Slovenia, July 18th, 2023 – PlayBox Neo, a global leader in media management and playout solutions, announces the completion of a major system upgrade at the headquarters of award-winning broadcast service provider STN, Slovenia. Adding to its high-tech infrastructure, STN first began using PlayBox playout servers in 2009 and has continued to invest in PlayBox solutions. All units have been recently upgraded to the latest-generation Neo-20 software plus extended 24/7 support. The project was negotiated and completed by PlayBox Neo distribution partner PBT Adria.
“STN has always believed in technology investment that allows scalability and flexibility,” says Mitja Lovšin, CEO at STN Teleport. “This latest upgrade to Neo-20 software is not only a more efficient user interface but will allow easy expansion for our clients who wish to progress to 4K-UHD services. PlayBox Neo provides reliability in its playout solutions, ensuring uninterrupted broadcasting by incorporating features such as redundant playout servers, failover mechanisms, and automatic error handling. It can integrate with other broadcast systems such as traffic and scheduling, content management and external devices, facilitating smooth workflow and interoperability.”
“Intuitive user interfaces have been a core element of PlayBox broadcast automation systems right back to our first Channel-in-a-Box system in 1999,” adds PBT Adria’s General Manager Vladimir Stanic. “Every channel includes its own Capture Suite ingest, TitleBox Neo-20 graphics and text manipulation, and AirBox Neo-20 playout modules, allowing operators to manage their channels from any IP-connected location. They gain full and effective control of file ingest and scheduling, graphics creation, resolution scaling, frame-rate conversion, aspect ratio conversion, multiple audio and subtitle streams, and content validation. Each system feeds directly to multi-viewers and transmission encoders.”
PlayBox Neo’s recently introduced Media Gateway also forms part of the project. Media Gateway extends the company’s long-established ethos of maximizing broadcast playout efficiency by allowing the channel management process to handle as much as possible within a unified and operator-friendly graphic interface. Based on the PlayBox Neo Suite platform, it is designed to maximize productivity by simplifying the daily tasks of content delivery and distribution. Media Gateway enables the whole process of playout routing and decoding to be handled in software. That translates to a substantial saving in the cost of buying, accommodating, powering, and maintaining auxiliary processing hardware.
The basis of each PlayBox Neo Channel-in-a-Box system is AirBox Neo-20, a scalable playout/streaming engine available in 1U single channel and 3U multi-channel versions. AirBox Neo-20 allows media files of various kinds to be combined into a single transmission playlist. Playlists can be scheduled weeks in advance for automated delivery. Files can be trimmed, edited, or repositioned at any time before being aired without losing the freedom to transmit live. Gaps and time overlaps are automatically corrected to ensure continuous operation even when events with conflicting times are present. Special protection is provided to ensure uninterrupted operation where content files or even entire schedules are missing or misplaced. The latest features include extended live input capabilities and a browser-based multi-viewer with lost-signal and frozen-signal alarms.
STN (www.stn.eu) is a leading content distribution provider with a mission to connect businesses and individuals globally through the seamless delivery of digital content. With its award-winning, certified teleport facility based in Slovenia, state-of-the-art technology infrastructure, and extensive network of partners, STN can deliver content to any device, anywhere in the world, with unparalleled speed and security. STN offers a comprehensive suite of services that enable content providers to reach their audiences through various delivery channels, including satellite, IP, playout, OTT, and cloud-based solutions. Co-locations and complete end-to-end occasional use services for sports and events are also available. The cutting-edge technology is fully supported and monitored 24/7 by a team of skilled, responsive professionals.
PBT Adria (www.pbtadria.com) is a company focused on system integration and technology distribution, with experienced and trusted professionals and experts in the broadcasting and media industry. Its goal is to combine affordable quality, effective solutions, and professional service in the field of broadcasting. PBT Adria’s vision includes modern and innovative concepts. PBT Adria is PlayBox Neo’s distribution partner for the eastern Adriatic region comprising Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Montenegro.
PlayBox Neo is a globally active leader in the development, and manufacture of broadcast media playout and channel branding solutions, powering over 19,500 TV and branding channels in more than 120 countries. Building on 23 years of successful innovation, the company pioneered the development of high-efficiency server-based and cloud-based playout to support every scale and type of one-to-many communication.
PlayBox Neo broadcast products and cloud solutions cover everything from live playout to fully automated transmission. Users include national and international broadcasters, start-up TV channels, webcasters, interactive TV and music channels, film channels, remote TV channels, corporate information channels and disaster recovery channels.
Available for all PlayBox Neo systems, the optional ASM&TS (Annual Software Maintenance & Technical Support) subscription offers extended 24/7 support and software upgrades, ensuring maximum operational reliability and future-proofing. With its commercial headquarters in Europe, PlayBox Neo has offices in the USA (PlayBox Neo LLC), Singapore (PlayBox Neo Asia Pacific), India (PlayBox Neo India), and the UK.