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Top 3 Playout Solutions For Start-Up Broadcasters

Starting up in the wonderful world of broadcasting? Look no further than the vast array of software solutions available on the international market today.

Gone are the days of hefty master control rooms - the future of broadcasting resides in digital, and most importantly, the cloud. Lets round-up some of the latest solutions in the broadcasting world.


Channel in a Box

Channel in a Box

A Channel in a Box compiles all the broadcasting tools you will need to start up and go live with your very own channel. The ideal 'Box' will contain playout software, scheduling tools and graphics. These are the minimum modules needed to maintain professional broadcasting operations, and provide high-quality content for your audience.

Channel in a Box was popularised by PlayBox Technology throughout the 2000's, and since then has become a landmark solution in the world of broadcast solutions. Other options include Grass Valley, X-Pert and many more on the market today.


Cloud Playout

Cloud Playout

Cloud Playout has revolutionised the broadcast industry as we know it. Cloud capabilities have come so far since the last decade, and not just in broadcasting.

As a result of the growing popularity of the cloud, broadcast technology companies have had to play catch-up. Cloud Playout engines should be easy to use, reside within a web browser or application and provide exceptional reliability and quality of playout for your content. It truly is the future of playout and broadcasting.

Most cloud playout options will be provided as Software as a Service (SaaS) - a monthly or yearly subscription will upgrade you to the next level of broadcasting, whilst remaining a flexible payment structure. In effect, this eliminates the high cost of ownership that usually poses significant barriers to entry in the broadcasting industry.


Live Streaming Software

Live Streaming Software

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Streamers have access to a wide range of live streaming software solutions. Most are open-source, but if you're keen on maximum quality, it makes sense to invest a little extra money into your new passion. Examples include OBS.

Make sure to narrow down your content delivery networks - will you be using YouTube? Mixer? Twitch? Make sure the live streaming software you choose is compatible!