In Broadcast - October 2013 - 14
I N T E R N A T I O N A L
WWW.INBROADCAST.COM | ISSUE 24 - OCTOBER 2013
N E W S
XDCAM With Avid
TVB Upgrades With PlayBox
l ay B ox Te c h n o l o g y h a s
completed an upgrade to the
playout facilities at Hong Kong’s
largest independent broadcaster,
Television Broadcasts (TVB).
The project, which also included
customer training, was completed
together with the engineering team
from Mediatech (International) Ltd,
the local PlayBox Technology partner,
and was ﬁnalised with the installation
of 26 servers at the network’s
headquarters in TVB City, Kowloon.
The installation encompassed nine
HD 24/7 channels. Seven of them are
already on air and the others are in
Twenty of the servers installed
consist of PlayBox Technology
AirBox and TitleBox, for playout,
with character generation and
graphics. Eighteen are conﬁgured
with 1:1 redundancy level for main
and back-up operation on the nine
Control of the nine high-deﬁnition
channels is via Multi Playout Manager,
a fully assignable monitoring and
control system. Two redundant Multi
Backup Manager servers were added
to manage redundancy switching on
an existing Snell Aurora router.
An additional pair of servers have
been installed for use in staff training,
again as main and backup.
PlayBox Technology also supplied
four single-channel CaptureBox
servers, each with additional playout
software installed for video quality
control and veriﬁcation. Once content
is approved, it is automatically sent
to two 16TB network-attached
storage servers, conﬁgured for main
and redundant operation.
NED: Primestream’s FORK
Production Suite can now
record XDCAM MXF files that
will update in Avid Media
Composer while recording.
The long-GOP codec can be used
with the craft editor plus the beneﬁts
of the FORK Production automation
and media asset management
platform for I/O, logging,
tagging, proxy editing, workflow
management, and archiving.
functionality for Media Composer is
an optional component for the FORK
Fires Up AVB
TVB’s PlayBox installation in
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Viaccess-Orca Revamps TV Everywhere Interface
iaccess-Orca demonstrated a
new user interface for its TV
Everywhere (TVE) solution at IBC.
The new interface allows
TV viewers to easily discover
compelling content on a wide range
of devices – including TVs, PCs,
smartphones, and tablets – enabling
content service providers to offer a
state-of-the-art TV experience on
“To remain competitive in today’s
multiscreen world, content service
providers must offer a personalised
TV experience anywhere, anytime,
and on any device,” said François
Moreau de Saint Martin, CEO
at Viaccess-Orca. “Our nextgeneration TV Everywhere solution
features an intuitive user interface
that allows quick access to favourite
content, helping providers enhance
Using the TV Everywhere solution,
providers can securely deliver live,
VOD, and catch-up TV content on
any network via any screen.
The Viaccess-Orca TV Everywhere
demo also highlighted the
The award-winning DEEP offers an
enriched metadata experience
company’s DEEP platform (Data
Enrichment and Engagement
Platform) which is an automatically
generated digital magazine platform
for the second screen.
Through DEEP, operators can
generate enriched metadata and
offer users additional content related
to what they’re already consuming.
This enables operators to support
new business models such as
targeted advertising and branding
and to provide their subscribers
with an immersive user experience.
DEEP was selected as ‘Best
Content Platform of the Year’ at the
2013 ConnectedWorld.TV Awards
contest at IBC.
NED: At IBC, Axon launched Neuron
– billed as the industry's ﬁrst video
product based on AVB technology.
Featuring both hardware and
software, Neuron offers cost
savings, reliability, and increased
flexibility for instant network
access and multi-switching.
An AVB-based network can place
all audio and video streams – as well
as associated control, metadata and
synchronisation for live productions
– on a single connection.
Neuron provides managed
n e t w o r k i n g , u n c o m p re s s e d
video delivery, as well as
compatibility with 4K.
GBR: Trilogy has installed its
Gemini intercom system and
Mentor XL sync pulse and test
signal generators (SPG/TSG)
at Birmingham City University.
Conﬁgured to accurately replicate
a full, professional production facility,
the 64-port Gemini intercom system
is deployed at the university's stateof-the-art Media Centre.
DK Meter goes 'All In'
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