PlayBox Neo powers Pennsylvania’s WLVT - PBS39 Phase 2 expansion

The project commenced in Q4 2017, and Phase 2 adds a second ProductionAirBox Neo and two extra channels of CaptureBox Neo
Jonas Bowen, master controller at WLVT-TV operating the PlayBox Neo playout system.
Jonas Bowen, master controller at WLVT-TV operating the PlayBox Neo playout system.

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PlayBox Neo announced the completion of a playout system expansion at the headquarters of US public service broadcaster WLVT - PBS39 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

This forms the second phase of a project commenced in Q4 2017.

Andrea Cummis, chief technology officer, WLVT - PBS39 said: “Phase 1 solved our requirement for a dependable and user-friendly core playout system which replaced legacy third-party servers.

“It centered on the installation and commissioning of a three channel AirBox Neo for master control, a ProductionAirBox Neo for live news and live production, plus two channels of CaptureBox Neo as the basis of a major upgrade to our media manipulation and delivery system.”

The Phase 2 system expansion adds a second ProductionAirBox Neo and two extra channels of CaptureBox Neo.

Cummis added: “Our old clip player died so we replaced it with the ProductionAirBox Neo and had it installed and working in a live show the same day. It is used for a range of tasks including inserting our evening news show into our main HD channel every night at 6:30.”

Cummis also said that the production team found the system intuitive to operate, providing the creative tools they need exactly where and when they require them.

The engineering staff have also been impressed with the system's build, software integration and future-proof expandability.

Van Duke, director of operations, PlayBox Neo USA said: “The Phase 2 system expansion at WLVT - PBS39 is an excellent example of broadcast playout scaling up to match the accelerating demands being placed on this very talented production team.”

ProductionAirBox Neo provides content playout for news, live shows, studio screens and video walls, live production broadcasts and other places where video/audio content have to be displayed.

For live productions, any required changes to the playlist can be made while on-air session. Every clip in the playlist can be trimmed or repositioned.

Playout position can be changed on-the-fly with commands like next, jump or shuttle. Such changes are performed seamlessly without stopping the current playout session.

One server can be configured with up to four independent players. Each player has independent playlist and playout control. All four SDI interfaces can be assigned as program or preview outputs. Single channel or multichannel user interfaces are available to streamline the operation.

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