PlayBox Technology Neo Powers LCI

Friday, February 17, 2017

Ontario, Canada: Lorac Communications Incorporated (LCI), one of the leading telecommunication service providers in the Caribbean and Latin America, has chosen PlayBox Technology Neo as the core of a new broadcast playout system. It includes two AirBox Neo servers configured to handle three of its managed cable channels for viewers in the Caribbean & Latin America.

"This investment forms part of a major upgrade to our technical infrastructure," comments LCI founder and president Tony Marchand. "We talked with key suppliers at the NAB Convention in April 2016, including a lengthy discussion with PlayBox Technology. The versatility and efficiency of AirBox Neo matched our requirements very closely. It also looked, and indeed proved, easy to install and highly operator-friendly.  Further deciding features were the very advanced graphic overlay capabilities provided by the TitleBox Neo module and the flexibility of the ListBox Neo scheduler. We also ordered and installed two SafeBox Neo file storage modules which ensure safe playout by replicating remote content to local playout server folders prior to transmission. Our engineers performed the installation themselves and our operators found the system very intuitive to drive without need for formal training. In ergonomic terms, that's as good as it gets."

 

"Lorac have proved highly knowledgeable and efficient clients to work," adds PlayBox Technology USA sales manager Van Duke. "The speed with which they were up and running speak very well both of their technical and operational capabilities and those of our own software and hardware developers."

"Demand for Neo solutions is running at a very high level both among existing AirBox system users upgrading to the latest product series and among first-time users. Van Duke is doing an excellent job in the North American market and we note the continuing excellence of NAB Las Vegas as a place to meet customers."

AirBox Neo adds UHD capabilities to the core PlayBox Technology content playout system which now supports UHD, HD and SD in single server. Recent enhancements include a streaming input supporting HTTP, HTTP Secure, UDP, RTMP, MMS, MMSH and YouTube. RTMP Streaming Output improvements have also been added, allowing easy web streaming. A virtual output supports multiple instances. Third-party product support was recently extended to Ross NK series routers and the Horita TR-100 timecode reader. Timecode can now be applied to MOV files. Multiple DeckLink cards can be used for multi-channel ad insertion. Enhancements have also been made to the clip trimmer and audio level control. AirBox Neo is designed for 24/7 unattended operation. It can also be operated manually, including the ability to handle live-to-air throughput.

TitleBox Neo provides a wide range of interactive on-air graphics and titling capabilities which can be manipulated live. It includes substantial improvements for dealing with UHD projects as well as supporting HD and SD operation. A new API plug-in has been produced for use by PlayBox Technology development partners, allowing easy interfacing to third-party software devices. Improvements have also been made in dealing with ODBC data providers and RSS feeds. The TitleBox feature set includes horizontal crawling text, vertically rolling credits and messages, still and animated logo graphics, analogue and digital clocks, banner slideshows and chat text with automated horizontal or vertical scrolling. Among the additional creative facilities are pre-constructed graphic components, video resizing (from live source or file), window-style display and website content ingest.

ListBox Neo enables programme editors to create and edit schedules days or weeks in advance of transmission. It provides facilities such as text searching, clips copying/pasting and schedule printing. ListBox Neo also has a clip trimmer for simple programme editing. No special server or hardware is required. ListBox Neo runs flawlessly even on a notebook, even with software-based trimming and previewing.

SafeBox Neo replicates remote content to local playout server folders for safe transmission. The workflow routine protects content being overwritten. Expired daily schedule content is automatically deleted or moved to a predefined folder for manual deletion or archiving. Deletion can be performed automatically or by manual approval of deletion lists. Files can also be assigned specific protection to prevent removal from network sources. SafeBox Neo can be operated in playlist-dependent or stand-alone mode.

Lorac Communications Incorporated

Lorac Communications Incorporated (www.lorac.co) is the video entertainment transport specialist providing solutions to the Americas and around the world for over two decades. We successfully meet the diverse needs of television distribution operators of all sizes as well as broadcasters needing to extend their reach. Lorac leverages the latest video transport technologies to insure the highest possible quality of service for its target markets. Lorac reaches virtually every video distribution company in the Americas. This vast breadth of experience in video transport has provided Lorac with the background and opportunity to expand its expertise in production and technical services. Lorac’s success formula is listening to the needs of its customers and delivering economically viable and targeted solutions.