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MonitorIQ 5.0’s New Multi-View Monitoring Function

The latest MonitorIQ media management platform, version 5.0, incorporates many features that were created in response to user feedback, including its multi-view monitoring capability.

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Broadcasters monitor several channels simultaneously in the course of their daily operations. Of course, scrolling back and forth between channels is cumbersome. So, we’ve incorporated multi-view functionality for easy viewing of multiple channels at once. There are a few ways that users can take advantage of MonitorIQ’s multi-view option:

The first way to access the multi-view capability is through the user’s ‘Monitor’ page – which displays thumbnail screens of HD or SD channels. A customer can use this feature to view all channels at once. MonitorIQ Version 5 enables a consolidated view of all services currently being monitored by the media management platform. This screen will show alerts of any broadcasting errors that the platform finds, enabling quick and easy problem identification. The ‘Monitor’ page is bandwidth and processing efficient, providing thumbnails to give the operator visual confidence that the platform is monitoring all channels efficiently.

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Visit Us at NAB Show New York

Next month at NAB Show New York, Digital Nirvana will showcase its newest solutions in Booth #732. The show takes places November 9-10 at the Javits Convention Center, and we’d love to see you there! Here’s a peek at what we’ll be displaying in our booth:

We’ll showcase Version 5.0 of our MonitorIQ media management platform, which features cloud-based recording and OTT stream monitoring functions, as well as HTML5 and HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) support. It also incorporates the ability to record from Matrox’s Monarch HDX streaming appliance and includes a new, user-friendly interface. MonitorIQ delivers a full range of multi-channel signal monitoring, logging, compliance and archiving functions.

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Why a Disaster Recovery Solution is a Wise Investment for Broadcasters

It’s important to have a back-up plan for when the unexpected occurs. As a broadcaster, having a Plan B could make all of the difference to your operations if disaster strikes. Introduced earlier this year, our transport stream recording solution, CAR/TS (Capture, Analyze, Replay Transport Stream), includes a disaster recovery feature for keeping a broadcaster’s signal on-air with recorded content.

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With it, every call letter TV station or network can have a disaster contingency solution at a low cost. CAR/TS users are protected from ever being off-air in any type of event that could disrupt the broadcast chain – including a failure within the broadcast workflow or a natural disaster in the area that jeopardizes the broadcast facility.

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Digital Nirvana’s New Partnership with L.S. Enroth

We’re proud to announce that Digital Nirvana has formed a new partnership with L.S. Enroth & Associates. The California-based firm is now acting as a manufacturer representative for our company in the Southwestern region of the U.S., including Southern California, Southern Nevada and the entire state of Arizona.

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Larry Enroth

Larry Enroth, founder of L.S. Enroth, said, “Technical innovation and outstanding service are the attributes that attracted me to forming a partnership with Digital Nirvana. As broadcasters, media companies, and content providers look to better manage and repurpose media content, there are requirements to provide content analysis and meet FCC guidelines. Digital Nirvana offers effective tools to handle these challenges, and I’m looking forward to offering their products in the region and expanding their customer opportunities.”

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Our New Transport Stream Recorder, CAR/TS

Recently Digital Nirvana introduced a transport stream digital recorder, available as a standalone product and included within the MonitorIQ media management platform. Named CAR/TS – for Capture, Analyze, Replay Transport Stream – this new platform records and monitors the transport stream and provides alerts on non-compliance as well as the capability to cut segments and export sections of the transport stream for more detailed analysis.

CAR/TS offers time-shifted playout for multiple time zone broadcasts. It’s also a cost-effective disaster recovery solution,  keeping a broadcaster’s signal on-air with recorded content in case of a broadcast chain failure.

Check out this video of Digital Nirvana’s Director of Sales, Dan Wasilko, talking about CAR/TS from the NAB 2016 show floor:


What’s New for Digital Nirvana in 2016?

