Friday, November 19, 2010

Verifying the Quality of Video Content Feeds in TV Broadcast Networks is Becoming More Important

The quality of content feeds should be monitored and measured in addition to other video distribution testing processes. During my interview with Kirk George from IneoQuest during the TelcoTV show he explained that even the most optimized TV distribution networks can have poor quality if the content feeds are bad. He explained that this is becoming more of a challenge as new sources and content aggregation connections are added, especially remote video sources that are transported through unmanaged data connections (such as International TV programming). A video probe can be added to the headend that monitors the content feeds and transport availability. Content video quality can be verified by monitoring for blocking and other digital media errors can indicate a poor digital video feed. This helps to ensure that both quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) levels are maintained for viewers.

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