Tektronix beefed up its line of waveform monitors and rasterizers with the WFM and WVR5250 models, the only products in their respective classes to offer HDMI-HDCP inputs that enable video providers to monitor the quality of the video and audio output of set-top boxes and Blu-ray players directly, it says. Such access is “essential for VSPs who are trying to objectively measure the customer QoE, and compliance to broadcast and regulatory standards as seen by their customers,” Tektronix adds. Cablecos and other VSPs can use the HDMI-HDCP connectivity of the WFM/WVR5250 to test new STB firmware releases in the lab and then diagnose interoperability issues, thus eliminating the need for dedicated HDMI protocol analyzers.
 
Harmonic enhanced its ProMedia suite of adaptive bit rate (ABR) offerings to include HEVC and Ultra HD support; increased synergy with the Harmonic MediaGrid shared storage system; and support for closed captioning, regional blackouts and Nielsen ID3 tagging.
 
— Interactive services provider Witbe launched a new Analytics Solution designed to give service providers and content owners full visibility and control when delivering video and applications-based services to any screen, including set-top boxes, PCs, smartphones, tablets and connected TVs. Its analytic portal leverages big-data technologies to capture metadata and to provide the kinds of information needed to operate, optimize and monetize multiscreen services, company literature notes.

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