SDI to IP- a successful migration story!

Internet protocol-based technology has been the future of broadcasting for years but in some areas, especially live video production SDI still dominates. IP-based technology advancements may change that in near future.

 

The recent research “Focus Forward 2016 Technology Trends Report” by Imagine Communications highlighted SDI to IP transition as one of the major technology trend.

 

A fact that is often overlooked by most of the media companies is that currently most of them have already moved some of their operations to an IP-based environment. An incorporation of a file-based operation into their workflow as asset management or editing is a technical step towards the all-IP workflow.

 

According to the report the key drivers for the SDI to IP transition are increased agility of the IT infrastructure, technology future-proofing, operational costs reduction and economies of scale.

 

The more agile infrastructure means an introduction to new services and sources of revenue (monetization).

 

Technology future-proofing means a more simple and straightforward upgrading to new codecs, standards or other technology enhancements so in some way video format independence.

 

However every technology shift has its pain-points.

 

The major concerns to broadcasters are the expense of infrastructure upgrade, the operational disruptions and security issues.

 

So it is not surprisingly that some media professionals follow the Hybrid path- a hybrid SDI-IP facilities.

 

It is important to highlight that for nearly 41 % of the respondents the transition to an all-IP infrastructure is planned for the next 2-5 years.

 

As a proof to that story one of our biggest customers decided to leave the SDI path.

 

PBTEU has successfully completed a migration from HD-SDI to IP- based H.264 HD workflow.

SDI to IP migration

 

We successfully replaced the SDI infrastructure- 7 HD playout servers plus one redundancy change-over (backup) server.

 

Our playout server platform via its Multi Parallel Output (MPO) technology allows IP streams with different codecs (MPEG2, H.264), resolutions (HD, SD) and transports (UDP, RTP) to be outputted simultaneously.

 

Each playout server has the capability to produce 3 running simultaneously outputs: Main out- HD H.264 TS; SD Mpeg2 downscaling stream and 3rd HD-SDI out for internal monitoring and ingest.

 

Main technology differentiator is the server capability to ingest the HD material simultaneously during playout. This main goal is achieved by strictly selected and certified hardware powerful enough to handle so many parallel tasks.

 

 

At the center of the playout workflow is a NAS where are stored all media assets for each one playout server. By the implementation of a transfer manager, SafeBox, all media assets are transferred fully automatic according predefined rules.

 

Once expired SafeBox deletes the expired media assets from the storage ensuring automatic operation without manual operation.

 

Every playout server is constantly monitored by our Multi Back Manager application.

 

Thus in case of playout server failure the operation has been immediately recovered by a spare backup server.

 

In order to switch from Master IP stream out to Backup IP out we implement our special IP router tool called UDP Matrix Switcher to properly route streams with redundant master/slave topology configuration.

 

Redundant automated change-over allows playlists, logo and media assets from central storage to be transferred to a spare backup server without any manual interference.

 

Stream outputs provide high quality picture and give possibility to remove the expensive hardware H.264/Mpeg2 encoders from the workflow.

 

As a final result significant cost savings are realized to the production head-end.

 

Sources:

SDI vs. IP: The fight is on

http://www.tvbeurope.com/sdi-vs-ip-the-fight-is-on-2/

Focus Forward 2016 Technology Trends Report” by Imagine Communications

PlayBox Technology EU presents “SubtitleNext” at IBC2016

PBT EU provides innovative line-up incorporating everything a broadcaster needs

IBC Stand A02, Hall 5, IBC Show, The RAI, Amsterdam, 9 – 13 September 2016

PlayBox Technology EU (PBT EU) is delighted to present its software application suite –  SubtitleNext – for the first time at IBC. SubtitleNext is an advanced software platform for creation, management, burning, airing and conversion of subtitles, captions and other text services, for multimedia industries, including production, post-production, radio and TV, cinema, opera and theatre, commercials, entertainment, and any other genre where timed texts would be a requirement.

