Nilesat completes installation of PlayBox NEO broadcast playout system

The new system supplied includes 40 AirBox Neo Playout servers and was provided by PlayBox Neo channel partner Modern Broadcast Center (MBC).
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PlayBox Neo announces the completion of a large broadcast playout system for Nilesat at its headquarters in Cairo. One of the largest telecommunication networks in the Middle East, Nilesat provides a wide range of satellite-based facilities including transmission of over 700 television channels, 600 of which are free-to-air.

The new system was provided by PlayBox Neo channel partner Modern Broadcast Center (MBC) which is based on the west bank of the Nile directly across from downtown Cairo.

Nilesat Broadcast Manager Mohamed Samir elaborated on the chosen solution: "We required a solution which would integrate easily with our existing infrastructure. The primary requirements were a robust operating platform, user-friendly control, easy expandability and good technical support. PlayBox Neo's Channel In a Box was the logical choice given its proven success at many leading broadcast networks and playout service-providers around the world."

System integrator MBC's CEO Sabri Arafa explained the system features: "The system we have supplied includes 40 AirBox Neo Playout servers in one-plus-one configuration. A great strength of AirBox Neo is its modularity which allows us to specify the exact capabilities needed to accomplish each project. The elements selected for the Nilesat project comprise AirBox Neo playout, CaptureBox Neo ingest, Titlebox Neo graphics preparation and titling, SafeBox Neo content and playout transfer, Multi Playout Manager monitoring and control and Multi-Backup Manager."

"Installed in the apparatus room, the servers are currently being used for HD and SD channel playout and can be operated in UHD if required in the future. Playout is supervised from the facility's presentation control suite which is among the largest of its kind in the Middle East," added Arafa.

PlayBox Neo CEO Pavlin Rahnev commented on the project: "We are very pleased to have been chosen as a technology partner for this high-profile project. Nilesat is one of the world's largest satellite service providers and a very welcome addition to the PlayBox Neo user base. My thanks to the Nilesat and Modern Broadcast Center teams who have worked closely with us at every stage from initial design right through to system commissioning and post-completion training."

Established in 1996, Nilesat operates satellite earth stations at its headquarters in 6th of October City and Alexandria. These control multiple geosynchronous communications satellites, all of which are stationed at 7 degrees west. Nilesat offers a wide range of broadcast playout services including fully automated workflow from ingest to playout, advanced on-air graphics, quality control, full remote access to channel monitoring and control, multi-format support for ingest and playback plus the ability to contribute to different platforms.

Based in Sofia (PlayBox Neo Commercial HQ), PlayBox Neo has offices in Singapore (PlayBox Neo Asia Pacific), New Delhi (PlayBox Neo India), and West Palm Beach (PlayBox Neo USA).

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