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Vector 3 will unveil VectorBox 264 and VectorBox IP at IBC 2017


Barcelona, Spain – July 31st, 2017 – For 22nd year in a row, Vector 3, the manufacturer that launched the channel in box into the broadcast market back in the 90s, will attend IBC 2017 in its usual location in Hall 7 stand 7.C01.  This year two new products will be unveiled: the VectorBox 264 and the VectorBox IP.
 
One of the most classic and enduring products in the broadcast industry has made the move to the virtual world. VectorBox the first channel-in-box ever and the flagship product of Vector 3 has now a version based in the cloud. VectorBox 264 is an evolution of the proven client-server model where the server resides in the cloud. Operators can be located anywhere and with a few clicks can establish a channel that was planned in the morning and be “On-Air” by prime time. The video and audio signal is delivered in H264 inside TS and packetized as RTP.
 
Thanks to its wide-ranging client-server technology that has been in use for years in many world class facilities, Vector 3 is familiar with the concept of operators being remotely located from the installations they are controlling. This experience has been fully employed in making the move from the physical server to locating it in the cloud. "The underlying technology is different but the experience of the people in charge of the channel is very similar" says Glyn Bartlett, Head of Sales of Vector 3. "The main difference is that our customers will be able to launch their channels without the need of sending someone abroad or to subcontract an engineer there. The installation can be as simple as a few clicks with no physical contact". Virtual VectorBox has a myriad of applications from disaster recovery, pop-up channels and corporate TV.
 
Besides VectorBox 264, VectorBox IP the other Vector 3's upgrade and it is able to playout up to four channels with video, audio, graphics and effects. The output can be 2022-6 or 2110 coming out from a 10 Gb port. The functionality and features are the same as the VectorBox XL delivering a channel ready to air with all the branding and auxiliary events. At IBC 2017 Vector 3 will be showing the new version of VectorBox IP based on SMPTE 2110 standard. With all the capabilities and flexibility of the Classic VectorBox, VectorBox IP provides a compelling solution for new facilities that are looking to handle all their video over an IP infrastructure.
 
 
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Vector 3 develops high performance IT-based broadcast systems. Delivering playout automation, multiformat videoservers with built-in effects and graphics, and all the tools for managing a file-based workflow, Vector 3 systems match and surpass the most demanding requirements for multichannel playout, channel branding, commercial disconnection, and disaster recovery.
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As our friends, customers and suppliers know, after more than 30 years in the same location, Vector 3 headquarters have moved just a “stone throw away” from Rambla de Catalunya. For those that have been through this kind of upheaval, the packaging for a move is a trip back down “memory lane”when things long forgotten in the day-to-day frenzy of many years appear in the bottom of storage boxes or on the higheest shelves, out of sight and out of mind. In our case we found manuals of Borland, proceedings of the 1987 edition of Sighgraph, hardware from the 90s, a VTR and even a Centronics cable for a printer that used ribbon cable, amongst many other objects.

 

One of the things we found which was a surprise and might be of interest for many professionals of the TV industry, was a memory of our first participation at IBC. It is, as far as I know the first mention of the channel-in a-box concept ever published. The photo was taken by the self-appointed "official photographer" of the IBC, an industry veteran who ploughed the corridors dragging a big tripod and a bulky camera, the tools of his trade. When weeks after we received the photo we probably had a quick look in mild embarrassment about our attempts at out first booth and “filed” it in its original manila paper with which was just as we found it this summer.

 

Amongst the myriad claims over the years to being the “Original” Channel-in-a-box, Vector 3 has never made a big case about who invented the concept. We knew it, our customers knew it, and our expertise was not based (only) in having been the very first. When the debate started, not so many years ago, we had already overcome the channel-in-a-box concept and were building big multichannel facilities using what is now called OTS (off-the-shelf) hardware. From time to time, whilst being interviewed by various magazines we did point out that we had been the first but none of these articles saw they light of day. Today, with this photograph discovery in our hands, it seems the perfect opportunity to publicly state that we were the first and that our dealers in UK and Bulgaria were the second and third (perhaps not in this order). Here, for the record is the photo of Roman and Pau Ceano in the Vector 3 stand of the IBC 1995 where the first commercial server that played video, graphics and effects using a board intended for editing (a Matrox Illuminator Pro) installed in a PC was demoed. Also for the record, 17 systems were installed some weeks after the show to work as barker channels for a company called Cablevision.

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