NEP purchases 26 Grass Valley K-Frame engines
NEP has bought 26 Grass Valley K-Frame modular video processing engines to be used with Kayenne and Karrera Video Production Centers to upgrade more than 30 of its outside broadcasting (OB) trucks across their fleet. NEP will take delivery of the K-Frames over the next three years, through to 2016.
NEP’s facilities are widely used to broadcast many high-profile events, including the Emmy Awards, NASCAR, and the US. Open golf tournament. Its new Grass Valley K-Frames will primarily cover live sporting events and entertainment productions, including the upcoming NBA All-Star Games in February 2014. As part of their upgrades, NEP will also allocate 5 Kayenne Classic frames to their fleet in the United Kingdom, adding Karrera panels for use on locations, including Wimbledon in June 2014. NEP and Grass Valley have been working together for several years, and this latest announcement further solidifies the relationship between the two companies. It also strengthens Grass Valley’s unique position as an innovative leader in the live sports and entertainment production markets.
“Our clients look to us to provide premiere facilities in both the fixed and mobile arenas so they can deliver the most sophisticated, high-end broadcasts possible,” says George Hoover, chief technology officer at NEP. “To make this possible, it’s imperative that we have the requisite architecture in place, especially in our OB trucks. For years we’ve continually relied upon Grass Valley’s deep knowledge of mobile broadcast and live sports production. This purchase was the most logical decision based on their expertise in these areas, and the strength, proven performance, and stability of the K-Frame.”
“We are so pleased that NEP continues to benefit from Grass Valley’s cutting-edge and sophisticated line of switcher solutions,” says Tim Thorsteinson, president and CEO, Grass Valley. “The confidence that NEP has shown in selecting K-Frame is a testament to the renewed commitment Grass Valley brings to supporting its broadcast customers across all production segments.”