NEP and Wimbledon Broadcast Services Deliver Groundbreaking HDR Coverage for The Championships 2024

NEP Group’s Global Production Ecosystem is supporting The Championships at Wimbledon to deliver the world broadcast feed with IP technology, specialty cameras, media asset management, connectivity and live display solutions.

BRACKNELL, UK

NEP UK and Ireland, the region’s leading provider of outside broadcast services and part of the NEP Group, the leading media services provider for sports and entertainment worldwide, today announced its comprehensive technical support for The Championships, Wimbledon 2024. Through its continued partnership with Wimbledon Broadcast Services (WBS), this year marks a significant milestone as NEP is supporting WBS with providing HDR content to more broadcasters than ever before, offering an enhanced viewing experience for tennis fans across the globe.

NEP UK is deploying its industry-leading Outside Broadcast (OB) trucks, including Ceres, Venus, and Pacific, utilising IP technology equipped to handle the increasing demand for high-definition and high dynamic range (HDR) content. Notably, more broadcasters are utilising 50p HDR technology to provide an unmatched viewing experience.

NEP UK & Ireland’s continued partnership with WBS and end-to-end support of The Championships 2024 is made possible by the collaboration between the NEP and WBS technical teams, and the utilisation of NEP Group’s global production ecosystem. From OB trucks, to specialty camera solutions, to connectivity, to media asset management, live display and other broadcast services, the solutions combine to provide a seamless operation and broadcast delivery.

"Each year, our collaboration with WBS reaches new heights, and The Championships 2024 is another chapter in our longtime partnership, one where we’re delivering an in demand HDR viewing experience to audiences around the world,"

Sam Broadfoot, Technical Project Manager at NEP UK

"The relationship we have built with WBS is truly exceptional, and it drives us to push the boundaries of broadcast technology and innovation. This year, we’ve installed over 90km of cable, 150 talkback panels, 93 Sony cameras and 50 EVS machines. We’re extremely proud to have over 500 dedicated crew members onsite, all working tirelessly behind-the-scenes supporting WBS to bring The Championships to screens and platforms everywhere.”

NEP Fletcher’s AI-powered TR-ACE cameras capture action on seven courts in 1080p SDR.

“Our partnership with NEP continues to bring unparalleled technical excellence. Their dedication to quality & innovation ensures Wimbledon Broadcast Services is world leading in host broadcast production. Their broad portfolio of systems and products means they are always challenging us with new & improved solutions.”

Georgina Green, Senior Broadcast & Production Manager, The All England Lawn Tennis Club

Fletcher, a specialty capture division of NEP, is reintroducing its AI-powered automatic camera system, named TR-ACE, to capture the action on 7 out of the 18 courts in 1080p SDR. Fletcher's TR-ACE system, or Totally Realtime Automated Camera Engine, utilises image recognition and LIDAR technologies to autonomously track players on the court, allowing a single operator to handle and oversee the entire camera system.

Mediabank, NEP’s award-winning media asset management tool is being utilised to elevate content management and distribution by providing remote access to match highlights, press conferences and other video clips for ingest, management and distribution to rights holders. A 10G link to Mediabank in Oslo is supplied from IMG via NEP Connect, the leading provider of media connectivity in the UK.

OBStv, a division of NEP Ireland, supported the qualifying matches with two dedicated OB trucks, providing essential edit and ingest facilities for the host coverage at Wimbledon.  NEP Edit & Ingest are providing over 130 EVS products for The Championships and 1PB of central storage.  This includes media asset management for over 10 onsite and remote Rights Holding Broadcasters.

Creative Technology, an NEP Group Live Events company and longtime provider to The All England Lawn Tennis Club and WBS further enhances the visual experience of The Championships and Qualifying Competition. CT is managing 106 LED displays across both events, including screens for Aorangi Terrace ("Henman Hill") and the new Southern Village screen. In addition, CT London is overseeing the in-house IPTV system for 2,000 televisions around the venue and has recently installed an immersive projection experience in the players' tunnel.

For the Qualifying Competition, CT collaborates with SMT to stream all 18 courts using UHD cameras and court microphones, providing feeds with scoring graphics for local broadcast and distribution to the main Wimbledon estate. CT is also collaborating with NEP to provide radio talkback and microphone facilities, ensuring smooth communication and audio capture for hosts, rightsholders, and key personnel.

New technology for 2024 includes fan engagement screens in Wimbledon Park and the upgraded No.1 Court Wimbledon Shop, featuring state-of-the-art displays for visitors.

NEP’s newly launched technical operator training program is taking place over 15 days during The Championships, Wimbledon 2024.

NEP Technical Training Program Onsite

As part of its commitment to developing new industry talent, NEP has launched an official technical operator training program onsite. The 15-day program includes training across various departments including cameras, audio, and vision, with the goal of utilising one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events to engage and advance the next generation of broadcast professionals.

NEP UK is proud to continue its multi-year contract with WBS to deliver The Championships in 2024, as part of an ongoing partnership that first began in 2014. The event began on Monday, 1st July at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, and runs through Sunday, 14th July.

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