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Acterna Adds Video Decode to DTS-330 Platform

Allows users to quickly verify programming in the MPEG transport stream (August 26, 2004)

Acterna today announced that it has added video decode functionality to its recently released DTS-330 digital broadcast test platform, and unveiled its plans to enhance its DTS-200 with the same feature. These enhancements will help users determine the veracity of their MPEG stream contents by viewing and listening to any unencrypted programs in real-time.

Acternas complete suite of broadcast and cable network testing tools and solutions will be displayed at 2004 IBC Show stand 8.375.

?We recognized that many of our clients require the ability to quickly verify transmission of the programs they intended to transmit, said Kevin Oliver, vice president of marketing for Acternas Cable Networks Division. ?This enhancement gives our customers the confidence they are seeking for the reliability of their transmissions.

The Video Decode/Display function allows users to view thumbnails of all videos within the MPEG transport stream, along with an assortment of essential, user-definable parameters such as Packet Identifier (PID) number and rate. Users can then select a specific program to view and hear in real-time. Any unencrypted MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 audio and video streams can be easily displayed.

?We know that this new video decode function will be a welcome addition to these popular DTS units, said Oliver. ?Because it gives our clients the ability to see actual broadcasts in real time, it eliminates the possibility, for example, that the wrong channels are inadvertently broadcast.

This is one of several broadcast industry related product announcements Acterna will be unveiling at IBC 2004 in Amsterdam.

The DTS family of digital broadcast testing tools offers a comprehensive set of unique features that enhance the testing and network management abilities of telecommunications and cable network operators, resulting in better quality of service and faster resolution of issues for their digital video services.

About Acterna
Acterna is the worlds largest provider of communications test solutions for telecommunications and cable network operators. A trusted communications test partner for more than eight decades, Acterna offers an unmatched portfolio of award-winning instruments, systems, software, and services that help its customers reduce network costs while improving performance and reliability. Headquartered in Germantown, Maryland, USA ? with European and Asia-Pacific operations based in Eningen, Germany, and Hong Kong ? Acterna serves nearly every major communications service provider and equipment manufacturer around the world through a skilled sales and support organization in 31 countries.

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