Tektronix announced a set of new features and capabilities to its Sentry digital content monitors.
With the latest software update, Sentry systems can now capture thumbnail images of programs. Tek said that enables multichannel video program distributors (MVPDs) to validate program content and verify when program outages have occurred.
Another new feature is an ad cue report that combines thumbnails with audio level graphing to create a single report capturing all the data that MVPDs need to provide the FCC to demonstrate compliance with the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act.
This report provides visual validation of ad presence, that the correct ad aired at the appropriate time and during the right program, as well as noting whether the ad was too loud or too quiet.
The company said it has also enhanced Sentry’s Perceptual Video Quality (PVQ) capability, which gauges precisely how much video compression artifacts impact viewers. Sentry PVQ is now sensitive to an additional set of artifacts caused by over-compression that specifically affects chroma detail.
Tek said its Sentry products are deployed with nine of the top 10 U.S. cable operators and four of the top five Canadian operators.