Best Playout Software

Browse video playout software. Broadcast playout software is used to combine multiple media assets together, such as live and pre-recorded footage, graphics and subtitles. This is then distributed across OTT, linear channels or social media. In conventional broadcast systems this is achieved via various hardware components, each with a particular role in the production chain, but now many vendors offer cloud or software solutions which visualize this process. Cloud playout allows broadcasters to effectively run and access a channel from anywhere in the world.

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By TVU Networks
The 24/7 Channel solution created with the world’s biggest broadcasters available for everyone
The easiest way to manage and launch your 24/7 live digital channel for live broadcasting over the air, on cable, OTT, apps, social media, and websites. Launch from your laptop in minutes. Intuitive. Cloud…
By Evertz.io
evertz.io Stream is a flexible pay monthly channel streaming service
evertz.io Stream is an advanced streaming and playout service designed to meet the needs of both Over-The-Top (OTT) and Direct-To-Consumer (DTC) streaming applications – with audio, captioning and branding options, and the capability to…
By Playbox Neo
Turnkey playout server solution for broadcasting a single or multi TV channel
World’s best-selling Playout and Channel branding product suite. Powerful, flexible and cost effective, PlayBox Neo has integrated solutions for playout, graphics, news, automation, asset management and disaster recovery. PlayBox Neo Channel-in-a-Box is a turnkey…
By SGT Group
Channel in a box – TV Playout
ELIA is the very latest generation of Channel in a Box, a cost effective TV playout solution offering playout automation, ingest, branding and media asset management features, along with a video server for disaster…
By Coralbay
New generation of playout software
coralPlay is a new generation of playout software that has been designed from the outset to work in the cloud but that can also be run on standard PCs, should the customer prefer to…
By LTN
Elevates the value of primary linear content to create new channels for various digital platform
LTN® Lift is a playout solution that provides news- and sports-producing channels automated versioning capabilities to reach cross-platform audiences more easily. Lift elevates the value of primary linear content to create new channels for…
By Qibb
Easily deliver content – multiformat and multiplatform
Create a full-featured cloud-based channel playout and automation to launch and manage numerous pop-up channels in record time. It is also designed for easy multiformat and multiplatform content delivery to destinations such as social…
By Brightcove
With Cloud Playout, it’s easy to deliver video anytime you want
Video content that’s just sitting on a server somewhere is a wasted asset. It has to be played and it has to be viewed if it’s going to help you engage audiences, sell products,…
By PlayBox Technology
The Next-Generation Cloud Playout for IP & MPEG compliant transport
The distributive virtualised architecture of the playout engine from Cosmos provides a fast and trusted cloud playout platform enabling broadcasters and service providers to spin up both OTT and traditional TV channels in a…
By BitCentral
Cloud-based playout software used for professional linear TV channel playout
Veset Nimbus is cloud-based playout software used for professional linear TV channel playout. Nimbus plays live and pre-recorded video, audio, graphics and captioning. Launch new channels, migrate existing channels, start an event-driven pop-up channel,…

What is Playout?

Playout the process in which source signals are ingested and then outputted or distributed to an external network. There are different levels of complexity with playout systems, depending on the amount of source signals being received, the varying degree of playout functionality and the scale of distribution. Playout systems are traditionally located in the MCR or Master Control Room, this is a central room where all signals are ingested and outputted.

Why use a Playout solution

If you are looking to start and run a TV, OTT or even a YouTube channel you may want to look at playout solution options. A playout system will allow you to ingest multiple video and audio feeds (live and non-live) into one dashboard, these feeds can then be arrange to form scheduled programming, for example you may wish to run a 24/7 shopping channel that has multiple pre-recorded and live segments as well as advert breaks. Some playout systems may also have video editing functionality, graphic insertion and monetisation options. Without a proper playout solution in place it would be extremely difficult to organise and schedule your overall TV programming.

Playout software

Playout was, and often still is, run on hardware servers located on-premises within the MCR, but this is now changing due to the increasing use of playout software or cloud playout systems. This offers a lot more flexibility to production teams and reduces the upfront CAPEX cost of installing and managing a playout system. Playout software also means that it has now become a lot more accessible to smaller broadcasters, production companies, OTT providers or anyone who is looking to start and run their own TV channel.

Playout software vs cloud playout

It is important to make the distinction between playout software and cloud-native systems. Software (like any other software package) is generally installed locally on a PC, laptop or server. This generally means that playout software intrinsically has limitations in terms of accessibility. Cloud-native playout systems on the other hand are built and run on AWS or Google Cloud servers, this means they can be accessed anywhere at any time and are more suited towards remote or distributed production. But it is also worth bearing in mind that playout software can also (sometimes) be loaded onto an AWS server, meaning that teams can access the software from any computer with an internet connection. Depending on your requirements, it’s worth researching whether the system is software-based or cloud-native.