PlayBox Technology Releases Latest Upgrades to its Channel in a Box Product Suite

Thursday, January 14, 2016

PlayBox Technology, the global leader in broadcast television playout and channel branding, announces the latest upgrades to its established PlayBox product range: AirBox Neo, TitleBox Neo, CaptureBox Neo and SafeBox Neo. The upgrades include UHD compatibility, a high-efficiency user interface plus a wide range of new feature enhancements.

"We have put a huge amount of time and effort into research and development since the recent board restructure, enhancing and expanding the PlayBox suite of products," states PlayBox Technology President Don Ash. "Neo is an evolutionary upgrade which will advance the PlayBox platform into the UHD era and beyond. It confirms our commitment to delivering the most efficient and future-proof playout and branding solutions."

"With a user base running at over 17,000 broadcast playout and branding channels, we are the world's number one product manufacturer addressing this business sector," adds PlayBox Technology Chief Commercial Officer, Ben Gunkel. "Customers with valid Annual Software Maintenance & Technical Support can upgrade their existing PlayBox products to the latest Neo versions as a simple download. If they contact PlayBox Technology, we will be able to analyse their system and advise relevant upgrade options."

AirBox Neo playout server

AirBox Neo adds UHD capabilities to the core PlayBox Technology content playout system which now supports UHD, HD and SD and in single server. New features include a streaming input supporting HTTP, HTTP Secure, UDP, RTMP, MMS, MMSH and YouTube. RTMP Streaming Output improvements have also been added, allowing easy web streaming. AirBox Neo comes with a virtual output which now supports multiple instances. Third-party product support has been extended to Ross NK series routers and the Horita TR-100 timecode reader. Timecode can now be applied to MOV video files. Multiple DeckLink cards can now be used for multi-channel ad insertion. Enhancements have also been made to the clip trimmer and audio level control. AirBox Neo is designed for 24/7 unattended operation. It can also be operated manually, including the ability to handle live-to-air throughput.
 

TitleBox Neo on-air graphics and CG

TitleBox Neo provides a wide range of interactive on-air graphics and titling capabilities which can be manipulated live. It includes substantial improvements for dealing with UHD projects as well as supporting HD and SD operation. A new API plug-in has been produced for use by PlayBox Technology development partners, allowing easy interfacing to third-party software devices. Improvements have also been made in dealing with ODBC data providers and RSS feeds. TitleBox Neo provides total control during on-air session, including text selection, running speed and transitions. The TitleBox feature set includes horizontal crawling text, vertically rolling credits and messages, still and animated logo graphics, analogue and digital clocks, banner slideshows and chat text with automated horizontal or vertical scrolling. Additional creative facilities include pre-constructed graphic components, video resizing (from live source or file), window-style display and website content ingest.

 

CaptureBox Neo multichannel ingest server

CaptureBox Neo allows HD or SD content to be captured from up to four video sources simultaneously. These can be monitored on a single screen and controlled via a streamlined user interface with enhanced multichannel control and operability. Audio levels can be monitored as loudness/true-peak displays and adjusted when required. Ingested content is available for playback seconds after ingest commences. The feature set also includes capture list import from third-party traffic systems.

 

SafeBox Neo content and playlist replicator

SafeBox Neo replicates remote content to local playout server folders for safe transmission. It implements a new graphic interface plus new significantly faster processing for moving primary or copied content to the playout and central storage servers. In addition, a new workflow routine protects content being overwritten. Expired daily schedule content is automatically deleted or moved to a predefined folder for manual deletion or archiving. Deletion can be performed automatically or by manual user approval of deletion lists. Files can also be assigned specific protection to prevent removal from network sources. SafeBox Neo can be operated in playlist-dependent or stand-alone mode.

 

About PlayBox Technology

PlayBox Technology (www.playboxtechnology.com) is an international communications and information-technology company serving the broadcast and corporate sectors in more than 120 countries. PlayBox Technology is dedicated to the research, design, development and provision of the best products, systems, solutions and services. Over 16,000 TV and branding channels are powered by PlayBox Technology, broadcast solutions. Users include national and international broadcasters, start-up TV channels, webcasters, DVB (IP/ASI) TV channels, interactive TV and music channels, film channels, remote TV channels and disaster recovery channels.