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PlayBox Neo For NTD TV Upgrade

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New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD TV), a 24/7 Chinese language news broadcaster based in New York City, has upgraded the PlayBox Technology AirBox playout system at its Houston channel to the latest-generation AirBox Neo.

Based in New York, NTD TV produces a range of news and cultural programmes for Chinese viewers in Asia, Canada, Europe, Oceania and major cities of the USA.

Russ Siew, Chief Engineer, NTD TV, said: "We have been using PlayBox Technology AirBox very successfully for over eight years to broadcast five channels from New York. AirBox gives us the high reliability we need for round-the-clock operation. It is easy to drive and provides all the facilities we need both in our live and prescheduled modes.

"The time had come to upgrade our station in Houston which is profiled specifically for NTD TV viewers in and around Texas. The natural option was the PlayBox Neo product suite which PlayBox Technology introduced at the April 2016 NAB Convention in Las Vegas. PlayBox Neo runs on the same servers as our existing AirBox installation but provides a wide range of additional features including the ability to transmit in standard definition and high definition."

"NTD TV has been a good PlayBox Technology customer for many years," added USA Sales Manager Van Duke. "It is a very efficiently managed network with very high production standards. PlayBox solutions are fully compatible with open-source Chinese characters and allow easy delivery via a wide range of delivery platforms including satellite, digital terrestrial and online. AirBox Neo, TitleBox Neo, CaptureBox Neo and SafeBox Neo can be combined on a modular basis to match any size of operation ranging from a compact national or regional station to a large-scale multi-channel broadcast network transmitting to a global audience."

Don Ash, PlayBox Technology president, commented: "PlayBox Neo is a powerful upgrade option which is entirely unique to PlayBox Technology. By integrating UHD compatibility, we are now able to give channel managers the freedom to equip for the latest generation of transmission standards as soon as they choose. UHD, HD and SD feeds can be managed from a single graphic interface which presents all the information operators need for a specific task. The PlayBox Neo GUI is also very easy on operators' eyes, even during a long shift in a reduced-light control room. Text is displayed in white and light grey on a black background."

PlayBox Neo runs on a majority of modern PC servers. Customers with valid Annual Software Maintenance & Technical Support can upgrade their existing PlayBox products to the latest Neo versions as a simple download. If requested, PlayBox Technology can analyze existing systems and advise on relevant hardware upgrade options if any are needed.

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