This year is proving a volatile one for the playout market, with major shifts towards IP technology and major player Arqiva announcing it is aiming to move out of the sector. This has now been followed by Rohde & Schwarz buying UK playout, master control and graphics manufacturer Pixel Power, which substantially expands the German company’s broadcast and media division.
IP is increasingly becoming a serious technology platform for playout but older technologies continue to sustain in a market where operators are covering their options. PlayBox Technology USA used the recent NAB New York show to showcase its hybrid IP-SDI AirBox Neo channel-in-a- box system, together with the CloudAir playout and streaming platform.
With a sharp focus on IP-based operations and the impact they have on a variety of broadcast operations and workflows, broadcasters are operating in one of the most dramatic periods of technological change that the international broadcast industry has ever experienced.
Broadcasting used to be simple. It required one TV station sending one signal to multiple viewers. Everyone received the same imagery at the same time. That was easy.
At the upcoming NAB Show New York conference, October 17-18th at the Javits Center in New York City, local television executives stations will be looking for help in selecting the proper technology path forward.
New software provides an automation control interface and a video pipeline delivering video and audio in a variety of output formats.