We’re halfway through the year, and here at Digital Nirvana, we’ve announced a number of exciting new offerings in 2016. Check out this video from the NAB show floor earlier this year of our Director of Sales, Dan Wasilko, talking about these new company offerings:

One new initiative is our “Buy-Back” program, which allows those using a competitive compliance monitoring and recording system the opportunity to upgrade it to a new, feature-rich MonitorIQ media management platform.

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Digital Nirvana’s Sponsorship at the 2016 AMEC Summit

The 2016 International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) Summit takes place later this week, June 15-16 in London, and Digital Nirvana will be a Summit Sponsor of the event.

AMEC is the growing global trade body and professional institute for agencies and practitioners who provide media evaluation and communication research, and here at Digital Nirvana, we’re looking forward to the conference. Every time we attend AMEC, we gain a deeper understanding of the pain points for media monitoring & measurement. It helps us to better customize our services to address those challenges.

At the show, we’ll demonstrate services for media analysis, media content management, news report generation, broadcast news summarization, and transcription at the show. As an end-to-end service provider specializing in TV, Radio, and Print content acquisition, media analysis, and custom reporting for media monitoring companies, AMEC is a great event for us to show off our solutions. Our solutions incorporate both content acquisition and content processing, including: monitoring and recording the content, automatically transcribing and translating the content, identifying key words for search, coding and analysis, report generation, and alert set-up.

Learn more about AMEC’s International Summit here.

The Advantages of Using a Media Monitoring Solution with CableCARD Technology

In today’s digital world, broadcasters and content creators must share relevant, timely social media content to stay engaged with their audiences. To do that, media access and program recording with high-powered performance and efficiency is necessary. mediapro NAB 2014 no logoIdeally that process should be incorporated into an existing workflow, and here at Digital Nirvana, we’ve built that capability right into our monitoring system with our CableCARD technology.

CableCARD technology allows users to to easily access and record programming from cable networks and local broadcasters with direct feeds from the cable service provider without using a set top box. One cable card can record up to six channels simultaneously, and customers can change channels manually or automatically to record specific programming using the MonitorIQ Program Guide.

This technology allows for users to record and share content with greater ease. Other benefits include cost efficiency and an effective use of space. To read more about our CableCARD technology, check out our newly published application brief here.

Missed Us at NAB? See What We Showcased!

Digital Nirvana was busy at last month’s NAB Show in Las Vegas! We thank all of nab-show-logothose who stopped by our booth to visit the Digital Nirvana team and learn more about our media management solutions. For those of you who missed us at the conference, here’s a rundown of the new technologies that we showcased in our booth:

We introduced the latest version of our MonitorIQ
media management platform. Delivering a full range of multi-channel signal monitoring, logging, and compliance and archiving functions, MonitorIQ Version 5.0 includes:

  • An easy-to-use interface for faster content searching and retrieval
  • Cloud-based recording and OTT stream monitoring
  • HTML5 and HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) support, enabling users to browse and view content seamlessly across multiple platforms – including all standard desktop browsers and mobile device operating systems
  • The ability to record from Matrox’s Monarch HDX streaming appliance
  • The availability as a SaaS model that can record and monitor IP-based streams in a virtual machine

Find out more about MonitorIQ Version 5.0 here.

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Introducing Our New Closed Captioning Services

At the upcoming NAB Show, Digital Nirvana will introduce its new closed captioning services for broadcast and online videos. This service includes post-production roll-up and pop-on captioning services for all technology platforms, as well as caption synchronization and conversion to an IP format from broadcast or vice versa.

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Our closed captioning services can handle multiple SD and HD video formats and a wide range of caption file formats. It utilizes in-house encoding to provide tailor-made solutions for each customer, including ready-to-air captioned videos. Our enterprise-level workflow has checkpoints to ensure content and caption quality along with industry compliance.

Come visit us at the show in Booth #SU10410 to learn more about our closed captioning services and other new broadcast offerings. Visit our recent news page to find out more about our latest announcements.


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