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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

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.
  • See Cable Network Diagram using Sentry, Medius & Consul »

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.
  • 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.


10 Key Factors to Consider in Developing a Post-QAM Modulator RF Monitoring Strategy
Any complete Video Network Monitoring strategy needs to include RF monitoring after the QAM modulator for full network coverage. This short brief describes 10 key factors to consider in developing the …
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 …
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. The file-based …
Video Backhaul
This how-to guide describes how to use the video backhauling functionality of the MTM400A (and its family of IPM/QAM/RFM monitors) to redirect a copy of any MPEG program across the network and back to …
Tips and Tricks: Interpretation of HDMI EDID Data with the WFM5250 SDI/HDMI Waveform Monitor
The popular High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) incorporates the High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) which can severely limit the possibilities for analysis if the measuring …
Video and Audio Quality Assurance For Next-generation Video Networks
In the context of video and audio programming, Quality of Experience (QoE) is assuring that operators deliver pictures and sound that will keep their viewers happy. For many years, operators have …
Video Over IP Cross Layer Measurements
This application note explores some of the challenges around delivering superior quality of service in IP Networks, and how Tektronix test and measurement equipment can be used to facilitate the …
Measuring Video and Audio Quality of Experience (QoE)
Broadcast digital TV today originates from a wide variety of sources, and then passes through a myriad of devices, before finally reaching the viewer. It isssumed, but not always true, that the source …
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. Unlike TV broadcasters, cable operators will have to monitor the volume of commercials on a large …
Solving Intermittent Transport Stream Problems with CaptureVu Technology
One of the MTS400's key tools is CaptureVu™ technology, an innovative triggering and stream capture system that allows you to find those difficult intermittent and complex problems that traditional …
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 …
Troubleshooting Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) issues in Video Service Provider Networks
Quality of Service and Quality of Experience: Learn the benefits and faults of the two most common test methods for troubleshooting video signal problems and the critical capabilities required in an …
Camera Alignment and Matching webinar
The acquisition of the image requires a correctly balanced camera to ensure suitable dynamic range and color fidelity. In this presentation we will discuss how to correctly align your camera using a …
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 …