Anyone for tennis? Wimbledon 2014 preview

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