Volicon Works With Astro Malaysia to Roll Out Monitoring and Off-Air Logging System for More Than 200 Channels
(April 22, 2014)
Volicon today announced that Malaysian pay-TV operator Astro is using an Observer(R) Enterprise video monitoring and logging system to enable off-air logging for more than 200 channels. Focusing on key points in the transmission path, the Volicon system monitors and logs incoming and outgoing feeds in a variety of formats. With broad format support and the ability to support high-density monitoring and logging applications, the Observer system serves as a reliable and flexible solution that addresses the needs of Astro departments ranging from engineering to media sales.
"Volicon's Observer system gives us an integrated off-air logging system built on proven technology and equipped with features that give our staff a high degree of flexibility in working with aired media," said Chris McMillan, vice president, production services, Astro. "By allowing simultaneous users across our operations to access logged content quickly and with ease, the Observer system has enabled us to improve our efficiency and responsiveness in assuring the quality and compliance of Astro services."
With a customer base of more than 3.9 million residential customers (representing approximately 56 percent of Malaysian TV households), Astro offers 171 TV channels, including 39 HD channels, delivered via direct-to-home satellite TV, IPTV, and OTT platforms.
Installed in Astro's main DTH broadcast center, the All Asia Broadcast Centre located in Kuala Lumpur, the Observer Enterprise accepts and monitors signal types including composite, component, HD/SD SDI, and transport stream inputs. The system is equipped with Volicon's quality of experience (QoE) module, as well as an as-run log module that allows users to search and sort the as-run log via ID or commercial/program name for quick and easy ad verification with a direct link to video content. A content export module makes it easy for Observer users to extract and share select clips from recorded content.
The Observer's multiview display feature enables users to watch multiple programs on a network wall and use the desktop interface to target and begin inspecting or troubleshooting a suspect stream without delay. In executive offices and board rooms, this capability opens up a host of valuable monitoring and review opportunities for both real-time and recorded broadcasts.
"The complexity of large-scale pay-TV operations demands a monitoring and logging system that is robust yet intuitive," said Gary Learner, CTO at Volicon. "The system must meet the technical requirements of the engineers responsible for maintaining the integrity and quality of the service output, as well as the various needs of the staff who use logged content in other areas of the business. The Observer Enterprise does it all, thereby simplifying critical tasks across the broadcast facility."
Further information about Volicon and the company's products is available at www.volicon.com.
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Volicon is the leading provider of enterprise media intelligence solutions serving the needs of broadcasters, networks, cable operators, and governments worldwide. The Observer(R) Media Intelligence Platform" provides powerful tools for content creation and repurposing, compliance monitoring, ad verification, competitive analysis, and quality-of-service monitoring. Volicon solutions are used by all stakeholders in the media enterprise from engineering to the executive suite. Volicon systems are deployed by more than 1,000 customers in more than 65 countries worldwide. Volicon is headquartered in Burlington, Mass. More information is available at www.volicon.com.
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