PLAYBOX FLIES TO TRAVEL CHANNEL

 London, 3 October 2011– 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.


Richard Wolfe, TCI’s CEO describes the company’s position. “The Channel’s appeal is universal and its customers are global. This leads to complex playout needs that have to be dynamic, flexible and economic, and yet deliver a high quality reliable feed. EdgeBox was a remote playout solution that could fit into our operation and was robust and reliable enough to handle our channel.”


To date four EdgeBox servers have been supplied for TCI to support its services currently in Germany, Asia and New Zealand. Each server is located at the local transmission’s platform NOC (network operations centre) where it provides a complete channel as a high quality digital feed. The only connection between the EdgeBox and TCI headquarters in London is via the Internet. This transports all video material, subtitles, captions and graphics as well as playlists and monitoring data between the remote site and TCI Operations HQ in London, making the whole system schedule-driven. 


Each EdgeBox is configured with full redundancy and includes AirBox playout servers, supplied complete with multi-channel audio and SafeBox content management. The workflow includes each receiving files, sent via the Internet and based on FTP, that include media and playlists from TCI HQ in London. It then checks it has all the media needed to fulfil the playlists, sending a list of any missing media items list back to HQ. PlayBox 24/7 Monitoring and Support service is used by TCI. This provides comprehensive round-the-clock technical support via phone, email and on-line along with system monitoring via SNMP and AV monitoring of live streams. 


“Our main motive for using EdgeBox was to provide customisation of our channel content to deliver augmented feeds for specific territories,” reports Steve Fright, TCI Director of Broadcasting.“We needed something that could slot into our current set-up and could easily be hosted at NOCs around the world.”


Matt Westrup, TCI Head of Operations adds, “EdgeBox gives us the flexibility to relocate, upgrade, innovate, customise and to have a much sharper response to the commercial realities that make Travel Channel a success. We are now far freer to sit down, have discussions and tune a service to exactly what the customers want.” He continues, “On the way we concluded a very successful industry first. Besides including subtitles and opt-outs we have also achieved integration between PlayBox Technology, ourselves and Screen Subtitling Systems.”


Travel Channel is the leading international travel broadcaster, transmitting 24 hours a day to 117 countries in 20 languages across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific region. It is operated by Travel Channel International Limited (TCI), an independent UK company headquartered in London. TCI uses 20 satellite feeds to reach over 800 cable, satellite and IPTV affiliates and has eight separate feeds. The company produces and commissions original programming across the world. 

travel channel
travel channel

PLAYBOX TO SUPPLY DEGA 10 TIMESHIFTBOX HD

London, 28 September 2011 – PlayBox Technology announces that Dega Broadcast Systems has ordered 10 TimeShiftBox HD media delay servers with TitleBox HD interactive CG and graphics. These have been ordered as a part of a project for a major UK broadcaster for installation in its central equipment area.


TimeShiftBox HD, launched at NAB2011, is a one-box time-shift solution that provides accurate programme time delays from one minute to a week or more to fulfil all programme time delay requirements. TimeShiftBox HD also includes logo insertion. Dega Broadcast Systems has added the option of TitleBox HD to provide full interactive CG, text and graphics that can be keyed over the time-shifted video. Both the time-shift and graphics functions exist within the same server.
 

TimeShiftBox HD is available as a complete turnkey solution for single channel or multichannel HD SDI/SD SDI. The menu offers straightforward operation, making time delays easy to set up and use. Other functions are fully automated and require no user intervention. Full support of all types of embedded audio including Dolby Digital and Dolby-E is also supplied, and any VANC data is preserved and included in the time shifted programme output.

TimeshiftBox
TimeshiftBox

PLAYBOX PUTS MORE IN THE BOX AT IBC

IBC Stand 8.C30

 London, 7 September 2011


PlayBox Technology, now with over 10,500 playout and branding systems in over 120 countries, is the #1 international “Channel-in-a-Box” manufacturer. At IBC2011 PlayBox Technology is offering more power inside the ‘box’; expanding modular capabilities within a Windows platform ‘box’, while further driving down the costs of TV channel playout.


NEW QCBox – Includes Automatic Loudness Normalization

QCBox, a new product at IBC2011, offers automatic quality control, giving an assessment of the technical quality of the media to guarantee successful playout on the PlayBox Technology AirBox playout server. The checks, applied to relevant media files in a playlist, folder or to selected files, test for the correct duration, continuity (no missing or overlapped frames), blocking, frozen and black frames etc. All test results are stored in a metadata file accompanying the media file. 


AirBox can also offer automatic loudness normalization according to EBU R128 recommendations, when working within QCBox. This provides a very cost-effective, zero space solution to regulate loudness to within agreed defined limits. Measurement of different audio parameters such as Program Loudness, Loudness Range and True Peak is also available with QCBox.


AirBox MPO

AirBox Multiple Parallel Outputs enables different video formats (SD, HD and 25fps, 30fps) and different outputs (SDI, analogue, IP streaming, etc.) to run at the same time from a single AirBox playout server. AirBox MPO enables the running of two or more multiple outputs so that broadcasters can easily provide parallel outputs in any required combination. For example AirBox MPO can simultaneously output SDI in HD, SDI in SD, using real-time rescaling, and IP streaming in H.264 (MPEG-4) and MPEG-2 all at the same time.

 

For broadcasters AirBox MPO represents a much more compact and efficient way of providing a channel in multiple formats and resolutions. This one-box solution is efficient and very cost effective, removing the need for multiple boxes, additional equipment, infrastructure and automation. AirBox MPO also includes video preview that is in sync with the output. In addition, streaming outputs can use optional AC3 digital audio. 


