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Dejero Supports COVID-19 Business Continuity Strategy at The Jewellery Channel Posted: 14/05/2020
Dejero Supports COVID-19 Business Continuity Strategy at The Jewellery Channel

Dejero, an innovator in cloud-managed solutions that provide Emmy® award winning video transport and Internet connectivity while mobile or in remote locations, has provided British teleshopping channel The Jewellery Channel (TJC) with EnGo mobile transmitters, a WayPoint receiver, a CuePoint return feed server and complimentary LivePlus mobile apps, that have formed a key part of the broadcaster's business continuity plan during the COVID-19 pandemic. TJC has also been using this Dejero equipment to lead a significant change in how live teleshopping is produced and broadcast.

"While we intend to continue broadcasting from our main studio in Surrey house, London, for as long as possible, we are all dependent on government policy during this extraordinary time and TJC wanted to be ready to broadcast from home if this was required," said Martin Willingham, technical director at TJC. "Dejero's technology has been a great comfort blanket for us in that scenario. As one of the main TV shopping channels in the UK, we broadcast 24/7, 365 days a year and our reputation depends on us not having technical problems. The reliability and sturdiness of the Dejero workflow has really impressed us."

Tags: Dejero | The Jewellery Channel | COVID-19 | business continuity | Smart Blending Technology | flexible remote broadcasting | EnGo | TJC | WayPoint | CuePoint | LivePlus | teleshopping | Martin Willingham | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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TV Direct, Thailand, Expands with PlayBox Neo Posted: 30/04/2020
TV Direct, Thailand, Expands with PlayBox Neo

PlayBox Neo announces the completion of an expanded playout system at the Bangkok headquarters of Thai broadcaster TV Direct. The installation doubles the network's capacity from three to six channels, transmitted in high definition via direct-to-home satellite and online.

"PlayBox Neo's Channel-in-a-Box system has the fourfold advantage of being installer-friendly, efficient to operate, easy to expand and highly reliable," says TV Direct's MCR Manager Akarachai Tobsin. "This new investment comprises three additional AirBox Neo-19 servers, each configured with the resources we need to schedule programs, commercials and promos as far in advance as the production team chooses to work. AirBox Neo-19 also allows us to make near-to-air changes in playout running order or to transmit live whenever we choose. In operational terms, the control GUIs go beyond intuitive by being relaxing on the eyes rather than imposing a lot of glare. Content can be accessed quickly, trimmed and finessed, all within the Neo-19 environment. That saves staff time and ensures maximum confidence. The servers are located at our satellite uplink service provider, PSI Broadcasting, here in the same city, and operated via secure IP links which carry complete program files as well as control data."

 

 

 

Tags: PlayBox Neo | Cloud2TV | Channel-in-a-Box | CIAB | Neo-19 | broadcast asset management | integrated media asset management | broadcast systems infrastructure | IT-based broadcast systems | disaster recovery centres | disaster recovery systems | digital media archivi
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Pebble Beach Systems Announces Strong 2019 Financial Results Posted: 30/04/2020
Pebble Beach Systems Announces Strong 2019 Financial Results

Pebble Beach Systems, the leading automation, content management and integrated channel specialist, today announced a strong set of results for the year ended 31 December 2019, with all key financial metrics ahead of 2018’s impressive figures.

The company increased its gross margin, and the net cash inflow from its operating activities. At £3.8m, the adjusted EBITDA figure was 52% higher than that for 2018. Revenues were also significantly up, at £11.2m compared to £9.2m in 2018, an increase of 22%.

Tags: Pebble Beach Systems | automation | channel in a box | integrated and virtualised playout | scalable products | flexible | financial results | Bubble Agency
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Polygon Labs Launches Flexible On-Demand Subscription-Based Graphics Services Creative Hub and Training Lab Posted: 28/04/2020
Polygon Labs Launches Flexible On-Demand Subscription-Based Graphics Services Creative Hub and Training Lab

Polygon Labs, an innovative creative studio pushing the boundaries of interactive data applications and visual branding, has today launched two work at home service initiatives, Creative Hub and Training Lab.

A cost-effective, multi-disciplined, on-demand broadcast design and developer subscription-based service, Creative Hub allows news publishers and broadcasters to book any size project for virtual studios, augmented reality, branding, real-time graphics packages, interactive story-telling graphics, video walls, multi-screen tickers, downstream channels, using a flexible utilization plan with no blackout dates. The subscriber simply purchases a number of creative service hours per month and uses them as and when desired.

Training Lab is the company’s new expert remote training service, which specialises in Vizrt real-time graphics, workflow solutions and products for channel branding, template creation, virtual production, data visualisation and interactive story-telling.

