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PlayBox Technology Neo, CloudAir Playout to take centre stage at CABSAT

PlayBox Technology will debut the latest versions of its server-based Neo and SaaS-based CloudAir playout solutions to Middle East broadcasters at CABSAT 2018. Representatives on the PlayBox Technology stand will include the company’s CEO, Pavlin Rahnev.

“CABSAT provides a very useful annual opportunity to meet with existing and potential customers from the Middle East and wider African markets,” said Rahnev. “We will demonstrate Neo and CloudAir in standalone and hybrid roles. Neo forms the core of a complete solution. Operating Neo with CloudAir in a hybrid configuration provides a cost-effective way to add extra channels at 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 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 range of timing options that 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.

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