ARD-Sternpunkte Selects Dimetis-GmbH for new DVB Head End

Comprehensive Dimetis BOSS© Platform & Turnkey System Integration Services ensure highest quality delivery of channel programming to German cable operators
(PresseBox) (Dietzenbach, ) Dimetis GmbH, an international Systems Integrator and OSS supplier to world-class Broadcasters, Cable Operators, and Media Carriers, has been awarded an order from ARD-Sternpunkte for a new DVB Cable Television Head End. Three different bouquets of public ARD content will be supplied to German cable operators through approximately 75 video and 120 audio channels.

Dimetis will be supplying its full turnkey system integration servcies from initial design through installation, as well as numerous products in its Dimetis BOSS© (Broadcast OSS) platform, including: BROADCAST Manager, STREAM Viewer, STREAM Recorder and BROADCAST NetView 1000. All Dimetis BOSS software products are designed as modular, scaleable packages, capable of supporting essentially all DVB operational needs and requirements.

Already in use throughout ARD’s Broadcasting Group, Dimetis BOSS BROADCAST Manager configures, controls and monitors all devices and services -regardless of manufacturer- within a broadcast/head-end facility, collecting status and operational information. It displays the entire signal flow through one unique, centralized graphical user interface, simplifying operations and reducing costs. Upon detection of operational problems, immediate error correlation can be performed to isolate the root cause fault and initiate corrective action.

Communicating with Dimetis BOSS BROADCAST Manager, STREAM Recorder and STREAM Viewer monitor IP-based DVB transport streams for TR101/ETR 290 compliance as well as for certain MPEG content anomalies (e.g. black frame, freeze frame and audio loss). STREAM Viewer decodes and displays multiple video streams along with audio bar graphs on a configurable viewing screen layout while STREAM Recorder monitors signal integrity based on various programmed criteria. Faulty streams can be instantly identified, recorded for review/archival purposes, and reported up to BOSS BROADCAST Manager.

Additionally, ARD’s outside IP distribution network will utilize Dimetis BOSS BROADCAST NetView 1000 monitoring software. In conjunction with strategically placed 3rd party hardware probes, various network level parameters (e.g. MDI-Media Delivery Index) will be monitored. Integrated communication with BROADCAST Manager ensures a tightly coupled system where quality of service and experience is optimized across the entire network.

Commented Stephen Wagner (General Manager ARD-Sternpunkte), “ARD is pleased with the Dimetis BOSS platform as it provides us with a comprehensive, network-wide management system for our needs today as well as the flexible, open-architecture to support those of tomorrow. Additionally, Dimetis has a very strong reputation and track record in DVB system integration/project management.“

Concluded Willibald Striegl, Dimetis Vice President of Sales and Marketing, “We’re honored to be selected by ARD-Sternpunkte for their new Head-End facility. The unique Dimetis combination of DVB industry experience, system integration capabilities, and Dimetis BOSS management products provides an exceptional value propostion that sets us apart in the marketplace.“


About ARD Sternpunkte

Headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, the ARD-Sternpunkte, a common facility of the ARD broadcaster group, is the production centre of the prime TV programme of the ARD “Das Erste” and responsible for the distribution of “Das Erste” and other programmes of the ARD broadcaster group via satellite and cable networks, but also DVB-H and DMB. Managing ARD`s core backbone network it takes responsibility for the TV and Radio programme exchange between the members of ARD and their communication and data requirements. ARD-Sternpunkte also houses the international control room for all international TV and Radio traffic to and from the members. In close cooperation with Eurovision and Euroradio it also manages a major node in Eurovisions satellite and fibre optic network.

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