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.
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 Play
Play 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. Play 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.
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.
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.