NEW TitleBox Player

TitleBox Player provides automation, scheduling and playout for TitleBox, creating a complete interactive CG and graphics channel that can operate independently or be controlled by external automation, such as that provided by AirBox. TitleBox Player enables the full power of TitleBox to be more easily accessible to enhance on-air look by providing scheduling and on-air automation with advanced CG and graphics control. It provides playlist creation and replay automation to run local or remote TitleBox servers on air, and can also integrate with third-party scheduling solutions such as TrafficBox, NewsAir, etc.

 

TitleBox Player can be compared with AirBox: what it does for clips, now TitleBox Player can do for graphics. It provides a scheduled playlist so users can schedule and playout graphics events based on time, content, etc. Ready prepared templates can now be used in many different ways, even using part of the template when required. It can be applied anywhere that graphics are needed regardless of the video, or even without video.


Previously TitleBox scheduling could only be managed by AirBox playlists. Now with TitleBox Player interactive CG and graphics can be run by third-party applications and templates can set for different objects, making the full power of TitleBox accessible on-air.


AirBox
AirBox

PLAYBOX POWERS SIX CHANNELS AT GMG

London, 29 July 2011 – PlayBox Technology has delivered a complete multichannel playout system for six new television channels based in Tbilisi for the Global Media Group (GMG), the largest cable television broadcaster in Georgia. This turnkey project was managed by PlayBox Technology’s recently formed Broadcast Systems Group in partnership with the systems integrator Qualitron Systems, Finland. The complete system was delivered and in service on time within a short timescale.


The six new channels include two each for GMG Sports and GMG Movies and one each for a children’s channel and a TV Series channel. The six channels are in an N:M redundant playout configuration provided by six main AirBox Pro playout servers and two multi-channel redundant AirBox Pro backup servers. 


The workflow is built around a file-based architecture and comprises a wide range of PlayBox Technology modules, all of which are managed by PlayBox Technology MAM. These include AirBox Pro playout and automation servers, with integrated TitleBox interactive on-air graphics and multichannel audio to allow multilingual broadcasting, SubtitleBox for subtitles, and SafeBox for workflow management – making sure the media files required by the playlists, composed using ListBox, are in the AirBox Pro servers well ahead of transmission time. The PlayBox MAM includes the 16-channel ingest servers that accept video from a range of sources including DVD, videotape, a commentary booth and external satellite feeds. All feeds are ingested at HD resolution although the playout is currently run at SD, but is fully upgradeable to HD.


The workflow also includes postproduction. This uses Final Cut Pro NLE stations with their output sent to the 100TB fibre-connected central NAS store, along with all other media files. The channels can make use of the ‘Live Input’ feature included on the AirBox servers. This allows the servers to simultaneously accept and output live video and audio while adding TitleBox graphics and switching to and from recorded footage, when required. The live feeds are also ingested for re-broadcast, with or without graphics, and the MAM system is used to add metadata to the content live, which is then accessible in the MAM Media Library.


The project was international with the Finnish company Qualitron Systems responsible for the overall systems integration. The PlayBox Technology Broadcast Systems Group managed the delivery of their systems, utilising the installation and training resources of both the UK and Bulgarian Sales and Support offices.


Scott Adams, BSG Manager commented, “This project was a great opportunity for us to prove how the new Broadcast Systems Group can work in partnership with our existing reseller network to conceive and deploy complex turnkey solutions on time and on budget.” He continues, “Working in partnership with Qualitron Systems we had a first rate systems integrator and galvanised the already strong working relationship to provide a first class result. This is exactly how we want to continue to collaborate and make sure we meet the customers’ requirements. Understanding the end-to-end workflow is paramount. Knowing that the PlayBox Technology Broadcast Systems Group is 100% involved in every stage of the project lifecycle gives greater confidence, both to the client and reseller.”

Global Media Group
Global Media Group

PLAYBOX REACHES 10,000 MILESTONE

London, 22 June 2011– PlayBox Technology has reached the milestone of 10,000 playout and branding systems delivered into over 120 countries. These operate in configurations ranging from single channel-in-a-box servers to multichannel turnkey broadcast centres.


Don Ash, Director, Sales comments, “Since 1999 we have become a global operation with 15 sales and support centres in 10 countries and our success is due to many people all working together but, ultimately, the confidence and trust in us by our clients. Our many thousands of clients have continuously pushed us to produce the perfect ‘box’ and to reduce the overall costs to enhance their operations.” 


Krasimir Dachev, CTO, PlayBox Technology comments, “In 1999 people rarely talked about ‘file-based’ and ‘broadcast’ in the same breath. Now our experience, with thousands of TV channels running on commodity IT platforms over 12 years, means our customers have both proven stable server technology as well as playout platforms that can directly plug into their existing IT or TV infrastructure.” 

PlayBox Technology
PlayBox Technology

PLAYbOX PUTS QC IN THE BOX AT NAB 2011

April 11-14, Las Vegas Convention Center Stand: N5835

 London, 29 March 2011 – PlayBox Technology, the #1 international ‘TV Channel in a Box’ manufacturer with over 9,500 playout and branding channels worldwide, is launching QCBox at NAB 2011. QCBox provides automatic quality control, giving an assessment of the technical quality of the media to guarantee successful playout via an AirBox playout server.


QCBox analyses the relevant media files in a playlist, folder or selected files. Basic tests include checking for correct duration, continuity (no missing or overlapped frames), blocking, frozen and black frames as well as audio tests, including loudness. All test results are stored in a metadata file accompanying the media file. Then, prior to the file’s subsequent playout, the AirBox reads the QC metadata and may be configured to skip, show a warning before playing, or play the file depending on the quality results. In addition the audio data from QCBox can be used for volume control.


Krasimir Dachev, CTO, PlayBox Technology comments, “QCBox reflects the confidence our customers have in us to partner with them and build the playout systems they want. They wanted quality control included within their playout, and here it is, fully integrated into the systems, adding zero space and running without the need of human intervention.” 

