Telos Systems announced pricing for its recently introduced Voltair Data Export Licenses, which allow users to access their station enhancement levels minute by minute.
The company is exhibiting its controversial Voltair watermark enhancement processor for the second spring here at the NAB Show. Now for a recurring fee, it says, broadcasters can obtain a more granular understanding of program confidence encoding in PPM. Telos had introduced this export option under a free evaluation license; that expires May 1. After that, a license through the end of this year costs $99 per unit, while the price for a 2017 license ordered this spring is $295 per box.
“In addition to simply watching the Voltair front panel’s screen and noting the areas that are and are not encoding via the color-coded indicators, Voltair keeps a history of its enhancement level minute-by-minute,” the company explains on its website. “With Voltair’s Data Export License, you can unlock and download this history in a color-coded spreadsheet for each broadcast day, with a confidence level for each minute of your programming. Programmers can then use this feature to identify the voices, commercials and songs that don’t encode well.”
The Telos website states that it has offered these licenses free for the past year “to determine their value and usefulness in the market. The response has been very positive.”
Telos has said that Voltairs are on the air in every PPM market, though it doesn’t publicize who uses it. According to the company's Geoff Steadman, more than 900 Voltairs have shipped.