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Anyone for tennis? Wimbledon 2014 preview

Talking to NEP Visions about their broadcast coverage of this year's Wimbledon Championships.

As you read this, the world’s greatest tennis players are taking to the court in leafy south-west London for a fortnight of grunting, bananas and impeccably laundered white polo shirts – and NEP Visions, the UK-based outside broadcast (OB) arm of American company NEP Broadcasting, is on-hand to document it all.

NEP is providing TV coverage of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships for two major clients: BBC Sport in the UK – for which it won the contract, along with the OB rights for BBC Sport’s coverage of athletics and other tennis events, in March of last year – and ESPN in the US, and the company told PSNEurope that covering tournament has become progressively more complicated over the years: “[There are] many more facilities required both from a communications and sound standpoint.”

NEP is using RTS intercoms for on-site communications, making use primarily of ADAM matrix frames and KP-32 keypanels. NEP Visions has been a [former RTS parent company] Telex customer since we first invested in a digital intercom,” says NEP, “and the backup is terrific.” The company adds: “Nothing can happen unless everyone can talk and communicate with each other, as [broadcasting live sports] is a communications industry,” and praised RTS products’ “reliability and ease of use”.

Visions has also rented a 64-fader Calrec Artemis console, which it is using as part of a flypack to complement its own Calrec desks in service at the Championships. The Artemis console will be part of a control room attached to a dedicated studio responsible for full presentations and highlights, broadcast in 5.1 audio as standard.

Calrec’s UK sales manager, Jim Green, hailed the company’s “long-standing relationship with NEP,” and said NEP “uses Calrec consoles almost exclusively”.

The 2014 Wimbledon Championships are taking place from 23 June to 6 July. Last year’s tournament was won by Britain’s Andy Murray (men’s singles) and France’s Marion Bartoli (women’s singles).

This story originally appeared in the June 2014 PSNEurope. Photo: Florian Eisele