Lorac upgrades its Latin and Caribbean playout

Playbox Technologies
Neal Romanek
February 23rd 2017 at 3:51PM : By Neal Romanek

Lorac Communications selected PlayBox Technology Neo for three of its sites

Lorac Communications has revamped its broadcast playout system. Lorac, a major telecommunications provider in the Caribbean and Latin America, has selected PlayBox Technology Neo for its new broadcast playout system.

It includes two AirBox Neo servers configured to handle three of its managed cable channels for viewers in the Caribbean and Latin America. 

AirBox Neo adds UHD capabilities to the core PlayBox Technology content playout system, supporting UHD, HD and SD in one server. Other enhancements include a streaming input supporting HTTP, HTTP Secure, UDP, RTMP, MMS, MMSH and YouTube. RTMP Streaming Output improvements have also been added. A virtual output supports multiple instances.Timecode can now be applied to MOV files. Multiple DeckLink cards can be used for multi-channel ad insertion.

"This investment forms part of a major upgrade to our technical infrastructure," said Lorac founder and president Tony Marchand. "We talked with key suppliers at the NAB Convention in April 2016, including a lengthy discussion with PlayBox Technology. The versatility and efficiency of AirBox Neo matched our requirements very closely. It also looked, and indeed proved, easy to install and highly operator-friendly. Further deciding features were the very advanced graphic overlay capabilities provided by the TitleBox Neo module and the flexibility of the ListBox Neo scheduler. We also ordered and installed two SafeBox Neo file storage modules which ensure safe playout by replicating remote content to local playout server folders prior to transmission. Our engineers performed the installation themselves and our operators found the system very intuitive to drive without need for formal training. In ergonomic terms, that's as good as it gets."

"We also provide weather services for television viewers in our target region," added Lorac managing producer Brandon Carvalho. "TitleBox Neo allows us to integrate a large amount of weather information in a very attractive visual style. Better still, it gives us the freedom to adjust practically any element during the live transmission.