NEP supports Discovery’s coverage of 2018 Winter Games across Europe

Discovery and its sport brand, Eurosport, were responsible for delivering 4,000 hours of the Games coverage across 48 European nations in over 20 languages

During the 2018 Winter Olympic Games held last month in PyeongChang, South Korea, NEP Group provided its “glass-to-glass” solutions to enable Discovery and its sports brand, Eurosport, to deliver the coverage of the Games across 48 countries in Europe on free-to-air (FTA), pay-TV and online platforms.

For this project, more than 20 venues were supported by 300 NEP technical experts on-site in South Korea, and 100 in NEP Europe locations, including 17 studios. Other solutions NEP provided Discovery include a custom build-out of the International Broadcast Centre (IBC), which integrated over 85 racks of equipment that underpinned its operations hub, production control rooms, audio suites and edit facilities, supporting directors, producers, journalists and production engineers during the Games.

Simon Farnsworth, executive vice-president, European and sports technology, Discovery, said: “We are pleased to have honoured this commitment at the Games. Critical to our success was enhancing our in-house capabilities with technical expertise proven at the biggest sporting events in the world.

“NEP integrated seamlessly into our global operation and provided additional technical experts, innovative solutions, and a true spirit of collaboration and partnership, on-site in South Korea and throughout Europe, which played a significant role in our delivery of the Games across Europe.”

NEP also set up a virtual studio in Hilversum, The Netherlands, for the broadcast of the Winter Games Today, a live daily programme aired on the Eurosport 1 channel (Eurosport Benelux), and is available for download through the Eurosport Player. Occupying a physical footprint of 5x5m, NEP’s graphic teams transformed Eurosport’s coffee corner into a virtual set, and equipped it with a virtual LED wall, alongside several augmented reality (AR) elements.

And to allow Discovery to access content across Europe, NEP supplied Mediabank, its cloud-based media asset management (MAM) tool, which is equipped with ingest, tag, review, edit and distribution capabilities.

Exhibiting at booth 3714 at 2018 NAB Show, NEP will be sharing with visitors the solutions that it provided Discovery. The NAB Show will take place from April 7-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre in Nevada, USA.

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