SOURCE: S3 Group

S3 Group

September 10, 2012 03:00 ET

Sky Italia Extends Its Use of S3 Group's StormTest® and Teleplan's After Market Supply Chain Services

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - Sep 10, 2012) - IBC 2012 S3 Group, an international digital TV company that enables operators and programmers to accelerate the end-to-end delivery of multiscreen TV, and Teleplan, the global after-market service leader for electronic companies, today announced that Sky Italia has extended their after-market supply chain services relationship with Teleplan to include automated Set-top Box (STB) testing and screening using S3 Group's StormTest Decision Line.

Teleplan already provides testing, repair, refurbishment and spare parts management services to Sky Italia. Introduction of automated screening will enable the Teleplan solution to detect if STBs need to be repaired at the beginning of the service chain, ensuring maximum efficiency and reduced inventory needs.

Research conducted by S3 Group has shown that StormTest Decision Line can catch up to eight percent more faulty boxes than would be found by purely manual testing during device screening which results in massive operational cost savings and increased quality of outcome. As discussed in a recent whitepaper from S3 Group, StormTest Decision Line was developed specifically to deliver high quality industrial grade automated STB screening.

"We are delighted that Teleplan's end to end solutions are helping Sky Italia drive efficiency and cost savings while at the same time supporting Sky Italia's commitment to the environment. We highly value our expanding relationship with Sky Italia and are committed to finding innovative new ways to help them," said Patrick Ring, chief sales & marketing officer, Teleplan.

"We are thrilled that Sky Italia has extended their use of the StormTest platform into their STB screening process and we look forward to working closely with Teleplan to help deploy it successfully. As well as the immediate efficiency benefits of automated device screening, we believe that by having a common test automation platform in use in engineering, where new devices are designed, and in the supply chain, where devices are tested prior to re-issue to the field, Sky Italia will be able to gather important data to feed into their quality improvement initiatives," said John Maguire, director of Product Strategy, S3 Group.

About Sky Italia:

Sky Italia is the Italian pay TV platform wholly owned by News Corporation. Born in 2003, it rapidly grew reaching 4 million 900 thousands subscribers in June 2012. Sky currently offers more than 190 thematic and pay per view channels, with a rich offering of movies, sports, news, entertainment and kids programming. Sky was the first Italian television to broadcast in HD and live in 3D, and offers a pack of 52 HD channels and one channel entirely dedicated to 3D programs. Moreover, My Sky HD, the decoder with a built-in hard drive, makes it possible to easily record one's favorite programs and to use the Sky On Demand service, whereas with the Sky Go service subscribers can watch a selection of Sky's channels on tablets, PCs, Mac computers and iPhones.

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About S3 Group:

S3 Group accelerates the end-to-end delivery of multiscreen TV for digital TV programmers, operators, component vendors and managed service providers. We reduce time-to-market and improve quality for our customers as they launch and operate new products. We do this by providing solutions that combine system integration, test automation and advanced platform diagnostics, end-to-end across the content delivery chain. Founded in 1986, S3 Group, a multinational technology company, focuses on three business areas: TV Technology, Semiconductor and Telehealth, and has development centers and sales offices in Ireland, USA, Poland, Czech Republic and Portugal with representatives worldwide. S3 Group is the proud winner of the prestigious Irish Software Exporter Award 2011 from the Irish Exporters Association (IEA). Visit and for further information.

About Teleplan International N.V.:

Teleplan International N.V. is one of the top suppliers of high-tech integrated end-to-end aftermarket services and provides total lifecycle care solutions for the world of Computers, Communications and Consumer Electronics ("3Cs"). The lifecycle care concept ranges from simple repairs to the most sophisticated technological and electronic solutions. Headquartered in Amsterdam/Schiphol, the Netherlands, Teleplan currently operates from 24 sites in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia with approximately 5,600 employees.

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Contact Information

  • Contact for S3 Group:
    Tracey Sheehy
    Breakaway Communications for S3 Group

    Contact for Teleplan:
    Monika Collee
    Corporate Director Communications
    Teleplan International
    +31 6 1110 9049