Golf Channel Thailand selects PlayBox Technology

Golf Channel Thailand has chosen channel branding and playout systems from PlayBox Technology as the core of a major upgrade to its studios in Bangkok. The project was coordinated by PlayBox Technology (Asia-Pacific).

“We were looking for the most efficient possible way of combining live high definition broadcasting with automated content playout,” comments Jirapat Khamkaun, Golf Channel’s head of engineering & operations. “After researching the available solutions, we identified PlayBox Technology AirBox transmission servers and TitleBox channel branding as the logical choices. They are easy to operate, versatile and have an excellent reputation for reliability. Local support from the company’s office here in Bangkok was another major advantage, plus the easy scalability of the PlayBox Technology ecosystem if needed to expand our capabilities in the future.”

“We have integrated AirBox HD and AirBox SD servers into Golf Channel Thailand’s central apparatus suite,” adds Nut Deesamer, manager of the PlayBox Technology Service and Support Centre for Thailand. “These are linked via Ethernet with the master control room where the automation process is supervised. Each TitleBox is operated as an independent key and fill resource during live programme production. In automated playout mode, the TitleBoxes are utilised in a character generation role with AirBox handling transmission of scheduled content. The configuration we have provided enables Golf Channel to capture incoming content at the same time as playing to air.”

AirBox is a content playout and streaming system capable of operating both in standard-definition and high-definition. Designed for 24/7 unattended operation, it can be connected easily to third-party devices. AirBox supports MPEG1/2/H.264, HDV and DV streams from practically any production platform capable of providing AVI, MPEG, MXF, QuickTime or WMV content. Files from third-party broadcast content servers are natively supported.

TitleBox delivers on-air graphics which can be controlled interactively. Operators can preconfigure the templates to match their specific requirements, without need for subsequent manual adjustment. TitleBox provides total control during on-air session, including text selection, running speed and transitions. The TitleBox feature set includes horizontal crawling text, vertically rolling credits and messages, still and animated logo graphics, analogue and digital clocks, banner slideshows and chat text with automated horizontal or vertical scrolling. Additional creative facilities include pre-constructed graphic components, video resizing (from live source or file), window-style display and website content ingest.

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