Viewsat, one of the world's fastest-growing providers of broadcast transmission services, has expanded all 140 of its PlayBox Technology playout systems to latest generation AirBox Neo. Based in Guildford, UK, Viewsat was established with an initial focus on Sub-Sarahan Africa and today supports customers in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North America and across the African continent.
"AirBox has powered our playout activity very successfully right from our commencement 11 years ago," says Viewsat CEO Awaes Jaswal. "Being a fully modular system, it enabled us to expand on a channel by channel basis. By 2012 we were broadcasting 80 channels and that has since risen to 140. At times we have been adding extra PlayBox Technology playout servers on an almost monthly basis. The PlayBox Technology user interface is very straightforward which makes AirBox and the new Neo upgrade very popular with our operators and with our customers. Its logical control and information presentation also make operator training easy which is a very important factor. We also appreciate the fast delivery PlayBox Technology is able to offer, sometimes as little as a week to get a new server delivered. AirBox Neo adds a lot of extra features including the ability to support UHD playout as and when customers want to introduce 4K channels. Most of our clients are currently operating in HD. Each of our playout servers is equipped with a PlayBox Technology TitleBox interactive graphics and character generation, also now upgraded to the Neo version which makes the whole process of channel branding faster, easier and more flexible than before. Our schedulers also appreciate the extended feature set of ListBox Neo which is used for scheduling programmes and interstitials."
"PlayBox Technology enables Viewsat to provide secure and easy-to-use playout as a service", adds PlayBox Technology Director of Solution Sales Ananth Sam. "The Viewsat transmission platform includes ingest, TitleBox Neo graphics and AirBox Neo playout of 140 channels with modular expansion capabilities to facilitate additional channels in the future. We look forward to working with them as this system expands and on future projects."
"Viewsat is a very good example of an efficient playout service provider making good use of the channel-in-a-box concept which we have advocated for many years," adds PlayBox Technology President Don Ash. "The combination of an intuitive user interface, easy expandability and a future-proof post-installation support service have enabled us to maintain the AirBox product family as the world's most in-demand channel branding and broadcast playout solution. The Neo series has carried AirBox to a new level of operational flexibility and technical excellence."
Viewsat (www.viewsat.eu) was established in 2006 to meet the demand for a reliable, cost-effective private broadcast service in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the absence of such a service, private broadcasters had no outlet for their programmes. Headquartered in the UK, Viewsat operates a series of satellite broadcasting and OTT streaming platforms, supplemented by a dedicated fiber network, teleports and playout centre to provide a high-quality infrastructure for customers’ digital broadcasting.
In establishing a leading position on the continent, Viewsat developed a reputation for real insight and understanding of the local markets and for identifying and responding to the individual needs of customers. The company also developed expertise in tailoring the right solution to new entrants to broadcasting and sharing with them the benefit of its knowledge and experience. This in-depth knowledge combined with the very best products and tailored solutions has seen the business continue to follow an impressive growth curve.