Playbox Technology Marks 15Th Anniversary with Continuing Innovation at IBC2014


Last Updated: September 3, 2014 8:08 pm GMT
(London, United Kingdom--September 3, 2014) PlayBox Technology marks its 15th anniversary at IBC2014 with four new additions to its broadcast channel-in-a-box branding and playout product range plus two major product enhancements. Launched at the NAB Show in Las Vegas during April and now making their European exhibition debut are CaptureBox PRO, Production AirBox, SocialMediaBox and TimeShiftBox DUO. Major enhancements are announced to the established AirBox and ScheduleBox.

CaptureBox PRO: Simultaneous Ingest of Multiple Channels
A successor to the existing CaptureBox ingest server, CaptureBox PRO allows multiple channels of high-definition or standard-definition content to be captured from SDI digital feeds, analogue sources and MPEG transport streams. Four video sources can be monitored on a single screen and controlled via a new streamlined user interface. Audio levels can be monitored as loudness/true-peak displays and adjusted when required. Content ingested to CaptureBox PRO is available for playback within a few seconds of capture commencing. The CaptureBox PRO feature set also includes capture-list import from third-party traffic systems, support for CEA-608/708 closed-captioning and automated VTR control via RS-422 with batch-capture listing. Additional features include a GPU-accelerated encoding engine, plus expanded metadata handling and creation during the ingest process. Loudness metering with true-peak measurement allowing audio level monitoring and adjustment at any time.

ProductionAirBox: Instant Playout of Multiple Channels
ProductionAirBox provides content playout for news, live broadcasts, virtual-studio screens, and video walls. Four independent players are accommodated in a single server with built in aspect ratio and resolution conversion as well as integral support of a wide variety of compressions. Content can thus be played without transcoding. A dedicated multiviewer is also incorporated. ProductionAirBox provides 2K/4K SDI output, enhanced playlist handling and end-of-clip actions. The server can be operated from multiple locations via its own remote application, also GPI/VDCP/MOS control is available.

SocialMediaBox: All Social Media on a Single Screen
SocialMediaBox enables programme production and presentation creators to incorporate comments from multiple social networking feeds quickly and efficiently into a single ready-for-broadcast stream. Comments can be selected and moderated from a variety of different social media outlets, integrating sources such as Facebook and Twitter on a single feed for transmission. This is extremely useful for live television shows which produce auxiliary-screen pages for viewer feedback. The custom feed can be output as an RSS feed and used in other systems, or sent to TitleBox for on-air presentation. Direct 'push' control to the TitleBox character generator allows better live interaction.

TimeShiftBox DUO: Multi-channel Time zone Offset Server
TimeShiftBox Duo allows simultaneous programme delay for more than one SD/HD channel. It allows broadcasters to re-transmit television channels across multiple time zones. Designed for easy integration into playout centers, DTH operators or for other applications where delay of SD/HD-SDI is required, TimeShiftBox Duo provides all the resources needed to perform accurate time offsets for any duration ranging from 10 seconds to more than one month. Logo overlay and optional interactive character generation are also available. TimeShiftBox DUO is fully transparent pass-through of ancillary data, including audio streams.

AirBox Universal Playout and Streaming Automation Server
AirBox provides automated content playout for satellite channels, cable head-ends, over-the-air broadcasters and corporate TV users. It can be programmed locally or remotely to operate unattended 24/7. The enhanced AirBox incorporates a GPU-enhanced graphics mixer which allows video rotation effects and depth-order laying effects to be performed in real time. Logo animation facilities are also added with a multiplicity of applications in titling, captioning or channel branding. The audio capabilities of AirBox are also expanded with support now provided for Dolby E and Dolby Digital Plus. AJA Corvid video cards are supported.

ScheduleBox: Advanced Scheduling Solution
Available as software for an existing PlayBox Technology system or as an independent server, ScheduleBox allows template-based management of single, or multiple television channels. It is easy to deploy via its web based user interface. Operators can select daily, weekly or monthly views and perform programme block management per television channel. Gaps or overlaps are easily identified in the programme blocks. Block status such as Draft, New and Ready-for-publishing can be monitored and controlled. Enhancements include nested blocks for easy ad placement and management; validation rules for checking against pre-defined media usage rules; customised playlist item properties; customised schedule view; automated gap-filling based on block category and improved schedule/template view.

See PlayBox Television on stand 8.C30 at IBC 2014, Amsterdam, September 12-16, 2014

About PlayBox Technology
PlayBox Technology ( is an international communications and information-technology company serving the broadcast, corporate and digital signage markets in more than 100 countries. It is dedicated to the research, design, development and provision of the best products, systems, solutions and services. With over 15,000 TV and branding channels powered by PlayBox Technology, the chances are you will have experienced our broadcast solutions for yourself. Users cover a wide range of today’s broadcast activities and include start-up TV channels, webcasters, DVB (IP/ASI) TV channels, interactive TV and music channels, film channels, remote TV channels and disaster recovery channels as well as satellite, local, regional, national and international broadcasters.


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