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Actus Digital Unveils OTT StreamWatch

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Actus Digital has unveiled OTT StreamWatch, its new SaaS/on-prem product that provides 24/7 quality assurance, compliance logging, OTT stream monitoring, and aircheck recording of native HLS and other OTT ABR (Adaptive Bitrate) streams.

It is the first product that makes it economically feasible to monitor FAST, IPTV and OTT streaming channels throughout the entire workflow.

Actus OTT StreamWatch analyses OTT content at the manifest level, at the encryption level, and at the HTTP level. It displays QoS information clearly so users can evaluate bandwidth usage, streaming media download times, and buffering issues within OTT streams. It also summarizes the data so operators can recognize and address potential issues before they impact viewer quality.

Live OTT video streams can be displayed on multiviewers (of one or many workflow probe-points) highlighting affected renditions/probe-points as issues occur. Email/SMS/SNMP and other notifications can be sent when alert parameters are violated for QoE issues, including missing/frozen video, audio too low/too high/missing, missing captions/subtitles. Log entries are made and notifications can be sent to alert engineers to QoS issues also, including errors with Media HTTP, Media Decryption, Manifest HTTP, Manifest Parsing, SCTE Parsing, and Missing SCTE.

"OTT StreamWatch will disrupt the OTT Quality Assurance market," said Ken Rubin, Actus Digital Senior Vice President. "It addresses OTT quality issues that lead to viewer churn and loss of revenue with a unique combination of features and benefits that have never been combined within one product before – at a price well below what the combined products would cost to deliver similar benefits."

SVP Rubin continued: "The market needed a comprehensive OTT quality assurance solution that is affordable to OTT content owners, streaming companies, and service providers of all sizes. We’ve taken the feedback from our customers and incorporated their requests into the design of OTT StreamWatch."

Key Features include:
• Supports native-HLS, MPEG DASH, CMAF
• Intuitive GUI handles hundreds of OTT channels or probe-points
• Unlimited, easily-customizable multiviewers for visibility of live streams
• Define and manage parameters for QoE and QoS alert notifications
• Single dashboard for identification of QoE, QoS, SCTE, and other issues
• Zoom from all daily HLS network activity to individual HTTP/network requests
• Reports with comprehensive insights and link to video recordings from any timecode
• Integrates with traditional broadcast formats to combine OTT with OTA on one platform
• Advanced clipping for collaboration, compliance, and repurposing

OTT StreamWatch can be purchased as a turnkey system with perpetual software licenses or as a SaaS solution on AWS, any public cloud, or a customer’s Virtual Machine infrastructure/private cloud.

Adding OTT StreamWatch to a new or existing Actus Intelligent Monitoring Platform installation, provides one interface for both professional Transport Stream OTA Quality Assurance (QA) and compliance as well as HLS and other formats of OTT QA and compliance.

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