OSLO, NorwaySept. 16, 2010 — Bridge Technologies will host the first of its Train-the-Trainers courses to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, reflecting rapidly growing interest in digital media delivery across the region. The Bridgetech Academy series of training courses is designed to help digital and media TV operators understand and master monitoring and service quality control issues.

The course in Istanbul, to be held immediately following the IP&TV Forum Eastern Europe & EurAsia (Oct. 12-13), will place special emphasis on the relationship between MPEG-2 transport stream structure (PSI-SI) and the open industry standards ETSI ETR 101 290 and ETSI TS 102 034.

“The Bridge Technologies courses give engineers and system designers the best possible understanding of both the broadcast and IP domains, the interactions between them, and practical working skills for sophisticated monitoring with the comprehensive end-to-end VideoBRIDGE environment,” said course leader Randouth Tillery. “Real-world experience gathered over decades of digital media operation is distilled into an easy-to-understand form, so that attendees can develop sound knowledge and confidence in the technical issues.”

Developed in response to demand from digital media operators, the Bridge Technologies Academy provides technical personnel with the multidisciplinary operational expertise necessary for a complete understanding of the entire digital TV delivery chain and the VideoBRIDGE advanced monitoring environment.

The Bridgetech Academy is headed by Randouth Tillery, a veteran of digital and interactive TV operations management at Telenor, Zonavi, and Canal Digital. The courses draw on the expertise gathered by Bridge Technologies staff through decades at the front line of digital media development, and long experience of real-world commercial use of IP in broadcasting and interactive media delivery.

The courses are aimed at technical support engineers with some knowledge of IP and with either a broadcast or telco background. Course content will include:
• Fundamentals
• The transport stream, IP protocol stack
• IPTV protocol mappings
• Relevant standards, unicast vs. multicast, IGMP
• Digital TV measurement techniques
• General considerations, standards
• What to measure, where to measure
• Packet drops, packet jitter
• Common network problems, common video problems
• Case studies, inter-arrival time, jitter robustness
• Stuffed versus unstuffed streams
• The MediaWindow™
• Product training
• Probes, extractor, generator, VBC

For further details on course location and schedules, please contact Bridge Technologies by phone at +47 22 38 51 00 or by e-mail at training@bridgetech.tv.

The VideoBRIDGE system is the first true headend–to-set-top box monitoring solution available in the industry and includes a full range of IP probes for analysis at any point in the chain from satellite to set-top box. The award-winning VideoBRIDGE series of probes offers an innovative approach to monitoring and analysis of converging services employing stream-based IP packets. Compatible with all major stream-based industrial standards such as MPEG-2, H.264/AVC, and DVB/ATSC – ETSI TR 101 290, the VideoBRIDGE series offers a complete end-to-end system for the continuous quality assurance of a network. With full support of the innovative, patented MediaWindow, the VideoBRIDGE series is at the forefront of digital TV measurement, monitoring, and analysis technologies.

More information on this and other Bridge Technologies products is available at www.bridgetech.tv or by phone at +47 22 38 51 00.

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