At the SCTE Expo, Cheetah Technologies will be demonstrating the Network Tracker Plus as a feature product. The Network Tracker Plus is a network performance monitoring device that is an evolution from our Network Tracker product line. Its distinct features allow for the system analysis of analog video, DOCSIS data and QAM digital video channels in an HFC network. “At the same time, we are proud to announce our Cable Labs DOCSIS 3.0 qualification,” stated Stan Southern SVP of Engineering for Cheetah Technologies. “What is equally important about this certification is that we coupled it with rigorous development of a totally industrial design for outside plant environments.”
Network Tracker Plus is an incredible monitoring device as it can be placed at end of line, or in mission critical locations, within an HFC network. In doing so, there are a wide range of quality of service, workforce automation, and telemetry advancements that can be achieved. Cheetah would assert that Network Tracker Plus is simply a tool. In today’s CATV market, where competition and customer loyalty are paramount, the Network Tracker can play a vital role. “A Network Tracker Plus that is correctly integrated into operational quality assurance programs provides an evolutionary step forward in customer retention and loyalty.” stated Tom Pichieri, Director of Engineering. “We engineered this device to be flexible and to stretch the boundaries of system analysis so that operators can have the data to optimize their network performance in real time.” That power is the key to understanding the value of the Network Tracker Plus.
Cheetah Technologies LP announces V‐Factor Source Monitor 2.7
Cheetah Technologies LP has released V-Factor Source Monitor release 2.7 for video monitoring and MOS grading. The 2.7 release advances Cheetah’s ability to provide a saleable, fast and easy to use solution. Enhancements include more than doubling of density, efficient scorecards, faster interface and broader support for MPEG4.
“We believe that the 2.7 release is a comple ment to the vision of our early adopter customers (at several major MSO’s) that helped us pioneer and refine this tool.,” stated Tom Utley, Product Line Manager V-Factor. “Customers are using the V-Factor Source Monitor solution to measure hundreds of video channels at the input of the video service provider network. This really solves the problem of quantifiable video quality measurement.” Prior to encoding and transport, this establishes a baseline video quality measurement that becomes the benchmark for each successive journey from ingest to consumption. Customers are using the VFactor Source Monitor to compliment or replace existing quality assurance process that historically required technicians to watch banks of video monitors for issues. Now those technicians can rest their eyes, the cheetah solution finds the impairments and those technicians can spend their time fixing issues instead of finding them.
Most solutions in the Industry provide either an estimated MOS or QOE (Quality of Experience) score based upon underlying health of the network, packet or transport structures, and a few solutions provide a human vision system to measure the actual perceptual quality of the video. Cheetah’s V-Factor Source Monitor is the critical link in making existing QoS and QoE tools relevant by measuring the quality of the video at the ingest and encode within the national and regional headends prior to network transmission.
“The recent advancements in our core perceptual quality monitoring techniques and ability to make the data relevant to customers is an exciting leap forward,” said Jeremy Bennington, SVP – Strategic Development of Cheetah Technologies LP. “Customers are now able to use our solutions in real operational networks and are using the results to make their video products better for their subscribers, which is critical in today’s changing video industry.”
Cheetah Technologies LP announces V‐Factor Stream Probe QAM 4.12
Cheetah Technologies LP has released V-Factor Stream Probe QAM release 4.12. VFactor Stream Probe QAM is the most versatile video quality and performance monitoring solution for Cable TV hub sites. The 4.12 release includes a cutting edge feature to enable MSOs to remotely monitor hub sites and stream live video back to a central management site for real-time viewing. Cheetah’s solution monitors the video quality automatically and alerts the MSO when there is an issue.
“With the new Instant Viewer feature in release 4.12 MSOs can stream back the video to a central site for additional analysis. This assures that issues are known and understood prior to dispatching technicians.” Stated Steve Day, SVP of Marketing and Strategic Planning.
V-Factor Stream Probe QAM is an enterprise class solution designed to meet the cable operators need for remote monitoring. It does not require the use of an external set-top-box, instead has three on-board tuners and is CableCard ready so operators can monitor any type of channel. The solution monitors the RF, QAM and MPEG layers for impairments. Moreover the VFactor Stream Probe QAM leverages Cheetah’s Intelligent decode technology to provide accurate measurements of blockiness and provide a subscriber Mean Opinion Score (MOS).
“Cable operators now have a reliable and enterprise class solution to monitor the last point in their transmission network before the HFC and the subscribers home. Our solution is the first of its kind bringing CableCard ready, remote video streaming, QAM/RF/Video analysis in a small form factor to the hub site,” said Tom Utley, Product Line Manager – V-Factor. “By using Cheetah’s V-Factor Stream Probe QAM cable operators can more efficiently and effectively dispatch technicians to resolve remote video quality issues.”
Cheetah’s Jeremy Bennington to Present “Video Quality, Performance and QoE”
Video quality and performance have become a key battle ground in the video industry. Multichannel video providers urgently need a way to correlate video quality problems to a set of clearly defined metrics and indication of their cause. At the same time, nobody likes to publicly acknowledge picture quality problems. For that reason, video providers and programmers have an urgent need for automated QoE and perceptual video quality metrics. To truly have a known QoE, the programmers must measure the perceptual quality of the content they are transmitting.
Jeremy Bennington, senior vice president of strategy at Cheetah Technologies, will present “Video Quality, Performance and QoE” at the November 16th Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Live Learning™ Internet Based seminar. For more information and to register, please visit www.scte.org.
Bennington will discuss the video monitoring market including how Quality of Service, Quality of Experience and Perceptual Quality Monitoring can be used by video service providers to pinpoint the cause of video quality issues and ensure the best video quality for subscribers. He will provide participants with real world data and examples of how to resolve video quality, performance and QoE issues. It will explain what metrics are required at each point in the network, as well as how to interpret them and identify the potential causes.
For further information, please feel free to contact Steve Day, SVP – Marketing and Strategic Planning, Cheetah Technologies LP at 724-544-1490, email@example.com , SCTE booth #1718