London 31 January 2012 – PlayBox Technology (www.playbox.tv), the #1 international ‘TV channel in a box’ manufacturer, has been developing and refining its core playout technology for over 12 years. Offering broadcast performance at IT prices it provides reliable hardware-independent solutions that are easy to use, support and maintain. At BVE 2012 PlayBox Technology is giving one-to-one demonstrations of the latest products including the QCBox that now incorporates automatic loudness control, and new single-box multichannel systems.
It has been a very exciting year for PlayBox Technology. Apart from the deployment of our best-of-bread Automation workflows, we were more and more involved by our customers into delivering complete turnkey projects and end-to-end solutions. These include our NewsAir News Room Computer System, integrated with our Playout and CG Servers, our Media Asset Management and TrafficBox products.
The Channel-in-a-Box concept, which is used to describe and generalize IT-based playout, is receiving increased attention from several well known broadcast vendors these days, such as Miranda, Snell, Evertz, Florical and, as of this month, Grass Valley. Welcome onboard, guys! Get ready to be patient as this is going to be a long, tough ride for you.
File-based workflows are nothing new to PlayBox Technology. Throughout its 12 years existence the company’s playout solutions have always run on a Windows platform using IT hardware. Initially, connections with the broadcast world used analogue, SDI or ASI.
PlayBox Technology, the #1 international channel-in-a-box manufacturer, has worked with the UK-based Travel Channel International (TCI) to expand and streamline parts of its worldwide operations. This has involved the companies working together to achieve the required integration of EdgeBox remote playout servers from PlayBox Technology into TCI’s existing file-based workflow and Zeus trafficking system.
MTV Vietnam was first launched on 1 July 2011. The 24-hour music channel is managed by the BHD Group whose activities include television broadcasting, film production, game shows, cinema, etc. The Vietnamese version of the famous music channel will focus purely on Vietnamese programmes.
The TV news channel Bulgaria On Air has chosen PlayBox Technology NewsAir as its platform for news preparation workflow. NewsAir is a complete news solution that brings together all the media used for today's fast moving news presentations. It organizes live or recorded news content such as video, texts, stills, news agency stories, phone calls, CGs, graphics, etc., for inclusion in the bulletins.
PlayBox Technology announces that Dega Broadcast Systems has ordered 10 x TimeShiftBox HD media delay servers with TitleBox HD interactive CG and graphics. Ten TimeShiftBox have been ordered as a part of a project for a Major UK broadcaster for installation in their central equipment area.
PlayBox Technology smashed all its records at IBC2011 with a 50% increase in visitors over last year and had the best show since the first participation in 2002. During the five days of the exhibition the many new prospective customers and our existing clients constantly occupied all 44 seats and six demo areas on the 72 sq. m stand. All could discuss business and see demos of our latest technology and workflow solutions.
The requirement for quality control grew up in the early days of television and depended on measurement instruments to check the video and audio going to air. This T&M made prefect sense when equipment was analogue and, to an extent, has continued into the digital era, however the needs of the digital file based workflow environment are very different.