 

 

Tags: Polygon Labs | Creative Hub | Training Lab | broadcast graphics | news | sport | channel branding | real-time graphics | virtual production | Vizrt | subscription service | creative services
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SES Delivers Over 8,300 TV Channels to 367 Million Homes Worldwide Posted: 24/04/2020
SES Delivers Over 8,300 TV Channels to 367 Million Homes Worldwide

SES announced today that the number of global TV households it reaches directly or indirectly via satellite increased by 12 million to 367 million in 2019. Findings from the company's annual Satellite Monitor market research validate, once again, SES's position as the world's leading video content distributor via satellite and shows the important role that satellite continues to play in reaching the largest possible audience globally.

Much of the increase in the 12 million TV households is attributed to the leading infrastructure of TV reception — satellite and cable — which grew by 9 million in 2019 to 153 million and 149 million homes, respectively. Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) and terrestrial TV grew by a combined 3 million to 43 million and 21 million homes.

The Satellite Monitor study also showed that SES's technical reach has increased across several continents, including Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific (APAC), and Latin America (LATAM). Europe continues to be the strongest market for SES, with 168 million total households served by the SES fleet, up by 1 million from 2018, followed by North America at 69 million.

 

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ProSiebenSat.1 Welt selects Globecast for multiplatform distribution across the US and beyond Posted: 15/04/2020
ProSiebenSat.1 Welt selects Globecast for multiplatform distribution across the US and beyond

Germany-based broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has chosen Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, for the licensing of its ProSiebenSat.1 Welt German-language TV channel exclusively in the US for MVPD, cable operator, OTT platform and IPTV distribution and non-exclusively in Central and South America, Australia, and New Zealand. Technical delivery of the signal is being managed from Globecast’s Media Center in Culver City, CA.

Tags: Globecast | broadcast | channel | distribution | content | audience | licensing | NAB 2020 | NAB 2020
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PlayBox Neo Powers New TV Channels for Minacord Media Posted: 15/04/2020
PlayBox Neo Powers New TV Channels for Minacord Media

Minacord Media, founded and owned by composer, songwriter, singer and instrumentalist Zeljko Joksimovic, has chosen PlayBox Neo Version 19 Channel-in-a-Box systems to power three new television channels: Kazbuka, K1 and TV Doctor. All three will be transmitted via cable and IPTV in Serbia, and on the Go4TV mobile-TV platform across Croatia, Slovenia, Austria plus the wider European Union, Switzerland, Canada and the USA. The project was negotiated and completed by PlayBox Neo distribution partner PBT Adria, from initial design and cabling through to on-site integration, configuration and testing.

"PlayBox Neo was the obvious choice for channel branding and playout as it gives us full control over the entire process from scheduling, titling and interstitials management right through to delivery," Zeljko Joksimovic comments. "A key requirement was the ability to automate as much as possible while keeping our production options open to accommodate live inserts or last-minute changes in running order. Efficient expandability and easy third-party device integration were also important so that we are free to add extra channels easily at any time in the future. PlayBox Neo answers at every level."

 

 

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Outdoor Sport Channel chooses Globecast for worldwide distribution of content Posted: 25/03/2020
Outdoor Sport Channel chooses Globecast for worldwide distribution of content

Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, has announced a multi-year partnership with United Kingdom/Netherlands-based Outdoor Sport Channel for the worldwide distribution of its HD and 4K content to MVPDs (multichannel video programming distributors) and as the exclusive distributor in the US. The deal includes the distribution of the linear channel and video-on-demand content on all platforms including CATV, DTH, IPTV, OTT and smart TVs for North America, South America, Europe, the Russian Federation, Asia-Pacific, and exclusively in the US.

Globecast is a leading provider of both content aggregation and end-to-end media delivery for network programming from around the globe. Globecast is a preferred content provider to most US major MVPDs with direct and dedicated fiber feeds from its broadcast center in Culver City, CA. This latest deal further adds to Globecast’s growing Content Acquisition, Aggregation, & Distribution (CAAD) business.

Henk van Meer, Founder & CEO of Outdoor Sport Channel® commented, “In order to further maximize our worldwide distribution, we teamed up with Globecast as they are the ideal partner to help us ‘go global’ because that is what they do best. Globecast understands today’s operator and TV audience needs and we are keen to market, offer, and sell our channel to each and any distributing operator on the planet with a long-term vision.”

Outdoor Sport Channel® HD is an international, 24-hour global sports television networkfeaturing a vast array of outdoor, action, summer, winter sports and sports news. It distributes its HD programming worldwide via CATV, DTH satellite, IPTV, OTT, broadcast over IP, VOD, and mobile platforms.

