Upgrading to latest-generation AirBox Neo-20 makes the workflow more efficient, including full support for HD and the potential to playout in UHD.
PlayBox Neo has announced the completion of a system upgrade and expansion at the Johannesburg studios of TBN Africa. TBN Africa is part of Trinity Broadcast Network, a major religious television network. This was supplied and integrated in the primary-plus-backup configuration by PlayBox Neo’s Johannesburg-based distribution partner Pro Sales Broadcast.
TBN Africa produces a variety of programmes which are integrated with selected content from the network’s headquarters in California and around the world. Its playout system is based on AirBox servers which provide the freedom to preschedule in advance of transmission while retaining the ability to over-ride with live content whenever required. Upgrading to latest-generation AirBox Neo-20 makes the workflow even more efficient, including full support for HD and the potential to playout in UHD.
Jonathan Sack, Pro Sales Broadcast Managing Director, said: “The expanded PlayBox Neo system at TBN Africa includes a new fully redundant playout channel comprising two AirBox Neo-20 servers. A special requirement for this project was the need to configure the playout servers to convert SCTE 104 insertion cues to the SCTE 35 protocol. This was handled as a software process and integrated closely with the PlayBox Neo platform. Each server incorporates TitleBox Neo-20 graphics preparation software and a SafeBox Neo transfer engine. New content arriving in any of the source watch-folders is automatically copied by SafeBox Neo for secure pre-transmission. Content, playlist, CG templates, subtitle list and metadata files are held in relevant folders for final manipulation and then actual delivery. An automatic failover switch constantly monitors the primary server output and selects the secondary server if a significant fault is detected. Both servers are connected to a ListBox Neo-20 preparation workstation which provides all the facilities needed for schedule creation and playlist editing. The result is low stress or in fact no stress.”
Pavlin Rahnev, CEO of PlayBox Neo, added: “Customer continuity is always a healthy sign that we have the right solutions to support our user base. TBN has proved a highly professional partner over the years and we are pleased to be assisting both its established and expanding operations.”