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Playbox unveils TimeShiftBox server

5 March 2014
Playbox unveils TimeShiftBox server

PlayBox Technology is expanding the range of models in its TimeShiftBox series of television playout delay servers. Previously available in SD and HD/SDI, the new TimeShiftBox Duo allows simultaneous programme delay for more than one SD/HD channel. The new solution will be making its debut at NAB in Las Vegas next month.

"We have developed TimeShiftBox Duo in response to demands from broadcasters who need to re-transmit television channels across multiple time zones," commented Stanislav Petkov, PlayBox Technology CTO. "Designed for easy integration into playout centres, DTH operators or for other applications where delay of SD/HD-SDI is required, TimeShiftBox Duo provides all the resources needed to perform accurate time offsets for any duration ranging from 10 seconds to more than one month."

TimeShiftBox accommodates 50Mbit/s of MPEG2 encoded video in HD and 25Mbit/s in SD, while protecting all horizontal and vertical ancillary data from SDI per channel. The 1RU server has RAID-protected storage, redundant power supply and hot-swappable hard drives.

The new server is equipped with SDI inputs and outputs and can be genlocked to station sync. It can be expanded to accommodate additional storage or greater RAID protection. Timeshift delay can be adjusted via a menu, and other functions are fully automated. High bitrate MPEG-2 4:2:2 I-frame compression aims to ensure the maintenance of video quality. TimeShiftBox is fully transparent to audio and ancillary data carried in the SDI stream. Optional CG and graphics facilities are also available.

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