SOURCE: S3 Group

S3 Group

September 08, 2011 01:00 ET

Mediaset Selects S3 Group for New Platform Validation

Leading Italian Operator Chooses StormTest™ Development Center as Automated Test Solution for Multiple Content Delivery Platforms

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - Sep 8, 2011) - IBC2011: Booth B23, Hall 3 -- S3 Group, a global enabler of the highest quality digital TV content delivery platforms, today announced that Mediaset, the largest commercial broadcaster in Italy, has chosen StormTest Development Center as their multi-platform test automation solution. This decision was made after a rigorous search for the best-of-breed testing products around the world. Of the global participants, Mediaset chose S3 Group due to its ability to deliver world-class automated test capabilities.

StormTest Development Center gives Mediaset the ability to accurately validate that the components in its content delivery platform, including set-top boxes (STBs), are ready for deployment. Mediaset recently began delivering services to additional devices such as Web-connected TVs, PCs, mobile phones and tablets, and selected S3 Group's solution and services to ensure these platforms were developed, deployed and operated successfully.

A special challenge for Mediaset was that it recently embarked on building its own branded STBs. Mediaset is among an elite set of operators that have taken on the challenge of developing its own STBs and determined that automated testing using the advanced, flexible StormTest Development Center met their requirements.

"It's an exciting time for Mediaset. The development of our own set-top boxes along with the new channels we're using to reach customers, such as over-the-top delivery, makes it more important than ever to ensure that our platforms are built, deployed and operating correctly -- and will continue to operate correctly -- over a long period of time," said Eugenio Pettazzi, CTO of Mediaset Premium. "With S3 Group's StormTest Development Center, we can ensure multiple devices are ready for deployment simultaneously and that each of our platforms meets the stringent quality criteria we set for our service."

StormTest Development Center allows automated testing to be executed efficiently and effectively across multiple devices and platforms. Each system will test up to 16 different devices simultaneously, each running different interactive applications and embedded firmware. StormTest Development Center can be integrated with the headend systems to provide end-to-end validation of the content delivery platform. StormTest Development Center's enterprise-class features include centralized resource management, where testing slots can be pooled across systems and sites, as well as centralized reporting and results management. The comprehensive capabilities of StormTest Development Center, coupled with S3 Group's professional services and integration team, has quickly been embraced by more than 20 of the world's leading digital TV operators and vendors.

"Mediaset has always been ahead of the technology curve. Today, it offers its subscriber base one of the region's widest array of delivery," said John O'Brien, CEO, S3 Group. "StormTest Development Center helps give Mediaset the assurance that each of these subscribers receives secure and accurate content, no matter the platform. Taking our learnings and expertise from around the world, we are excited to be assisting Mediaset in the expansion of their portfolio."

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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 and for further information.

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