ES Broadcast gears up for 2020 with major camera and switcher purchase

Signing the deal at IBC: (L/R) Ben Murphy, managing director, ES Broadcast; Rene Hueber, senior director sales & channel, EMEA, Grass Valley; and Alan Henry, commercial director, ES Broadcast

Broadcast equipment supplier, rental house and systems integrator ES Broadcast has made the single biggest purchase of Grass Valley’s LDX 86 4K UHD cameras to date.

The company has bought 151 cameras and 15 Kahuna production switchers to prepare for major sporting events in 2020 and to meet the increasing demand for UHD.

The new LDX 86 cameras will form the largest component of ES Broadcast’s fleet of UHD equipment and will be available to clients in Europe and the US. The cameras deliver native 4K UHD and 3G/HD image capture, while optional IP outputs provide ES Broadcast’s clients with a migration path from SDI to IP.

Ben Murphy, managing director, ES Broadcast commented: “This is the latest evolution of our longstanding partnership with Grass Valley. We have a strong working relationship with them and real confidence in the quality of their solutions.

The LDX 86 is one of the most advanced cameras on the market. We already have a significant fleet of UHD cameras, and this is our next phase of development.”

“Demand for UHD is increasing and our aim at ES Broadcast is to be an enabler of the new technology evolution. The market is now reaching a point where there is a critical mass of UHD projects,” added Alan Henry, commercial director, ES Broadcast.

“We are really comfortable with the performance and reliability of the Grass Valley cameras and switchers. They’re truly world-class. Their addition to our extensive fleet means we have the increased bandwidth necessary to meet the rapidly growing UHD uptake from our clients.”

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