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October 19, 2012

Tektronix CALM Act Solutions and Video Quality Monitoring on Display

By Rory Lidstone
TMCnet Contributing Writer

Provider of video quality monitoring solutions, Tektronix (News - Alert), this week unveiled its latest video quality monitoring capabilities and demonstrated to cable television engineers and other attendees how to comply with the Commercial Advertising Loudness Mitigation (CALM) .

The December 13 deadline for complying with the CALM Act is fast approaching and the company's expanding suite of CALM solutions were designed help make compliance fast and easy.

"Unlike other vendors, we clearly recognized the act's potential impact early on, so we began developing our CALM solutions long before it had been approved by Congress and finally signed into law in 2011," said Eben Jenkins, general manager, Video Product Line, Tektronix. "Our comprehensive suite of CALM Act solutions is already being used by operators nationwide — most notably our Sentry family of monitors which is currently deployed by 9 of the top 10 U.S. cable operators to comply with the act."

Sentry Assure allows for cost-effective CALM compliance monitoring at post-slice points while complying with the FCC's (News - Alert) required extensive reporting requirements. Tektronix also explained how its WFM/WVR5250 line of waveform monitors allows operators to perform CALM Quick Checks.

The company also highlighted the latest video monitoring capabilities of its products including how operators can use Sentry to continually monitor the 10 Gigabit portions of their networks for video and audio issues in real time. This makes Sentry the industry's first real time video monitor capable of comprehensively monitoring up to three Gbps of video programming. Competing products suitable for use with 10 Gigabit networks offer only very basic monitoring capabilities, such as noting packet loss, therefore not providing an accurate measure of quality problems.

A number of Tektronix's products were recently honored in the Broadband Technology Report's Diamond Technology Reviews and by the Golden Bridge Awards, namely Sentry Edge II, Medius and MTS4000.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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