Miracle Channel, Canada’s first over-the-air religious television station, has expanded its AirBox playout system to power an additional channel for cable and satellite viewers across Canada.
“Miracle Channel has been operating AirBox for many years on its primary on-air channel,” comments Van Duke, US Director of Operations at PlayBox Neo. “It allows the station staff to control playout on a fully prescheduled basis while at the same time having the ability to transmit live. Selecting the same system for the new channel has obvious advantages in terms of staff training and enables operators to work with total confidence right across the network.”
“Upgrading the existing channel to latest-generation AirBox Neo also extends the production team’s creative potential by adding many new features. These include a streaming input supporting HTTP, HTTP Secure, UDP, RTMP, MMS, MMSH and YouTube. Also added is a virtual output which supports multiple instances. Timecode can now be applied to MOV files and multiple DeckLink cards can now be used for multi-channel ad insertion. Enhancements have also been made to the clip trimmer and audio level control. The system can operate fully automated or under manual control including the ability to handle live-to-air throughput.”
Supporting UHD, HD and SD playout, PlayBox Neo AirBox is designed for 24/7 unattended operation and can also be operated manually, including the ability to handle live-to-air throughput. Parallel outputs allow two or more SDI or IP streaming SD/HD feeds to run simultaneously. Changes to the playlist can be made during an on-air session. Clips in the playlist, except the one which is currently playing, can be trimmed, edited or repositioned. Playback order can be performed seamlessly without stopping the current playout session. Live productions are facilitated by a live show clipboard which allows insertion and/or execution of various events or live streams.
An integral element of the PlayBox Neo system at Miracle Channel, TitleBox Neo provides a wide range of interactive on-air graphics and titling capabilities that can be manipulated live. The TitleBox Neo feature set includes horizontal crawling text, vertically rolling credits and messages, still and animated logo graphics, analogue and digital clocks, banner slideshows and chat text with automated horizontal or vertical scrolling. Among the additional creative facilities are pre-constructed graphic components, video resizing (from live source or file), window-style display and website content ingest.
Miracle Channel (http://miraclechannel.ca) airs documentaries, talk shows, movies, Canadian news, live programs, children’s shows and four original programs including the award-winning LEON Show. It airs across Canada on several major cable and satellite companies and is available around the world via live web stream. Miracle Channel debuted on January 14th 1996, broadcasting in southern Alberta. It expanded nationally on September 11th 2000 and is available globally via satellite and on the internet.
Building on nearly 20 years of successful innovation, PlayBox Neo (www.playboxneo.com) pioneered the development of high-efficiency server-based and cloud-based playout to support every scale and type of one-to-many communication. PlayBox Neo AirBox and CloudAir today power over 18,000 TV and branding channels in more than 120 countries. Users include national and international broadcasters, start-up TV channels, webcasters, interactive TV and music channels, film channels, remote TV channels, corporate information channels and disaster recovery channels.
Designed for 24/7 unattended operation, AirBox Neo can also be operated manually – including the ability to handle live-to-air throughput. It is supported by a wide range of optional modules. PlayBox Neo CloudAir can be configured for terrestrial, satellite or CDN-based playout under full IP control. It also forms a platform for secure IP-linked media asset management and archiving, accessible by approved personnel anywhere in the world.
PlayBox Neo AirBox and CloudAir can deliver output in baseband SD, HD or UHD SDI, in?DVB/ATSC-compliant streams and in web-based formats such as RTMP. Simulcasting of SDI and single or multiple streams is also possible.