QCBox
QCBox

PLAYBOX AT CABSAT

International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai, Stand: S3-C1

London, 1 February 2011 – PlayBox Technology, the #1 international ‘TV channel in a box’ manufacturer with over 9,500 playout and branding channels worldwide, will participate in the CABSAT 2011 Conference and Exhibition together with the company’s Middle East representative Advanced Media LLC.

 

Developing and refining its core playout technology for over 11 years, PlayBox Technology offers the best of both worlds – broadcast performance and IT prices. PlayBox Technology will demonstrate its latest products including the popular award-winning TrafficBox traffic management system, AdBox and Remote Redundant Playout as well as previews of the latest developments from R&D. 

 

TrafficBox

TrafficBox, is targeted at broadcasters needing TV business management solutions, includes all the features for programme planning, advertising sales and long-term playlists scheduling. It also enables the preparation of the physical material that is presented on-air: the video, audio, text, graphics and subtitles. The integrated traffic management system within TrafficBox is a client / server database application that allows a virtually unlimited number of users to access the server where all relevant data can be entered, saved and modified. It offers advantages in the overall management of both single and multi-channel TV operations, such as allowing programme planning to modify active rundowns without the involvement of the MCR personnel; or reducing the operator time required for everyday tasks.

 

AdBox - Seamless Ad Insertion

PlayBox Technology AdBox enables content owners to maximise their business potential by targeting advertisements for specific audiences with ad insertion and Digital Programme Insertion (DPI) in both SD and HD, in either SDI or DVB (ASI/IP). AdBox performs basic cost-effective digital ad insertion and can easily be scaled to meet the next-generation of targeted advertising solutions that are driving the revolution in today’s television advertising.

 

Remote Redundant Playout – Fully Automatic Remote Server

PlayBox Technology Remote Redundant Playout forms the centrepiece of the company’s unattended automated remote playout solutions. It enables the full operation and monitoring of distant broadcast playout using public internet as the link for all content delivery, control and monitoring. Customisable to fit user requirements, single and multi-channel operation, as well as full equipment redundancy, are available. Rather than offering only unbranded generic feeds, Remote Redundant Playout can enable the complete localisation of content branding, including commercials, station IDs, multilingual audio, subtitles, graphics and even programme content. This makes possible low-cost worldwide ‘local’ playout from any network operations location.



MAM

The PlayBox MAM media asset management system can be the heart of a small TV station or of a large broadcast centre. It can organise and manage the assets of single or multi-channel operations, as well as the other content of diverse business operations. PlayBox MAM is available as a stand-alone solution or working with PlayBox Technology ingest, playout and branding systems for all areas from production and post through to TV broadcasters and multi-channel playout centres.

NewsAir

The new NewsAir newsroom computer system integrates with PlayBox Technology CG, graphics and playout capabilities to offer performance and a new level of cost-effectiveness for newsroom operations. The NewsAir NRCS provides journalists with a networked collaborative environment that can include news archive, chat, a phonebook and agency news aggregation, as well as operation over the internet that can work either separately or integrated with video facilities. The combination of PlayBox Technology and NewsAir provides live news production and on-air performance at a fraction of the cost of established market suppliers, but not at the cost of performance and capabilities.

 

Technology Announcements

PlayBox Technology is showing some new developments at CABSAT.

 

QCBox (Quality Control Box)

Following its strategy of constant quality improvement, PlayBox Technology will be offering a universal quality control box intended to guarantee the successful playout of media files from its AirBox playout servers. The media files will be automatically checked prior to their use in playlists. The results will be saved in a metadata file allowing AirBox to play or skip a clip depending on its quality and the user settings. The basic QCBox configuration will provide the core tests required for files validation. Additional tests will be offered as options. 

 

Dynamic TitleBox Control in Runtime

This is a new approach for implementing complex TV projects involving main (background) video, CG and animations that are customised on the fly and dynamically controlled according to the requirements of the moment. Based on a detailed analysis of customer requirements, a stand-alone application is being developed to provide an interface between the user and a standard PlayBox TitleBox graphics server. This is delivered as a turnkey solution for the TitleBox to run live on-air. An early application is for the live display of gaming results.  


TrafficBox
TrafficBox

TRAFFICBOX TO STAR IN PLAYBOX BVE 2011 LINEUP

Earls Court 2, London 15-17 February 2011, Stand B14

London 4 January 2011 – PlayBox Technology (www.playbox.tv) is the #1 international ‘TV channel in a box’ manufacturer that now powers over 9,500 playout and branding channels worldwide. Developing and refining its core playout technology for over 11 years, it offers the best of both worlds – broadcast performance and IT prices. At BVE 2011 PlayBox Technology is providing one-to-one demonstrations of the latest products including the popular award-winning TrafficBox traffic management system.

 

TrafficBox

Targeted at broadcasters needing TV business management solutions, TrafficBox includes all the features for programme planning, advertising sales and long-term playlists scheduling. It also enables the preparation of the physical material that is presented on-air: the video, audio, text, graphics and subtitles.


The traffic management system within TrafficBox is a client / server database application that allows a virtually unlimited number of users to access the server where all relevant data can be entered, saved and modified. A high level of integration with PlayBox Technology automation systems allows both new and existing broadcasters to achieve more efficient workflows. It offers advantages in the overall management of both single and multi-channel TV operations, such as allowing programme planning to modify active rundowns without the involvement of the MCR personnel; or reducing the operator time required for everyday tasks.

