Cable TV Operators

Cable TV Operators

Tektronix Video test products help cable operators in these areas:

  • Headend monitoring at a range of network access points like ingest, transport and access
  • Detection and recovery of major subscriber impacting events (QoE errors) including video freeze/black, tiling, audio silence ad audio level issues
  • Network Troubleshooting & Diagnostics

Central or Master Headend Monitoring

Product Description
Sentry Acquisition: Sentry's "Deep Dive" monitoring enables video service providers to detect Video & Audio level impairments in the incoming feeds (e.g. the SPTS from the satellite receivers). This includes perceptual video and audio QoE scoring (tiling, audio disruptions and audio level issues, etc.), black/frozen screen and audio silence.
Medius and
Consul
For centralized management, reporting, alerting, aggregation and configuration of monitoring devices from the source to the edge of the network.

Secondary or Regional Headend Monitoring

Product Description
Sentry Acquisition: Sentry's "Deep Dive" monitoring enables video service providers to detect Video & Audio level impairments in the incoming feeds (e.g. the SPTS from the satellite receivers). This includes perceptual video and audio QoE scoring (tiling, audio disruptions and audio level issues, etc.), black/frozen screen and audio silence.
Sentry Verify Ingress Monitoring: Sentry Verify enables video service providers to detect transport, video and audio errors on the incoming feeds at each of the regional headends.
Sentry Edge RF Monitoring: Sentry Edge enables video service providers to detect RF, Transport, Video and Audio errors on the output of the QAM modulators.

Checking File Based Audio and Video Before Playout in VoD Systems

Product Description
CYCSW Ensuring that the audio and video quality of VoD/TSTV content meets QoS guidelines prior to distribution across all video servers

Network Troubleshooting & Diagnostics

Product Description
MTS4000 The MTS4000 MPEG Analyzer is ideal for the analysis and troubleshooting of audio/video and transport problems in 10G networks for fault isolation and root cause analysis. Cross-layer analysis of the video and audio quality includes real-time video and audio QoE analysis, Picture Quality Analysis, and advanced Elementary Stream analysis including H.264 intra profile and SVC support.
MTS4EAB Elementary Stream Analysis software including advanced Elementary Stream analysis including H.264 intra profile and SVC support.
MTS4SA
  • Multiplexer for generating a library of regression test streams
  • TSCA to verify the TS compliance and content of test streams
  • Buffer Analyzer to verify compliance of test streams with the T-STD buffer model
VQS1000 Video Quality software for detecting Video and Audio QoE video impairments. Used to analyze any Transport Stream file for off line analysis.
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Measuring Video and Audio Quality of Experience (QoE)

This application note shows you how to objectively rate a program at different points in the network to understand and pinpoint when and where degradation has occurred.

Critical RF Measurements in Cable, Satellite and Terrestrial DTV Systems

The secret to maintaining reliable and high-quality services over different digital television transmission systems is to focus on critical factors that may compromise the integrity of the system. This application note describes those critical RF test measurements which help to detect such problems before viewers lose their service and picture completely.

Solving Intermittent Transport Stream Problems with CaptureVu Technology

CaptureVu technology allows you to set an error break point on an incoming real time or stored MPEG transport stream. By setting specific conditions for CaptureVu technology you allow the analyzer to find intermittent problems for you, trigger a recording to memory, or stop analysis to allow you to drill down to the route cause of an issue quickly and efficiently.

Tips and Tricks: Interpretation of HDMI EDID Data with the WFM5250 SDI/HDMI Waveform Monitor

Learn how to use the WFM5250 Waveform Monitor to analyze HDMI EDID packets.

Video Backhaul

Using the MTM400A video backhauling functionality, discover out how to deliver a remote program to an operator via a network link, even several thousand miles, without altering them in any way and preserving the native compression.

10 Key Factors to Consider in Developing a Post-QAM Modulator RF Monitoring Strategy

Are you considering deploying a QoE monitoring system, but not sure about the key factors to consider in choosing a vendor? Download this short, one page overview to learn about the 10 things you need to know about monitoring  Video & Audio Quality of Experience.

The Storm Before the CALM: Quieting Loud Commercials in the Cable Environment

The burden of complying with the CALM Act will fall most heavily on the shoulders of cable operators and is a daunting task.  Download this application note to find out how Sentry Video Content Monitors can help ease this task.

Video and Audio Quality Assurance For Next-generation Video Networks

A Guide to Automating Quality Control in File-based Workflows

This primer outlines the evolving workflows that employ file-based, or tapeless technologies for the production, editing, archiving and broadcast of today’s video and audio content.

A Guide to MPEG Fundamentals and Protocol Analysis

MPEG is one of the most popular audio/video compression techniques because it is not just a single standard. Instead, it is a range of standards suitable for different applications but based on similar principles. MPEG is an acronym for the Moving Picture Experts Group.

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QoE: What it Means to Subscribers and Service Providers Webinar

Quality of Experience has emerged as the key focal point for cable operators. This webinar explores the results of a recent video network monitoring market study that points to the growing need for network monitoring. Learn about Recommended Best Practices for QoE monitoring, as well as strategic decisions related to Video Monitoring Deployments from Time Warner Cable.

MPEG Timing and Synchronization Webinar

Whether your job is to design Encoders and Set Top Boxes (STBs), or to evaluate or integrate them, dealing effectively with timing concerns is essential. A Tektronix Buffer Analyzer can pinpoint the source of timing problems, and our webinar covering Program Clock Reference (PCR) issues and more explains timing principles and their impact on video quality.

Camera Alignment and Matching webinar

Matching a camera is critical to ensure the look from camera to camera or scene to scene and we will show you some techniques to simplify your camera matching.

Monitoring Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) Webinar

Are you deploying Multi-screen video and need to monitor your OTT or TV Everywhere services? Watch this webinar to gain a quick overview of the technology behind Adaptive Bit Rate streaming technology, and developing a QoE monitoring strategy that includes pre and post fragmented video streams.

Contact tekvideo@tektronix.com or +1-503-627-1300 for a product demo or pricing.

Automating Quality Control

The emergence of file-based workflows in the film and television industry has changed how content is created and distributed, enabling new ways to reach more viewers, but also introducing new challenges for producers and operators.  In this webinar, you’ll learn about the types of errors that can be present in video files, and how an automated quality control system can detect them efficiently.

Basic MPEG Overview / MPEG Made Easy Webinar

This introduction to MPEG covers Transport Streams, timing, and error types. Watch this webinar to learn about TR101-290 error types, and how it is giving way to ATSC Recommended Practice (A/78), a more meaningful measure of customer impacting events.

MPEG Troubleshooting in Cable Networks Webinar

A must for reviewing measurement guidelines and tools for testing MPEG in cable networks. This webinar covers many topics including the measurement guidelines know as ETSI TR 101 290.

Video over IP QoS (Network Monitoring of MPEG over a IP Transport) Webinar

This presentation on monitoring MPEG Transport Streams over IP networks describes test methodology used to ensure superior Quality of Service (QoS) in video.

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