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ACTERNA has announced the DTS-200 MPEG-2 field instrument, developed for compressed digital network operators and MPEG-2 equipment manufacturers.

The DTS-200 combines ease-of-use with a modular architecture that supports a comprehensive range of test applications and a variety of signal interfaces.

The tester can be configured to meet changing testing needs as digital cable, satellite and terrestrial networks evolve.

The DTS-200 is a complete MPEG-2 field test tool, offering technicians the unique ability to capture, play and analyse MPEG-2 transport streams in the field, or remotely from the network operations center, to expedite trouble resolution.

An intuitive web-based client enables technicians to analyse incoming streams, play out known streams, simulate a multiplexer or headend, as well as inject errors to test at the headend or hub.

Its remote features allow digital engineers to support multiple sites centrally for improved network reliability and increased cost savings.

The analyser opens up the MPEG-2 stream, providing visibility to the multitude of program information tables as well as the ability to monitor data rate and bandwidth for each transport stream element.

Operators who may have been unable to view the compressed digital signals of their network can employ the DTS-200 to clearly see the contents of any section of the MPEG chain.

In addition to a stand-alone mode, the remote operation feature allows monitoring and analysis from any point on the network - from across the room or across the country. As a result, technicians can work from the lab or office rather than physically traveling to the trouble site.

As an event-based tool analyser, the DTS-200 can log over 200 informational and alarm events and trigger on events to capture stream samples or generate detailed reports.

In addition, it monitors stream performance against industry benchmarks, and allows the user full customisation so alarms and events are specific to individual operational needs.

The latest release in Acterna's digital broadcast test platform family of test and monitoring solutions, the DTS-200 features an innovative design that blends highly portable and even remote operation with a modular architecture to enable multiple system operators (MSOs) easy and cost-effective management of compressed digital signals.

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