Loveworld Television has added a new PlayBox Technology transmission playout and graphics management system to its London studios. The installation forms the central element of a major technical modernisation programme by the Christian TV station.
“Loveworld currently transmits in standard definition via satellite and online,” explained Phillip Neighbour of PlayBox Technology. “The upgraded system is initially being used in SD but gives the channel the ability to start a 1080i high-definition service whenever it chooses to do so. At the core of this project are two 3U servers, each running PlayBox Technology AirBox playout and TitleBox integrated graphics.”
AirBox is a SD/HD content playout and streaming server designed for continuous unattended operation. Playlist order can be changed on-the-fly, and live productions are facilitated by a Live Show clipboard. AirBox accepts MPEG1/2/H.264, HDV and DV streams from practically every known production platform providing AVI, MPEG, WMV, Quick Time or MXF content.
“Other PlayBox Technology equipment in this project includes a high-definition CaptureBox, a 16 terabyte network-attached storage server running a SafeBox content replication module which manages content sharing across multiple devices,” added Neighbour.
The new system includes two third-party digital routers plus a production monitor and related infrastructure, all housed in a single rack. The system is operated from Loveworld’s transmission control room which feeds direct to the Sky satellite multiplex and to the web.