PlayBox Technology’s IP TS Time Delay Debuts at IBC2017

New PlayBox solution provides fully transparent delay of IP transport streams such as DVB/ATSC MPEG broadcast-quality compressed video and audio.

PlayBox Technology launched a major addition to its modular Neo broadcast playout system at IBC2017. It is the Neo TS Time Delay, a 1U IP-based delay server for single or multichannel time zone shift and/or disaster-recovery solution. It provides fully transparent delay of IP transport streams such as DVB/ATSC MPEG broadcast-quality compressed video and audio.

The Neo TS Time Delay is compact and easy to install, ideal for use for centralized broadcasting over multiple time zones. It is specifically built to provide operators with a wide range of timing options. Neo TS Time Delay integrates fully with the AirBox Neo product family with control assignable to a single administrator or specified operators.

Neo TS Time Delay is designed for fully automated operation and configurable with multiple input channels and multiple delayed outputs. Each input also has one zero-delay output. All operating parameters are easily accessed with an web-based user interface, including channel-specific time delay in 15 second increments. Maximum delay duration depends on input bit rate and storage capacity. Additional features include program information display of MPEG-compliant transport streams plus automatic error logging.

Neo TS Time Delay incorporates UDP/RTP input/output, allowing unicast or multicast via standard Gigabit Ethernet ports. A typical Neo TS Time Delay workflow would include zero-delay pass-through for a broadcaster's home-region time zone plus one hour or a one-week delay for a unicast MPEG program stream.

The same unit can simultaneously process a multicast MPEG stream with its own playout time settings, such as zero plus one and two hours. A third channel is then available to carry auxiliary data such as UDP.

The new Neo TS Time Delay is configurable for single-unit operation or twinned in main and backup modes.

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