S3 Group Becomes the First to Market with Programmable Automated Test Solution for Connected TVs

News Type: Press Release

Wednesday 02 May 2012

Support for Unmodified Connected TVs Added to StormTest® Development Center

LONDON (CONNECTED TV SUMMIT),May 2, 2011 - S3 Group, a global enabler of the highest quality digital TV Content Delivery Platforms, has become the first company in the world to launch a programmable solution for automating the testing of unmodified Connected TVs.  Available immediately as part of S3 Group's flagship StormTest Development Center, the multi-platform, multi-device automated testing suite, provides enhancements that enable digital TV operators, broadcasters and vendors to improve the quality of their Connected TV applications and services.    As consumers continue to demand and expect support for these popular devices, it is necessary for operators and vendors to ensure their reliability within the Content Delivery Platform ecosystem. 

S3 Group's Connected TV test units can be added to any of the current StormTest Development Center models supporting the testing of 1, 4 or 16 units simultaneously by each system. Automated test scripts can be run on different sized Connected TVs up to and including 43in (106cm) without the need for modification of the TV set in any way.

"Until now, the testing of apps and services for Connected TVs has been restricted to slow and unreliable manual methods. With this latest addition to our StormTest suite, Connected TVs can now be tested using the same automated scripting and graphical test creation methods that are being used to test set-top boxes (STBs) and tablets. This enables operators and broadcasters to bring to market new services and apps for Connected TVs faster and more cost-effectively, safe in the knowledge that the Quality of Experience their customers expect is maintained on these new devices," said Ian Harris, Director of Product Marketing and Sales, TV Technology, S3 Group.

StormTest Development Center is used by more than 30 of the world's leading digital TV operators, broadcasters and vendors including: the BBC, MediaSet and Swisscom.  This product simulates customers' experiences and has been shown to reduce elapsed testing time in complex cases by up to 80 percent, while at the same time delivering better quality verification.  S3 Group's automated test solutions help to ensure that consumers experience a seamless service across a wealth of devices including: Connected TVs, tablets and set-top boxes.

For more information about StormTest Development Center, please visit http://bit.ly/iAVYES.

                                                                                                 

About S3 Group:
S3 Group helps digital TV companies develop and maintain the highest quality content delivery platforms. It is recognized as the world leader in system integration services and automated testing products which are deployed by engineering, supply chain and operations departments of operators and technology providers globally. Founded in 1986, S3 Group, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, focuses on three business areas: TV Technology, Semiconductor and Telehealth, and has development centers in Ireland, USA, Poland, Czech Republic and Portugal with sales offices and representatives worldwide. S3 Group is the proud winner of the prestigious Irish Software Exporter Award 2011 from the Irish Exporters Association (IEA). Visit www.s3group.com/tv-technology and www.twitter.com/S3Group_tvtech  for further information.

Contact:
Tracey Sheehy
Breakaway Communications for S3 Group
+1 212 616 6003
tsheehy(at)breakawaycom.com

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