Discovery to monitor U.S. satellite feeds with Volicon Observer

Observer enables performance validation for the Discovery Channel and its HD simulcasts.

Discovery Communications has installed the Volicon Observer media monitoring system to record and monitor broadcasts for all 18 Discovery feeds in the United States. By recording every transmission around the clock and providing operators with easy access to as-aired video, the Observer enables Discovery Communications to verify performance with clients and proactively diagnose technical issues.

Discovery has installed 28 SDI channels of the Observer at its technology center in Sterling, VA, as well as four Observer HD channels to record four newly launched HD simulcasts of Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet and The Science Channel. The Observer records the satellite downlinks of each channel as it airs, giving Discovery operators the ability to view the same content that its cable headends are receiving.

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