PlayBox Technology delivers remote broadcasting for FOX

PlayBox Technology has supplied a two-channel redundant remote delivery and broadcasting solution to FOX International Channels. Dubbed “FoxBox,” this turnkey project enables FOX to deliver fully automated, cost-effective playout solutions for smaller-uplink TV and IPTV markets.

The program content is comprehensive and includes local advertising, branding, multilingual audio and subtitles, as required, as well as the programs themselves. The first location to deploy FoxBox is On Telecoms in Athens, Greece, where it has been delivering two channels, FOX Life and FOX Life +1 since Dec. 1. The Athens FoxBox includes PlayBox AirBox playout servers, with TitleBox for graphics and branding and SubtitleBox for subtitling.

Two requirements of FOX were the full integration with the existing FOX playout operations in Rome and the use of public Internet for the delivery of all content, playlists and monitoring. The integration means that PlayBox accepts schedules from FOX’s traffic system, seeks the content files and automatically transcodes them to the delivery format ready for transfer via the Internet for local transmission anywhere in the world.

The system is fully redundant with main and backup AirBox playout servers in Athens for both TV channels. The remote site includes on-site monitoring and reporting and, if necessary, can be controlled and viewed from Rome or at FOX’s disaster recovery center in Los Angeles.

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