SubtitleNext

SubtitleNext has the capability to dramatically improve speed and efficiency, but also simplifies the processes throughout the entire work cycle. The software is suitable for both newcomers and industry professionals in highly demanding positions. SubtitleNext is a software system with a 25-year legacy behind it, in combination with the very latest trends, and expectations in the field. It also supports most of the historic and existing subtitling and media protocols, standards and formats, and is flexible enough to easily be extended with new options. The product line also includes several software licensing levels and options, ranging from entry level SubtitleNext Novice, right up to SubtitleNext Expert.

PBT EU also welcomes new technology partner and co-exhibitor ISID to IBC this year. A leading software manufacturer, ISID specialises in media solutions and develops popular media asset management (MAM) software ‘Videoma’. Covering the needs of professionals within broadcasting as well as education, corporations and even government security, the software allows users to organise, manage, process and edit all of their imported video, audio or image content via closed files, or captured through IP streams or video servers. The software is also able to incorporate leading innovative features and modules such as a speech-t0- text recognition engine, biometric analysis, audio fingerprinting, and practically any metadata retrieval system the customer may need.

In addition, PBT EU introduces strategic partner, Toronto-based software company Profuz Digital Inc. to IBC for the first time presenting LAPIS (Limitless Advanced Powerful and Intelligent System). LAPIS is the software hub which integrates information coming from MAMs, storage, news feeds, advertising agencies, accounting and CRM, and provides a central way of searching, collaborating, reporting, managing and tracking of all the information sources in a single environment. It also manages the outgoing information and the simultaneous publishing to multiple web destinations. It tirelessly handles and schedules the materials needed for the broadcasting servers and manages the internal/external tasks, projects and processes. Appealing to production houses, teleports and broadcasters, PBT EU chose to distribute LAPIS as it filled a void in broadcasting, in terms of efficiency, affordability and adaptability to the business needs of a wide spectrum of organisations. It helps to connect the dots within and outside an organisation with its user-friendly multi-purpose process designed to cleverly encapsulate, in a central hub, or substitute a myriad of other complex systems, such as MAMs, news, ERP, CRM, traffic, and acts as an efficient workflow management tool, enabling users to design, build and run flexible business procedures and operations.

LAPIS

At the same time, LAPIS is in synergy with PBT EU’s latest EXEcutor™ server line and enhances the offering by adding a new generation management layer on top. What makes LAPIS so powerful is its transferability and endless possibilities for customisation, helping to significantly reduce costs and overheads.

Also, very much in the spotlight at stand 5. A02 is PBT EU’s own-manufactured EXEcutor™ range of innovative broadcast servers combined with the EXEcutor™ Virtual Control Panel (EVCP). Created to meet the specific challenges that face broadcasters, production and post-production facilities, the EXEcutor™ Broadcast Servers provide for ingest, media management, titling, graphics, playout and scheduling, and can deliver a complete “TV channel-in-a-box” solution, or be configured to offer any combination of component services, using world-renowned software applications powering over 16,000 international broadcasters, with efficient, scalable and flexible production pipelines.

General Manager at PBT EU Vladimir Stanic states, “In today’s fast paced and ever changing landscape, we are eager to demonstrate to broadcasters, content owners, teleport satellite network companies, TV channels and OTT providers coming to IBC this year, how our unique and scalable solutions provide everything a broadcaster needs all in one complete powerful turnkey system.”

In summary, PBT EU technology partners present on the stand include Profuz Digital Inc., new partner ISID, as well as cross-media advertising and TV programming experts CSE; SPI Labs with FunBox UHDTV Channel; and manufacturer of PC add-on cards, USB devices, IP converters and software for professional digital television – DekTec.

Drop by to find out more about the exciting line-up of products on display and meet the brilliant PBT EU team and their partners at stand 5. A02. View the EXEcutor™ range across agile workflows and broadcast environments. Witness the 24-hour operability, versatility and reliability with cost-effective advantages and a remarkable bespoke service. Explore PBT-EU’s insights about virtualisation, vast professional solutions for monitoring, workflow, IP, UHD, and much more.

