Blonder Tongue Adds New Analyzers To Test & Measurement Portfolio

Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. has launched the MTSA-PRO MPEG transport stream analyzer and BTPRO-7000S tablet-based signal analyzer, which enable engineers and technicians to easily configure, calibrate, and test various types of RF and IP video networks. Featuring a compact design that simplifies in-the-field measurements, both devices help operators gain a better understanding of what is going on inside their analog and/or digital TV or radio transmission, in order to provide a superior quality of service (QoS). Blonder Tongue will demonstrate the analyzers for the first time at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Sept. 22-25, in Denver at booth 1714.

Through an intuitive user interface, Blonder Tongue's new portable analysis devices allow easy storage and retrieval of channel lineups to facilitate repeatable testing scenarios at all points in the video network, from transmission all the way to the receive location. Using the analyzers, operators are able to store video samples manually, or by triggering on threshold conditions, and support deeper analysis via internal or third-party analysis software.

Blonder Tongue’s MTSA-PRO MPEG transport stream analyzer enables users to measure QAM, IP, and ASI signals, as well as play out saved transport stream files, in order to troubleshoot problems from outside sources. The MTSA-PRO outputs prerecorded video streams or internal test patterns in various video formats, including MPEG-2 and H.264, helping operators verify compliance of external devices and systems.

By enabling real-time analysis, monitoring, and decoding of transport streams, the software-based solution helps reduce transport stream issues and ensure superior video quality. The MTSA-PRO can also serve as a PSI/PSIP generator. The MTSA-PRO includes a wide range of sophisticated analysis tools, such as PCR and PTS analysis, arrive time graphing, measurement display, jitter analysis, triggered recording, data rate analysis, PES header analysis, and more. It is compliant with a variety of industry standards, including ATSC, DVB-C, DVB-T, and OpenCable.

The MTSA-PRO analyzer offers advanced monitoring and analysis capabilities such as modulation error ratio (MER), received signal strength indicator (RSSI), High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) support, and SCTE-35 marker detection. Through an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI), operators can easily limit the recording length of programming based on time or size. A maximize button on the service view window dramatically improves user visibility.

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