ESPN Selects Grass Valley to Outfit new HD Broadcast Facility

Ignite, Kayenne, K2 Summit kit out new ESPN Digital Center 2

ESPN has selected Grass Valley® production technologies to equip its new HD Digital Center 2 broadcast facility in Bristol, CT, which is expected to be complete in spring 2014. The deal builds upon the longstanding relationship between ESPN and Grass Valley that spans three decades while strengthening Grass Valley’s position as a leader in the sports production market.

Grass Valley is supplying ESPN with three Ignite® Automated Production Systems and three Kayenne® Video Production Centers with K2 Summit® 3G servers for Digital Center 2. Additionally, 40 LDX WorldCam™ camera systems will replace the current LDK models in ESPN’s existing Digital Center 1 facility. A fourth Ignite system was also purchased for ESPN’s new SEC (Southeastern Conference) Network, a 24/7 sports network that will launch in August 2014 in Charlotte, NC.

40 LDX cameras upgrade existing Digital Center 1


“ESPN’s new Digital Center 2 will be at the forefront of broadcasting and will utilize the most innovative technologies,” said Kevin Stolworthy, Senior Vice President, ESPN Technology. “Having worked with Grass Valley for many years, we know that it provides us with the workflow and future-proof solutions required to deliver the high-quality content our millions of fans expect.”


The new Grass Valley solutions will give ESPN the ability to produce high-quality live sports broadcasts as well as air a variety of sports highlight, talk, and documentary-styled shows. The new 193,000-square-foot ESPN Digital Center 2 will supply programming for ESPN’s HD channel, which is available to direct broadcast satellite and cable TV systems throughout the United States. Digital Center 2 will include six control rooms and four studios — one of which will serve as the new home for SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship and popular daily sports news television show.

Ignite system purchased for ESPN’s new Southeastern Conference Network


“As a proven leader in the sports market, we are committed to providing the highest quality technologies so that broadcasters like ESPN can continue to push the boundaries with live HD sports productions,” said Tim Thorsteinson, President and CEO, Grass Valley. “The deployment of Ignite, Kayenne, and K2 Summit will allow ESPN to embrace a fully automated workflow and deliver enhanced programming without the need for additional resources.”

Grass Valley® is changing the way live television is made and delivered. Recognized with 18 Emmy® awards for technology innovation, Grass Valley’s product portfolio—from image acquisition to playout—offers a complete end-to-end workflow of flexible, forward thinking solutions which enable broadcasters and content owners to build multiscreen, multiplatform futures. By simplifying and enhancing the way content is produced and distributed, Grass Valley gives customers the freedom they need to be creative in the studio, the field, and the newsroom. Merging optimizations of IT technologies with best-in-breed media systems, Grass Valley’s next generation solutions deliver higher quality and greater efficiencies. Customers include world-leading broadcasters, teleproduction facilities, service providers, government, religious, educational, corporate, and independent video professionals. Grass Valley is headquartered in Hillsboro, OR, and maintains local presence across the globe with offices throughout North and Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific regions.