NEP provides new playout and live production facilities for Ziggo Sport

(L/R) Jack van Gelder (host TV shows), Wimar Jaeger (city counsel member Hilversum), Michiel van Duijvendijk (CEO NEP The Netherlands), Baptiest Coopmans (CEO Ziggo)

(L/R) Jack van Gelder (host TV shows), Wimar Jaeger (city counsel member Hilversum), Michiel van Duijvendijk (CEO NEP The Netherlands), Baptiest Coopmans (CEO Ziggo)

Liberty Global has selected NEP to build, operate and maintain its complete playout and technical (live) production for the Ziggo sports channels. The company claims this makes NEP Europe’s largest supplier of sports playout facilities.

Liberty Global, parent company of Ziggo Sport, is the producer and supplier of a total of seven television channels. There is 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.

NEP will provide the complete technology for the Ziggo channels, in Hilversum, with an end-to-end workflow, developed by NEP and built in-house. This fits Ziggo’s workflow and will include teleport, MCR, studios, Cloud Production, live and post production facilities and offices. NEP will provide the technical infrastructure, operational control, and 24/7 support.

Ziggo Sports is located in NEP Studio 20, in the heart of the Hilversum Media Park. Following remote editing (2006) and Cloud Production (2015), Ziggo’s infrastructure is also fully included in NEP’s private cloud. In the coming months the technical infrastructure will be built in NEP’s data center, and after a thorough renovation, in the offices, technical rooms and studios as well.

Throughout the project NEP is working closely with the Ziggo Sport team, as well as with producers Southfields and The Media Brothers; programs Peptalk and F1 are also part of the services provided by NEP.

Will Moerer, Vice President Ziggo Sport: “Thanks to NEP’s housing facilities and technical support we have the opportunity to use modern studios and innovative technologies that enrich our sport shows tremendously. We are thrilled about moving to the Media Park, this is where all our collaborating parties congregate.”

“This is a very large project and we have worked hard on the technical design, operational staffing requirements and construction,” says Michiel van Duivendijk, CEO of NEP The Netherlands. “In taking this step, Ziggo Sport will become the world leader in sports broadcasting. Multiple Live Production Rooms will provide functionalities from playout to editing. This flexibility will allow Ziggo to quickly respond to live events.

“We strongly believe in providing an end-to-end solution to all our customers, a one-stop-show for managed services ranging from live capturing to worldwide distribution. Efficiently managed, high quality services operating at the top of the broadcast industry. Our deal with Ziggo fits perfectly in this global strategy.”

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