Volicon today announced that global television network TV5MONDE has installed an Observer(R) TS (transport stream) monitoring and logging system to fully address the demands of compliance logging as TV5MONDE migrates to an HD technical infrastructure. The Observer system enables reliable, continuous logging of 11 existing services and provides a robust feature set that automates and simplifies a variety of critical monitoring tasks.
"The Volicon Observer TS system not only addresses the full range of services related to logging, but also gives us a complete solution that doesn't require any adaptation on our part," said Mallory Delaporte-Bernues, system engineer at TV5MONDE. "The Observer is an all-in-one solution that simplifies operations while helping us to enhance the value of our staff. On-duty monitoring personnel enjoy convenient remote access, with a clear and near-instantaneous view of any monitored channel. Both technical and non-technical staff can work confidently with logs, thanks to the ease with which they can access content and data. I really count on those capabilities to improve the quality of our deliveries."
Based on Volicon's award-winning Observer system, the Observer TS enables continuous logging of MPEG transport streams, monitoring of program QoE, and the seamless export and streaming of MPEG TS or low-resolution proxies across the enterprise or WAN. By logging the native MPEG TS, the Observer TS greatly simplifies troubleshooting, chronic resolution, and regulatory proof of conformance. Other compelling features for TV5MONDE included the Observer system's integrated QC and loudness control functionality.
"TV5MONDE is big on subtitles, and with the ability to log our full multi-program transport stream, we can closely monitor the outgoing service," added Delaporte-Bernues. "The combination of the Observer's logging capability with our automation system's on-air logs makes service checks easy, and content can be extracted and shared via email. With such capabilities, the possibilities for leveraging the Observer system are wide open."
At TV5MONDE, the Observer system allows the broadcaster to automate extraction of content for tagged events such as a loss-of-service alert from a satellite downlink probe. With ready access to the data and A/V content associated with a possible fault, TV5MONDE supervisors can maintain their focus on solving issues, not tracking them. Because the Volicon solution allows users to extract content manually or through tags and remote controls, the broadcaster can easily add sponsorship and catch-up deliveries to its legal and quality control-focused monitoring and compliance work.
Once supervisors at TV5MONDE have worked with the Observer system for a time, the broadcaster will fine-tune the system and make it available to the legal department and others. As the number of TV5MONDE channels grows, and as its deliveries start to include HD services, growth will be a simple matter of adjusting the logging system.
Further information about Volicon and the company's Observer digital video monitoring and logging technology is available at www.volicon.com.