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IBC IP Showcase Theater: Live broadcast productions using NEP’s established IP infrastructure

IBC 2017 features an integrated IP Showcase theatre, curated by IBAM, where a series of presentations covering the full gamut of knowledge for real-time IP production and intra-facility distribution is running non-stop. It is catering those considering IP for the first time through those who have already embraced it. Peter Bruggink, CTO NEP The Netherlands will showcase how NEP has blazed a trail to dramatically reduce the on-location and in-studio resources required for live sports events and studio production with its multi-user IP-based video production platform Cloud Production. Marc Segar, Director Technology NEP Australia, explains the technology behind NEP Australia’s embarking on the largest IP roll out to date.

Rights holders, broadcasters and telcos now have the opportunity to work together in live (sports) production as never before. Using an IT based infrastructure to cost effectively streamline IP based media workflows they can improve their business models by accessing more flexible managed services to improve the utilization of both creative talent and technical resources.

NEP The Netherlands covers the real creative benefits and learnings of 2.000 live productions using an IP infrastructure, and Peter Bruggink explains the technical integration and standards to achieve the full potential of IP whilst integrating multiple third-party vendors into sustainable IP workflows.

Cloud Production
With Cloud Production, all the creative and technical resources are available from NEP’s cloud based IP infrastructure. It means sustainable real-time sharing of central resources that can be efficiently deployed to simultaneous locations.

Peter Bruggink, CTO at NEP The Netherlands: “We chose the name Cloud Production because it aptly describes what we are doing. Just as with cloud storage providers like Amazon and Google, the technology is housed in a data center. The components are assigned to various programs for the day. In the morning, an image mixer, four camera base stations and an audio table can be used for a taping somewhere in the country, while the same equipment can be used in other combinations in the afternoon, for example, perhaps taping in Studio 1 and Studio 22. Using yet another equipment combination, the same day will be wrapped up with a live evening broadcast from Amsterdam. With Cloud Production, the director can choose to be on location or in a central control room at the Media Park (Hilversum).

NEP Australia: the largest IP roll out to date
Designed around a multi-client, multi user and centralized environment, NEP Australia is embarking on the largest IP roll out to date. Four new all IP broadcast trucks, seven upgraded existing trucks, and two new IP production centres are creating centralized facilities for equipment, whilst technical and production staff have the flexibility to work anywhere on the new network. All equipment and resources are shared in real-time across all connected locations.

Twentynine tier one sports arenas are connected to a new, media based IP and fully redundant network allowing for up to forty uncompressed HD cameras from each venue. Seven production galleries across the two sites in Sydney and Melbourne will allow for large sporting events to be produced centrally and concurrently with a minimum crew at the venue. Marc Segar explains the drivers and key benefits behind the science of the technology.

You can find the IP Showcase theatre here. Listen to Peter Bruggink on Friday (September 15), 13.50 – 14.10, and Marc Segar on Saturday (September 16), 11.40 – 12.00.

For more information:
NEP The Netherlands
Marleen Lassche, Communication & PR
André van Duinboulevard 4
1217 WH Hilversum, The Netherlands
Tel +31 6 22 95 2772

About NEP The Netherlands
NEP provides the expertise, the people and the next generation broadcast IT facilities to help its clients to develop and deliver the world’s biggest and best live broadcast events. Every day content creators, production companies, broadcasters and telcos rely on NEP’s managed services for OB, studio and cloud production, host broadcasting and playout to reach their global audiences. With integral post-production, visual effects and augmented reality services coupled with its low latency live streaming, CDN, VoD, digital media services, playout, media asset management and uplink communications NEP provides a unique breadth of managed services. NEP is one of the few broadcast and media services providers to own and operate both its own broadcast IT facilities and cloud native IT media infrastructure. With combined creative and IT expertise, NEP delivers services which transform the way global video entertainment is created, managed and distributed. More info on