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OHTV acquires PlayBox Technology servers

28 September 2012
OHTV acquires PlayBox Technology servers

London-based broadcaster OHTV has added two AirBox servers to its existing PlayBox Technology infrastructure. The new servers, which are to provide playout and automation for two new OHTV channels, are the new compact versions that occupy one rack unit, rather than the alternative 3RU model. “We have been relying on PlayBox Technology for the three years since we started hosting our own broadcast operations,” said OHTV CEO Akin Salami (pictured). “Our first servers were the 3RU type but now we are tight on rack space and the 1RU versions are now perfect for us. These have a bit less storage capacity but our existing shared NAS more than makes up the difference. Now we can expand.” Ben Gunkel, UK sales director, PlayBox Technology, commented: “When OHTV was starting out with its own playout it chose to put its faith in PlayBox Technology. Akin is a very hands-on CEO and really spent time to understand PlayBox Technology as a company before buying into the technology. Today we continue to help OHTV to grow its channels and are looking forward to supporting them for many years to come." OHTV has a backup server that has assumed an extra role. Salami explained: “You can build all sorts of configurations around the PlayBox Technology solution. We run one AirBox as a shadow/backup player so, if a main channel fails, it can kick in and be switched to air via the router. But so far nothing has failed! Today its main use is to take over playout while we are updating the main equipment.” – Jake Youngwww.playbox.tv

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