PlayBox Technology Neo and CloudAir Playout to Take Centre Stage at CABSAT 2018

  • PlayBox Technology Neo and CloudAir Playout to Take Centre Stage at CABSAT 2018
    PlayBox CloudAir playout solution
  • PlayBox Technology Neo and CloudAir Playout to Take Centre Stage at CABSAT 2018
    PlayBox CloudAir playout solution
Published: 7 December 2017 - 1:48 a.m.
By: Digital Studio Middle East Staff

PlayBox Technology will debut the latest versions of its server-based Neo and SaaS-based CloudAir playout solutions to Middle East broadcasters visiting the 24th CABSAT exhibition at the Dubai World Trade Centre, January 14-16, 2018.

"CABSAT provides a very useful annual opportunity to meet with existing and potential customers from the Middle East and wider African markets," says Pavlin Rahnev, CEO of PlayBox Technology. "We will be demonstrating Neo and CloudAir in standalone and hybrid roles. Neo forms the core of an extremely powerful complete solution as its many users around the world will readily confirm. Operating Neo with CloudAir in a hybrid configuration provides a cost-effective way to add extra channels at very short notice as well as enabling cloud-based archiving and asset management. CloudAir is also ideal for secure disaster-recovery, eliminating the capital expense and staffing involved in equipping and maintaining a dedicated off-site facility."

Among new CloudAir features are 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. Also to be demonstrated are an enhanced graphics editor template preparation interface, improved playlist editing, advanced playlist export to EPGs and automated linking of stored assets.

Neo TS Time Delay, making its first CABSAT appearance, is a 1U IP-based delay server providing fully transparent delay of IP transport streams such as DVB/ATSC MPEG broadcast-quality compressed video and audio. Designed for broadcasters operating across multiple time zones, it integrates fully with the AirBox Neo product family and offers a wide range of timing options which can be assigned to a single administrator or specified operators. Neo TS Time Delay can be configured with multiple input channels plus multiple delayed outputs. Each input also has one zero-delay output. Operating parameters are easily adjusted via an integral 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 programme information display of MPEG-compliant transport streams plus automatic error logging. Like all elements of the PlayBox Technology Neo product series, Neo TS Time Delay can be configured for single-unit operation or twinned for use in main and backup modes.


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

Representatives on the PlayBox Technology stand (ZB6-C70) will include Pavlin Rahnev (CEO) and colleagues from PlayBox Technology Middle East.

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