Biznet Expands into UHD with PlayBox Neo Channel-in-a-Box Playout

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 4K 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.

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“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.

Biznet is a company focused on telecommunications and multimedia, which is committed to building modern infrastructure with the aim of reducing the digital divide between Indonesia and other developing countries. Biznet owns and operates the most advanced fiber-optic network and the largest data center in Indonesia.

PlayBox Neo, building on 20 years of successful innovation, 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 product range and cloud solutions today power over 18,000 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. Based in Sofia (PlayBox Neo Commercial HQ), PlayBox Neo has offices in West Palm Beach (PlayBox Neo LLC), Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand (PlayBox Neo Asia Pacific), and in New Delhi (PlayBox Neo India).

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Riedel Expands Presence in Sweden Through Partnership With Semafor

As a full-service provider of systems engineering and technology consulting, Semafor will distribute Riedel’s Bolero wireless intercom system to Swedish media and broadcasting customers.

“Riedel’s Bolero is a true game-changer, and we are very excited to represent and distribute the product here in Sweden,” said Björn Zabell, Managing Director of Semafor Mediateknik AB. “There is large and growing demand in our broadcast and AV markets for intelligent intercom systems like Bolero. With its RF robustness and high-quality audio, this wireless system will greatly enhance our customers’ workflows.”

A Stockholm-based technology consultancy company, Semafor can look back on 20 years of experience in the broadcast industry. The company offers high-quality products from a select list of top-tier manufacturers.

“Semafor is the perfect partner to broaden our coverage of the Swedish market. Björn is a well-respected figure in the industry with profound technological expertise. I am confident that with his assistance, we can firmly establish our Bolero solutions in Sweden,” said Tobias Kronenwett, Head of Sales, Scandinavia, at Riedel Communications. “We are excited to work hand in hand to introduce the broadcast, theater, and live event markets to the quality of Bolero.”

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ChyronHego Coach Paint Leveraged by DC United Coaching Staff for 2019 MLS Season

Over the past two years, Coach Paint has become an integral part of DC United’s coaching strategy, enabling clear and concise delivery of key coaching points during pre- and post-game video presentations.

Designed specifically for coaches and athletes, ChyronHego’s Coach Paint tool is used by sports teams and leagues around the world to teach advanced concepts, reinforce correct technique, and simulate game situations. Coach Paint engages, illustrates, and informs with high-end telestration techniques similar to those used on professional sports broadcasts.

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DC United, a top-level club in American soccer, has won four MLS Cups and is a three-time winner of the U.S. Open Cup. DC United chose Coach Paint for its ability to create visually appealing graphics that the club can easily tailor to its unique understanding of soccer.

“We are constantly developing ways for coaches to communicate key points to our players, and the Coach Paint software has played an important role in that effort over the past two years,” said Stewart Mairs, technical director, DC United. “We use Coach Paint in virtually every first-team video session, and it enables us to be clear and concise in our messaging and feedback. On a broader level, Coach Paint is helping us reinforce the DC United philosophy of soccer play with both regular and academy players.”

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James Clarke-Reed, head of sports performance and technology solutions at ChyronHego, commented, “DC United have been using Coach Paint for several seasons, and the tool is now ingrained in the coaching process for every player from youth to senior level. The club uses the software not only to produce content but also to immerse players in the analysis process interactively when providing feedback. DC United is getting the best from its players with Coach Paint.”

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Middle Atlantic Now Offers Premier Control Room Furniture Solutions from LundHalsey

Middle Atlantic Products announced an exclusive partnership with LundHalsey, the U.K.-based market leader in the design, manufacture, and installation of control room furniture solutions. This partnership will expand Middle Atlantic’s legacy in the command and control space and, for the first time, will provide integrators in the U.S. with access to LundHalsey’s widely trusted control room solutions. The company’s Kontrol Command, Kontrol Air, and E-Type II solutions will be shown at InfoComm 2019 at the Legrand | AV booth, Booth 2500.

“We’ve been in the monitoring and command space since we introduced our ViewPoint Series, one of our earliest furniture products, which has become a tried-and-true solution,” said Tim Troast, vice president of Middle Atlantic Products. “Since that time, we’ve identified the need for more modern and premier solutions for today’s mission-critical AV applications, which led us to LundHalsey, the preeminent designer and control room solutions manufacturer in the U.K. and Middle East. Their stylish, ergonomically designed solutions feature the functionality and durability that aligns with the core tenets of our Frame to Furniture promise. We’re proud to debut their solutions in North America as an option for our customers who will be able to take advantage of our single-purchase-order experience when they buy the new consoles”

Recipient of the DBA Design Effectiveness Award and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise — two of U.K.’s highest accolades for design and business success — LundHalsey has provided the highest quality of control room furniture solutions to clients across all key market sectors for over 35 years. Acclaimed for its combination of accomplished design service and unrivalled quality, LundHalsey ensures a premium product that is proven to stand the test of time and is trusted worldwide for a wide range of applications including air traffic control, broadcast television, government security, industrial, oil and gas, utilities, transport, the armed forces, and the commercial sector. Most recently, the company was selected as the manufacturer of choice for a growing number of monitoring, command and control, and broadcast applications, such as the London Underground, BBC, and ConocoPhillips.

