Broadcast Solutions reflects on new UHD OB vans order from NEP Europe
At this year’s IBC Show Broadcast Solutions GmbH took orders for five new UHD OB Vans from NEP Europe. Four of the OB Vans will be 8-12 camera vehicles, while the fifth will be a triple-expanding trailer capable of handling more than 30 cameras. The smaller models will be based on Broadcast Solutions’ Streamline Family concept with pre-configured and nearly ‘off-the-shelf’ OB vans.
The four smaller production vehicles will either be based on the S8, as used for HD34K, or the S12 4K, used for UHD-41, Broadcast Solutions developed for NEP Germany and NEP Switzerland recently – based as well on the Streamline Family. HD34K being NEP’s latest UHD OB Van works with up to 8 UHD cameras, and goes on air soon after IBC. NEP Switzerland’s UHD-41 is on production with Swisscom Teleclub, that produces part of its coverage of Swiss football in UHD since July using the Broadcast Solutions built 12-camera UHD-41 truck – a Streamline S12 with a new concept, using a new room layout but a typical Streamline audio/video system. Both trucks have Grass Valley switchers and use the 2SI (two sample interleave) Quad Link format of UHD.
For all new OB Vans NEP Europe is opting for the full 4K approach as Paul Henriksen, president NEP Broadcast Services Europe, remarkedL “We see 4K is starting to develop in Europe, and now is the time to stop building normal HD OB vans.”
Stefan Breder, Broadcast Solutions’ CEO, enthused: “After we have just delivered six Streamline OB Vans (two as 4K versions) to NEP Europe within this year, we are very pleased with NEP’s new order. Even more since one of the five new trucks, which is part of the order, will be one of Europe’s largest OB Vans.”
Since the schedule is demanding, work on the trucks will start within in the next few weeks. Broadcast Solutions says it is confident to deliver in time, with HD34K only taking three months from order to delivery. Over the last five years Broadcast Solutions has built more than 20 OB vans for NEP in total.