Monday, November 3, 2014
Mongolian broadcaster, Mongol TV, has upgraded the PlayBox Technology system at its headquarters in the country's capital city. New playout servers and integrated software were installed by engineering staff from the PlayBox Technology Asia Pacific office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
"Two AirBox servers in master and reserve configuration have been performing successfully at Mongol TV right from the network's commencement in 2008," says Iulian Ionescu, Regional Sales Director at PlayBox Technology APAC. "These have been replaced with the latest versions which provide extra features such as automatic control over the on-air playlist. This is particularly appreciated by the station's staff as it reduces the level of human intervention required.
"The system integrated into Mongol TV also includes PlayBox Technology Back-Up Manager which performs automatic switchover in the event of any failure in the primary server. The AirBox servers cache content from a large external server. The system is housed in the technical area and drives a newly-installed router.
"These latest AirBox servers were chosen on the basis of Mongol TV's excellent experience with the existing PlayBox Technology installation and our ability to provide local training plus fast and effective technical support."
The PlayBox Technology AirBox is a content playout and streaming capable of operating both in standard definition and high definition. Designed for 24/7 unattended operation, it can be connected easily to third-party devices. AirBox supports MPEG1/2/H.264, HDV and DV streams from practically any production platform capable of providing AVI, MPEG, MXF, QuickTime or WMV content. Files from third-party servers such as Leitch or Seachange are natively supported.
A new feature integrated into the system at Mongol TV is AirBox MPO (Multi Parallel Output) which can be used to deliver HD-SDI, SD-SDI (with realtime rescaling) and IP streaming, or (for example) output H.264 (MPEG-4) plus MPEG-2 at the same time.
Changes to the AirBox playlist can be made while on-air session. Every listed clip except the one which is currently playing can be trimmed, edited or repositioned. Playlist order can be changed on-the-fly with commands such as skip-to-next or jump. Order changes are performed seamlessly without interrupting the current playout session. Live productions are controlled via a Live Show Clipboard which allows insertion and/or execution of various events or live streams.
Established in 2008, Mongol TV (http://mongoltv.mn) produces a wide range of programmes which are delivered in 1080i high definition via APSTAR satellite which DDish network. These are accessible across throughout Mongolia and in adjacent countries such as China, India, Kazakhstan, Korea and Russia. Mongol TV also broadcasts in 576i PAL from a terrestrial transmitter on the Chingeltei mountain overlooking Ulaanbaatar. The city is home to about 45 per cent of the country's population. Programme output is based on a mix of 70 per cent nationally produced and 30 per cent internationally sourced content.