KVIE chooses Digital Nirvana's Monitor IQ

KVIE will use the system to monitor the ATSC “off-air” signals of its three DTV channels.
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KVIE, the PBS affiliate serving the Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto market, has chosen the Digital Nirvana Monitor IQ Broadcast Monitoring System (BMS) to perform quality control monitoring of its ATSC signals.

KVIE is the first PBS affiliate to adopt Digital Nirvana’s Monitor IQ for broadcast monitoring. The station placed its order for Monitor IQ Essentials in early June 2012. The system will be used to monitor the ATSC “off-air” signals of KVIE’s three DTV channels: KVIE 6.1 HDTV, KVIE2 6.2 and KVIE 6.3 VME — a Spanish language service.

Monitor IQ is a monitoring, logging, compliance and content republishing system for TV networks and stations. It combines the functionality of content recording (HD and SD in full resolution), content searching, retrieve and repurposing, Web publishing, signal monitoring, air-check logging, archiving, ad verification and tracking, and competitive analysis in a scalable networked appliance.

Monitor IQ is available in four packages — Starter, Essentials, Plus and Premier — making it affordable and suitable for virtually every broadcast customer. Monitor IQ Essentials, the package KVIE ordered, includes basic Starter features such as core logging functionality, plus FCC compliance monitoring and loudness monitoring.

KVIE’s goal is to ensure that it is broadcasting high-quality signals that comply with the intent and spirit of The CALM Act and other federal and FCC mandates, even though the loudness mandate does not directly apply to KVIE because it’s a public television station. Monitor IQ will also help the station monitor closed captioning, signal interruptions, PSIP, and the overall technical integrity of its ATSC signals. KVIE also ordered an optional feature for decoding and logging the Nielsen NAVE Watermark ID to verify its presence within their DTV signals. Watermark NAVE decoding is a standard feature in the Monitor IQ Plus version.

Based in Sacramento, KVIE reaches 1.4 million households in its 28-county coverage area via broadcast as well as cable and satellite service providers. In addition to carrying PBS network programming, KVIE also produces several of its own original series, including “Viewfinder,” which focuses on issues of interest to Northern California; Studio Sacramento, a public affairs program; and “America’s Heartland," about agriculture in America.