Contact sales@pbteu.com to book a demo and register for the show at www.ibc.org using code 21658.  

The team at PBT EU looks forward to welcoming you to their stand!

About PBT EU partners present on the IBC2016 stand

 

About ISID

A leading software manufacturer, ISID specialises in media solutions and develops popular media asset management (MAM) software,  ‘Videoma’.Covering the needs of professionals within the broadcast industry as well as education, corporations and even government security, the software allows users to organise, manage, process and edit all of its imported video, audio or image content via closed files, or captured through IP streams or video servers. The software additionally incorporates leading innovative features and modules such as a speech-t0- text recognition engine, biometric analysis, audio fingerprinting, and practically any metadata retrieval system the user may need.

Visit them at www.isid.com

 

About Profuz LAPIS

An information management-hub, which enables firms to streamline and simplify processes to improve efficiency and have better control over its information by removing the need to use multiple software products.

Visit them at  http://profuzdigital.com/

 

About CSE

Specialists in cross-media advertising and TV programming.

Visit them at http://www.cse.fr/

 

About DekTec

A manufacturer of PC add-on cards, USB devices, IP converters and software for the professional digital-television market.

Visit them at http://www.dektec.com

 

About SPI and FunBox4K/UHD

FunBox 4K/UHD will be made available as fully encrypted PAY TV Channel on Eutelsat this year. SPI labs spend extensive hours assuring quality can sustain 4K standards.

Find out more at http://spiintl.com/data/files/kcfinderUploadDir/files/presentations/2016/FUNBOX_4K_2016.pdf

PlayBox Technology EU unleashes the EXEcutor™ product line at IBC 2016

Driving innovation with EXEcutor™ Broadcast Servers

IBC Stand A02, Hall 5, IBC Show, The RAI, Amsterdam, 9 – 13 September 2016

Leading manufacturer and global systems integration specialist, PlayBox Technology EU (PBT EU) makes an IBC2016 debut unleashing its extremely powerful EXEcutor™ line of innovative broadcast servers at stand 5. A02.

Designed with broadcasters, production and post-production facilities in mind, the EXEcutor™ Broadcast Server range was manufactured and rigorously tested by PBT EU to meet industry exacting standards.

The EXEcutor™ Broadcast Servers are power-efficient providing a highly customisable, robust and dependable backbone for all areas of broadcast and production installation, including television stations, production studios and post-production companies.

By providing facilities for ingest and media management, titling and graphics, as well as playout and scheduling, the EXEcutor™ Broadcast Servers can provide a complete “TV channel-in-a-box” solution, or be configured to provide any combination of component services using world-renowned PlayBox software, to enable very efficient, scalable and flexible production pipelines to be created. These incorporate traditional, streaming and hybrid workflow models, even the cloud and private cloud.

Content can achieve output into a multitude of IP-streaming formats or via traditional SDI connections. Resolutions from SD to 4K are all supported, including the ability to stream multiple channels simultaneously.

The EXEcutor™ Broadcast Servers are also designed to interface seamlessly with many types of routers, and can be activated with LTC timecodes and GPI triggers.

Also brand-new for IBC, is the EXEcutor™ Virtual Control Panel (EVCP), PBT EU’s own intuitive and virtual control panel to complement the server-line. The EVCP Control Panel is web-based allowing cross-platform and remote management of all functions of the master EXEcutor™ Broadcast Servers, including remote media uploading, content, user and playout management, as well as systems monitoring.

In addition, PBT EU is also worldwide distributor of Profuz Digital’s L.A.P.I.S. (Limitless Advanced Powerful Intelligent System), and will be introducing at IBC its revolutionary concept of streamlining project management processing. It is effectively a complete company information management-hub which enables organisations to improve efficiency and have better control over their information by removing the need to use multiple software products for various data and content-related tasks. Profuz LAPIS brings together workflow management, multi-user document collaboration, content asset management, customer relation management and internal / external communications into a single, connected hub. It can connect to popular web services and allows users to search and interact with all connected applications from a central control panel.

