to resolving issues.

TR 101 290 measurement guidelines for DVB systems is the basis for nearly all transport or MPEG stream analyzers. ATSC A/78a guidelines overlap TR 101 290. In addition to TR 101 290 Priority 1 (off-air), Priority 2 (frozen frames and lip sync issues) and Priority 3 (network and buffer issues) checks, Sentry also supports a range of program clock reference (PCR) measurements including PCR jitter, PCR drift, PCR frequency offset and PCR cycle time.

Further adding to its broadcast monitoring capabilities, Sentry's RF monitoring capabilities have been expanded to include two new RF interfaces, DVB-S/S2 and DVB-T/T2. These new interfaces, along with IP, ASI and 8VSB allow easy integration into any broadcast signal distribution monitoring scheme.

Service providers including broadcasters and cable operators must comply with FCC Title 47 rules or face the risk of fines or other actions. For enhanced closed caption monitoring, Nexidia Comply is now integrated with Sentry. Nexidia Comply provides an accurate, scalable and affordable automation solution that empowers broadcasters to verify that captions and video description across all of their outputs comply with Title 47 FCC regulations.

Sentry is a next generation video and audio quality monitoring solution for advanced video networks, offering scalable and comprehensive QoE and QoS monitoring. It enables video service providers to deliver services with optimum quality while reducing operational expenditures.

The new enhancements to Sentry are now available.

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