PlayBox Neo & eMAM Upgrade Thai TV5 HQ’s Playout Equipment
Thai TV5, one of Thailand’s leading broadcast companies, needed an upgrade. Their legacy system had become cumbersome to use and hampered workflow efficiency. They needed a solution that would help them access and manage media securely in multiple locations. Acquiring these features would be challenging, requiring a significant equipment upgrade at their studio headquarters in Bangkok. After some deliberation, Thai TV5 elected to go with a comprehensive media management solution powered by Playbox Neo and eMAM, installed with the help of PS & Sons (Thailand) Co Ltd.
“Thai TV5’s legacy third-party system had become impractical and costly to maintain,” comments David Srikalra, Managing Director at PS & Sons. “We recommended PlayBox Neo on the basis of its successful operation at many broadcast networks and playout facility companies around the world.”
“As Thai TV5 is one of Thailand’s highest profile broadcasters, the system is configured to function as main and backup with the additional protection of a cool spare,” adds PlayBox Neo Asia Pacific General Manager Desmon Goh. “Our servers and software are closely integrated with eMAM from initial ingest, quality control, graphics and scheduling, right through to pre-transmission storage.”
“The media asset management solution chosen for Thai TV is based on our eMAM Enterprise platform,” details EMAM, Inc. VP of Business Development Chuck Buelow. “eMAM gives operators the tools they need to locate and preview content managed from an unlimited number of locations including local storage, cloud storage and archive systems.”
In this solution, eMAM Enterprise ran on five or more servers to support 50 active defined users, but the package can actually scale to user counts in the thousands, all maintained through LDAP/Active Directory. Editors and designers can use panels inside Adobe Creative Cloud apps or an extension inside Apple Final Cut to access all eMAM’s tools designed to manage media, and collaborate seamlessly with eMAM web users.
Thai TV5 deployed AirBox Neo-20 for playlist scheduling; Capture Suite to optimize ingest workflow of television networks; and PlayBox Neo Multi Playout Manager (MPM) to operate channels via IP remotely.