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Videotron to install Tek's Sentry system

Tue, 07/20/2010 - 8:35am
Brian Santo

Videotron is set to deploy Tektronix's Sentry digital content monitoring system. Tek picked up the product line with its recent acquisition of Mixed Signals.

Videotron will begin its initial deployments of Sentry in its master headend in Montreal this summer, Tek said.

Sentry will be used to monitor programs as they are aggregated at the headend and prior to distribution to markets served by the master headend. Videotron will be able to identify video and audio errors that are already within the programming as it is received at the headend, as well as errors that are introduced when the programming is groomed, multiplexed, rate shaped and otherwise processed before being delivered to subscribers.

The selection came after a competitive evaluation process.

"We chose the Tektronix Sentry offering to ensure continued delivery of programming with the exceptional picture and sound quality our subscribers have come to expect from Videotron," said Alain Boissonnault, senior director of digital video development for Videotron.

He added, "As we expand our offerings with more HD programming and other advanced services, the chances for video and audio errors to occur grows, but with Sentry, we will be able to comprehensively monitor our content to catch and rectify errors quickly and with minimum fuss."

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