“This distribution agreement demonstrates our value in delivering content to all types of operator platforms and our ability to partner with quality programmers to extend their reach to distributors globally. We’re eager to be working with Outdoor Sport Channel® to bring its exciting and unique international sports content to the world. It continues to affirm our successful approach to our CAAD business line,” said Berto Guzman, VP, Head of Content Acquisition, Aggregation and Distribution for Globecast Americas.

Tags: Globecast | broadcast | channels | video | distribution | content | OTT | IPTV | DTH
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Georgian TV Broadcaster Rustavi 2 Chooses PlayBox Neo Channel-in-a-Box Posted: 20/03/2020
Georgian TV Broadcaster Rustavi 2 Chooses PlayBox Neo Channel-in-a-Box

Georgian free-to-air television channel Rustavi 2 has chosen PlayBox Neo Channel-in-a-Box servers as the core of a new high-definition broadcast playout system at its headquarters in Tbilisi. The project includes two systems, configured for operation in main and backup roles. It was completed in co-operation with systems integrator Broadcast Technologies Ltd which is itself based in Tbilisi.

"We recently decided to modernise our playout facilities to increase the channel's operational efficiency," comments George Gocha Kumsiashvili, Director of Production & Technical Support at Rustavi 2. "PlayBox Neo Channel-in-a-Box meets our requirements exactly in terms of technical performance, ease of use, interconnectivity and reliability. It is also very compact which both simplifies installation and conserves space in our central apparatus room."

"Rustavi2 purchased a separate ListBox Neo playlist preparation and scheduling license for each server," adds Sergei Kazaryants, Director of Operations at Broadcast Technologies Ltd. "Both servers are used in conjunction with a Guramex vision mixer, interfaced via an automation module. Part of our role was to ensure the automation was programmed to achieve the closest possible integration. This was achieved quickly and easily and the complete system is now fully on air."

 

 

 

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Multi Channel Dante Audio Interfaces by Sonifex Posted: 20/03/2020
Multi Channel Dante and reg; Audio Interfaces by Sonifex

Sonifex have released three multi-channel Dante® audio interfaces which convert balanced analogue audio line inputs and outputs to Dante AoIP. Simple to configure and operate, these cost effective 1U rack-mount products offer an easy solution for AV professionals and system integrators. The range consists of three products, namely the AVN-AIO4, AVN-AIO8 and the AVN-AO16.

The AVN-AIO4, 4 Input, 4 Output Dante® Interface provides 4 analogue audio inputs and 4 analogue audio outputs on Neutrik XLR connectors and similarly the AVN-AIO8, 8 Input, 8 Output Dante® Interface provides 8 analogue XLR audio inputs and 8 analogue XLR audio outputs. Finally, the AVN-AO16 16 Output Dante® Interface provides 16 analogue XLR audio outputs.

They each use the latest Audinate chipsets, are AES67 & Dante Domain Manager compliant and are powered via PoE (Power Over Ethernet). All analogue connections are on high-quality Neutrik XLR connectors.

For more information, please contact sales@sonifex.co.uk or call +44 1933 650 700.

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Black News Channel Launches with Brightline LED Fixtures Posted: 12/03/2020
Black News Channel Launches with Brightline LED Fixtures

Black News Channel, which launched on Feb. 10 and is the nation’s only African American news network, features a dynamic news set lit with Brightline L1.2 and L1.4 SeriesONE LED soft light fixtures. Designed by Devlin Design Group in Scottsdale, Ariz., the main set features a news desk, two large LED video wall areas, and a small interview set. RGB lighting elements – including hanging set pieces, walkways, and video wall backlights – created some talent lighting challenges. Lighting designer Bill Holshevnikoff said Brightline has “great control options on their fixtures, so you can make sure you’re not spilling light on the RGB elements and spoiling the color.”

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Shobit Chauhan Joins PlayBox Neo to Head Pre-Sales and Post-Sales Support for India, Bangladesh and Nepal Posted: 06/03/2020
Shobit Chauhan Joins PlayBox Neo to Head Pre-Sales and Post-Sales Support for India, Bangladesh and Nepal

PlayBox Neo announces a key addition to its executive team with the appointment of Shobit Chauhan as Head of Pre-Sales and Post-Sales Support for India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

"A broadcast industry professional with 20 years of experience, Shobit Chauhan graduated with a BA degree from the University of Delhi before joining our New Delhi office in 2000," comments PlayBox Neo CEO Pavlin Rahnev. "There he rose through the ranks to become CTO before moving on to gain experience in the wider computing world. He has an excellent understanding of the broadcast TV media business at its widest and of the technology we have pioneered over the past 20 years. We are delighted to have him back to supervise the support resources we offer our many customers and sales partners across Bangladesh, Nepal and the Indian subcontinent."

