Broadcast Asia 2011 Products Overview

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

PlayBox Technology at Broadcast Asia 2011 – PREVIEW
21-24 June 2011, Suntec, Singapore – Stand: 4S2-06

London, 31 May 2011 – PlayBox Technology, the #1 international TV Channel-in-a-Box manufacturer with over 9,500 playout and branding channels worldwide, is presenting its latest products at Broadcast Asia 2011. New products for BA 2011 include Multi-Channel-in-a-Box with two or more channels in a single server, TimeShiftBox HD for high definition programme delays and QCBox that checks the media integrity to assure reliable playout.

Multi-Channel-in-a-Box

PlayBox Technology’s new multichannel solution allows running two or more channels per box by using the latest advances in IT hardware. This is in line with the company’s policy of using the latest technology advances to offer the best value for money for broadcasters, while also reducing overheads, including power and real estate.

Multichannel configurations are available for three products; AirBox playout, CaptureBox ingest and TitleBox CG and interactive graphics. These can accept or deliver up to four channels of SD or two channels of HD video and audio within a one-box package. "The launch of Multi-Channel-in-a-Box is a critical milestone in meeting the broadcast industry’s requirements in many markets around the world”, said Pavlin Rahnev, Director, Solution Sales. “Running multiple channels on a proven platform further expands our ability to bring greater cost effectiveness to our customers in an integrated and scalable platform. This will result in better efficiency while maintaining our high reliability.”

TimeShiftBox for HD

TimeShiftBox HD, which complements the existing TimeShiftBox SD, is a one-box time-shift solution that provides accurate programme time delays from one minute to a week or more and fulfils all programme time delay requirements. TimeShiftBox HD also includes logo insertion as standard. As an option TitleBox can be added to offer full interactive CG, text and graphics keyed over the time-shifted video.

TimeShiftBox HD is available as a complete turnkey solution for single-channel or multichannel HD SDI/SD SDI. The menu offers straightforward operation, making time delays easy to set up and to use. Other functions are fully automated and require no user intervention. Full support of all types of embedded audio including Dolby Digital and Dolby-E is also supplied, and any VANC data is preserved and included in the time-shifted programme output.

QC in a Box

QCBox analyses the relevant media files in a playlist, folder or selected files. Its basic tests include checking for the correct duration, continuity (no missing or overlapped frames), blocking, frozen and black frames as well as audio tests, including loudness and audio levels. All test results are stored in a metadata file that accompanies the media file. Then, prior to the file’s subsequent playout by an AirBox server, the server reads the QC metadata and may be configured to skip, show a warning before playing, or play the file depending on the quality results. In addition the audio data from QCBox can be used for audio level control.

Krasimir Dachev, CTO, PlayBox Technology comments, “QCBox reflects the confidence our customers have in us to partner with them and build the playout systems they want. They wanted quality control included within their playout, and here it is, fully integrated into the systems, adding zero space and running without the need of human intervention.”

About PlayBox Technology

PlayBox Technology is an international communications and information technology company serving the broadcast, corporate and digital signage markets in more than 120 countries. It is dedicated to the research, design, development and provision of the best products, systems, solutions, and services. With over 9,500 TV and branding channels powered by PlayBox Technology, chances are you have experienced our broadcast solutions for yourself. PlayBox Technology users cover a wide range of today’s broadcast activities and include start-up TV channels, webcasters, DVB (IP/ASI) TV channels, interactive TV and music channels, film channels, remote TV channels and disaster recovery channels as well as satellite, local, regional, national and international broadcasters.