ABS Chooses PlayBox Technology AirBox Neo for KBS-WATV

Friday, October 20, 2017

AirBox Neo from PlayBox Technology forms the core of a newly commissioned broadcast playout system for the Washington headquarters of KBS-WATV. The solution was designed, installed and configured in partnership with PlayBox Technology USA by Seattle-Tacoma-based Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS).

KBS-WATV, is a digital cable network broadcasting programming entity for the local Korean American community in Western Washington. An affiliate of KBS World, it offers a wide range of Korean programming with English subtitles plus, live coverage of Korean news 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Transmitting on Comcast 351, it also produces local news six days a week.

“This is the latest in a series of highly successful AirBox systems we have installed for US-based broadcast channels in recent years,” comments ABS CEO Mark Siegel. “PlayBox Technology spearheaded the successful implementation of IT-based automated scheduling and transmission systems and continues to be one of the leading companies in the playout sector. AirBox Neo is a success at every level, scalable from a single-channel station up to a multi-channel network, easy to install and very popular with station operators.”

“The AirBox Neo we have configured for KBS-WATV includes a TitleBox Neo graphic preparation station and ListBox Neo scheduler, all with full protection and fast switchover from main to backup. We have also supplied an eight-input Blackmagic multiviewer switcher and SNS media storage management. The entire system occupies a single rack in the KBS-WATV apparatus room and is operated from the channel’s production control suite where all available inputs and output channels can be monitored on one 55-inch display.”

“The ABS team has an excellent industry pedigree dating back to some of the founding giants of the broadcast industry,” adds PlayBox Technology USA Director of Operations Van Duke. “ABS has exactly the right mix of technical knowledge and conceptual agility necessary to deliver reliable and future-proof solutions for today’s IT-integrated broadcast media world. Future-proof means exactly that, giving each AirBox Neo broadcaster the ability to transmit in SD, HD, UHD or indeed all three from a single playout server.”

“My goal is to develop KBS-WATV into a stepping stone for the political and cultural growth of all minorities in Washington state by providing programming that includes English and Chinese subtitles for people who do not speak Korean,” says Chae Pak, CEO of KBS-WATV. “The channel’s coverage extends from Blaine in the northern end of Washington state to Chehalis, 50 miles north of Portland.”

Seeking out a vendor and integrator who understood KBS-WATV’s business model and needs was of the highest importance to KBS-WATV Chairman Robert Kim. “ABS and PlayBox Technology provided a critical piece of technology that connects KBS-WATV and our viewers. They are strong allies to us and enabled us to achieve our goal. PlayBox Technology’s 24/7 support was important for us as we just started our business. It has been a pleasure to work with them. Their support department has always provided prompt and friendly response to service requests and clearly communicated with us issues that needed immediate action.”

From single camera solutions to complete broadcast facilities, ABS (www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com) has been at the forefront in the design, integration and installation of digital and high definition television systems since 1992. ABS has taken the experience it acquired building broadcast facilities throughout the world and extended its reach to a broad range of audio and video design clientele. The company’s combined total of 250-plus years of experience provides ABS with unique buying power and extensive technical know-how.