Neptun TV Expands and Equips for HD with PlayBox Technology

Thursday, April 3, 2014
PlayBox Technology announces the completion of a large system expansion at the headquarters of Romanian broadcaster Neptun TV. 
"PlayBox Technology has worked with us as a partner for many years and was there at every important step we made in developing our production and playout infrastructure," states Neptune TV's Executive Manager Dan Dumitru. "In our first few years of operation we have expanded our resources and our reach, opening a new studio in Bucharest and sourcing content from reporters in every major city in the country. 
"This latest upgrade will enable us to offer high-definition content delivery as part of our strategy of delivering the best possible content to maximise viewer’s attention. Many Romanian households now possess full 1080-line television receivers and can appreciate the high image detail HD offers compared with 625-line standard definition. This year we have made a new agreement with Playbox in changing all our playout and graphics machines to the latest versions. These give us greater efficiency, more storage capacity and very high reliability, enabling our production and presentation staff to work faster and with very high confidence."
"Neptun TV is an excellent example of a broadcaster promoting Romanian news and culture not just in its home country but worldwide," comments PlayBox Technology Sales Managing, Alexander Stoyanov. "Its efficiency, creativity and wide reach form a model which all broadcasters could usefully follow given the increasing mobility of television viewers beyond their birthplace. We are very pleased to have assisted in the success of Neptun TV's SD channel and to be supporting this latest expansion."
The PlayBox Technology installation includes five AirBox servers, two TitleBox servers, a 32 terabyte network-attached storage server plus minor third-party hardware such as file format converters and a Panasonic vision mixer. These have been integrated, with n+1 redundancy, into Neptun TV's Constanța headquarters and the Bucharest studio.
About Neptun TV
Located at the Black Sea coastal city of Constanţa, Neptun TV ( produces a wide range of programmes based around news, sports and entertainment. These are transmitted via Romania's terrestrial network, direct-to-home satellite, on cable and as a live internet stream. Neptun TV commenced terrestrial transmissions in 1995, augmented by direct-to-home satellite transmissions on AMOS 2 in 2007. Online internet streaming began in 2008. The channel is received by 80 per cent of Romanian households, including subscribers to RCS-RDS, UPC Romania, Next Gen, DCS and Dolce IPTV wired services. Neptun TV programme output includes five daily newscasts, live sports broadcasts and many studio-anchored programmes.