"I am very pleased to be returning to the PlayBox mainstream," Shobit Chauhan adds. "PlayBox Neo has sustained the talent for product development which drove the company right from its inception. Our server-based Channel-in-a-Box platform continues to be a market leader with over 18,500 playout and channel-branding systems installed around the world. PlayBox Neo has also proved its industry leadership with the software-centric Cloud2TV virtual channel playout system offering TV channel operators the ideal combination of efficiency, agility and operational simplicity."

 

 

 

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PlayBox Neo to Demo Service-Based Virtual-Channel Broadcast Production and Playout at CABSAT 2020 Posted: 06/03/2020
PlayBox Neo to Demo Service-Based Virtual-Channel Broadcast Production and Playout at CABSAT 2020

PlayBox Neo will demonstrate its full range of broadcast playout and channel branding solutions to CABSAT 2020 attendees at the Dubai World Trade Centre, March 31st - April 2nd. Highlights of the exhibit on stand E4-20 in hall 4 will be the PlayBox Neo Channel-in-a-Box system and the software-as-a-service-based Cloud2TV.

"Our products are built on 20 years of solid experience working with customers ranging in size from globally active broadcast networks to independent channel owners and playout service providers," says PlayBox Neo CEO Pavlin Rahnev. "They include major players in the MENA market such as BHS, EutelSat, Gulsat, Nilesat and ViewMedia, to mention just a few."

"We continue to lead the way in terms of product robustness, refinement, scalability and versatility. Central to our success is modularity, giving operators the ability to perform any or every function involved in television content preparation, from ingest, QC, transcoding, graphic branding and scheduling right through to transmission."

"MENA broadcasters, like their colleagues around the world, are looking for maximum reliability and creative efficiency. Our CABSAT demonstration will show how easy PlayBox Neo systems are to deploy and, thanks to the intuitive PlayBox Neo graphic interface, very easy operate."

 

 

 

 

Tags: PlayBox Neo | Cloud2TV | Channel-in-a-Box | CIAB | broadcast asset management | integrated media asset management | broadcast systems infrastructure | IT-based broadcast systems | disaster recovery centres | disaster recovery systems | digital media archiving | IP g | CABSAT 2020 | CABSAT 2020
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PPTV Invests in AirBox Neo-19 CIAB from PlayBox Neo Posted: 18/02/2020
PPTV Invests in AirBox Neo-19 CIAB from PlayBox Neo

PlayBox Neo announces the completion of a new AirBox Channel-in-a-Box playout system for Plovdiv Orthodox TV (PPTV), commissioned by the Metropolis of Plovdiv. It includes a server running Neo-19 ingest, transcoding, titling, scheduling and transmission modules. The new installation augments and upgrades existing AirBox CIAB infrastructure commissioned when PPTV commenced broadcasting 10 years ago.

"This investment provides us with latest-generation software running on new dedicated hardware," says PPTV Technical Director Yuriy Todorov. "It includes many refinements which make our day to day channel management operations more efficient than ever. Particularly appreciated is the low-glare graphic user interface which our presentation colleagues find eye-friendly throughout the duration of a working shift."

"Also appreciated is Neo-19's very logical display structure which provides the information essential to each phase of the content sourcing, finessing and scheduling process without peripheral distractions. Supplementary information, if or when needed, is easily accessible from the main GUI.

"A great strength of Neo-19 is that it alerts the operator if any aspect of a prescheduled playout process still needs attention. The PlayBox Neo system also gives our staff the option of working with full automation while retaining the ability to insert live content whenever required."

 

 

 

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PlayBox Neo CIAB Playout Goes Live at SoundView Broadcasting, New York Posted: 03/02/2020
PlayBox Neo CIAB Playout Goes Live at SoundView Broadcasting, New York

 

SoundView Broadcasting, a global broadcast service provider, has invested in a PlayBox Neo multichannel playout system for its headquarters in the heart of New York City's TV and motion picture district.

"The new installation comprises latest-generation AirBox Channel-in-a-Box servers in content ingest, master playout and backup configurations," comments SoundView Broadcasting Director of Operations Sarmad Zafar. "They are straightforward to install, configure well and perform very reliably. We also have fast access to support from PlayBox Neo USA if needed. The PlayBox Neo user interface is very operator-friendly, easy to learn and displays exactly the information needed at each stage of the operation from ingest right through to transmission."

"We have provided three of our full size 3U servers for this project," adds PlayBox Neo US Director of Operations Van Duke. "Each is configured with AirBox Neo-19 playout software and TitleBox Neo-19 channel branding software. Servers 1 and 2 include ANSI/SCTE 35 insertion cue messaging. Servers 2 and 3 are additionally loaded with PlayBox Neo Multi-Backup Manager. Server 3 has been installed in an offsite disaster recovery facility."

 

 

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