PBT EU’s General Manager Vladimir Stanic says, “We are immensely proud to showcase PBT EU’s own brand of Executor™ products at IBC2016. Our customer-centred focus of simplifying processes and providing large-scale solutions within a single product, is the motivation behind these major new developments. Having a visible presence on our own stand this year at IBC, gives us the exposure to enhance our expertise and these unique service capabilities to a much wider audience than before, bringing a fresh approach to our valued customers and partners.”

Sales Director at PBT EU Alexander Stoyanov confirms, “Visitors to our stand will also be able to learn how the new EXEcutor™ Broadcast Servers and individual component PBT EU-certified software can translate into viable solutions that deliver value and quality-service for their specific needs. We never lose sight of meeting demands of single users, as well as the expectations of large organisations with more complex requirements.”

Other PBT EU technology partners present on PBT EU’s booth include cross-media advertising and TV programming experts CSE, SPI Labs’ FunBox UHDTV Channel, DekTec- manufacturer of PC add-on cards, USB devices, IP converters and software for the professional digital television market and ISID with its modular and feature-rich Media Asset Management (MAM) system- Videoma.

Come by and meet the dedicated PBT EU team at stand 5. A02. View the EXEcutor™ Broadcast Servers in action across a variety of agile workflows and broadcast environments. Witness its non-stop, around-the-clock operation, demonstrating the versatile nature of the server technology and its sheer reliability. Find out about the huge cost-effective advantages at a competitive price point. Make sure to explore the company’s ingenious pioneering insights on virtualisation, wide-ranging solutions for monitoring and workflow, IP,4K, and much more.

Contact sales@pbteu.com to book a demo and register for the show at www.ibc.org using code 21658.


The team at PBT EU looks forward to welcoming you at our stand!

About Profuz LAPIS

An information management-hub, which enables firms to streamline and simplify processes to improve efficiency and have better control over its information by removing the need to use multiple software products.

Visit them at  http://profuzdigital.com/

About CSE

Specialists in cross-media advertising and TV programming.

Visit them at http://www.cse.fr/

About DekTec

A manufacturer of PC add-on cards, USB devices, IP converters and software for the professional digital-television market.

Visit them at http://www.dektec.com

About SPI and FunBox4K/UHD

FunBox 4K/UHD will be made available as fully encrypted PAY TV Channel on Eutelsat this year.  SPI labs spend extensive hours assuring quality can sustain 4K standards.

Find out more at http://spiintl.com/data/files/kcfinderUploadDir/files/presentations/2016/FUNBOX_4K_2016.pdf

About ISID and Videoma

A leading developer of multimedia management software solutions since 1996. They have completed the first tapeless TV project in Spain and provide solutions for media monitoring and analysis, archive management and courtroom recordings.

Visit them at http://www.isid.com/

Easy, Fast, Reliable- The new PBTEU Support Portal

 

PBTEU Support Portal

Dear Valued Partners and Priority Customers,

Following our never-ending pursuit of top quality service for clients equipped with reliable PBT EU turnkey servers, we are happy to announce, that starting from 1st of July 2016, all of you can enjoy the services of the new, second to none PBTEU Support Portal.

Key benefits:

  • Detailed explanations of Support and Warranty Levels
  • Online RMA request form
  • Extensive knowledge base, FAQ and product manuals
  • Workflow examples and project guidelines
  • Downloads section and Internal info exclusively accessible for trusted partners

Launched on https://support.pbteu.com/, it gives you and your associates a single point of entry to access top level technical assistance, advisory, issues reporting and solving, necessary technological information – all with the ultimate goal to make you feel safe and protected in the dynamic broadcast business and environment.

All that you need to do is persistently guide all your employees and clients to go there and find everything what is needed to “keep their equipment in excellent shape” or to get much more ideas how to solve your workflow request. With unmatched speed, consistency and efficiency.

