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Broadcast services company NEP has revealed that it is providing technical host broadcast services to the Wimbledon Championships which for the first time will be broadcast utilising SMPTE ST 2110 compliant fully redundant IP technology.
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In the deployment NEP has installed a distributed routing system, connected by main and back up MTP fibre optic cable, to serve on and off-site domestic and international broadcasters. NEP UK has provided both host and domestic coverage of the championships since 2014 and also for the first time in its relationship with the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), it is covering in partnership with Wimbledon Broadcast Services (WBS) all the courts with a team of over 250 technical crew to record and replay each game.

For the 2018 coverage, the number of custom built galleries has almost doubled with 21 control rooms for the host broadcaster plus three for the Wimbledon Channel to serve the World Feed and archive. To support the broadcast, NEP will employ nearly 120 camera positions and over 40 EVS servers, plus three major OB units and a large fly-pack core to broadcast the event.

NEP UK is delivering IP technical facilities for its in-house production of the championships as part of WBS and by deploying its new IP-based outside broadcast (OB) trucks. With these, NEP says that it can offer increased flexibility compared with coaxial cable connections and significantly reducing the expense and use of unsightly cabling throughout the grounds. The OB vehicles can expand its capacity and facilities exponentially via modular connection with multiple IP fly-packs.

“Both the scale and range of requirements for this project are immense. Compared to previous years our coverage has grown considerably,” explained Richard Lancaster, technical project manager, NEP UK. “From distributing directly to rights holders own MCRs, the Central Content Store, the World feed, the Wimbledon Channel and now a transmission, distribution and quality control area, as well as an additional two courts. We have also joined forces with Fletcher to provide coverage for the remaining seven courts, allowing all courts to have full coverage for the first time.”

Added AELTC’s head of broadcast and production Paul Davies: “We have worked with NEP UK for a number of years and their experience, knowledge and expertise has ensured that Wimbledon has remained at the cutting edge of broadcast innovation throughout this partnership. This is the first year Wimbledon Broadcast Services comes into operation and we are delighted to continue to partner with NEP for a further four years and are very excited to be covering Centre Court in 4K HDR.”