Volicon Ships More Than 500 Observer Channels

Volicon, a leading provider of media monitoring, recording, archiving, and streaming solutions, announced that the company has shipped more than 500 channels of its Observer desktop video-monitoring system since the product's introduction at NAB2005. The award-winning Observer system, which has earned prestigious industry awards including the NAB Award for Innovation in Media and the TV Technology STAR Award, has achieved strong acceptance by television networks, media and entertainment companies, cable MSOs, and the corporate and government sectors.

"In a very short period of time, our Observer desktop monitoring system has found strong endorsement by leading networks and media groups all over the world," said Russell Wise, vice president, worldwide sales at Volicon. "The unique functionality and dramatic workflow efficiencies offered by the Observer are difficult for broadcasters to ignore, and we feel that the rapid adoption and deployment of the Observer is the most telling proof of its value in a highly competitive marketplace."

Volicon's Observer desktop video-monitoring solution delivers the power to monitor, record, archive, and stream content from one to hundreds of channels to ordinary desktop computers, making content available on demand, live or archived, from any desktop. The Observer gives users total control, providing them with the ability to search, retrieve, view, analyze, annotate, share, and export video from any location using a Microsoft Internet Explorer-compatible interface. An intuitive Web-based GUI increases organizational efficiency by allowing mission-critical video broadcasts and analysis to be used as work material.

The unique functionality of the Observer system is popular with broadcasters because it adds value to a range of critical broadcast operations. The system does more than monitor for regulatory compliance and ad verification. The Observer allows users to ensure high-quality service through both local and remote channel monitoring. Broadcasters, media companies, and cable MSOs across the globe now use the Observer to capture and view multiple channels, monitor transmissions of multiple stations, and compare their programming to that of their competitors.

The system enables realtime searching of closed-caption text, even providing email alerts when tagged subjects or keywords are broadcast. Thus, captured media assets can be checked for quality assurance or used for correlative analysis alongside viewer ratings information. EPG (electronic program guide) data, as-run logs, and custom metadata can be linked to assets to improve workflow integration.

The export functionality of the Observer makes it easy for operators to share assets internally or repurpose them for external distribution via the Web or other platform. All of this functionality brings Observer users a new level of responsiveness in meeting the demands of viewers, regulatory agencies, and advertisers.

More information about the Observer and other Volicon solutions is available at www.volicon.com.