PBT EU best engineers and sales are ready to help you for everything in real time, on 24/7 basis.

We are there to serve and support!

Grand Savings for Live Production 4K Workflow with an EXEcutor™ playout server and Blackmagic Design

Grand Savings for Live Production 4K Workflow with an EXEcutor™ playout server and Blackmagic Design.

For a limited period* you can upgrade your Live Production workflow to an UHD (4K) operation at an incredible price!

Workflow #1

Ultimate Live Production 4K Workflow including 4K playout with built-in Multiviewer, Mixer with 10 inputs, Recording and Monitoring.

Ultimate Live Production 4K workflow

 

UltraHD PPU Bundle6243.00 EUR NOW 4,825.00 EUR

Time-limited discount action “UltraHD PPU Bundle ‘offers ATEM 1 M / E Production Studio 4K , recorder HyperDeck Studio 12G and audio amplifier Blackmagic Audio Monitor at a package price 4,955.00 EUR.  Enter the world of Ultra HD production with proven technology by Blackmagic Design!

Blackmagic UltraHD PPU Bundle

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PROD EXEcutor11,450.00 EUR   NOW 8,999.00 EUR

PlayBox HD/SD Production AirBox Software:

Four independent players in a single server: 2K/ 4K SDI Output, Enhanced playlist handling and End of Clip Actions, Remote Client application – control one server from multiple locations, GPI / VDCP / MOS control, Built in Multi-viewer.

PROD EXEcutor playout server

Total Savings: More than 3800 EUR!

 

Workflow #2

Ultimate Live Production 4K Workflow with 4K playout with built-in Multiviewer, Mixer with 8 inputs and Recording.

 

Live Production 4K workflow with PROD EXEcutor

 

Upgrade to ATEM 4K Bundle4,114.00 EUR   NOW 2,569.00 EUR

ATEM Production Studio 4K switcher together with HyperDeck Studio 12G recorder for a discounted price of 2,569.00 EUR ex VAT! Gear up for Ultra HD production with industry-proven Blackmagic Design technology.

ATEM 4K Bundle

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PROD EXEcutor11,450.00 EUR   NOW 8,999.00 EUR

Total Savings: almost 4000 EUR!

 

Workflow #3

Ultimate Live Production 4K Workflow including 3x Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K, 4K Playout with built-in Multiviewer, Mixer with 8 inputs and Recording

Live Production 4K workflow with BMD Micro Studio Camera 4K

 

ATEM 4K Micro Camera Bundle  – 7819.00 EUR NOW 5,684.00 EUR

The new ATEM 4K Micro Camera Bundle priced at 5,684.00 EUR ex. VAT contains three Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4Ks, HyperDeck Studio 12G, and ATEM 1M/E Production Studio 4K.

Regular price of these products is 7819 EUR! 

ATEM 4K Micro Studio Camera Bundle

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PROD EXEcutor11,450.00 EUR   NOW 8,999.00 EUR

Total savings: more than 4500 EUR!

 

*Promo period valid till 07.07.2016

IP stream playout solution with remote management and monitoring

 

Blade servers farm IP stream playout solution with remote management and monitoring

 

Blade servers farm IP stream playout solution with remote management and monitoring

Workflow consists of 1 or more blade servers with 2 nodes per chassis. That configuration gives the opportunity to save rackspace and streamline your workflow.

Every node is one Channel- in- a- Box configuration, or it can be a playout and CG, it depends on clients needs.

Every playout receives IP stream input via IP Matrix switcher that is controllable through a playout application thus it is possible to choose which IP stream input will be used as a source signal.

Our playout server platform via its Multi Parallel Output (MPO) technology allows IP streams with different codecs (MPEG2, H.264), resolutions (HD, SD) and transports (UDP, RTP) to be outputted simultaneously. The playout audio can optionally be encoded into Dolby Digital (AC3) and inserted into the output UDP streams. The IP stream outputs are broadcasted to output IP matrix switcher, and this gives possibility to manage output streams according to workflow needs.

