Kantar watermarking for streaming - How does it work

Updated 8 months ago by Bryan Jones


This document covers Kantar watermark setup for the Z/IP Stream X/2 and 9/X2 streaming software and the Z/IP Stream R/2 and 9R/2 hardware encoder.

Required versions

Note that specific versions are certified for use with Kantar and may NOT be the most current version of the software. Please make sure you are using the proper version of software for your platform

As of this writing;

Other versions are available for both platforms and may work, however, only the versions noted here are officially certified by Kantar Media


Make sure you received and properly activated your Kantar watermark license for your Z/IP Stream. One license is required for each Kantar watermarked stream that you want to create. A properly activated license will look like this.

If you do not have Kantar licenses, please contact your Telos dealer to obtain them.

You will see a notification as part of the setup about NTP time adjustment; however, it's worth noting here that the Watermarking engine requires the system time to be adjusted NOT MORE than four times per day. Each platform (hardware or software) will give you specific instructions relating to this.

Setting up a Kantar watermark stream is a two-step process;

Assumptions are made that you have installed and properly licensed you Z/IP Stream and that you have followed the instructions for adding an Audio Source.
Create a Processed Audio Source
  1. From the Main configuration interface click +NEW
  1. Chose + Processed or Watermarked Audio source instance
  1. Assign a name (for example WXYZ Processed)
  2. Pick the primary source of audio you created during your initial setup (Country in our case)
  3. Pick your Processing source (We have chosen Omnia 9 for our example
Omnia 9 is a separate license and may or not be available in your installation.
  1. If you decided on Omnia 3, you must pick a processing preset as well.

Here is our completed example.

  1. Click Save

You should now see a processing instance on your main page. Start it and confirm that you have audio levels.

This processing instance will now appear as a new source of audio, which we will use in the next step.

Create a new Watermarked Audio Source
  1. Click on the +New button from the main screen. (same as the first step)
  2. Chose + Processed or Watermarked Audio source instance. (also the same as the first step)
  3. Assign a name. (for this example we'll use WXYZ Kantar)
  4. From the Audio Source drop-down list, pick the Processed Audio source that we created in the previous step.
  1. From the Processing drop-down, select Kantar Watermarking.
  1. Click on Generate Authorization Code
  2. Click on Download Authorization Code

You will need to complete the remaining steps as part of your Kantar licensing process. Use the downloaded authorization code to obtain your remaining licenses from Kantar Media.

Come back to this screen and upload your Watermarking and Audience License to complete the setup.

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