Solution will optimize the technical interface with venues and production companies
Nevion, a Sony Group Company and award-winning provider of virtualized media production solutions, announced today that Norwegian broadcaster TV 2 and telecom service provider Telenor will be building a ground-breaking sport production ecosystem using Nevion solutions, products and services. The technical ecosystem defines how sports venues and production companies can participate in TV 2’s production workflows.
TV 2 owns the television rights to multiple domestic sports leagues in Norway, including men’s and women’s football (soccer), handball and ice hockey. The broadcaster’s objective is to deliver the highest quality possible live coverage of the games to its audience.
With over 60 venues and multiple simultaneous games involved, TV 2 is contracting several production companies to produce the content. All games are to be produced remotely, with TV 2 producing the final program to be aired – effectively making
this a distributed production, with centralized production hubs. TV 2 can also produce other events directly, from the venues or new locations.
TV 2 has contracted Telenor to build the WAN infrastructure needed to achieve these objectives and provide it as a service to them. Telenor, together with Nevion and TV 2, is now creating the remote-production solution linking venues, production companies and the broadcaster itself. The solution is based on Nevion’s software-defined media node, Virtuoso; its SDN media fabric, eMerge; and its media orchestration platform, VideoIPath.
The Virtuosos are used to provide the reliable and secure transport of video, audio and data signals over Telenor’s network which connects venues, production companies and TV 2. This involves, amongst others, the encoding of uncompressed SDI and SMPTE ST 2110-20 signals as JPEG XS (SMPTE ST 2110-22).
The 25G/100G eMerges are used as access switches, providing aggregation amongst others.
VideoIPath orchestrates the media flows between every location involved. Using the multi-tenanting feature of VideoIPath, Telenor enables the production companies to control the flows involved in their own productions – effectively offering orchestration as a service to them. Some production companies are also using VideoIPath’s new broadcast control functionality to manage the connectivity. VideoIPath is also to be federated with TV 2’s existing VideoIPath system, which already orchestrates media flows within and between the broadcaster’s SMPTE ST 2110 production facilities. The VideoIPath federation allows media flows to be controlled easily end-to-end by TV 2, without compromising on the performance, resilience, and security of their own system.
In addition, Nevion is providing a full range of professional and support services, including consultancy, infrastructure design, device configuration, device integration, setup of the orchestration system, testing and troubleshooting.
Svein Henning Skaga, Solutions Architect at TV 2 says: “Our objective is to create the most compelling sports content for our audience, and that means using the highest production values for all leagues, both elite and lower tier. This would normally be a logistical and financial challenge, but the new production ecosystem allows us to overcome this.”
Torbjørn Hulbak, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) responsible for the Business segment, Telenor Norway adds: “From a telecom service provider point of view, creating this new infrastructure and delivering it as a service presents an outstanding new business opportunity. It leverages our strengths to provide real additional value to an important customer of ours.”
Thomas Heinzer, CEO at Nevion concludes: “This project is highly innovative from both a business and technical standpoint, and we are excited to be part of it. We are obviously pleased our flagship products and their latest features are being used. We are also very happy about the collaboration between TV 2, Telenor and Nevion to make this production ecosystem as reality.”
About TV 2
TV 2 is a commercial Norwegian broadcaster headquartered in Bergen and providing free-to-air channels, pay channel and Digital services as: TV 2 SUMO (OTT) and tv2.no. Core is: News, Sport and Program. TV 2 is known for many tech spin-off like: Vizrt, Mosart, Vimon, Wolftech and Electric Friends.
Telenor Norge AS is Norway’s largest provider of telecommunications and digital services. Our infrastructure is the foundation for digitising Norway, with its world-class coverage and high speeds. Our services and products contribute to increased productivity and provide access to everything that the digital world has to offer. Our security and preparedness organisation works around the clock to keep our customers safe, and we are particularly aware of our social responsibility to provide security and safety for children and young people online. Telenor also provides professional media transport services for broadcasters and media productions companies in the Nordics.
We employ 3400 people in 23 offices across Norway and we are a part of the Telenor Group, which has operations in 12 countries. Our main office is located on Fornebu in Baerum.
As the architect of virtualized media production, Nevion, a Sony Group Company, provides media network and broadcast infrastructure solutions to broadcasters, telecommunication service providers, government agencies and other industries. Increasingly based on IP, virtualization and Cloud technology, Nevion’s solutions enable the management, transport and processing of professional-quality video, audio and data – in real time, reliably and securely. From content production to distribution, Nevion solutions are used to power major sporting and live events across the globe. Some of the world’s largest media groups and telecom service providers use Nevion technology, including AT&T, NBC Universal, Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., NASA, Arqiva, BBC, CCTV, EBU, BT, TDF and Telefonica.
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