main.tv Goes HD with PlayBox Neo

Bavarian regional broadcaster main.tv has installed a new central playout system for its recently introduced high definition service. The local and community oriented station, which has the motto “Nur wir sind von heir” (“Only we are from here”), is now using a PlayBox Technology Neo to distribute its HD programming, which runs in parallel to the existing SD transmission.

Based in the town of Aschaffenburg in the northwest of the German province of Bavaria, main.tv broadcasts to an area covering Lower Franconia and the plain of the Rhine and Main rivers. It transmits a variety of programmes over the Bavarian digital terrestrial TV network, including news, current affairs, arts, sport, entertainment and the weather.

By installing the Neo system main.tv is continuing its working relationship with PlayBox Technology and the manufacturer's distributor in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, VIDI. The broadcaster selected an AirBox system for playing out its 625-line SD channel and is now using a similar configuration for the HD service. "AirBox is space and power efficient, as well as reliable," comments Hartmut Lieb, technical director of main.tv. "It also connects easily with the rest of our technical infrastructure. That gave us the incentive to select AirBox Neo for our migration to HD."

The AirBox Neo system is able to accommodate SD, HD and Ultra HD on one server. It can run under full automation and offers features including TitleBox for graphics and text selection and ListBox, which allows the creation of running orders days or even weeks before broadcast.

Although main.tv's AirBox Neo is ready for UHD, Hartmut Lieb says it is too early to talk about when the channel might upgrade to the higher resolution format.

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