 

EdgeBox – Fully Automatic Remote Redundant Playout Server

PlayBox Technology EdgeBox forms the centrepiece of the company’s unattended automated remote playout solutions. EdgeBox enables the full operation and monitoring of distant broadcast playout using public internet as the link for all content delivery, control and monitoring. Customisable to fit user requirements, single and multi-channel operation, as well as full equipment redundancy, are available. Rather than offering only unbranded generic feeds, EdgeBox can enable the complete localisation of content branding, including commercials, station IDs, multilingual audio, subtitles, graphics and even programme content. This makes possible low-cost worldwide ‘local’ playout from any network operations location.


MAM

The PlayBox MAM media asset management system can be the heart of a small TV station or of a large broadcast centre. It can organise and manage the assets of single or multi-channel operations, as well as the other content of diverse business operations. PlayBox MAM is available as a stand-alone solution or working with PlayBox Technology ingest, playout and branding systems for all areas from production and post through to TV broadcasters and multi-channel playout centres.

 

NewsAir

The new NewsAir newsroom computer system integrates with PlayBox Technology CG, graphics and playout capabilities to offer performance and a new level of cost-effectiveness for newsroom operations. The NewsAir NRCS provides journalists with a networked collaborative environment that can include news archive, chat, a phonebook and agency news aggregation, as well as operation over the internet that can work either separately or integrated with video facilities. The combination of PlayBox Technology and NewsAir provides live news production and on-air performance at a fraction of the cost of established market suppliers, but not at the cost of performance and capabilities.



TrafficBox
TrafficBox

PLAYBOX REPORTS GROWTH

London, 17 December 2010– PlayBox Technology, the #1 international channel-in-a-box manufacturer, reports another year of strong growth. Building on established core technology, continued R&D and commercial partnerships have all contributed to the company’s performance 


Based on the preliminary data for January-November 2010, Playbox Technology has achieved a growth of group consolidated volumes of more than 25 percent compared to the same period of 2009. This comes on top of the 32 percent consolidated volume growth reported for in 2009 over the previous year, bringing the total of TV and branding channels now powered by PlayBox Technology to over 9,500. 


Sales of new products are highlighted as making a considerable contribution to the 2010 figures. Special mention should be given to EdgeBox remote playout product. 


Much of the company’s continued success to its core technology. It is designed from the start to be very flexible, to work with any file format and be the heart of tapeless playout workflows. I think customers are now understanding the power of what we can do - and at a very low 'IT' price.”


Heading into 2011, PlayBox Technology’s 12thyear of continued development, the company plans expanding the R&D team, and the expert sales / engineering teams in the current country offices. It will also be seeking strategic partnerships with global customers and integrators.

Remote PlayBox
Remote PlayBox

IBC2010 PRESS PREVIEW

IBC Stand 8.C30

 London, 17 August 2010PlayBox Technology, the #1 international ‘TV channel in a box’ manufacturer, now powers over 9,000 playout and branding channels worldwide with ‘box’ or highly integrated modular workflows. Developing and refining its core playout products for over 10 years, it offers the best of both worlds – broadcast performance and IT prices. New additions to the product line at IBC2010 extend the scope of the company’s fully integrated playout capabilities for efficient and highly automated workflows.


NEW TrafficBox - Traffic Management
Targeted at broadcasters who need TV business management solutions, TrafficBox includes all the features needed for programme planning, advertising sales and long-term playlists scheduling. It also enables the preparation of the physical material that is presented on-air: the video, audio, text, graphics and subtitles.
 

The traffic management system within TrafficBox is a client / server database application provided by Step2e. This allows a virtually unlimited number of users to access the management server where all relevant data can be entered, saved and modified. A high level of integration with PlayBox Technology automation systems allows both new and existing broadcasters to achieve more efficient workflows. It offers significant advantages in the overall management of both single and multi-channel TV operations, such as allowing the programme planning department to modify active rundowns without the involvement of the MCR personnel; or reducing the operator time required for everyday tasks, while eliminating the chances of mistakes caused by human error.
 

NEW AdBox - Commercial Insertion Server
PlayBox Technology’s AdBox addresses the growing trend for the local insertion of commercials and a significant demand by multinational broadcasters for local content insertion and localization. AdBox is a state-of-the-art SD / HD Commercial Insertion and Content Localization Server contained in 1RU compact cases with PSU and RAID protection included. It can detect and decode virtually all types of triggers - SCTE 35 DTMF tone, audio DTMF tone or GPI. Customers can choose if live feed-to-playlist switches are performed internally or externally by controlling a router. The local clips and playlists are remotely transferred via FTP and the playlist order can be managed interactively, even when the local commercials block is already on-air.
 

NEW EdgeBox - Remote Redundant Playout Server
The PlayBox Technology EdgeBox forms the centrepiece of the company’s unattended automated remote playout solutions. EdgeBox enables the full operation and monitoring of distant broadcast playout using public internet as the link for all content delivery, control and monitoring. Customisable to fit user requirements, single and multi-channel operation, as well as full equipment redundancy, are available. Rather than offering only unbranded generic feeds, EdgeBox can enable the complete localisation of content branding, including commercials, station IDs, multilingual audio, subtitles, graphics and even programme content. This makes possible low-cost worldwide ‘local’ playout from any network operations location.
 

NEW TimeShiftBox
PlayBox Technology is introducing TimeShiftBox for SDI video. Originally developed in response to popular demand from existing PlayBox customers, TimeShiftBox can delay video and audio together by any amount from a few seconds to several days. The package includes logo insertion and an optional full CG package with interactive graphics that are internally keyed over the output video. Operation is straightforward with a main menu window that allows setting the delay. TimeShiftBox also inherits useful monitoring features, such as viewing the preview input and delayed output video, as well as the audio level monitoring as already used in the established AirBox playout server.


