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PlayBox Expands Broadcast Channel Management And Playout Infrastructure

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PlayBox Neo has expanded the broadcast channel management and playout infrastructure at the Cairo headquarters of Nilesat, one of the largest telecommunication networks in the Middle East.

The project was supported by PlayBox Neo distribution partner Modern Broadcast Center (MBC).

"This is an addition to the 40 PlayBox Neo Channel-in-a-Box playout units we purchased in Q1 2019, elevating the total number to 70," said Maissa Aly Kamel, Nilesat Chief Technical Officer. "The seamless operations and reliability of the systems continue to enhance our productivity."

"The success of our Channel-in-a-Box solution stems from the great flexibility which it offers television channel managers and network operators, combined with its inherent space efficiency and ease of maintenance," added Pavlin Rahnev, PlayBox Neo Chief Executive Officer.

"We integrated 30 complete servers into the Nilesat teleport at Giza near the Egyptian capital," detailed Nikolay Spasov, PlayBox Neo Head of Technical Department. "We delivered two 4K-UHD CIAB servers plus 13 HD/SD playout units, all with 1:1 redundancy."

"We are delighted to collaborate once again with PlayBox Neo on this significant expansion at Nilesat, one of our key partners in the Middle East," commented Sabri Arafa, Modern Broadcast Center CEO. "This project underscores our commitment to providing state-of-the-art broadcast solutions that enhance the efficiency and reach of our clients' operations."

PlayBox Neo Channel-in-a-Box offers playout automation with AirBox Neo-20, CG and interactive graphics, including with TitleBox Neo-20, media ingest with Capture Suite and live media delivery and distribution with Media Gateway. AirBox Neo-20 supports full automated content streaming and broadcast playout for any kind of television channel. A variety of media files and live inputs can be integrated into a single playlist. Multiple SDI/IP outputs can be streamed simultaneously in different video standards up to 4K.

Founded in 1996, Nilesat is a leading satellite operator company that provides direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting, satellite broadband over Egypt, and other communication services in the Middle East and North Africa region. It operates a fleet of geostationary satellites that deliver a wide range of television channels and radio stations, as well as data and internet connectivity to millions of households, businesses, and governmental organisations.

Modern Broadcast Center specialises in systems integration for broadcast projects of any kind and scale. MBC has built news, entertainment, green-screen facilities, shopping channels, single-camera studios and multi-camera studios for production companies and broadcasters around the world. MBC also designs and builds technical furniture for studios, production galleries, edit suites, control rooms and playout suites.

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 24 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.

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