HNN 24x7 unpacks AirBox Neo
INDIA: PlayBox Technology has worked in partnership with Delhi-based broadcast systems integrator Avtech Digital Equipments to design and install a complete AirBox Neo system at HNN 24x7. Broadcasting via satellite, digital terrestrial networks and online, HNN 24x7’s facility is based in Dehradun. AirBox Neo provides UHD functionality for the core PlayBox Technology content playout system.
‘This was a complete new-build project including two multi-camera news production studios, voiceover suites, technical control rooms and apparatus rooms,’ recalled Avtech’s managing director, Rajiv Puri. ‘The core playout infrastructure includes two ProductionAirBox servers plus an AirBox Neo channel-in-a-box system which is populated with DataBox Neo, ListBox Neo and SafeBox Neo. These are integrated with a dual mix/effects vision switcher, newsroom automation, editors, signal codecs, a master router, live backpack units and interfaces.’
‘PlayBox Technology has enabled us to achieve our goal of creating a highly efficient news channel combining live transmissions with meticulously crafted file-based content,’ explained HNN 24x7 founder and chief executive officer Amit Sharma. ‘Starting from a clean slate gave us the huge advantage that we could select the best infrastructure currently available both in terms of reliability and operator-friendly functionality. The entire process of system design, integration, commissioning and staff training went very smoothly and we are now getting into the full routine of actually running the channel.’
‘AirBox Neo forms the basis of a highly adaptable platform which can be configured to match practically and scale any style of operation ranging from a single channel to an entire multi-language bouquet. Our solutions give broadcasters the flexibility to add new channels or new operational features as their business expands, and to embrace new transmission standards whenever they choose,’ noted Don Ash, PlayBox Technology president. ‘HNN 24x7 joins a very long list of broadcasters making highly successful use of PlayBox Technology solutions.’