Field Report: BHS Celebrates 75th PlayBox Technology System

Based in Dubai, BHS Telecommunication provides broadcast-quality television contribution, distribution, media management and playout services to clients in many countries. It offers turnkey uplink solutions for contribution and turnaround.

PlayBox Technology has completed the latest in a series of system expansions for BHS Telecommunications. The project included the integration of 10 additional channel-in-a-box servers at BHS facilities in Europe and the Mediterranean region. At the core of each channel is a PlayBox Technology AirBox server with TitleBox interactive graphics.

"We are a multi-service organisation offering a wide range of broadcast facilities and services on a worldwide basis," comments BHS Telecommunications' CEO Hamid Rahmani."Our television playout business has expanded steadily to the point where we now operate 75 channels on PlayBox Technology servers. These are located at various sites around the world and operated remotely by each customer via a secure internet link. We have been adding extra AirBox servers on a steady basis over several years."

"The reliability and structural compactness of AirBox are greatly appreciated by our playout centre staff," adds BHS Telecommunications' CTO Ghorban Shirzad. "We are also pleased to see PlayBox Technology expanding its product range with the recently announced CloudAir option which has very interesting potential for fast-start-up auxiliary channels. A key aspect of working with PlayBox Technology is the knowledge that we have access to efficient round-the-clock technical support. It is very rarely needed but adds greatly to our operational confidence and the level of service we are able to give our customers."

"BHS has partnered with us for many years, providing remote playout and satellite broadcasting services for clients in many countries," adds Ananth Sam, PlayBox Technology Director of Solution Sales. "Each system is individually configured with the facilities specified by the relevant BHS customer, and with the desired level of redundancy.”

All 75 playout channels are equipped to allow live pass-through in addition to automated pre-scheduled playout and graphics, giving each BHS client the ability to edit interstitials up to a few minutes before transmission or to inject late-breaking news. Playout can also been reconfigured to match each BHS customer's evolving creative and technical expectations.

AirBox is a content playout and streaming system capable of operating both in standard-definition and high-definition. Designed for 24/7 unattended operation, it can be connected easily to third-party devices. AirBox supports MPEG1/2/H.264, HDV and DV streams from practically any production platform capable of providing AVI, MPEG, MXF, QuickTime or WMV content. Files from third-party broadcast content servers are natively supported.

TitleBox delivers on-air graphics which can be controlled interactively. Multi-layered simultaneous crawls, rolls, animated logos, clocks and text templates can be activated by a mouse click. TitleBox provides total control during on-air sessions, including text selection, running speed and transitions.

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