Wide Network Solutions playout centre is a transmission facility for radio and TV channels which delivers content to the audience. Networks can consist of terrestrial transmitters for analogue or digital radio and TV, cable networks and satellites.
The playout happens in control rooms in a playout area, which can be either situated in the broadcaster's Central Apparatus Rooms or from the WNS playout centre. It can be owned by the broadcaster or run by a specialist company that has been contracted to handle the playout for a number of channels from different broadcasters.
WNS also provides remote controllable playout servers for clients who wish to control their server from remote locations. The service helps clients to save on their equipment costs as they don’t need to install sophisticated hardware on site.
Playbox is the most common server that WNS uses for its clients. The PC-based architecture enables the PlayBox video server to simultaneously ingest, play and stream analogue, SDI, DVB ASI or IP signals - utilising industry-standard compression formats.
Additionally, PlayBox software architecture design permits targeted configuration and independent scaling of storage, traffic management and dynamic graphics.