As a broadcaster you’re required to record and maintain records of aired programming for government regulators as well as for service level agreements (SLA). Qligent Vision helps you avoid fines and penalties by ensuring your broadcast content meets or exceeds all standards and regulatory requirements such as closed captions and audio loudness.

In the U.S., the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates radio, TV, wire, satellite and cable. Elsewhere, manufacturers and broadcasters have adopted the European Broadcast Union (EBU) Recommendation 128 (R128) to ensure consumers do not experience sudden changes in program loudness. France, Austria, Italy and Germany have added the EBU R128 to their national laws, therefore are able to enforce it.

  • Monitor Closed Captions and Audio Loudness

    The closed caption regulation allows for deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences to access programming with accurate, complete and synchronized text. The CALM (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation) Act of 2010 mandates that commercials are broadcast at the same audio level as the programs where they are inserted. The FCC monitors viewers’ complaints about loudness and will issue an inquiry when a station receives multiple complaints. The FCC has been shown to enforce closed captioning rules when it fined three Washington, DC stations. The network stations failed to provide adequate closed captioning or visual information during on-air thunderstorm and tornado warnings in May of 2004. Two were fined $16,000 and one was $8,000.

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  • Verify Emergency Alert System Usage

    Broadcasters are also required to provide an Emergency Alert System (EAS) comprised of unique tones, messaging and captions to inform the public about imminent threats and emergencies. Recording and archiving tools can help your organization verify compliance and avoid fines.

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  • Meet or Exceed External and Internal Standards

    Besides government regulations, your organization may have other compliance issues to address. Service level agreements (SLA) are an example of an external standard that you may need to meet. Your organization may also have internal standards for programming levels that you must meet or exceed. Once these policies are made, your logging and monitoring tool should be able to report on them.

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Comprehensive Compliance Monitoring Toolset

Qligent’s Vision comprehensive compliance monitoring toolset ensures your broadcast content meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements and other standards. Qligent Vision can be integrated into your existing operations with the added features of real-time alerts and actionable root-cause analysis so you can rapidly respond to issues. Vision provides recording and archiving tools for every feed you monitor, from OTA, cable, satellite, IPTV or OTT.