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Playout in a Box

Self-contained playout in a box for all channel types

Pebble’s powerful and compact playout in a box solution leverages our best-of-breed automation and integrated channel technology to deliver a full HD ingest and playout solution, with comprehensive redundancy options for systems up to 4 channels.

In addition to hosting your simple clip-based channels, our Playout in a Box is also capable of handling more complex, reactive channels which regularly feature late-breaking changes. Its exceptionally intuitive user interface, coupled with powerful graphics and DVE functionality, combine to deliver a 'best of breed' solution at an affordable price.

Comprehensive Ingest and Playout Solution

The rich feature set incorporates encode and decode, up and down conversion, graphics, DVE, ARC, subtitling, voice-over and optional Dolby® encode and decode.

For ingest, file format and compression ratios can be selected on a per job basis, and clips can be trimmed and segmented even while the ingest is in progress. Operators are able to view playout and ingest processes using an IP monitoring window directly within the UI. Each solution is scaled to meet your specific needs in consultation with our expert team of engineers. It is then delivered as a pre-built and pre-tested unit for quick on-site integration and one-stop support access. With fewer points of failure, simpler maintenance, and lower energy costs, it adds true channel in a box functionality to the Pebble family of automation and integrated channel solutions.

Intelligent Playlist Manipulation and Powerful Graphics

Our solution brings enterprise level playlist intelligence to the playout in a box environment. A single operator can control up to 4 channels if required, and it is even possible to edit the ‘on air’ list, provided that the operator has the appropriate user privileges.

Lists can incorporate several event types and classifications, and all events are continuously validated to ensure that everything required for playout is available. Various formats can be included within the same playlist, with a wide range of supported codecs and wrappers, up to a maximum video codec bitrate of 50Mbps. Multiple independent graphics layers deliver channel branding and ‘Now Next Later’ promos and captions.

Complex Channel Delivery

With live or VTR input, the Pebble Playout in a Box also supports FXP or FTP transfer with automatic caching of primary and secondary media from nearline storage.

Able to handle events incorporating a live feed, secondary media, dual DVEs and multiple graphics layers, it can deliver even your most complex channels to air.

Key Features:

  • Compact and Cost-Effective
    Delivering best of breed functionality at a realistic price, making it ideal for single site operations where the integrity and quality of your output is key
  • Reliable and Proven
    Deploying the technology which underpins Pebble’s highly-featured automation and robust integrated channel platforms, it delivers high performance playout in a box capability with an exceptionally comprehensive control layer
  • Versatile and Responsive
    Ideal for the fast deployment of a wide range of channel types, including more complex dynamic channels which incorporate extensive live content and frequent schedule changes
  • Scalable and Efficient
    With a straightforward upgrade path from 1 to 4 channels, the system can grow as your channel counts increase, and multiple channels can be controlled from a single operator position
  • Resilient
    Pebble has a strong reputation for delivering robust solutions. And our playout in a box offers enhanced redundant configurations hosted on a separate frame to safeguard the delivery of your channels.