Tring TV, one of Albania's leading broadcasters and IPTV service-providers, has upgraded its playout infrastructure to a combination of PlayBox Technology Neo servers and CloudAir online services. The integrated system provides all the resources needed to deliver 27 television channels.
"We have operated very successfully with PlayBox Technology channel-in-a-box servers for many years," comments Tring TV technical manager Armand Selimaj. "This latest upgrade to AirBox Neo plus CloudAir allows us to deliver a full high definition service via the Albanian national digital terrestrial network as well as via satellite and IP streaming. The AirBox Neo servers are all located at our new headquarters in Tirana. Supplementing these with CloudAir creates an extremely versatile ecosystem integrating virtual playout plus the best of both worlds in terms of SDI and IP workflow. CloudAir gives an easy to use interface which we can access from any location plus 24/7 transmission continuity and highly robust programme storage."
"CloudAir integrates very easily and effectively with the AirBox Neo product family," adds Alban Pojani, general manager of Tirana-based DV Group which represents PlayBox Technology in Albania. "The benefits of that integration include advanced quality control and greater accessibility for content management and playlist preparation. The system is highly secure and gives Tring TV one of the world's most modern playout environments."
"The combination of AirBox Neo servers and CloudAir gives broadcasters an operationally efficient and very cost-effective way to extend both the security and the scale of their operations," adds PlayBox Technology chief executive officer Pavlin Rahnev. "Additional channels can be added at very short notice using CloudAir without adding to the equipment load in a station's onsite technical area."
CloudAir is a development of the EdgeBox remote playout concept which is used by many broadcasters around the world. Core software running on a proven server is located at the broadcaster's choice of remote playout centre, typically a 24/7 service provider in whichever town, city, country or continent the broadcaster prefers. Management of programme schedules, ad sales, media management and monitoring are all performed in the usual way on the broadcaster's premises, usually at its headquarters, via a fire-walled IP link.
Available exclusively from PlayBox Technology and its regional partners, the PlayBox Neo suite is based around the AirBox Neo playout server. Designed for 24/7 unattended operation, it can also be operated manually including the ability to handle live-to-air throughput. AirBox Neo supports UHD, HD and SD in single server.
Established in 2006, Tring (www.tring.al) began as a specialist in satellite communications. It is today one of the largest providers of digital television, telephone and high-speed internet services to residential and business customers in Albania. Tring TV provides high definition programme content in MPEG-4 format to viewers within the country and globally.
To date, Tring is one of the leading companies in the field of media, broadcasting and telecommunications. Tring TV and Tring Internet are two of the most valuable brands in the market in the last decade in Albania and the neighbouring countries. Tring TV counts 450,000 household subscribers who can obtain Tring TV channels via satellite, terrestrial, cable and IPTV platforms. Some of the main channel categories are: Movies, Kids, Lifestyle, Documentaries and Sports. Tring TV broadcasts through terrestrial and satellite signal in two packages, with more than 40 and 50 channels respectively. Tring Internet has 35,000 household subscribers of internet broadband and VoIP telephony. Tring differs from its competitors in the market because it uses the latest technologies such as optic fibre, hybrid fibre/coaxial, satellite and ADSL+.
Presently, Tring is one of the most dynamic Albanian companies in the field of media, broadcasting, and telecommunications. As a triple play provider, Tring is the one stop for all TV entertainment needs, telephony and internet.
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