PlayBox to Debut New Features at NAB NY

PlayBox Technology will demonstrate latest additions to its comprehensive range of broadcast playout and channel branding solutions at NAB New York.

PlayBox Technology will be demonstrating CloudAir as a fully inclusive system for managing of playout via IP over the public cloud, Neo TS Time Delay, and hybrid configurations combining the strengths of both platforms at NAB NY.

The CloudAir demonstration will show fast set-up, unlimited scalability, and the system can be controlled from practically anywhere via a secure IP link. CloudAir is available as a subscriber service, freeing users from capital commitments and hardware depreciation costs.

New CloudAir features debuting at NAB NY will be a transcoder capable of handling multiple file wrappers and formats including MPEG PS/TS, MXF, QT, AVI, MP4, GXF, MPG2, H.264, ProRes, DNX HD and MJPEG. An enhanced graphics editor template preparation interface is also being introduced, improved playlist editing, advanced playlist export to EPGs and automated linking of stored assets.

The newest addition to the Neo product series will also be highlighted in the exhibit. The PlayBox Neo TS Time Delay is a 1U IP-based delay server for single or multichannel time zone shift and disaster-recovery applications. A typical Neo TS Time Delay configuration includes zero-delay pass-through for a broadcaster's home-region time zone plus any desired delay ranging from seconds to weeks for a unicast MPEG transport stream.

The same unit can simultaneously process a multicast MPEG transport stream with its own playout time settings. A third channel is then available to carry auxiliary data such as UDP. Like all elements of the PlayBox Technology Neo product series, Neo TS Time Delay can operate as a single-unit or be twinned for use in main and backup modes. All operating parameters are easily adjusted via an integral web-based user interface, including channel-specific time delay in 15 second increments.

New workflow features for other modules in the Neo series will also be demonstrated. These include the ability to integrate ProductionAirBox Neo closely with the Associated Press ENPS news production system via MOS gateway. The SocialMediaBox Neo gains a new Facebook API implementation with the ability to re-use archived feeds and the display of 'likes' for each post.

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