PlayBox Technology Playout for South Africa

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

PlayBox Technology UK has installed a complete turnkey project in South Africa for the Broadcast Playout Centre for ITV South Africa. ITV is the world’s first English Speaking Islamic satellite television channel transmitted from South Africa.

ITV is based at the site of the Louis Pasteur Hospital in Pretoria and PlayBox Technology UK Limited completed the project covering all aspects from the supply, project management, installation, commissioning and on-site training. ITV has a single-channel playout from a complete PlayBox Technology workflow with a redundant playout system comprising two AirBox playout servers each with TitleBox interactive CG and 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 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, with 250 hours in the CaptureBox and 750 hours in each AirBox, is already installed.

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 as a free-to-air channel.

ITV aims to showcase the beauty of Islam and the truth with its diverse informative programming with 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.