NEP Switzerland selects EVS to drive HD & UHD workflow in new broadcast center

NEP Switzerland selects EVS to drive HD & UHD workflow in new broadcast center

The facility has been built for new MySports channels to feature a backbone of EVS solutions

Following its investment in several XT4Ks earlier this year for its new 4K production trucks, NEP Switzerland is again deploying the live production servers – alongside several other EVS solutions. This technology drives end-to-end UHD-4K production inside a new broadcast center built in Zurich by NEP for the recently-launched Swiss MySports channels, which are owned by UPC Switzerland, the country’s largest cable television operator and subsidiary of Liberty Global.


NEP also provides MySports with operational services for the new broadcast center, which includes two studios, three control rooms (one dedicated to the production of highlights from the games being broadcast), post-production and playout facilities.


NEP Switzerland has chosen the XT4K and XS4K servers to act as the ingest and production backbone of the broadcast center’s workflow. These enable the production crew to record multiple feeds at once – in UHD-4K, HD or Full HD 1080p – and will be connected, alongside other workflow components through a 10 Gigabit IP network infrastructure.


The broadcast center’s overall workflow connectivity is currently based on 3G-SDI, but with the XT4K and XS4K’s built-in flexibility, NEP can update the EVS servers to IP I/O with the upcoming native support of SMPTE 2110 before the end of 2017.


“We chose to install the XT4K and XS4K servers because of their built-in flexibility, performance and reliability. With support for Full HD and UHD-4K, this EVS solution lets us easily meet current and any future requirements of the MySports channels,” explains Trond Hermansen, NEP Switzerland’s CTO and project manager of the new broadcast center. “The interoperability between EVS technology and other solutions within our workflow is also a very important part of this workflow – we need to make sure anything installed will be tightly integrated with NEP Media Services’ Mediabank platform.”


“To build this kind of state of the art broadcast center for MySports, we needed to select the best in broadcast and IT technology from suppliers that we trust. EVS is one of the technology providers we know will always deliver solutions that create a fast and reliable live production workflow,” says Reto Osterwalder, CEO of NEP Switzerland.


“The technology installation for the roll out of a new channel is always an important project to undertake, making sure workflows are protected for the future,” adds Benoit Quirynen, SVP Market & Product. “With this new broadcast center we are proud to have delivered a powerful solution which will last, no matter what technology is put in place further down the line.”



MySports broadcasts live games of the National, Swiss and MySports ice hockey leagues as well as the men’s national team, the Swedish Hockey League and the Russian Kontinental League. The new sports channel also broadcasts live action from the German Bundesliga, the Portuguese Primeira Liga, the Swiss Handball League, Formula E auto racing and beach volleyball. Alongside the live games, MySports also offers in-house half-time and post-game shows, magazine programs and highlights packages. Overall the channel will broadcast over 20 events – the production for two of which will be in UHD-4K.

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