upc cablecom Expands Multiscreen Test Automation to Connected TVs With S3 Group's StormTest(R) Development Center

upc cablecom Expands Multiscreen Test Automation to Connected TVs With S3 
Group's StormTest(R) Development Center 
DUBLIN, IRELAND -- (Marketwired) -- 07/15/13 --  S3 Group, an
international digital TV company that enables operators and
programmers to accelerate the end-to-end delivery of multiscreen TV,
today announced that upc cablecom, the Swiss operation of Liberty
Global, has extended its use of S3 Group's StormTest(R) Development
Center to include automated testing for Connected TVs. 
"Connected TVs are one element of upc cablecom's comprehensive
multiscreen offering. As web-based applications converge with TV
platforms, comprehensive and rigorous testing prior to service
roll-out is essential to delivering a quality experience. The ability
to extend our existing test platform with StormTest to include
Connected TVs allows us to adopt a uniform test environment across
any device or screen," said Claus Beck, Director of Engineering, upc
Connected TVs have rapidly become a mainstream product, with more
than a quarter of TVs shipped globally in 2012 being classified as
Smart TVs*. An attraction of a Connected TV set is access to
additional content, directly over the internet. Many TV operators
already support service delivery directly to the TV in addition to
intermediary devices such as Set-Top Boxes.  
"Delivering Connected TV applications that have broadly equivalent
functionality to traditional TV services requires additional
development and specialized testing. Automating the testing of these
applications, and bringing them into a common test environment with
other elements of a multiscreen service offering, enables the
delivery of new services faster and more cost-effectively," said John
Maguire, Director of Product Strategy, S3 Group.  
StormTest Development Center is the leading digital TV test
automation platform. It allows automated software testing to be
executed efficiently and effectively end-to-end, across multiple TV
platforms and is proven to reduce testing effort by up to 80 percent. 
*Source: IHS Screen Digest Research, February 2013 
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 i
mprove 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. Visit http://www.s3group.com/tv-technology
and http://www.twitter.com/S3Group_tvtech for further information. 
Tracey Sheehy 
Breakaway Communications for S3 Group
Ph. +1 212 616 6003
Email: tsheehy@breakawaycom.com 
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