Dutch Caribbean network RTV-7 upgrades playout and on-air graphics

The RTV-7 television network, produced for expatriates from the Dutch Caribbean now living in the Netherlands, has chosen a broadcast playout solution from PlayBox Technology as the core of a major infrastructure upgrade. This centres on an AirBox Neo compact 3U channel-in-a-box server with TitleBox Neo interactive on-air graphics.

“PlayBox Technology spearheaded with its AirBox platform the transition of broadcast playout from dedicated hardware to file-based systems running on enterprise PCs,” said broadcast engineer and IT architect Harm Van Houten of YourSide. “In so doing, they made broadcast playout easier, more affordable, more reliable and more expandable.

“This new RTV-7 installation will be controlled from The Netherlands. The network’s director already has many years of experience working with PlayBox Technology AirBox. Video content is sourced from public-service and commercial broadcasters in the Netherlands Antilles to the AirBox server via secure IP links. It is then branded as RTV7 and played out to viewers across the Netherlands.

“The new AirBox Neo installation will be hosted by United at its Music Pavilion facility in the Hilversum Media Park. A subscription-based feed is currently being broadcast via cable and the internet. It is scheduled to go fully live in early November.”

Available exclusively from PlayBox Technology and its partners around the globe, the PlayBox Neo suite is based on the AirBox Neo playout server. AirBox Neo is designed for 24/7 unattended operation and can also be operated manually, including the ability to handle live-to-air throughput. AirBox Neo supports UHD, HD and SD in single server.

TitleBox Neo provides a wide range of interactive on-air graphics and titling capabilities which can be manipulated live. It includes substantial improvements for dealing with UHD projects as well as supporting HD and SD operation.

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