PlayBox Technology (www.playbox.tv) has signed an agreement with Step2e (www.step2e.de) to offer a cost-effective and fully integrated traffic and playout system for television broadcast applications. Named TrafficBox, the new product is set for launching at the IBC 2010 exhibition (stand 8.C30) 10-14 September, at Amsterdam RAI.
TrafficBox draws on the talents of both companies to provide a complete range of fully integrated traffic management and broadcast playout capabilities. TrafficBox ties a wide range of activities together into one coherent system that includes scheduling, traffic and rights management, planning, as-run logging, sales, statistics, billing and pre-billing. It allows the creation of long and short-term programme grids down to frame-accurate run lists including live, tape or video server events for single or multi-channel clients.
Vassil Lefterov, CEO PlayBox Technology said, "This combination is more powerful than the sum of its parts. Step2e has already established an excellent track record in the industry for innovation and quality of product and is a perfect fit with Playbox Technology. So a wide range of broadcasters can take full advantage of the efficiency and speed that TrafficBox offers at the price they want to afford."
Stefan Wagenpfeil, CEO Step2e added, "The products from PlayBox Technology and Step2e complement each other perfectly. Integrating our administrative, editorial and management tools to PlayBox playout, graphics and automation has worked really well and we are looking forward to a long and fruitful working relationship."
TrafficBox can create 'ingest' events lists for CaptureBox, titling and graphic events lists for TitleBox and playout events lists for AirBox with preview and file management included. All files can be previewed and edited and the whole operation is fully integrated with the PlayBox Technology software.
Targeted at broadcasters who need TV business management solutions, TrafficBox includes all the features for programme planning, advertising sales operations and long-term playlists scheduling. It also provides for the preparation of the physical material that is presented on-air: the video, audio, text, graphics and subtitles.
The traffic management system within TrafficBox is a client / server database application provided by Step2e. This allows a virtually unlimited number of users to access the management server where all relevant data can be entered, saved and modified. Used together with PlayBox Technology automation systems it allows both new and existing broadcasters to achieve more efficient workflows. The high level of integration offers significant advantages in the overall management of both single and multiple TV channels such as allowing the programme planning department to modify active rundowns without the involvement of the MCR personnel; or reducing the operator time required for everyday tasks, while eliminating the chances of mistakes caused by human error.
With PlayBox Technology being the single provider of the complete TV broadcast technology there is a single point of contact for all technical support as well as software and hardware maintenance.
PlayBox Technology is an international communications and information technology company serving the broadcast, corporate and digital signage markets in more than 100 countries. It is dedicated to the research, design, development and provision of the best products, systems, solutions and services. With over 9,000 TV and branding channels powered by PlayBox Technology the chances are you will have experienced our broadcast solutions for yourself. PlayBox Technology users cover a wide range of today's broadcast activities and include start-up TV channels, webcasters, DVB (IP/ASI) TV channels, interactive TV and music channels, film channels, remote TV channels and disaster recovery channels as well as satellite, local, regional, national and international broadcasters Our broadcast technology is used to power PlayBox Digital Signage.
Step2e is a leading supplier of software solutions for small, mid and large size TV and radio stations, offering solutions for all administrative, editorial and managerial departments.
Step2e Broadcast is a platform-independent all-in-one solution containing efficient workflows. Step2e Broadcast offers a huge variety of workflow components such as CRM, traffic and billing, editorial scheduling, media asset management and digital rights management, NRCS (News Room Computer Systems) and BMS (Business Management Systems). From the first customer contact to the finished commercial schedule, every aspect of selling advertisement time is covered by Step2e CRM, traffic and billing. The same applies to editorial content, including resource-planning modules to manage staff, resources and equipment. The control room module operates almost every device from playout to teleprompter, both automated and live.