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The available solutions include the Kommand Control fixed-height console, the Kontrol Air height-adjustable console, and the E-Type II fixed-height broadcast console. Stylish and ergonomically designed, every model features a modular steel bay system design and a .5-inch-thick compact laminate work surface with unmatched durability, manufacturability, and integrated cable management. Each unit can be customized to installation customer specifications and enhanced with a wide range of accessories, including LED lighting in a range of colors, touch-sensitive cable outlets that automatically open and close with the lightest touch, monitor arms that fully adjust to any user height and reach, pullout PC trays, and more. Additionally, the Kontrol Air features a height-adjustable work surface that can be moved at the touch of a button or remotely via the Kontrol Air mobile app.

The partnership will also include free, bespoke design services to achieve the perfect solution for any control room. A dedicated project manager at Middle Atlantic will work with customers throughout the project, from design to quote to shipment. Services will include concept drawings and high-quality 3D renderings for an accurate vision of what the product will look like in the finished environment.

“At LundHalsey, we empower our customers with an unceasing commitment to design, ergonomics, and quality that sets the industry standard to create an efficient and customized control room,” said Will Lund, regional sales director at LundHalsey. “We share this vision with Middle Atlantic. The company’s dedication to bringing to market exactly what the end user needs to market is what makes them an ideal partner for us. Together, we can help customers reach their design and application experience goals.”

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Shenzhen Topway Video Communication Goes UHD with Harmonic

Harmonic announced that Shenzhen Topway Video Communication, one of China’s leading cable operators, has deployed a Harmonic live Ultra HD (UHD) video processing solution to power its new UHD broadcast and OTT services. Featuring a software-based, cloud-deployable application supporting advanced features such as HDR, Harmonic’s UHD solution enables the operator to deliver exceptional video quality while maximizing bandwidth efficiency.

“Our goal was to be one of the first service providers in China to deliver UHD public broadcasts and bring an enhanced, higher-resolution entertainment experience to viewers,” said Wen Zhiqiang, assistant manager at Shenzhen Topway Video Communication. “Harmonic has a solid reputation for reliability and offers a UHD solution that delivers pristine video quality, advanced HDR processing capabilities and flexible deployment options, which made this deployment a breeze.”

At the heart of the UHD solution deployed by Shenzhen Topway Video Communication is Harmonic’s Electra® XOS live video processor, which brings together artificial intelligence-based innovations, deep tuning for Intel processors and a strong expertise in video algorithms to allow delivery of exceptional video quality in applications where bandwidth is limited. The solution supports UHD statistical multiplexing, HDR processing, uncompressed and compressed IP inputs, and integrated packaging to simplify live video workflows for service providers.

“Our solution for live UHD video processing is one of the first in the industry to support AVS2 — the new UHD Chinese standard — ingest, as well as HDR tone expansion, enabling cable operators like Shenzhen Topway Video Communication to deliver outstanding quality of experience,” said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales and video services, APAC, at Harmonic. “As cable operators look to address the demand for UHD video, Harmonic’s software-centric, cloud-deployable video processing solutions set the benchmark for flexibility and innovation.”

Harmonic will demonstrate its UHD solutions at BroadcastAsia2019, June 18-20, in Singapore at Level 4, Stand 4S2-01 and at Cable Tech Show 2019, June 19-20, in Tokyo at Booth C-07.

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ENMA Taps ATEME for Africa Cup of Nations

ATEME has provided ENMA with a complete video headend solution based on its Kyrion encoders/decoders and TITAN pure software multiplexer. The system is installed at 12 sites across Egypt to feed ASI signals to DTT television transmitters and the G.703 E3 standard to the existing networks.

During the event, ENMA will use BISS-CA, the EBU Tech’s new standard for encryption – EBU Tech 3292-s1. The standard developed by EBU, in close collaboration with key industry players including ATEME, has been integrated into ATEME’s solutions to ensure secured transmission of ENMA’s feeds to the 12 sites.

Utilizing ATEME’s best of breed technology, Kyrion’s compression capabilities and the efficient software-based TITAN solution, has allowed ENMA to install a high-quality video platform which provides exceptional TV channel encoding from SDI to ASI with video/audio synchronization. ATEME’s solution provides ENMA with premium remuxing capabilities and other benefits including:

• Delivery of high-fidelity video quality to transmitters across the country
• Reduction of OPEX and CAPEX costs thanks to bandwidth efficiency
• Roadmap commitment to deliver future-proof solutions, thanks to the company’s continuous research and innovation.

“Delivering the highest levels of service and quality to our customers is essential,” said Eng. Mervat Hassan Chairman of Broadcast Engineering, ENMA. “Integrating ATEME’s Kyrion and TITAN family will allow us to not only provide outstanding video quality to our customers for the Africa Cup of Nations, but also expand the range of our services in the future.”

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“We are happy to provide ENMA with a complete video headend,” added Razik Zaghlouli, EMEA Sales Director, ATEME. “The implemented solution is flexible and future-proof. It is the ideal combination of performance and cost, allowing ENMA to meet its ambitious goals for high quality coverage of an event like the Africa Cup of Nations.”

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