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PBS39 WLVT-TV Chooses PlayBox Neo for Phase 3 Expansion Posted: 14/10/2020
PBS39 WLVT-TV Chooses PlayBox Neo for Phase 3 Expansion

PBS39/WLVT-TV, part of Lehigh Valley Public Media based in Pennsylvania, has chosen a dual channel PlayBox Neo playout system for the third phase of the infrastructure expansion project which it commenced in Q4 2017. This latest phase includes the integration of an AirBox Neo platform with TitleBox Neo software which will be used for graphics and channel branding.

"PlayBox Neo has partnered closely with us so that we can operate five separate broadcast channels with the greatest possible efficiency," comments Andrea Cummis, Chief Technology Officer. "Phase 1 solved our requirement for a dependable and user-friendly core playout system which replaced legacy third-party servers. Phase 2, completed in Q3 2019, added a second ProductionAirBox Neo and two extra channels of CaptureBox Neo. Phase 3 continues our modernization program with an additional dual channel AirBox Neo server operating within a framework that gives our production staff fast access to the TitleBox Neo graphics creation and text manipulation toolset without having to move outside the main PlayBox Neo user interface. Our engineering staff continue to be impressed by the system's robust build, effective software integration and future-proof expandability.”



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PlayBox Neo Announces Latest Refinements to AirBox Neo and Cloud2TV Posted: 01/10/2020
PlayBox Neo Announces Latest Refinements to AirBox Neo and Cloud2TV

PlayBox Neo marks the 21st anniversary of the AirBox broadcast playout system with the latest enhancements to its 1U and 3U Neo servers and IP-based Cloud2TV. These bring additional operating features and increased connectivity.

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Discovery Taps Imagine to Take Ad Management to the Cloud Posted: 30/09/2020
Discovery Taps Imagine to Take Ad Management to the Cloud

Imagine Communications, which helps broadcasters, content owners, MVPDs and vMVPDs make and monetize TV, today announced that Discovery Sweden and Finland have transitioned to the latest cloud-based release of Landmark™ Sales operated by Imagine’s Managed Service. Discovery will benefit from reduced infrastructure costs, increased performance and improved management of linear airtime sales across a diverse advertising ecosystem. Imagine’s turnkey, cloud-based advertising management solution enables Discovery’s ad operations team to focus on core business priorities and maximize sales without the burden of managing underlying technical complexity.

Tags: Imagine Communications | Discovery | Landmark Sales | managed service | infrastructure | Ross Goodall | AutoBook engine | Mark Senecal | xG GamePlan | ad sales | multiple platforms | maximise revenue | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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ATG Danmon Completes Committee Room Video Conferencing and AV Control System Upgrade for European Legislature Posted: 23/09/2020
ATG Danmon Completes Committee Room Video Conferencing and AV Control System Upgrade for European Legislature

ATG Danmon has completed a committee room video conferencing and audiovisual control system for one of Europe's longest established national legislatures. The facility is currently assigned to function as a venue in which elected representatives and their advisors can hold private discussion meetings. It is also used for seminars and as general meeting room space.

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Jigsaw24 named Adobe Certified Service Partner for Video and Audio Posted: 16/09/2020
Jigsaw24 named Adobe Certified Service Partner for Video and Audio

Leading B2B technology solutions provider Jigsaw24 has been named an Adobe Certified Service Partner for Video and Audio – becoming one of the first organisations in the world to gain the exclusive status. 

 



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PlayBox Neo Announces Capture Suite Network-based Multi-channel Ingest Solution Posted: 03/09/2020
PlayBox Neo Announces Capture Suite Network-based Multi-channel Ingest Solution

PlayBox Neo announces a major addition to its product line with the introduction of Capture Suite, an ingest solution designed to increase the efficiency of television networks, post-production facilities and playout centers. Easy to integrate into any broadcast media environment, Capture Suite employs a client-server architecture which can be scaled to accommodate a practically unlimited number of channels.

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Argosy Adds Boston Stream+ Encoder to Active Hardware Range for Large-Scale Ultra-Density Video Encoding Posted: 25/08/2020
Argosy Adds Boston Stream+ Encoder to Active Hardware Range for Large-Scale Ultra-Density Video Encoding

Argosy, a leading international supplier of broadcast cables and infrastructure products, has announced it has added the powerful 1RU Stream+ encoder to its active hardware range, bringing this large-scale, ultra-density video encoding device to the broadcast market for the first time. As a result, Argosy has now become an official ‘channel reseller’ for British technology specialist Boston Limited.

Tags: Argosy | Boston Limited | Stream+ | encoder | Josh Simons | Manoj Nayee | hardware | video encoder | infrastructure | channel reseller | broadcast | cables | power management | switches | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Thai Parliament Votes for PlayBox Neo Posted: 04/06/2020
Thai Parliament Votes for PlayBox Neo

PlayBox Neo announces the completion of a high definition parliamentary broadcast playout system for the National Assembly of Thailand in Bangkok. The new installation is a complete end-to-end solution including ProductionAirBox Neo, TitleBox Neo and CaptureBox Neo. PlayBox Neo partnered in the project with Thai system integrator Broadcast Audio Service Company Limited and Bangkok-based distributor Mahajak Development Company Limited.