FURTHER PRODUCTS ON SHOW

The full range PlayBox Technology’s products, all of which have migrated to Windows 7 and make up the modular structure of the playout systems, are on show. These include the established AirBox playout server, TitleBox on-air dynamic graphics and CG, CaptureBox ingest server, SafeBox content management, ListBox programme scheduling and SubtitlePlus subtitling preparation.


More recent products also on show are:       


PlayBox MAM
PlayBox MAM media asset management system can be the heart of a small TV station or of a large broadcast centre. It can organise and manage the assets of single or multi-channel operations, as well as the other content of diverse business operations. PlayBox MAM is available as a stand-alone solution or working with PlayBox Technology ingest, playout and branding systems for all areas from production and post through to TV broadcasters and multi-channel playout centres.
 

NewsAir
The NewsAir newsroom computer system integrates with PlayBox Technology playout capabilities to offer performance and a new level of cost-effectiveness for newsroom operations. The NewsAir NRCS provides journalists with a networked collaborative environment that can include news archive, chat, a phonebook and agency news aggregation, as well as operation over the internet that can work either separately or integrated with video facilities. The PlayBox Technology/NewsAir combination provides live news production and on-air performance at a fraction of the cost of established market suppliers, but not at the cost of performance and capabilities.
 

Digital Signage
PlayBox DS is a next-generation digital signage platform that builds on PlayBox Technology's robust broadcast foundation to create a powerful and flexible new entry to the digital signage market. With straightforward multi-screen HD playout, as well as broadcast quality graphics and an easy-to-use interface, PlayBox DS, like all PlayBox Technology products, breaks new price-performance ground. PlayBox DS software can host 3D objects created on a 3D graphics package – ideal for detailed interactive displays. Suitable for the smallest projects to huge multinational installations with thousands of screens, PlayBox DS is a heavyweight performer at an affordable price.

TrafficBox
TrafficBox

PLAYOUT FOR ITV

  

London, 19 July 2010– PlayBox Technology has completed a turnkey project in South Africa for the complete playout facilities of a new TV channel. ITV is the world’s first English speaking Islamic satellite television station to be broadcast from South Africa.


ITV is based at the site of the Louis Pasteur Hospital in Pretoria PlayBox Technology (UK) Limited completed the project covering all aspects from the supply, project management, installation, commissioning and on-site acceptance and training. ITV now uses a single-channel playout from a full Technology workflow with a redundant playout system comprising two AirBox playout servers each complete with TitleBox interactive CG with graphics. On the input side, ingest uses a CaptureBox server, with scheduling available via ListBox and DataBox that orchestrates the on-time flow of media from CaptureBox through to AirBox from where it finally manages the removal of old footage. The graphics templates are designed with TitleBox Preparation.


The completed playout facility supplied by PlayBox Technology allows for future growth. The servers are HD-ready and possible expansion of video storage beyond the current total of 1000 hours of SD video already installed, with 250 hours in the CaptureBox and 750 hours in each AirBox.


ITV is on-air 24/7 and beamed from South Africa to twenty countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The footprint covers many parts of the world where it can also be viewed on all free-to-air channels.


ITV aims to showcase the beauty of Islam and the truth with its diverse informative programming of subjects including themes such as health; cooking; spiritual; politics; economics; women and education, and documentaries on science There are studio discussions and debates as well as featuring fieldwork captured worldwide by ITV. 

iTV
Islamic TV
iTV Islamic TV

PLAYBOX AND DELTACAST PARTNER FOR HIGH-END I/O

  

London (UK) and Ans (Belgium) 06 April 2010PlayBox Technology and DELTACAST have been working together to extend the applications of the DELTA-hd SDI line of input and output boards into PlayBox Technology television solutions. The DELTA-sdi, DELTA-hd, DELTA-key and DELTA-dvi video boards are now supported in PlayBox servers that include AirBox playout, TitleBox CG and CaptureBox ingest high-end applications.


Major features driving PlayBox Technology to this decision include the full control of all SDI signal components including VANC (closed captions, Teletext, WSS, timecode), HANC, AES3 audio (including AC-3) and raw SDI frame. The DELTACAST boards also provide automatic bypass relays controlled by power availability, or by a watchdog. Embedding and de-embedding of audio (AES3) and timecode (VITC, LTC, ATC) are also available.


“We are pleased to see that PlayBox now supports all our families of boards in their high-end broadcast applications and that the work has been easy thanks to our unified VideoMasterHD SDK. Now PlayBox customers can use our broad portfolio of over 28 uncompressed OEM video boards to build I/O solutions in DVI, SD SDI, HD SDI and soon 3G SDI.” said Steven Deschuyteneer, Director of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at DELTACAST.

PlayBox Technology
PlayBox Technology

PlayBox showcases its expanding range of products

Booth N5829 Las Vegas Convention Center, April 12-15, 2010

    

London, 26 March 2010, PlayBox Technology has been operating in the North and Latin American markets for over eight years and is an established brand in TV automation, playout and graphics. Now, with more than 750 local TV and branding channels in the Americas and over 8,000 channels in over 100 countries worldwide powered by PlayBox products, the company has become a world standard. For many in the USA and Latin America the cost-effective channel-in-a-box product has proved the perfect solution, providing reliability, ease of use and a full feature set as well as free 24/7 support.


New: AirBox supports Windows 7


The new AirBox playout server supports Windows 7 and provides many new features. New playback capabilities include simultaneous scaling (picture-in-picture) of both live input and playlist output allowing, for example, squeeze-on/ squeeze-off transitions performed within the playout server. Also multiple live video sources allow the simultaneousoutput of "common" live with the additional playlist live source. Other new capabilities include a DTMF Generator, multi-channel audio support within a new multi-format playout plugin, multi-audio control (reordering the audio streams), dynamic WSS, per-clip field order and aspect ratio description, live UDP / SDI without time limit, Macromedia Flash playback support (.FLV files), as well as Deltacast video output card support including SD and HD plus CC ETA 708 (608).


