PlayBox Neo Gears for Hamburg Open 2023

PlayBox Neo will demonstrate its complete range of broadcast and online TV channel branding and playout solutions on stand 116 at Hamburg Open 2023. With its combination of networking event, exhibition and conference, Hamburg Open has been a key date in the calendar for Germany’s broadcast and AV technology industry since 2009. Held in hall B6 of the Hamburg Messe & Congress centre, the 2023 event will take place from Wednesday January 18th (10.00 – 18:00) through Thursday 19th (10.00 – 16:00).

Highlights of the PlayBox Neo exhibit will be new introductions to the company’s product portfolio – Multi Playout Manager and the unified PlayBox Neo Suite which includes Capture Suite and Media Gateway.

Capture Suite gives ingest staff the resources they need to handle multiple incoming content feeds quickly and easily. Tasks such as input selection, ingest presets, file-naming rules, assignments and auto-transfer can be performed from a single graphic interface. Capture Suite also provides audio loudness monitoring as well as manual, scheduled and compliance ingest modes with automated input switching. Content can be edited before the ingest process completes, with obvious advantages for time-critical news channels. MXF and transport stream files are available for immediate playout via AirBox Neo-20 automation, again without having to wait for the ingest process to complete.

Media Gateway is designed to elevate playout routing and distribution to a new level of versatility and affordability. It allows the entire process of playout routing and decoding to be handled in software. This eliminates the capital outlay, maintenance charges and power costs needed to operate hardware routers, codecs and related devices. Media Gateway can be installed on site or in the cloud. Integral software codecs allow signals to be converted between SDI, NDI, SRT, UDP and RTP. Video and audio content can be grabbed directly from a desktop screen and delivered as live feeds. A built-in multiviewer includes automated black-frame and frozen-frame alarms.

Multi Playout Manager is an industry-proven network workflow solution which enables multiple AirBox Neo-20 channels to be operated via IP from any network-connected location. Latest enhancements include an updated user interface and integrated playout preview. The revised UI matches those across the entire PlayBox Neo series. Also added are a future-playlist editor, support for custom metadata from AirBox Neo-20, and a library module for fast access to MAM. Enhancements include a new proxy generator with thumbnails.

“Also on demonstration will be AirBox Neo-20, the latest generation of our industry-proven server-based television channel branding and playout system,” says Pavlin Rahnev, PlayBox Neo founder and CEO. “This attracted a great deal of interest to visitors attending CABSAT, NAB Vegas, Broadcast Asia, IBC and NAB NY. I am fully confident that television channel managers in and around northern Germany will appreciate the opportunity to experience the operational efficiency, reliability, versatility and scalability of our products.”

AirBox Neo-20 can be installed on site or placed with an IP-linked playout service provider. Latest features include extended live input capabilities and a browser-based multiviewer with lost-signal and frozen-signal alarms. The optional Neo TS Time Delay server allows easy management of transmissions to multiple time zones across a continent or around the world.

PlayBox Neo is a globally active leader in the development and manufacture of broadcast media playout and channel branding solutions. Building on 22 years of successful innovation, the company pioneered the development of high-efficiency server-based and cloud-based playout to support every scale and type of one-to-many communication. PlayBox Neo broadcast products and cloud solutions cover everything from full live playout to round-the-clock unattended transmission. They today power over 19,000 TV and branding channels in more than 120 countries. Users include national and international broadcasters, start-up TV channels, webcasters, interactive TV and music channels, film channels, remote TV channels, corporate information channels and disaster recovery channels. With its commercial headquarters in Europe, PlayBox Neo has offices in the USA (PlayBox Neo LLC), in Singapore (PlayBox Neo Asia Pacific), in India (PlayBox Neo India) and in the UK.

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