All media assets are stored on NAS and video files are moved and manipulated by a SafeBox application which main task is to take care all daily playlists and corresponding video files to be copied to each particular playout server.

In order to avoid broadcast downtimes, the system is configured to use N+M playout redundancy scheme with Multi Backup Manager application that gives full redundancy monitoring and live switching to backup servers if there is a problem with the main playout.

For the purpose of monitoring and remote management of playout servers we use our EXEcutor control panel. This application is capable to monitor and manage one or more playout servers remotely with full capability to modify playlists, upload video files and execute secondary events, same as a desktop playout application. EXEcutor control panel is a web based application.

In order to prepare daily playlists ScheduleBox is another web based application for creating complex playlists remotely.

It is always necessary to avoid any problems or downtimes in broadcast industry. You have to be sure that your video assets are in a good shape, there is no room for badly encoded video files. That is why we include our QC solution in the workflow. With QCBox all files are tested before they become available for making playlists and before they will be sent to the playout server. In this way our client can be sure that all files are good and that there will be no problems once video files are on-air.

Remote management and monitoring

If your broadcasting facility is in one building, town, country and your MCR and management staff is on a remote location, with this workflow all your broadcasting services are at your fingertips. Via KVM Network is possible to control all distance servers, as well as your Multi Backup and IP matrix switching. Also, EXEcutor control panel for playout monitoring and management, ScheduleBox for complex playlists, graphics preparation, IP stream monitoring are connected to the system.

Author: Bojan Markovic, Technical Director at PBTEU

A cost effective turnkey solution for a small TV studio

A cost effective TV studio with Blackmagic Design products and an EXEcutor™ server.

 

cost effective turnkey solution for a small TV studio

The studio includes advanced broadcast cameras for live HD production with 10” viewfinder, MFT lens mount, support for up to 1080p60, 4 hour battery, talkback, tally and more. Perfect for outdoor and indoor live production. Supports the worlds best broadcast lenses. Blackmagic Studio Camera includes everything you need for live production all in a single self contained solution. However when you want to add large lenses, or smooth professional tripods then you can select from a massive range of third party accessories. With industry standard connectors, interchangeable lenses, and multiple mounting points you can customize the camera for any type of production using a virtually limitless selection of third party accessories.

The camera control is done by Blackmagic Design’s ATEM Production Studio 4K. It includes advanced 6G-SDI and HDMI 4K inputs that are SD, HD or Ultra HD switchable so you can connect to virtually anything! Every input supports embedded audio mixing and features a frame resynchronizer so you can use sources without genlock such as consumer HDMI cameras or even computers for live PowerPoint™ presentations! You also get 2 balanced XLR audio inputs for connecting professional mixers.

ATEM includes program and down converted program outputs plus auxiliary outputs allowing clean feeds, perfect for connecting to LED screens, projectors, disk recorders, monitors and broadcast decks! The multi view outputs are 1080i HD so you can use any TV or monitor. You also get a balanced XLR output of your audio mix, which is also embedded into all video outputs.
ATEM includes a huge range of real time high quality transitions that are available in all SD, HD or Ultra HD resolutions!

It’s important for camera operators to know when their camera is on air, so they don’t inadvertently change their shot when millions of people could be viewing! ATEM Studio Converter  supports SDI tally output from the program feed of switchers, such as Blackmagic Design’s ATEM range of live production switchers.

ATEM Studio Converter’s rack mount design has 4 bi-directional optical fiber connections so you can connect multiple camera converters and convert the optical fiber input to SDI and de-embed audio using XLR connections.

Workflow includes EXEcutor™ Channel-in-a-box all-in-one turnkey server designed for broadcasting and certified for taking the best from PLAYBOX Software. EXEcutor™ Channel in a Box is a turnkey playout server solution for broadcasting a single TV channel and available in SD or HD. It integrates all the elements needed to keep a channel on-air by combining scheduling, ingestplayout, CG and interactive graphics within one box. The output can be SDI or IP streaming and suitable for applications including broadcast TV, internet TV, cable TV etc.