New: TitleBox goes 3D

PlayBox Technology’s established interactive graphics CG system, TitleBox, delivers multi-layered simultaneous crawls, rolls, animated logos, clocks and text templates that are just a mouse click away. Its advanced interactive control over on-air CG objects turns TitleBox into a powerful tool, ideally suited for channel branding, music shows, live entertainment programs, presentations, sports events titling, etc. 

Responding to the needs of the demanding American market TitleBox has now been upgraded with 3D on-air graphics. Currently three types of 3D objects are handled. Text can be extruded and rotated in 3D. Still images can be rotated and place on 3D objects including cubes and spheres. Also 3D Studio MAX files, such as 3D renders scenes, can be imported as .X files with both static and animated scenes supported in TitleBox.


Complete Subtitling

PlayBox Technology's Subtitling solutions (SubtitlePlus, SubtitleBox, DVB Subtitle Server) provide subtitle/caption list preparation and single or multi-channel subtitling/ captioning with single or multi-language support – all at an unbeatable price.


New: Digital Signage Wall

PlayBox Technology's next-generation digital signage platform, PlayBox Digital Signage (DS) Wall, uses an entirely new approach to building and driving video walls. Breaking from the traditional use of multiple third-party external hardware devices to drive the content to the multi-screen video walls, PlayBox DS Wall performs the task through only its own systems. This single-system-supplier approach means PlayBox DS Wall set up is plug-and-play simple, fast and accurate. Also it uses standard video outputs that will optimally drive most screens, supplying them with perfectly match video for the best display quality.

New: Monitoring and reporting 

To increase the stability, reliability and independence of its systems, PlayBox Technology is introducing to NAB a series of new monitoring and reporting modules and services.

The Bypass Relay Board adds bypass capability to third-party video boards or video devices. It can be used as simple mechanical switch or as an alarm contact. It also provides automated switching in case of power down, hardware or software failure. Built on a single PCI-X board it can serve as a cost-effective and space efficient alternative to external hardware.


New: Stream Analyzer detects freeze frames, black frames, and audio clip glitches as well as providing audio silence detection. Stream Analyzer supports logging of all events and may be connected to AlarmBox, which is a complete alarm monitoring and management module. It monitors PlayBox modules such as AirBox, CaptureBox, TitleBox, etc. and sends alarms with user-selectable messages via email, phone, SMS, SNMP or GPI.


New: PlayBox MAM

PlayBox MAM media asset management can manage and organize media files located on computers or storage devices in a network, analyze them, retrieve and edit the metadata, create sub-items and archive them with security. Its new-generation design supports both the tapeless and digital LTO tape environments.


Prices for the Crisis

In the world financial crisis PlayBox Technology offers the most cost-effective, high quality and advanced flexible solutions through the product line of SD, HD and DVB solutions. These are modular to fit with customer requirements, stable, high-quality, user oriented, and scalable.

PlayBox Technology
PlayBox Technology

ONE-TO-ONE AT BVE 2010

Stand B14

London 20 January 2010– PlayBox Technology, the #1 international ‘TV channel in a box’ manufacturer, is presenting its latest products at BVE 2010. Developing and refining its core playout products for over 10 years, it offers the best of both worlds – broadcast performance and IT prices. At BE 2010,PlayBox Technology provides the opportunity to see the products up-close and in action with one-to-one demonstrations of the solutions that now power over 8,000 playout and branding channels worldwide.


Complete playout solutions are modular, fully integrated and include the customers’ choice of features including mixed-file format playout, automation, live interactive CG and graphics, MAM and Newsroom capabilities for SD, HD and DVB (ASI/IP). These scalable solutions fit workflows and budgets from a single-channel playout server to a multi-channel turnkey broadcast centre.


Don Ash, Director, Sales comments, “People know our name and know that there are literally many thousands of playout channels working 24/7 out there, but many still don’t know the products. So we see BVE 2010 as the perfect opportunity for visitors to meet with PlayBox Technology and get first-hand experience of what we mean by statements such as ‘easy operation’ and ‘multi-format file handling.’ Demonstrating high reliability is more difficult but our new Remote Redundant Playout Server could not work without it.”


Remote Redundant Playout Server

The PlayBox Technology Remote Redundant Playout Server forms the centrepiece of the company’s unattended automated remote playout solutions that enable the full operation and monitoring of distant broadcast playout using public internet as the link for all content delivery, control and monitoring. Customisable to fit user requirements, single and multi-channel operation and full equipment redundancy are available. Rather than offering only unbranded generic feeds, the PlayBox Technology automated Remote Redundant Playout Server solution can allow the complete localisation of content branding, including commercials, station IDs, multilingual audio, subtitles and graphics. This makes possible low-cost worldwide local playout from any network operations location. 


TimeShiftBox

PlayBox Technology is introducing TimeShiftBox that was developed in response to popular demand from existing customers for a PlayBox solution. TimeShiftBox can delay video and audio together by a few seconds to several days. The package includes logo insertion as standard and, as an option, a full CG package with interactive graphics internally keyed over the output video Operation is straightforward with a main menu window that allows setting the delay. TimeShiftBox also inherits useful monitoring features, such as viewing the preview input and delayed output video, as well as audio level monitoring from the established AirBox playout server. Available now in SD SDI I/O, HD SDI and DVB I/O will be available in Q2 2010.


