PlayBox Technology’s Neo powers new HD channel at Bavaria’s main.tv

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main.tv, one of Bavaria’s regional broadcasters, has chosen PlayBox Technology Neo as the core playout system for its new high definition television service. Based in Aschafenburg, main.tv produces a wide range of programmes for viewers in Lower Franconia and across the Rhine-Main plain. The new system was supplied by VIDI GmbH, PlayBox Technology master distributor for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

“We chose a PlayBox Technology AirBox system some 10 years ago for playout of our 625-line standard definition channel,” said main.tv’s technical director, Hartmut Lieb. “It is space and power-efficient, connecting easily with the rest of our technical infrastructure. It also has a very operator-friendly user interface. The stability of AirBox and its modules, combined with the local support we know we can depend on from VIDI before sale, during installation and training, and post-sale, gave us every incentive to select AirBox Neo for our migration to HD. Don’t ask us yet about UHD but we know the Neo product range can handle that too if or when it is required.”

“This new HD system at main.tv follows the same configuration as its SD predecessor,” added VIDI senior sales and project manager, Harald Kreissl. “Based on the latest generation AirBox Neo server populated with TitleBox Neo graphics and ListBox Neo scheduling, it comprises two-channels in main and backup roles. SD and HD playout can both be performed from the same server.”
“The Neo product family continues to be very popular among European broadcasters, thanks in no small measure to the very high respect which VIDI enjoys in the DACH markets,” commented PlayBox Technology’s president, Don Ash.

Transmitting in SD and HD via the Bavarian digital terrestrial network, main.tv (www.main.tv) covers a wide subject range including entertainment, local and global news, the arts, current affairs, sports and weather. Many programmes are also accessible worldwide via on-demand streams from the network’s website.

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