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NEP showcases UEFA Women's Euro 2017 from the cloud.

Eurosport, a sports TV network operated by Discovery Communications, selected NEP as its facilitating partner for the video distribution of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Women's Euro 2017 football tournament, which took place from July 16 to August 6 in several cities in The Netherlands.

As the host broadcaster of the event, Eurosport adopted NEP's low latency Cloud Production solution to deliver all 31 live matches. Cloud production, according to NEP, represents "sustainable pro-duction" as it allows sharing of central resources that can be efficiently deployed in multiple productions and locations, thereby safeguarding the quality of the programmes.

For instance, in the match between Russia and Germany, which kicked off at the Galgenwaard stadium in the Dutch city of Utrecht on July 25, NEP deployed Cloud Production, an IP-based video production platform where all resources are available from a cloud-based IP infrastructure.

Using its dark fibre network, NEP connected the stadium with the company's cloud network, which comprises a cloud gallery, as well as shading and audio suites, to create a sports programme that can be used for live broadcast.

Simon Farnsworth, EVP, sports and European technology, Discovery Communications, said: "We are excited to be trialling NEP's low-latency Cloud Production infrastructure at these championships. It will increase the efficiency of our live production, allowing us to deliver a premium viewing experience in a more sustainable way than ever before."

To minimise bandwidth requirements, NEP combined its Cloud Production with JPEG2000 and VC2 compression/decompression, which enabled the connectivity between on-site cameras and NEP's central platform in Hilversum. Feeds from multiple cameras, including a super slow-motion camera behind the goal and two cameras placed on a presentation desk next to the field, were connected to the central platform. NEP also linked commentary in the stadium to the central platform.

Peter Bruggink, CTO at NEP, The Netherlands, added: "For transport layer, our own 100Gbps IP platform is used. In the gallery in Hilversum, the feed was enriched with live graphics and EVS playouts to make a complete programme. Shading takes place from the central shading room in Hilversum. This way, we're making a high-quality and complete live programme, all remotely."

Besides managing cloud production and the full registration of all 31 matches, NEP was also responsible for venue management, commentary positions, dedicated pre- and post-match live positions, as well as international graphics.

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Date:Sep 1, 2017
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