IPTV with PlayBox µPlay

µPlay is an entry-level affordably priced video and graphics playout package for the IPTV and AV markets. The extensive all-in-one software includes all that is needed to run a small channel for broadcasts such as IPTV, Internet TV, local cable TV, university TV, corporate TV and other such channels. µPlay benefits from PlayBox’s decade of experience with a reliable and very cost-effective solution for creating, scheduling and airing video and graphics. It integrates graphics, animation, video, audio and real-time external data feeds to build the final layout and look of the media. The package supplies all that’s needed to run anything from a video sub-channel to a graphics-intensive, 24-hour automated information channel.


PlayBox Metus MAM

PlayBox Metus MAM media asset management system can be the heart of a small TV station or of a large broadcast centre. It can organise and manage the assets of single or multi-channel operations, as well as the other content of diverse business operations. PlayBox Metus MAM is available as a stand-alone solution or working with PlayBox Technology ingest, playout and branding systems for all areas from production and post through to TV broadcasters and multi-channel playout centres. 


NewsAir

The new NewsAir newsroom computer system integrates with PlayBox Technology playout capabilities to offer performance and a new level of cost-effectiveness for newsroom operations. The NewsAir NRCS provides journalists with a networked collaborative environment that can include news archive, chat, a phonebook and agency news aggregation, as well as operation over the internet that can work either separately or integrated with video facilities. The PlayBox Technology and NewsAir combination provides live news production and on-air performance at a fraction of the cost of established market suppliers, but not at the cost of performance and capabilities.


Digital Signage

PlayBox DS is a next-generation digital signage platform that builds on PlayBox Technology's robust broadcast foundation to create a powerful and flexible new entry to the digital signage market. With straightforward multi-screen HD playout, as well as broadcast quality graphics and an easy-to-use interface, PlayBox DS, like all PlayBox Technology products, breaks new price-performance ground. PlayBox DS is 3D-ready and system-wide synchronisation enables the playback of stereoscopic files for 3D displays. PlayBox DS software can host 3D objects created on a 3D graphics package – ideal for detailed interactive displays. Suitable for the smallest projects to huge multinational installations with thousands of screens, PlayBox DS is a heavyweight performer at an affordable price.


PlayBox Technology
PlayBox Technology

PLAYBOX REPORTS RECORD IBC2009

 London 21 September 2009 – PlayBox Technology reports that IBC2009 was a great success for the company. Visitor numbers, sales leads and promised orders were all at new highs for the company. Despite expanding the floor space from the previous year the stand was still packed and more floor space has been booked for next year.


Don Ash, Director, Sales, stated, “This was our best IBC yet. It was busy from 9:45 Thursday to around 14:30 Tuesday with a broad spectrum of interest from start-up stations to the well-known established broadcasters. Our ‘cost effective’ message, ‘100 percent functionality at 25 percent of the cost’ is getting through and seems to be right for these times.” Don Ash continued, “Many came to see what all the “fuss and commotion” was about and mentioned we were the busiest stand in the hall, others said the whole of IBC, but whatever the truth, our sales have continued to increase to new records throughout this recession and the total of delivered playout and branding systems now stands at over 7,500 worldwide.”


Interest was spread across the entire product range with new products TimeShiftBox time delay for +1 channels, µPlay entry-level video and graphics playout package, PlayBox Metus MAM media asset management and PlayBox DS digital signage all attracting particular attention. 

PlayBox Technology at IBC
PlayBox Technology at IBC

a Decade of Playout Innovation

Playbox Technology Marks a Decade of Playout Innovation

London 31 July 2009 – PlayBox Technology, the #1 international ‘TV station in a box’ manufacturer, has now been developing and refining its core video playout products for over 10 years, offering the best of both worlds – broadcast performance and IT prices. Systems include mixed-file format playout, automation, interactive CG and graphics, MAM and Newsroom capabilities for SD, HD and DVB (ASI/IP). The innovative scalable solutions fit workflows and budgets; from a single-channel playout server to a multi-channel turnkey broadcast centre. This technology has now also been applied to Digital Signage. The latest features and products designed to enhance and expand playout capabilities at all levels are on show at IBC2009.

µPlay

µPlay is an entry-level video and graphics playout package to meet the needs of the AV market at an affordable price. The extensive all-in-one software includes all that is required to run a small channel, such as IPTV, Internet TV, local cable TV, university TV, corporate TV and other such channels. µPlay benefits from PlayBox’s decade of experience with a reliable and very cost-effective solution for creating, scheduling and airing video and graphics. It integrates graphics, animation, video, audio and real-time external data feeds to build the final layout and look of the media. The package supplies all that’s needed to run anything from a video sub-channel to a graphics-intensive, 24-hour automated information channel.

Edge Server

The PlayBox Technology Edge Server is the centrepiece of the company’s unattended automated remote playout solutions that enable the full operation and monitoring of distant broadcast playout. This can use public internet as the link for all content delivery, control and monitoring. Customisable to fit user requirements, single and multi-channel operation and full equipment redundancy are available. Rather than offering only unbranded generic feeds, the PlayBox automated remote playout solution can allow the complete localisation of content branding, including commercials, station IDs, multilingual audio, subtitles and graphics. This makes possible low-cost worldwide local playout from any network operations location. 

PlayBox Metus MAM

PlayBox Metus MAM media asset management system can be the heart of a small TV station or of a large broadcast centre. It can organize and manage the assets of single or multi-channel operations, as well as the other content of diverse business operations. PlayBox Metus MAM is available as a stand-alone solution or working with PlayBox Technology ingest, playout and branding systems for all areas from production and post through to TV broadcasters and multi-channel playout centres. 

NewsAir

The new NewsAir newsroom computer system integrates with PlayBox Technology playout capabilities to offer performance and a new level of cost-effectiveness for newsroom operations. The NewsAir NRCS provides journalists with a networked collaborative environment that can include news archive, chat, a phonebook and agency news aggregation, as well as operation over the internet that can work either separately or integrated with video facilities. The PlayBox Technology and NewsAir combination provides live news production and on-air performance at a fraction of the cost of established market suppliers, but not at the cost of performance and capabilities.

