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News: PlayBox Technology Neo and CloudAir Make Africast Debut
News: PlayBox Technology Neo and CloudAir Make Africast Debut

Africast delegates will be able to experience every module in the Neo product series, as well as the capabilities of CloudAir

Last Updated: October 10, 2016 2:10 pm GMT

(Abuja, Nigeria--October 12, 2016) PlayBox Technology will promote the latest additions to its comprehensive range of broadcast playout and channel branding solutions on stand B49 at Africast in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, October 18-20. PlayBox Technology representatives at the show will include Ben Gunkel (Chief Commercial Officer) and Ananth Sam (Director of Solution Sales).

"African broadcasters have long viewed PlayBox as an aspirational brand thanks to excellent customer references right across the continent," Ben Gunkel comments. "Operators, owners and engineering staff alike appreciate the intuitive control interface and very high reliability of the PlayBox AirBox product family. We have our own software and hardware development teams and so retain full control over every aspect of all our designs. AirBox forms the core of many national, regional and special-interest channels. Operators particularly like the freedom AirBox provides to switch between schedule-driven automation and live playout of content such as late-breaking news.

"Africast delegates will be able to experience every module in the Neo product series. This now comprises AirBox Neo, ProductionAirBox Neo, AdBox Neo, CaptureBox Neo, EdgeBox Neo,TitleBox Neo, QCBox Neo, SafeBox Neo and TimeShiftBox Neo. These are available in any desired combination to match a specific current workflow. Neo-based systems can be expanded at any time to match extra requirements."

"Introduced in January 2016, the Neo series has proved a big success worldwide," Ananth Sam adds. "It is available as a free upgrade to all existing AirBox owners who have, or sign up to, a valid annual software maintenance and technical support contract. The Neo series includes many new features developed in line with our long-term commitment to the AirBox platform, including UHD compatibility.

"For broadcasters interested in virtual playout we will also be talking about the capabilities of CloudAir. Available on a software-as-a-service basis, CloudAir allows a channel to go live in far less time than is needed for traditional server-plus-software or dedicated hardware systems. Using CloudAir, a broadcaster based in any country can now quickly and easily launch a channel for viewers in any other region or territory. CloudAir also provides a basis for an off-site disaster-recovery facility."

About Africast
Africast ( was introduced in 1996 by the National Broadcasting Commission, the broadcast regulator in Nigeria. Africast has grown over the years to be the gateway to Africa's broadcast and media market. Africast is the platform on which broadcast issues as they relate to Africa are thrashed out biennially by professionals, academics and policy makers. It is also the market for manufacturers of broadcast equipment and publishers of content who are targeting the emerging African market.

PlayBox Technology Limited
PlayBox Technology Limited ( is an international communications and information-technology company serving the broadcast and corporate sectors in more than 120 countries. PlayBox Technology Limited is dedicated to the research, design, development and provision of the best products, systems, solutions and services. Over 17,000 TV and branding channels are powered by PlayBox Technology Limited broadcast solutions. Users include national and international broadcasters, start-up TV channels, webcasters, DVB (IP/ASI) TV channels, interactive TV and music channels, film channels, remote TV channels and disaster recovery channels.

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