Cinegy today announced that Thailand’s Next Step direct-to-home Freeview HD platform has deployed multiple Cinegy Air PRO Bundles, a comprehensive, IP-based software suite for automated SD, HD and/or Ultra HD (4K) playout for their multi-channel playout offering.
Next Step, a multi-channel operator and distributor in Thailand, launched its free-to-air HD platform in late 2015, and has grown exponentially since, with the potential to provide HD programming to approximately 67 million people throughout the country.
Supplied and supported by Bangkok-based Cinegy partner C.S. Innovation Technology, the addition of multiple Cinegy Air PRO Bundles vastly simplifies the ability of Freeview HD to deliver an increasing number of HD channels effortlessly and inexpensively. In addition to multichannel playout capabilities, the Cinegy Air PRO Bundle provides Dolby Digital encoding, EAS, watermarking and Cinegy Type channel branding in a single, software solution.
Cinegy Air PRO Bundle also supports high frame rate Ultra HD formats (50/60p), includes integrated HEVC stream encoding, and the ability to offload HEVC and H.264 stream encoding to an NVidia GPU.
The IP-ready Cinegy Air PRO Bundle also works in fully virtualized or cloud environments. This makes it very simple for Freeview HD, and other Cinegy customers, to control multiple channels, insert regionalized commercials and add graphics and channel branding utilizing these next generation broadcast tools.
Cinegy Managing Director Daniella Weigner said, “Cinegy Air PRO Bundle means that Next Step Freeview HD can get new channels and associated content on air instantly, but at a fraction of what it would cost by conventional means. It eliminates the previously complex process of interconnecting multiple, but often incompatible, hardware components.”
C.S. Innovation Technology Managing Director Chinnarong Ooragool said, “Next Step’s Freeview HD channel has become the leading provider for Thai language documentaries and other content designed to enhance the information and entertainment programming available in the region. Next Step selected Cinegy Air PRO Bundle because it is excellent software that precisely matches the needs of their broadcast goals, both now and for the foreseeable future.”
About Next Step’s Freeview HD Platform
Freeview HD is a new HD DTH Free to Air satellite TV platform providing 81 channels – with 55 channels in HD including all digital terrestrial TV channels. Freeview HD is the only FTA Ku-Band platform in Thailand providing Digital Terrestrial TV Channels in High Definition instantly nationwide on top of quality content channels from Next Step. Seeing the bigger picture is fundamental to us and thus we are very committed to providing exceptional TV content in order to foster the communities and culture of the people so they could raise their potential and achieve great things. We believe that we can help Families in the middle class gain more knowledge and experience and that this knowledge will help contribute and develop their own wellbeing. This is essentially what seeing the bigger picture means and that’s what Freeview HD stands for. Freeview HD – Beyond. For more information, visit www.freeview.co.th
Cinegy develops software solutions for collaborative workflow encompassing IP, capture, editing and playout services tools, integrated into an active archive for full digital asset management. Either SaaS, virtualisable stacks, cloud or on-premises, Cinegy utilises standard IT hardware, and non-proprietary storage technology. Cinegy products are reliable, affordable, scalable, easily deployable and intuitive. Cinegy is truly Software Defined Television.