S3 Group Supports Canoe Ventures’ National ITV Services

News Type: Press Release

Monday 08 August 2011

StormTest Development Center Enables Automated Testing of All Available US Set-Top Boxes

DUBLIN, Ireland – August 8, 2011 – S3 Group, a global enabler of the highest quality digital TV content delivery platforms, today announced Canoe Ventures has selected its StormTest™ Development Center as the automated testing solution for Canoe’s national deployment of Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format (EBIF) enabled ITV applications. With StormTest Development Center, Canoe Ventures now has the ability to test multiple set-top boxes (STBs), from multiple vendors, across different operator networks seamlessly, and from one single testing platform. 

Canoe Ventures, the advanced television joint venture of the nation’s leading cable companies, has built the nation’s largest national ITV platform which today reaches more than 20 million advanced-use, digital cable households. Canoe is growing its ITV footprint rapidly and is also developing new interactive EBIF applications that can be deployed nationally. The testing and validation required for this – across multiple platforms, operators and geographies – is extensive, and requires the support of a solution that ensures the consistent performance of these applications in different environments. 

“Canoe is committed to delivering the highest quality ITV experiences to viewers, networks, advertisers and cable distributors. This requires accuracy, consistency and trustworthy performance,” said Tom Huber, Vice President of Release Engineering, Canoe Ventures. “We compared several automated testing solutions before selecting S3 Group. S3 Group and its StormTest Development Center are best suited for our complex environment, including the testing of multiple MSO set-top boxes in market and available today. We determined that its ability to support multiple devices and operator footprints, combined with the professional services available from the S3 Group team, made them the right choice for automated testing at Canoe.”

StormTest Development Center has been chosen by more than 20 of the world’s leading digital TV operators, broadcasters and vendors. It allows automated testing to be carried out more efficiently and effectively by testing multiple devices for interactive applications, embedded firmware and digital TV solutions simultaneously. The solution boasts enterprise features such as centralized resource management, where testing slots can be pooled across systems and sites, as well as centralized reporting and results management.

“Through Canoe Ventures, the cable industry has made national ITV a reality. To facilitate the scaling of their platform, the need for robust testing is essential and we are honored that they have entrusted S3 Group to help ensure that their deployments are always successful,” said John O’Brien, CEO, S3 Group. “Our goal with the launch of StormTest Development Center is to provide operators and other platform providers with the ability to effectively and efficiently test and validate any platform to which they deliver content. Implementing this at a national scale in the US is one of our largest endeavors, and one which we are excited to continue enhancing.”

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

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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, has development centers in Ireland, USA, Poland, Czech Republic and Portugal with sales offices and representatives worldwide. Visit www.s3group.com/tv-technology and www.twitter.com/S3Group_TVTech for further information.

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

 

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