Biznet expands into UHD with PlayBox Neo Channel-in-a-Box playout

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PlayBox Neo has announced the completion of a playout system expansion at the Jakarta headquarters of Biznet which owns and operates Indonesia’s largest telecommunication and multimedia data center. Four PlayBox Neo Channel-in-a-Box servers form the core of the system, three existing units powering HD satellite and terrestrial channels plus a new UHD server.

“PlayBox Neo Channel-in-a-Box servers have formed the core of our playout infrastructure for many years,” says Biznet’s Playout Engineering Manager Mohammad Komar.  “They are easy to use, operationally versatile and highly reliable. Most importantly, they give us the freedom to deploy automation to a very high level while retaining the ability to switch to live transmission whenever required. The HD servers are assigned to our Kids, Lifestyle and Promo channels with the new 4K UHD model being used for 4K streaming of the Adventure channel.

“Biznet upgraded to Neo-series software in Q1 2017,” adds PlayBox Neo APAC Project Manager Dandy Kurniawan. “Each of the four servers now in use includes three software modules: ListBox Neo and SafeBox Neo. ListBox Neo enables programme editors to create and edit schedules days or weeks in advance of transmission. SafeBox Neo replicates remote content to local playout server folders for safe transmission; expired daily schedule content is automatically deleted or moved to a predefined folder for manual deletion or archiving.”

“Interest in cloud-based playout continues to grow but most broadcasters and playout service providers still prefer systems which they own and can physically maintain,” adds PlayBox Neo CEO Pavlin Rahnev. “Our strategy has also been to offer our customers the greatest possible choice in the way they operate, whether with on-site servers, cloud-linked remote servers or a combination of the two. The PlayBox Neo Channel-in-Box series includes a wide range of elements: AirBox Neo, ProductionAirBox Neo, AdBox Neo, CaptureBox Neo, DataBox Neo, ListBox Neo, Multi Playout Manager, SafeBox Neo, Neo TS Time Delay and TitleBox Neo. These can be integrated and configured to match practically any workflow and any required level of backup security. These and our hardware platforms are supported by our highly experienced engineering department working in partnership with our various offices around the world plus a global network of distribution partners.”


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