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Nevion equipment powers BT Media and Broadcast’s 4K UHD live-coverage of ICC Cricket World Cup

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Nevion equipment powers BT Media and Broadcast’s 4K UHD live-coverage of ICC Cricket World Cup

Nevion’s media gateways and monitoring probes used to ensure reliable ultra-HD transport between Australia and India 

NAB 2015

Las Vegas, NV, April 13, 2015 – Nevion, a leader in transporting media from the camera to the home, today announced that BT Media & Broadcast used Nevion’s media gateways and monitoring probes to deliver to Star Sports India live 4K UHD coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup that took place in Australia from February 15th to March 29th 2015.

BT Media & Broadcast was chosen by Star Sports India to provide the complete 4K UHD production and transmission solution to their Direct to Home (DTH) playout affiliates in India for the first-ever broadcast of live cricket in 4K UHD in the world. Cricket is a hugely popular sport, with a billion viewers estimated to have tuned-in worldwide when India played Pakistan in Adelaide on 15 February 2015, according to CNN.

BT Media & Broadcast used Nevion’s VS902 media gateways to provide IP encapsulation of the compressed 4K UHD signal and protection for the global transmission to three affiliate DTH sites in New Delhi and Star’s HQ in Mumbai. BT Media & Broadcast also used Nevion’s FCS1000 Plus to perform proactive network and remote 4K UHD signal monitoring in BT Tower in London, UK.

“This is a very high profile project, with many eyes watching”, says Jonathan Wing, Global Sales Directorat BT Media & Broadcast. “We have been working with Nevion for many years so we knew we could trust the technology to deliver this world first.”

“Many people talk about live 4K UHD coverage, but few are actually doing it”, says Nick Pywell, VP Sales, UK, EMEA at Nevion. “This project shows that, with the right equipment and know-how, it is possible to take live sports events filmed in 4K UHD on one continent and transport them over IP to passionate fans on another continent, while monitoring the signals from even further away on a completely different continent!”

BT Media & Broadcast and Nevion will be speaking at NAB 2015 in Las Vegas, addressing “IP’s Next Leap – The Modern IP Contribution Network”, in the Broadcast IT Infrastructure session, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 9am.

About BT

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of five lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, BT Wholesale and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2014, BT Group’s reported revenue was £18,287m with reported profit before taxation of £2,312m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

For more information, visit www.btplc.com 

About BT Media & Broadcast

BT Media & Broadcast (M&B) is the digital media and broadcast services arm of BT Wholesale. All of the UK’s digital terrestrial TV is underpinned by M&B’s specialist media network, whilst it is also responsible for delivering outside broadcast services from over 150 sports and news locations around the UK.

M&B’s global media network links every major location around the world where broadcast or film content is created or distributed. 

About Nevion

A pioneer in media transport, Nevion provides network and broadcast infrastructure to broadcasters, telecommunication service providers, government agencies and other industries. It enables the transport and management of professional-quality video, audio and data – in real time, reliably and securely – from the camera to the home.

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 networks are built on Nevion technologies, including AT&T, Arqiva, BBC, BT, CCTV, EBU, TDF, Telefonica, Telenor and NASA.

For more information please visit www.nevion.com. Follow Nevion on Twitter @nevioncorp

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