SOURCE: EVS BROADCAST EQUIPMENT

January 09, 2007 13:15 ET

EVS BROADCAST EQUIPMENT: EVS and NBC Team Up for Football Night in America

FAIRFIELD, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 9, 2007 -- After a long absence from the NFL scene, NBC Sports has made a roaring comeback with "Sunday Night Football" and its studio companion, "Football Night in America." In searching for a modular, scalable infrastructure that needed to take an aggressive approach towards production, NBC chose EVS.

On any given Sunday, there are up to 16 football games going on simultaneously in addition to press conferences and other news feeds surrounding the events on the field. As a result, there are a huge number of incoming feeds to record, log and edit all in the short time before the studio show goes on the air.

"When NBC and the NFL reunited in a new primetime broadcast partnership, we knew that we had a daunting task ahead of us. Planning the process of recording, editing and playback of the enormous amount of hours of game coverage, post-game podium sound as well as NBC reporter interviews from the 14 weekly game sites became much easier when we saw an answer. From our experience with EVS at the past few Olympics we knew that EVS was the best solution to manage this massive undertaking," affirmed John Gilmartin, NBC's Director of Highlight Operations.

The EVS XT[2] HD server is at the heart of the system since the beginning of this season, providing NBC with a robust and blazing fast means to record and edit the huge amount of material that goes into their primetime show. All of the feeds that are brought into 30 Rock are recorded on one of the 16 XT[2] HD servers that have been installed in the brand new state of the art Digital Production Systems area utilized by NBC Sports. Metadata describing the action on the field is created by a group of loggers using one of the 34 EVS IP Director suites. Producers are equipped with their own individual IP Director browsing station that gives them the ability to intelligently sort through the enormous amount of material that is being recorded. This sort of interconnected High Definition workflow allows multiple producers to collaborate on the various pieces that are part of the show.

For the producers and editors, the system is very flexible. They no longer need to worry about where a feed was recorded. Once it is captured by any server on the network, it is available to any and all outputs simultaneously. All of the recordings are being stored near-line on a giant 146Tb storage array for future use, utilizing the XStream application. The logs that are created every Sunday are also stored, allowing a producer to see exactly how a player has performed throughout the whole season. By simply clicking on an entry—even if it is from weeks ago—any user in the facility can have instant access to the original high-resolution content for use in today's broadcast.

Gilmartin confirms that "the stability of the EVS HD Server system has been very reliable. But the personal relationship with the EVS staff and their continued support has been the most impressive aspect. Day or night, they are there to help us. I cannot imagine managing this huge operation without the help of EVS and their talented team."

This production upgrade is also being utilized by NBC/Universal's "Saturday Night Live" and "The Today Show" programming. Stay tuned for further news involving the migration of this complete HD production workflow.

About EVS Group

EVS Group designs, develops and markets professional digital equipment for Television (EVS Broadcast) and Cinema (XDC). The Group employs over 190 persons in 10 countries and sells its products to professionals of the video and audio sectors in more than 70 countries. EVS is a public company traded on Euronext Brussels: EVS, ISIN: BE0003820371. For more information, refer to www.evs-global.com

EVS Broadcast is the world leader for Live TV Production Digital Disk Recorders and Related Software Applications, especially in the field of sports. The company's dedicated hardware and software suite offer a complete production platform: live slow motion (LSM), high speed slow motion, replay only, clips generation, quick clips editing, real-time SD/HD video files transfer, time delay, multi-camera recording, metadata association, graphics storage and play-out, digital transmission, multi-format ingest and play-back, audio record & edit, webcasting, mobile phone clipping. Main software applications like the "IP Director" are running on the dedicated robust and flexible hardware the "XT[2]® Platform". The world's leading broadcasters, such as NBC, BSkyB, FOX, RTL, NHK, CANAL+, ABC, ESPN, TF1, CCTV, PBS, CBS, BBC, ZDF and many others use EVS' solutions.

XDC is pioneering Digital Cinema Logistics and Play-out and operates between movies distributors and exhibitors. XDC has installed more than 230 digital screens in Europe where it is market leader for end-to-end digital cinema solutions.

About NBC Sports

NBC Sports (www.nbcsports.com), a division of NBC Universal Inc., is responsible for producing numerous sporting events on the various NBC/Universal networks. The NBC Sports television line-up includes: The Olympic Games, the NHL, NASCAR, Notre Dame Football, the PGA Tour (including the USGA Championships), Wimbledon, French Open, RCA Tennis Championships, and the Dew Action Sports Tour. Most recently, NBC welcomed the return of NFL's Sunday Night Football and its studio companion, Football Night in America to their programming schedule.

For more information, please contact:

Jacques GALLOY, Director & CFO, EVS Broadcast Equipment S.A.

Liege Science Park, 16 rue du Bois Saint-Jean, B-4102 Liège- Ougree, Belgium

Tel : +32 4 361 7014. E-mail : corpcom@evs.tv; www.evs-global.com

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