Ziggo Sport officially on air from Media Park Hilversum
Last May Liberty Global, the parent company of Ziggo Sport, selected NEP The Netherlands to build, operate and maintain the complete playout and technical production for the open Ziggo Sport channel, available exclusively for Ziggo subscribers, and a pay-TV service called Ziggo Sport Total, which consists of six channels and is passed through the TV distributors in the Netherlands. There are also five OTT internet channels/streams for broadcasting the Formula 1 Grand Prix. For the more than 12.000 hours of downlink facilities coming from the NEP LiveCenter (MCR) on an annual basis, offered to clients like Ziggo Sport and Eurosport, NEP The Netherlands also installed eight satellite dishes.
Glass to glass
In the recent past NEP was responsible for the capturing process for its clients with trucks, studios and related technical facilities, but began to see the need for an end-to-end solution. NEP can now provide solutions from sourcing to distribution, with all parts of the broadcast chain involved.
Karel van der Flier, CCO of NEP The Netherlands: “We call this glass-to-glass – from the lens at the venue to the customer at home – and we looked to provide a managed service. It’s of little value providing just bits and pieces of a service – but by offering a managed service and by NEP focusing on the technical parts, the client can concentrate on content, rights and so on.”
Following remote editing (2006) and Cloud Production (2015), Ziggo’s infrastructure is also fully included in NEP’s private cloud. The technical infrastructure is built in NEP’s data center, and after a thorough renovation, in the offices, technical rooms and studios.
Within the studio itself, which has an area of 6000 square feet, three sets are provided to accommodate the various programmes that complement the remote broadcasts. It is used for continuity, sports news, Ziggo’s talk show Peptalk, and the Formula One programme, as well as other daily scheduled productions. Augmented Reality (AR) is going to play an important role in the Ziggo programming, and many programmes are a combination of AR and virtual reality. Within the studio NEP built a large green screen area where people can stand in an AR environment. For a number of AR programmes, NEP is utilising its own AR system for a daily show that has a great deal of creativity within it and which can easily be integrated in the production workflow.
Will Moerer, Vice President of Ziggo Sport: “We are very impressed with all the new spaces, gadgets and techniques. Here at the Media Park we have everything at hand, and our own new studio and (office) spaces are supported 24/7 by the highly professional NEP team.”
NEP provides the technology and know-how to enable clients to produce the world’s most prestigious live and broadcast events around the globe. The company is the leading worldwide provider of outsourced production solutions offering technical services for remote production, studio production, video display, host broadcasting, post production, premium playout, smart asset / media management, and multi-screen delivery. NEP’s more than 3,000 employees are driven by passion and a focus on technical innovation, and together they have supported productions in over 65 countries on all seven continents. NEP is headquartered in the United States and has offices in 20 countries.