Playout Automation

Content Automation for Playout Centers

and Satellite Operators

Playout Automation is an easy to use software & hardware combo for scheduling programs, managing channels, advertising and graphics.


Playout Automation's integrated show creator allows to design and manage a week of broadcast program and put on the air by a single person. Every system is custom-tailored to meet site-specific needs, software and hardware wise. 

Playout Automation comes with 4 powerful modules


Rundown lists & show composer. 

Compose your program with videos, graphics and advertising.

Build-in channel graphics 

Create and edit on-screen graphics like channel branding and breaking-news in seconds, even when the program is already on air.

Synced advertising player 

Monetize your content by seamlessly integration of advertising and sponsored videos

Integrated storage

PlayMate comes with an internal media storage for fast and efficient media handling. PlayMate provides up to 177 hours of internal HD recording with H2.64. 

Streamlined workflows for playout centers and content managers

Fully scalable from 1 channel to over 500 channels

Playout Automation uses ultra flexible IP layout and is virtually unlimited scalable. Launch new channels within hours and qickly expand your business. Easily back scalable when removing channels, use resources which become available for other tasks. Each install can be custom-tailored to meet site-specific needs. 

Made for 24/7 broadcast operation

Our clients told us: We want a software that is reliable and simple to use. We listened. Our engineers redesigned the user interface from the scratch. Clean & efficient, designed for 24/7 operations and optimized for heavy duty usage.


Built-in advertising player

Synced advertising player. Monetize your content by seamlessly integration of advertising and sponsored videos

Built-in Facebook and Youtube streaming

SMT Cloud renders your content to any output format including Facebook Live and Youtube Live. On top of that PlayMate supports “off-ramp” legacy playout (SDI) and modern IP infrastructure at the same time.

Integrated CG for live graphics, channel

branding and lower thirds

Create news-tickers and breaking-news on the fly and you can also edit titles and text while the show is on air! With customizable ready-made templates, you can change color schemes, textures, and styles and align graphics with your brand standards and visual identity.

Connect to top-tier news and content providers

Playout Automation comes with a standard newsroom infrastructure that interworks with AP ENPS, Octopus 8, AVID iNEWS,

and Annova OpenMedia. SMT has comprehensive experience in integrating modules of existing newsroom system to

save cost. SMT provides full support during integration and implementation. 

Streamlined workflows from everywhere in the world

All broadcasters can login to their channel and Ingest, manage and arrange content, free of geographic boundaries

Broadcasters can prepare playlists via web based clients from everywhere in the world

Geographically distributed playout servers can act like one single entity

  • Playout Automation can be controlled by a scheduler timetable for automatic broadcasting operations

  • Playback and recording of channels from multiple servers is supported from a single client application

  • Playlist are run from within Channels. Each playlist window shows the channel name where the playlist is loaded, the playlist name, and all clips and events in the Playlist

  • Playlist supports functions such as delays time triggers, Go To’s and GPI Triggers

  • Channel linking for multi channel control

  • Batch record from VTR with manual/imported batch list and Virtual Tapes for VTR replacement

  • Searches with ability to save searches

Full features

  • Playout Automation supports MOS-Server exchanges MOS-IDs with iNews to create playlist on the Image/Video Server

  • PlayMate is compatible with Newsroom Production System like OpenMedia or iNews who gather text and video contributions and sent it to the PlayMate system

  • Editors put together news for the playout remotely and sent it to the PlayMate system

  • Last Minute changes are updated automatically via MOS-id

PlayMate hardware / software specifications




» 19” rack mount enclosure

» W: 48,26 cm (19") H: 4U/ 17,80 cm (10,5")

» Master / slave configuration 2 * 4HU D: 68,50 cm (26,59")


Operating Temperature:

+10 C° to + 35C°


Operating System:

» WIN 10 professionell 64 bit

» 32 GB RAM

» 2 Xeon Multi-Core CPUs

» 1/10Gbit ethernet networking

» SSD storage

» 750W power supply redundancy

» DVD drive, mouse, keyboard


Hard Drives and Storage:

» SSD system disk

» SSD data disk (RAID)


» 1 IN (Fill, 12G)

» 1Out (Fill & Key, 12G)

» 2 OUTs (Fill, 12G)

» 1/10Gbit ethernet networks


Video Formats:

» 4K 4096 x 2160 50p/60p

» UHD 3840 x 2160 50i/50p/60p

» HD 1920 x 1080 50i/50p/59,9i/59,9p

» HD 1280 x 720p 50p

» SD 720 x 576 50i

» SD 720 x 480 59,9i

All video formats support 8/10-bit 4:2:2, SDR or HDR output