NEP expands 4K capabilities with Sony

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Sony Australia has welcomed NEP Australia’s significant expansion of its 4K inventory, equipment and services in partnership with Sony Professional Solutions Australia.

The Sony products will be used for all NEP’s sports productions in Australia across its mobile fleet and at its world-leading all-IP Andrews Hubs, starting with NEP’s live ultra-high definition (UHD-4K) cricket coverage for FOX SPORTS on 4 November 2018.

“From November, Australian cricket fans will be able to view live matches in greater clarity than ever before on Foxtel’s new dedicated 4K channel, which will broadcast selected cricket matches in ultra high definition for the first time,” said Marc Segar, director of Technology for NEP Australia. “We are working closely with Sony to deploy this new 4K infrastructure in time for the FOX SPORTS’ first live UHD-4K cricket match.”

As part of this new 4K project, NEP has purchased multiple Sony XVS-9000 high-end switchers (the first delivered in any market internationally), XVS-8000 switchers with significant upgrades to 100Gb and IP, HDC-4300 camera chains, HDC-P43 box camera chains, BRC-X1000 remote PTZ cameras, HDC-4800 super slo-mo cameras, BVM-X300 OLED monitors, BVM-E171 OLED critical reference monitors, additional HDCU-4300 CCU in 4K IP configuration for NEP’s IP trucks, and 4K software upgrades for existing cameras.

“We have a high degree of confidence in Sony, having worked closely together on technology for NEP’s all-IP Andrews Hubs – both in deployment and product development. The results are testament to what’s possible when partnering with a true technology leader such as Sony,” Segar added.

“This purchase of 4K equipment yet again demonstrates NEP’s forward-thinking innovation, and their commitment to producing the very best quality productions and images,” said Anthony Kable, Content Creation Group manager of Sony Australia. “Sony Australia has had a long and successful partnership with NEP, most recently collaborating to bring the incredible Andrews Hubs to fruition. We look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come.”

NEP Australia will begin taking delivery of the new Sony 4K equipment in October 2018.

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