Crown Media Monitors Hallmark Channels With Volicon
Operation adopts Observer TS
November 6, 2012
BURLINGTON, MASS. — Volicon announced that Crown Media
Family Networks is using the Observer TS (transport stream) digital
video monitoring and logging system to monitor its Hallmark and Hallmark Movie
channels. Enabling convenient remote review of live and aired content, the
Observer system facilitates rapid troubleshooting and simplifies key tasks
including loudness and closed-caption compliance, NAVE ratings assurance, and
traffic reconciliation. Crown Media also has installed an analog Observer
system to give the company’s programming department competitive monitoring
The Observer TS allows Crown Media to log MPEG transport streams from the East
Coast and West Coast Hallmark and Hallmark Movie channels continuously and to
stream and export content to all stakeholders in the media enterprise. The
Observer system captures, stores, and streams aired content and provides
instant access to live and recorded content from an easy-to-use Web-based GUI.
The system’s quality of experience module provides real-time alarms for faulty
video, audio, and closed-captioning by issuing alerts via email/SNMP with a
direct link to content and a master fault log.
Because Observer TS logs the full transport stream, users at Crown Media can go
back as many as 10 days to examine and/or export content from the transport
stream, or dial back as many as nine months if working with low bit rate proxy
content. DVR-like frame-accurate controls allow for easy content review, even
over a WAN or the Crown Media LAN. Volicon’s As-Run-Log Import module allows
users to search and sort the as-run log via ID or commercial/program name for
quick and easy ad verification with a direct link to video content.
The Observer supports monitoring of A/V content including BS.1770-2 loudness
and other correlations of data and video. Intuitive overlay controls provide
continuous measurements that identify program loudness and loudness range, and
high-visibility audio, video, and measurement graphs and data combine with
logged content to enable the export of an A/V affidavit with loudness data
overlaid. Crown Media also takes advantage of Volicon’s NAVE Decoding, Logging
and Alerting Module, a ratings assurance tool that ensures proper transmission
and delivery of NAVE codes to Nielsen monitoring equipment.
Newly installed for competitive monitoring, the analog Observer system at Crown
Media will allow users to monitor multiple broadcasts, compare content, and archive
to local storage. Like the Observer TS system used in other departments, the
four-channel analog system will enable quick location of desired broadcast
material, creation of clips, and delivery to other users for review.