Proximus, SiA, Lawo, NEP Belgium and Videohouse launch IP Remote Production

FR Proximus MCR1 copySiA, the production company of the Proximus group, has selected Lawo to deliver its IP Remote Production infrastructure. To realise the project, SiA, Proximus, Lawo, NEP Belgium and Videohouse established a joint ‘dream team’, with Proximus delivering the network, Lawo the IP Remote technology, SIA its TV facilities and NEP Belgium & Videohouse the expertise on the field. This is the first time the technology has been deployed on such a scale for a football competition in Belgium.

Massimo D’Amario, Managing Director of Skynet iMotion Activities: “We are incredibly proud of the fantastic achievement of the joint team. Two months from start to live is just amazing. The IP Remote Production technology utilised here is an example of how Proximus and SiA leverage innovative technologies to better serve Proximus customers.

“The technology enables Proximus and SiA to optimize the full production cycle of the live games. It also provides higher value productions thanks to a higher utilisation of fixed assets and synergies in production crews. We are proud of what we have achieved for the Proximus League and are looking to extend it to the Jupiler Pro League, Belgium’s first division football competition.”

Timo Koch, Managing Director of NEP Belgium: “NEP Belgium is proud to be the long-term partner of SiA/Proximus to deliver this new technology for the coverage of the Proximus Football League. IP Remote Production definitely will be the future of broadcasting in a certain production segment. As the worldwide leader in sports production, NEP supports its clients in whichever format is appropriate for their specific production. In partnership with Lawo, we deploy the best technology to deliver these football matches.”

Dirk Theunis, Managing Director of Videohouse Belgium: “Remote Production gives a lot of new opportunities for broadcasters. It is challenging in many ways: technically the most important ones are the reliable IP-connection, encoding with the lowest delay and a well-designed communication system between the local crew in the control room and the remote crew in the stadium. To solve all these issues, we — NEP and Videohouse — teamed up with Proximus and Lawo. The experienced crew did the rest…“

Since August, all football matches are transmitted live using the Lawo infrastructure. The setup comprises three flight cases that travel around the country to connect all cameras, microphones and commentary boxes in the stadia with the Remote IP Production infrastructure in two MCRs in Brussels. They are capable of producing two matches simultaneously in two languages. With the combination of several V__remote4 that connect to the stadiums, Lawo Nova73 audio routers and the use of Lawo’s powerful VSM Broadcast Control and Monitoring System, Proximus produces high quality content with a flexible IP Remote Production setup.

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