With the MPO – Multi Parallel Output feature EXEcutor enables the running of two or more outputs so that broadcasters can easily provide parallel outputs in any combination needed to deliver the content. For example, HD SDI and IP streaming at the same time. It allows IP streams with different codecs (MPEG2, H.264), resolutions (HD, SD) and transports (UDP, RTP) to be outputted simultaneously. The playout audio can optionally be encoded into Dolby Digital (AC3) and inserted into the output UDP streams.

However we can offer additional encoders such as Ateme DVB Kyrion AM broadcast encoder. Kyrion enables High Quality terrestrial broadcast. The ATEME Kyrion™ AM2102 is the High Video Quality, Multi-Channel H264 and MPEG2 encoder designed to address a broad range of Digital Television applications. Its state of the art encoding core allows bouquet aggregators, broadcasters and video service operators to save bandwidth and reach their audiences with a revolutionized picture quality.

About PBTEU:

As a system integrator, PBT EU maintains parthnership with renowned and trusted companies as Imagine Communications, Blackmagic Design, Adder, Autodesk, ISID, Ateme, Adobe, SGO, EMC Isilon, Chaos Group, Sony, Evertz, Axon and many others.

Our experienced team has the expertise to integrate and install the PlayBox Technology portfolio of products all over the world, and is focused on constantly delivering value- added service.

We consult, design, and deploy projects and products, as well as provide support in various ways – SLA, 24/7, call free number, etc. Our clients can be confident that we will protect their interests, and the solution that we will offer will be the right one for them.

Complete broadcast turnkey solution with equipment, installation, training and support can be provided by PBTEU with best possible prices.

The EXEcutor™ Servers- How are they made?

The EXEcutor™ Servers- How are they made?

EXEcutor™ Broadcast Servers are the result of years of IT and broadcast engineering experience.

Developed for flexibility of usage and a variety of working environments, with the goal to deliver the ultimate performance for its price range, each EXEcutor™ Broadcast Server is assembled at our dedicated production facility by a committed team of hardware specialists, with precision and patience.

Only proven, high-end, server grade components are used. And we can offer custom-tailored solutions according to your preferences: choose desired form factor for your EXEcutor™ Server – 1RU to 3RU rack mounted or tower case, go more powerful and faster with a dual CPU, and feel safer and more reliable with redundant hot – swappable power supply units and a RAID protection on both system and storage hard drives.

After assembly, the EXEcutor™ server is connected and initial hardware testing is done. Upon successful completion of these initial tests, an IT technician installs the operating system, drivers and supporting software.

A Broadcast engineer is then assigned to the EXEcutor™ server, and he will carry out the installation, setup and a custom modification of the specific software according to customer specifications.

Later on each EXEcutor™ server undergoes a high stress test in a simulated real-life situation for no less than 24 hours, thus checking all aspects and overall performance of the whole system.

If all test results are satisfactory, EXEcutor™ Broadcast Server proceeds to the final steps: An image of the system drives is created and burned onto a DVD, the server is closed, sealed, labeled and packaged together with proper documentation and accessories – Now it is ready for shipping….

But that is not the end for us, because we do not follow “Fire and Forget” strategy!

All information pertinent to our servers is stored in our database and is available upon request to our Technical Support Team who offer Extended Warranty and 24/7 Premium Support Services, of which we are proud.

Just tell us your server serial number and we will have all the relevant data instantly: logs, hardware description, system settings – even the original image of the whole system; everything that will help us support you faster and better.

An Expanding Reach – A CABSAT 2016 Overview

EXEcutor™ Broadcast Servers introduced at CABSAT 2016 for a complete broadcast architecture.

As technology grows, the world is getting smaller, they say. Boundaries fall not only for people, but for technology and know-how as well. Maybe we’re not far from the moment of “global knowledge”, yet there is some walking to be done down that alley.

