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TV Direct Thailand Expands
with PlayBox Neo Suite
P

layBox Neo has announced the
completion of an expanded
playout system at the Bangkok
headquarters of Thai broadcaster TV
Direct. The installation doubles the
network's capacity from three to six
channels, transmitted in high definition
via direct-to-home satellite and online.
"PlayBox Neo's Channel-in-a-Box
system has the fourfold advantage
of being installer-friendly, efficient
to operate, easy to expand and
highly reliable," says TV Direct's MCR
Manager Akarachai Tobsin. "This
new investment comprises three
additional AirBox Neo-19 servers, each
configured with the resources we need
to schedule programmes, commercials
and promos as far in advance as the
production team chooses to work.
AirBox Neo-19 also allows us to make
near-to-air changes in playout running
order or to transmit live whenever
we choose. In operational terms, the
control GUIs go beyond intuitive by
being relaxing on the eyes rather
than imposing a lot of glare. Content

TV Direct MCR Manager Akarachai Tobsin in the network's playout control suite

can be accessed quickly, trimmed
and finessed, all within the Neo-19
environment. That saves staff time
and ensures maximum confidence.
The servers are located at our
satellite uplink service provider, PSI
Broadcasting, here in the same city,
and operated via secure IP links which
carry complete program files as well as
control data."
"AirBox Neo-19 delivers on each of

our key business drivers: high quality,
high reliability and high efficiency,"
adds PSI Broadcasting Technical
Manager Rattana Taipong. "We have a
total of 15 AirBox Neo servers shared
across various clients plus three
new servers to handle the TV Direct
channels. AirBox Neo-19 gives us
the ability to handle UHD, HD and SD
content within a single server which
makes it exceptionally future-proof at

a time of advancing display standards.
Most technical support is obviously
now online but we appreciate the
proximity of the PlayBox Neo Thailand
office right here in Bangkok."
"We are very pleased to have
partnered with TV Direct and PSI
Broadcast in this project," adds Nut
Deesamer, PlayBox Neo Branch
Director, Thailand. "The TV shopping
model continues to be very popular in
many countries as it gives consumers
a better idea of the products they can
buy than the thumbnail descriptions
given in most printed or online
catalogues. Remote shopping is in
any case becoming the new norm as
consumers opt for product delivery
rather than traveling out to traditional
retail stores."
Centred on a scalable multi format
parallel output playout/streaming
engine, AirBox Neo-19 allows media
files of various kinds to be combined
into a single transmission playlist and
supports simultaneous multiple SDI/IP
streaming UHD/HD/SD outputs.
Files can be trimmed, edited or
repositioned at any time prior to being
aired without losing the freedom to
transmit live.
Playlists can be scheduled weeks in
advance for automated transmission.

AIB Protests Forced Closure
of Philippine Channel ABS-CBN
T

he Association for International
Broadcasting (AIB) has expressed
its concern over the forced closedown
of multiple award-winning broadcaster
ABS-CBN in the Philippines.
The
Philippines
National
Telecommunications Council issued a
"cease and desist" notice to ABS-CBN
on May 5 applying to all the company's
radio and TV stations. The company
complied after the main evening
television newscast, taking all its
transmitters off the air.
"This is a bad day for the Philippines,
a bad day for Filipinos and a bad
day for media freedom," said Simon
Spanswick, Chief Executive of the AIB.
"ABS-CBN is one of the Philippines'
prime providers of news, information
and entertainment, reaching almost
the entire 106 million population.
Its programmes are award-winning
domestically
and
internationally,
recognised by judges in our own
annual awards as the best in class
as well as in other competitions. To

remove a country's most-watched
TV news broadcaster during a global
pandemic where reliable news,
information and advice are essential
for citizens' wellbeing is an appalling
misjudgement."
The May 5 shutdown followed the
failure of the media regulator in the
Philippines to renew the operating
franchise of the broadcaster. The
broadcaster's
25-year
franchise
expired on May 4.
It is understood that although ABSCBN followed the renewal procedure
and had gained extensive support
from politicians in the country, no
agreement had been reached to permit

continued operation of its broadcast
services.
The AIB has expressed concern that
the franchise renewal failure appears
to be politically motivated. President
Duterte has regularly criticised
ABS-CBN, accusing it of bias against
his presidency. Something that the
broadcaster has denied. However, the
failure to renew the franchise is seen
by many observers as a direct political
attack on the network.
In addition to its internationally
respected
broadcasts,
ABS-CBN
operates a Foundation that provides
assistance to people across the
Philippines in times of natural disaster
and has been working to support the
most disadvantaged citizens who
have been adversely affected by the
COVID-19 pandemic.
"The closure is a direct attack on
free media in the Philippines," said
Simon Spanswick. "The failure of
the authorities and Congress in the
Philippines to renew the franchise in a

"Bad day for media freedom,"
Simon Spanswick, AIB CEO

timely manner and in accordance with
the country's legislative framework
sends a chilling message to anyone in
the media in the Philippines: Duterte's
government will do anything to
prevent free speech and to stop it from
being held to account."
The AIB, which is a member
of the Advisory Network of the
intergovernmental Media Freedom
Coalition, is raising this issue publicly
and making representations to
the Philippines government. Other
Advisory Network organisations are
also raising this disturbing issue.


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