"The Thai government required a solution that would be reliable, operator friendly, space-efficient and future-proof," comments Banjongsak Wonggawee, BASC Project Engineer. "This is a complete new-install which gives the production team full control over the entire workflow from ingest right through to transmission. PlayBox Neo was the logical choice on every count. It was also easy to integrate with third-party devices which is crucial in the design of any system. The system we recommended is based on six production servers. Three of these are configured to capture, schedule and transmit proceedings from the 500-seat Chandra voting chamber in the Thai Senate plus three for the Surian chamber in the House of Representatives."

 

 

 

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GB Labs qualifies ATTO 360 Tuning, Monitoring, and Analytics Software to achieve even faster performance Posted: 18/05/2020
GB Labs qualifies ATTO 360 Tuning, Monitoring, and Analytics Software to achieve even faster performance

The leader in intelligent storage solutions, GB Labs, has announced a development partnership with ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of network, storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions, and has qualified ATTO 360™ Tuning, Monitoring, and Analytics Software with GB Labs CORE.4 operating system.

A network built with ATTO FastFrame™ Ethernet adapters and ThunderLink® Thunderbolt™ adapters can be optimised to perform far better than what’s commonly expected of Ethernet networks. ATTO 360 Tuning, Monitoring, and Analytics Software helps users easily and quickly tune networks to achieve maximum performance.

GB Labs CEO-CTO Dominic Harland said, “Any storage system can only be as good as the quality of the connection it has to creative workstations or processing platforms. This is especially true of our high-end Space and FastNAS platforms, which are so powerful and intuitive that they can actually be let down by a substandard link to the workstations they are there to drive.”

 

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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."

 

 

 

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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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ATG Danmon Builds UHD Video Production Studios for Fidelity International Posted: 15/04/2020
ATG Danmon Builds UHD Video Production Studios for Fidelity International

ATG Danmon announces the completion of a UHD video production facility for the London headquarters of Fidelity International. The project was prompted by Fidelity's recent relocation to a new office building in the centre of the city's financial district.

"As a flagship location, the Cannon Street office needed to be a future-focused space," says Adam Sheldrake, Head of Studios at Fidelity International . "Good communication is essential to our business so we make full use of video media for internal communication, podcasting and participation in finance-related broadcasts. ATG has worked very successfully with us in projects at our previous London headquarters as well as designing and equipping studios at our Hong Kong offices. I have always been happy with what they have provided and how they have supported us. They responded to a proposal based on our initial specification but, because of their experience in past projects for us, were able to suggest a more cost-effective approach which also provided more functionality and included kit of superior specification. The result meets our highest expectations."

"We have designed, integrated and configured a full TV studio and production control gallery plus a podcast studio with its dedicated control room, edit suites and a green room," adds ATG Danmon Managing Director Russell Peirson-Hagger. "The project also included cabling through from the control areas to a technical apparatus room."

 

 

 

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Nevion helps Al Kass Sports Channels transition from SDI to IP Posted: 07/04/2020
Nevion helps Al Kass Sports Channels transition from SDI to IP

Nevion, award-winning provider of virtualized media production solutions, has announced Al Kass Sports Channels, a public broadcast service provider of information and sports entertainment programming in Qatar, has chosen Nevion’s flagship products VideoIPath and Virtuoso to connect its main facility with three other broadcast facilities across the country through a flexible IP-based media network infrastructure.

Previously, the channels had been exchanging media between Qatar Television (QTV), Al Bidda Tower in Corniche and BeIn Sports using microwave links. To support enhancements to the quality and cost-effectiveness of transmission, Al Kass Sports Channels required a state-of-the-art, scalable and flexible switching infrastructure that would support its eventual migration to higher resolutions and an all-IP environment.

Initially, the new solution would provide reliable ultra-low latency IP transport for uncompressed and compressed HD-SDI, DVB-ASI, intercom and data between the sites over a ring network topology. However, it also needed to be ready to handle 4K/UHD, HDR and SMPTE ST 2110 to support Al Kass’s plans. 

The Virtuosos are used for the in real-time IP adaption and transport protection for video, audio and data, and also to provide encoding and decoding capabilities for both HD and 4K/UHD video feeds, while VideoIPath manages and orchestrates the complete network.

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ATG Danmon Completes Westminster Links Upgrade Posted: 27/03/2020
ATG Danmon Completes Westminster Links Upgrade

ATG Danmon announces the completion of upgrades to OB link facilities in the City of Westminster, central London, for one of Europe's leading television news providers. The project centred on new interface portals at Abingdon Green adjacent to the UK Houses of Parliament, and in Downing Street. Abingdon Green is often used by TV and radio reporters as a location for interviews with politicians and political commentators. The Downing Street portal is frequently used by reporters and mobile production crews covering activity outside the residences of the UK prime minister and the chancellor of the exchequer.

"Our role was to modernise the cabling, fibre and connectivity at each portal," says ATG Danmon managing director Russell Peirson-Hagger. "These are used for many Westminster-related broadcasts, both live and recorded, in addition to similar facilities at various other key London locations. They also form part of the wide range of facilities offered to other broadcast and corporate clients."

"Both portals are equipped to handle 1920 x 1080p50 Full-HD HD-SDI and IP. They also include high quality multi-channel analogue audio in/outs, genlock reference, IP data, a video return feed, audio talkback and electrical power. Everything is housed in highly robust and fully weatherproof steel cases which are kept locked until actually needed."

"The project is the latest of several commissions we have completed for this client. We were chosen both for our proven experience and because we already had accreditation to work within the Palace of Westminster."

 

 

 

 

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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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