NEP Europe is to standardise on the new Grass Valley LDX 86N for Ultra HD production, buying at least 40 cameras initially for five new OB trucks, having signed the agreement at IBC.
“We see 4K is starting to develop in Europe, and now is the time to stop buying normal HD cameras,” said Paul Henriksen, president at NEP Broadcast Services Europe
“This is the first commitment we’ve had from someone to standardise on [the LDX 86N],” said Steve Stubelt, SVP, sales and marketing communications, Grass Valley. “It’s had a very positive response. We now need to increase our production. [Orders are] already exceeding our expectations.”
“What we have seen from having a proper test of the camera, the feedback we had from my technicians is that what [Grass Valley] has done with its noise reduction is very impressive,” said Henriksen.
The five trucks, including Grass Valley switchers, will be built by Broadcast Solutions over the next seven months. Four will be 10-16 camera vehicles, while the fifth will be a triple-expanding trailer capable of handling more than 30 cameras.
NEP Europe recently started UHD production in Germany and Switzerland. Swisscom Teleclub is doing half of its coverage of Swiss football in UHD, using NEP’s 16-camera HD41 truck, while Deutsche Telekom will produce one match in each round of the German hockey league in UHD using NEP’s new 8-camera HD34K truck, which is being shown at IBC and goes on air next week.