A good step in this direction, was this year’s debut of PlayBox Technology Europe (PBT EU) on the most prolific broadcast tradeshow in the Middle East – CABSAT, celebrated in the magnetic city of Dubai. After the significant structural changes within the PlayBox group, happened last year, our main goal was to gather an impression for a market, which till the moment has been relatively distant businesswise. And at the same time discuss our business approach with partners and customers, longing for a breath of fresh air in a region vastly dominated by traditionalism in sales and technology.

PBT EU was always and will be counting on its loyal partners, so who better to trust for building some new bridges? Facing short preparation terms, we thank all our business associates who didn’t spare time, efforts and funds to host our products and solution on their booths, spread the word around and generate the attention we faced. А month later we already see the clear results and this is just the start.

“A really challenging show with a lot of potential!” – Alex Stoyanov, Sales Director of PBT EU comments. “The mixture of experience solution providers and keen regional partners and customers, ready to embrace proven business models and technology is inspiring. An excellent environment to introduce our new EXEcutor server line, reinforced with all additional solutions we provide towards a complete broadcast architecture. Looking forward for the next edition and I hope PBT EU participation to be even more attractive” – Mr. Stoyanov concluded.

Mr. Vladimir Stanic, General Manager of PlayBox Technology Europe added “We are so excited that on CABSAT we found so big interest in EXEcutor™ Broadcast Servers which are the future of PlayBox- based turnkey solutions. People there were eager to know more about our technology. Except Combo4K EXEcutor™ with 4K SDI output on 50fps, we have shown how we are doing different kind of integrations with our partners, we did workflow with ZIXI streaming transport service, for reliable and cost effective transport through public internet.”

The conclusion: Our approach to the business, meaning a good service to the clients, a fast deployment of new TV channels, an unmatched around the clock support and the highly reliable EXEcutor™ Broadcast Servers , is opening doors for us to the Middle East market.

Bloomberg TV Launches in Bulgaria. Chooses PlayBox Products.

In September 2015, with the start of the new business season, Bloomberg TV Bulgaria launched its brand new channel for business news in Bulgarian language. No surprise, following the news that Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, was rated among the Top Ten cities in Europe for creating a startup company, that the media environment was enriched with a TV channel focused on the dynamic business world.

In the quest for excellence and keeping the world class standards of Bloomberg, PBT EU (PlayBox Technology Europe) is proud to have been chosen to provide the core technological background which results in a channel vision for every business oriented viewer to enjoy.

“We delivered main playout system – AirBox, Two CG solutions – TitleBox, Production AirBox, News room system and 3rd party equipment for Bloomberg TV Bulgaria. These PlayBox products provide an integrated newsroom and playout solution, which PBT EU is honored to stand behind.” commented Eleonora Svetozarova, who was leading the project from the start.

“I am very pleased by the professionalism of the PBT EU team, and the results we achieved together“, said Plamen Yordanov, Bloomberg TV Bulgaria Technical Director. Its not the first time we combine our efforts and trust to the expertise of a worldly renowned broadcast brand, which also happens to be next door. And I am pretty confident we still have a lot of challenges ahead of us, which I hope we’ll face even better.

Bloomberg TV launches in Bulgaria. Chooses Playbox products.

About PBT EU: PlayBox Technology Europe is a world renowned provider of software-based playout and CG solutions based on PlayBox software. More information is available at www.pbteu.com
PlayBox Technology Europe Press Contact: Alexander Stoyanov
Email: marketing@pbteu.com

About Bloomberg TV Bulgaria: Bloomberg TV Bulgaria was created as a next step in the very successful partnership between TV Bulgaria ON AIR and the global leader in financial and economic news and information Bloomberg Television. Bloomberg TV Bulgaria provides fast, comprehensive and reliable information about the economic and financial processes and events around the world and at home, and studies their impact on the life of all Bulgarians. For more information, go to bloombergtv.bg