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The "Multi-PID" project has developed and demonstrated a state-of-the-art system to allow multiple DVB broadcast satellite channels to be filtered, processed and monitored in order to supply content playout information to be reported back to the content owners.
The key issues for the project were:
Content owners are desperate to have an independent, fast and easy to use method of knowing when and where their products are being played on the main broadcast channels. Satellite potentially offers the most cost-effective and reliable solution to the broadcast monitoring needs, especially when compared with the enormous expense of rolling out a pan-European terrestrial monitoring network or the more traditional method of numerous lowly motivated students listening and recording airplays!
|The Multi-PID system comprises two main elements:|
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Monitoring and Reporting System
Once the watermarks have been inserted into the content at the production stage, the key task for the system is to monitor the broadcast of the content through the detection and processing of the watermarks within the broadcast streams.
The project was divided into a series of phases, culminating in a pilot trial involving content owners in a 'live' monitoring system:
The project commenced on October 2003 and was completed in April 2005. the project included an 8-month pilot trial of the monitoring service from August 2004 to April 2005.