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NEP UK Future-Proofs Wimbledon
with IP Systems
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EP UK recently provided technical
Host Broadcast Services to The
Championships, Wimbledon, being the
first Championships to be broadcast
utilising SMPTE ST 2110 compliant fully
redundant IP technology.
NEP UK 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. For the
first time, NEP UK, in partnership with
'Wimbledon Broadcast Services' (WBS)
covered all the courts with a team of
over 250 technical crew to record and
replay every ball that was played.
Continuing its 35-year relationship
with The All England Lawn Tennis Club
(AELTC), NEP UK delivered IP technical
facilities for its in-house production
of The Championships as part of
WBS. By deploying its new IP-based
outside broadcast (OB) trucks, NEP UK
offered increased flexibility compared
to coaxial cable connections and
significantly reduced the expense and

use of unsightly cabling throughout the
grounds.
Speaking prior to the event
Richard Lancaster, Technical Project
Manager, NEP UK, said: "Both the
scale and range of requirements for
this project are immense. Compared
to previous years our coverage has
grown considerably, 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."
This year, the number of custom
built galleries was 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 employed over 118

NEP UK deployed its new IP-based Outside Broadcast trucks

camera positions and more than 41
EVS servers, plus three major OB units
and a large fly-pack core.
Paul Davies, Head of Broadcast
& Production at the AELTC, said:
"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."
In the first year that 'Wimbledon
Broadcast Services' came into
operation, Davis commented that the
AELTC would be delighted to continue

to partner with NEP for a further four
years and was "very excited to be
covering Centre Court in 4K HDR".
Rob Newton, Engineering and
Technical Director, NEP UK, added:
"Our
deep
understanding
of
Wimbledon, the sport, the venue
and its broadcast requirements has
enabled NEP UK to work seamlessly
with the AELTC to broadcast in SMPTE
2110 for the first time. Our new IP
modular system will enable flexibility
and scalability, whilst ensuring the
highest standards of broadcast
coverage."


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