Monday, December 8, 2014
VIETV Network, the largest Vietnamese television network in America, has purchased five AirBox servers for integration into its production headquarters in Houston, Texas. Powered by AirBox, VIETV created the first Asian channel broadcasting in HD in America and expanded their coverage to cities from coast to coast. Their investment enables the network to expand the number of channels it produces while retaining full control of presentation, scheduling and playout. The sale was negotiated by PlayBox Technology USA, based in Atlanta.
"We have been using PlayBox Technology AirBox equipment since we commenced transmission in 2012," says Nhat Nguyen, IT Administrator/Architect, VIETV. "Our workflow is fairly traditional, ingesting from tape and using AirBox to play out content for each of our channels. AirBox is very cost-efficient and has proved highly reliable. The user interface is logical and easy to work with and gives us the freedom to pre-schedule events or intersperse with live content."
VIETV Network delivers daily live broadcasts and as many as five daily news programs focused on issues relevant to the lives of Vietnamese Americans. Prompt news delivery and self-produced family entertainment programs have earned the VIETV Network brand a unique bond and loyalty in Vietnamese homes. Because of this popularity and demand for more VIETV channels, the network launched more affiliates in 2014 to fulfill the desire of the Vietnamese community for high-quality television programming in their native language.
AirBox is a content playout and streaming system 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.
Changes to the AirBox playlist can be made while on-air. 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.
In recent years, VIETV Network (www.vietv.com) has grown exponentially with eight additional digital channels that broadcast free television in cities with large Vietnamese populations. VIETV Network now operates ten stations across the country. VIETV Network’s management team consists of business leaders, experienced journalists and younger broadcasters born in America. With both generations working side-by-side, they bring a natural coalescence of traditional Vietnamese perspectives with modern influences and voices from the new generation.
VIETV Network produces five original news programs throughout the day: 24h News, News@Noon, Afternoon News, Evening News and News@Nite. Additionally, it features a special weekend review of news topics, and a separate weekly economic and financial review.