Tektronix announced the new VQNet Video Service Assurance Manager and IPM400A network probe, designed to help cable, telco and broadcast operators detect and resolve problems across IP networks.

Tektronix also announced a DVB-S2 interface for its MTM400A Transport Stream Monitor.

Video and audio backhaul allows actual content to be fed back to a central monitoring point to see and hear the actual content being broadcast. SCTE 35 DPI Splice Point monitoring allows the user to ensure that local and advertising content revenue is realized.

EIA-608/708 and SCTE 20/21 closed caption tests, along with Region Rating Table monitoring displays in the thumbnail and EPG views, ensure adherence with U.S. FCC mandates, Tek said. In addition, real-time buffer analysis captures encoding and multiplexing issues that can cause black frame, freeze frame or set-top box reboots.

The IPM400A can monitor up to 500 IP flows (sessions) and all essential parameters, including TS errors, IP packet inter-arrival time (PIT) and MDI. This ensures IP and TS integrity across a broad set of video services on even a fully loaded GigE link.

The new DVB-S2 interface for the MTM400A Transport Stream Monitor enables satellite DTH broadcasters and other operators that ingest and distribute content via satellite to efficiently deliver superior quality of service (QoS) levels as they adopt the latest standard for transmission of MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 audio and video streams.

VQNet software, the IPM400A and the MTM400A DVB-S2 interface can be ordered now and will be available in Q4.

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