March 10, 2015
By Priscilla Hendriks
Germantown, TN, USA – Germantown Municipal Television (GMTV) in Tennessee has chosen a complete PlayBox Technology solution for the core of its ingest, CG, graphics and playout infrastructure.
GMTV transmits a wide variety of content ranging from classic television shows such as The Beverly Hillbillies and Dragnet to completely original programmes produced locally by the students of Houston High School. As a public/educational/government-access (PEG) station, it also airs content produced by other PEG stations from around the United States. GMTV can be found on AT&T U-Verse.
“The PlayBox Technology system was so easy to spin up and use,” commented GMTV Chief Engineer, Rob Manuel. “It gives GMTV the freedom to convert our video sources to digital and then operate in a fully tapeless mode from ingest right through to transmission. Source video is digitized in a CaptureBox server and transferred to a 4 terabyte local storage server.”
Monitoring and control of the AirBox Playout server are done via the Multi Playout Manager which makes it possible to have control over the channel through any internet-connected PC or even a tablet. Included is an integrated streaming option allowing GMTV to feed its content straight out to the internet and broadcast a parallel SDI output at the same time. This reduces points of failure and simplifies what would normally be a more complex integration.