PlayBox Highlighted UHD and IP with NAB Show Debutants

Ultra High Definition (UHD) and IP-based production have been grabbing attention and headlines at exhibitions in recent years and the 2016 NAB Show was no different. Both technologies are making themselves felt in all areas of broadcasting and in playout and automation PlayBox Technology used this year’s event to highlight them while giving first US showings to recently introduced products.

The PlayBox Neo series of channel-in-a-box systems was shown, along with the CloudAir platform that is designed to enable TV stations to be set up quickly. All members of the PlayBox Neo range - the AirBox Neo playout server, TitleBox Neo, Capture Box Neo and SafeBox Neo - have been upgraded, with UHD compliance a major feature.

Don Ash, president of PlayBox Technology, explained that the addition of UHD to the existing HD and SD options gives broadcasters and operators the option to upgrade and start using the new transmission format when the time is right for them. The system also features a graphic user interface with text shown in white and light grey on a black background for easier reading.

PlayBox Technology CloudAir playout/streaming platform screen

PlayBox Technology CloudAir playout/streaming platform screen

CloudAir is described as a universal playout and streaming platform, which can be based on existing IT servers or provided as a full hardware installation. With the second option the host facility signs up for as many licences it requires when starting a service contract, adding more as necessary. "Television channels of any kind can be deployed using CloudAir," commented Pavlin Rahnev, chief executive of PlayBox Technology, "ranging from permanent services operating round the clock every day of the year to transient 'red button' channels."

For IP infrastructures PlayBox Technology is now supporting the NewTek Network Device Interface (NDI), an open protocol that works with IP production chains.

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