Europe’s largest dedicated broadcast gaming network, The Player Channel, has chosen EdgeBox, an automated remote playout solution from PlayBox Technology. The new system is installed at the channel’s playout service provider and can be fully controlled from the broadcaster’s operations centre in Hammersmith.
“Moving to a new transmission service company gave us the opportunity to invest in a more versatile playout system,” says Crispin Nieboer, founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Player Channel. “After studying the various solutions currently on the market, we identified PlayBox Technology EdgeBox as offering exactly the facilities we needed, and at a sensible price. The new installation gives us dynamic playlist and graphics control from our operations centre in London. PlayBox Technology installed the entire system within one week and provided onsite training at our Hammersmith studios. Easy to use, highly responsive and very reliable, it has proved a real winner.
“The solution provided to The Player Channel includes a CaptureBox in the operations centre to capture from tape, plus a traffic management system with full integration into both the operations centre and the playout site,” adds PlayBox Technology UK Sales Director Ben Gunkel. “The advantage of the EdgeBox workflow is that Player Channel is able to maintain exactly the same standard of operation as with its previous service provider but with more direct control, and at a fraction of the cost. Player Channel can also use the EdgeBox live pass-through feature to switch in and out of live feeds when they overlay custom graphics with the built in TitleBox module.
Also installed for The Player Channel at its playout service-provider is an EdgeBox fully automated playout system which forwards a video, audio and data stream by satellite and cable to a potential 30 million viewers across Europe. The EdgeBox is provided with a fully redundant backup server, SNMP monitoring and an auto-sensing smart switch to monitor the audio and video signals coming from the main and backup EdgeBox servers. The Player Channel has subscribed to PlayBox Technology’s 24/7 support and monitoring service which is provided from our UK headquarters.”
“This installation fully demonstrates the operational and economic advantages which can be achieved using modern broadcast infrastructure,” comments Don Ash, PlayBox Technology Managing Partner and Director, Sales. “The total system provided to The Player Channel allows file and playlist delivery via a standard internet connection, contributing a huge saving compared with the cost of using traditional dedicated fibre or satellite links.”
About the Player Channel
The Player Channel (www.theplayerchannel.com) is Europe’s largest dedicated gaming TV network and is available online to a global audience. The Player Channel airs into more than 30 million cable and satellite homes across Europe and broadcasts a wide range of gaming content, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The channel broadcasts the most popular poker videos from around the world, including the World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour and High Stakes Poker, as well as poker instructional shows, news updates, documentaries, tournament reports and interviews with the world’s leading poker players.
In the channel schedule there is also daily content involving the world of online casinos, showcasing the latest updates and development in casino games, what casino strategies to look out for when playing various casino games for the first time, as well as which mobile casinos to look at registering to if viewers fancy a game while on the move.
The Player Channel website is also the home of various gaming zones where viewers can get advice on the leading poker rooms and online casinos. The Player Channel has also teamed up with two leading financial spread betting companies, various online games providers and a new mobile casino zone.
About PlayBox Technology
PlayBox Technology (www.playbox.tv) is an international communications and information-technology company serving the broadcast, corporate and digital signage markets in more than 100 countries. It is dedicated to the research, design, development and provision of the best products, systems, solutions and services. With over 12,500 TV and branding channels powered by PlayBox Technology, the chances are you will have experienced our broadcast solutions for yourself. Users cover a wide range of today’s broadcast activities and include start-up TV channels, webcasters, DVB (IP/ASI) TV channels, interactive TV and music channels, film channels, remote TV channels and disaster recovery channels as well as satellite, local, regional, national and international broadcasters.