The Digiturk project began almost exactly one year ago. Since then, as planned, Motive Television has delivered the components required on the headend and also the libraries needed to deliver the non-linear services on the STB.
On the headend, three installations have been completed along with the in-house installations of the servers at Casablanca and Barcelona. One installation is at Sagemcom at Rueil Malmaison in France which is being used to perform internal end-to-end tests with the STB by Sagemcom.
At Digiturk, a lab system has been set up to test the functionality before service launch and also for testing new features before they are launched. The production system is a replica of the lab system with a 100% redundant chain.
The lab system was installed, tested and accepted in Q2 2011 with the production system installed, tested and accepted in the beginning of Q3 2011. The acceptance tests included interfacing with 3rd party playout and automation systems, multiplexers and a CDN for delivering content over IP.
Internal tests are now ongoing at Sagemcom for testing the key linear & non-linear functionalities on the STB using the libraries provided by Motive Television.
In the coming weeks, Motive Television, Sagemcom and Digiturk plan the first end-to-end tests on-site at Digiturk in Istanbul. In these tests, the key non-linear functionalities are to be assessed – autorecording and PushVoD.
Once successful, the next phase of testing will include IP related functionality – adaptive streaming, PushVoD over IP and PullVoD using the Digiturk portal.