PlayBox Technology Enhances Neo and CloudAir

PlayBox Technology has announced major enhancements to its server-based Neo and SaaS-based CloudAir broadcast playout solutions, adding features and extending the range of interface capabilities.

The purpose of the PlayBox Technology Neo series enhancements is to ensure that the core AirBox Neo server and the wide range of supporting Neo modules maximize their benefits. Enhancements include new control features, expanded file handling capabilities, greater input and output connectivity and Microsoft Windows 10 compatibility. The enhancements have all been implemented within the informative, intuitive and familiar graphic interface.

AirBox Neo supports UHD, HD and SD playout from a single server. It is designed for 24/7 unattended operation and can also be operated manually, including the ability to handle live-to-air throughput. New additions include streaming input compatibility with HTTP(S), UDP, RTMP, MMS(H) and YouTube plus streaming output support for UDP, RTSP and ATSC.

The TitleBox Neo on-air graphics and character generator gains the ability to accept and export database and spreadsheet content in the CSV (comma-separated values) format. Also added are support for the NewTek Tricaster NDI protocol and an API plugin for Blackmagic DeckLink audio/video capture and playback cards.

Improvements to the CaptureBox Neo multichannel ingest server include a new streaming input compatible with HTTPS, HTTP, UDP, RTMP, MMS, MMSH and YouTube. CaptureBox Neo also now supports the HEVC file format and direct ingest from the Sony XAVC 4K recording format.

Multi Backup Manager is designed for backing up multiple playout channels simultaneously. It gains a GPI alarm plugin and router control for the Grass Valley NV9000.

SafeBox Neo replicates remote content to local playout server folders for safe transmission. It is now enhanced to handle multiple instances, subtitle copying and additional media file copying.

The PlayBox Technology CloudAir cloud-based software-as-a-service is enhanced with a new transcoder capable of handling multiple file containers and formats including MPEG PS/TS, MXF, QT, AVI, MP4, GXF, MPG2, H.264, ProRes, DNX HD and MJPEG. Also new are an enhanced graphics editor template preparation interface, improved playlist editing, advanced playlist export to electronic programme guides and automated linking of stored assets.

"Levels of demand are proving excellent in America, Asia, Australasia and Europe. Our strategy is to offer broadcasters the greatest possible choice in the way they work. Neo gives station managers the ability to own and operate a complete on-site playout system. CloudAir is a different approach, allowing a remotely located playout service to be controlled via a secure internet connection. A third option is a hybrid of Neo plus CloudAir. The hybrid approach, which is becoming increasingly popular, offers the traditional security associated with a locally operated and locally maintained installation plus the fast expandability and flexible funding of a remote system."
Don Ash, President, PlayBox Technology
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