Digital Signage

PlayBox DS is a next-generation digital signage platform that builds on PlayBox Technology's exceptionally solid broadcast foundation to create a powerful and flexible new entry to the digital signage market. With features like effortless multi-screen HD playout, as well as broadcast-quality graphics and powerful but easy-to-use interface, PlayBox DS like all of PlayBox Technology's products breaks new ground in price versus performance. PlayBox DS is 3D-ready and system-wide synchronisation enables playback of stereoscopic files for 3D displays, and PlayBox DS software is able to host 3D objects made by a 3D graphics-package, ideal for detailed interactive displays. Suitable for the smallest projects to huge-multi-national installations with thousands of screens, PlayBox DS is a heavyweight performer at an affordable price.

PlayBox Technology - decade of playout innovation
PlayBox Technology - decade of playout innovation

SONY PARTNERS PLAYBOX FOR HDXCHANGE

London, 11 March 2009

PlayBox Technology has partnered with Sony to provide playout solutions for Sony’s HDXchange networked content management system. The integration of PlayBox with the HDXchange workflow provides a complete seamless end-to-end workflow from ingest to playout, allowing edited content to be immediately available for transmission, as and when required.


The integration of PlayBox adds full-blown playout capabilities that include automation, with the detail defined by customer requirements. Typically the playout workflow involves AirBox servers pulling required material from the HDXchange networked central store into its own playout server’s own store that is dedicated to playout. This operation starts with playlists, created in ListBox or other scheduling or traffic management systems, that are delivered to AirBox. AirBox then checks for the content in its own store. If any required items are missing, it looks in the HDXchange central store and, when found, initiates the copying to the AirBox store over the network as a background task. If any required content is not found, this is flagged to the user for further action. The AirBox automatically plays the material as defined by the playlist. Manual operation is also possible.


HDXchange is a collaborative SD/HD environment across platforms and networks. It operates with a variety of files types including DV, XDCAM, XDCAM HD, HDV, DVCAM and MXF. The material for transmission is stored as MXF or MOV files running at data rates from 18 to 50 MB/s, using 4:1:1 or 4:2:2 sampling. AirBox stores these files directly and outputs the video in the required television format. This can include up or down resizing that is automatically executed in the AirBox mixed playout engine. 


The PlayBox capabilities can include a full range of tools such as TitleBox for live on-air interactive graphics and text, SubtitlePlus for subtitles and CaptureBox for direct ingest as well as the AirBox playout server. This equipment is designed for reliability and can be supplied as a fully redundant system with triple redundant power supplies.

PlayBox Technology partner with Sony
PlayBox Technology partner with Sony

Perfect BVE for PlayBox

London 17-19 February 2009


BVE 2009 was an excellent show for PlayBox Technology. With the previous London-based shows somewhat production oriented, PlayBox Technology was sceptical about the outcome of exhibiting at BVE 2009. Don Ash, Director, Sales, says “This was perfect for PlayBox Technology and we have already booked a bigger and better stand for next year. Everyone from start-up channels to the big name broadcasters made a beeline for our stand. They weren’t there just to see what’s new but wanted to talk about specific projects.” The Unattended Remote Playout via internet, nicknamed FoxBox, attracted a great deal of attention. 


Ben Gunkel, Sales Manger “BVE was a great opportunity for us to meet current and future clients and to build business relationships. It seems we were target by a vast amount of visitors that wanted to buy into our solutions.”

With PlayBox Technology offering 100% of the functionality at 25% of the price, potential clients wanted to see PlayBox Technology solutions in detail for themselves. This kept the demonstration team busy throughout the event showing all the SD, HD and DVB (ASI/IP) streaming solutions.


Broadcast Video Expo, held at Earls Court 2, was a new show that combined two previous exhibitions and is now the only big broadcast show in London. Besides there being over 300 exhibitors, there were also many seminars and other presentations taking place..

PlayBox Technology at BVE
PlayBox Technology at BVE

NAB 2009 PRESS PREVIEW

 London, 11 February 2009


At NAB 2009 PlayBox Technology, now powering over 6500 SD, HD and DVB TV channels worldwide, is showcasing its expanding range of playout capabilities. New at the show are PlayBox Metus media asset management and NewsAir – both complementing PlayBox playout to deliver greater standalone or integrated capabilities for general playout and news applications. NAB is also the place to see the new ‘FoxBox’, the remote automated playout solution that can be cost-effectively deployed virtually anywhere there’s an audience, to provide a local-look station.

PlayBox Metus MAM scales to be the heart of a small TV station or of a large broadcast centre, anywhere MAM is needed to organize and manage assets. It can be standalone or fully integrated with PlayBox ingest, playout and branding systems for all uses from production, post and transmission playout.


The pioneering NewsAir news system is available from PlayBox Technology, offering the benefits of both performance and a new level of cost-effectiveness for news production. NewsAir can operate either separately or integrated with video facilities. It is also the perfect complement to PlayBox playout solutions to provide a complete modern broadcast news operating environment at a new price point.


The new PlayBox ‘FoxBox’ automated remote playout solution, developed in conjunction with Fox International Channels Italy, enables the full operation and monitoring of distant broadcast playout using only the public internet as the link for content delivery and control. System details can be adjusted to fit customer requirements but single and multi-channel operation and full equipment redundancy are available. Rather than offering only unbranded generic feeds, the FoxBox remote solution can output fully branded content including local commercials and idents, as well as subtitles and local graphics, as required – all delivered to the playout equipment via public internet. This allows low-cost worldwide ‘local-look’ broadcasting to anywhere from a central broadcasting centre, or anywhere. 

FoxBox
FoxBox