ESPN selects Grass Valley for new HD facility

ESPN has selected Grass Valley production technologies to equip its new HD Digital Centre 2 broadcast facility in Connecticut, USA which is expected to be complete in spring 2014. The deal builds upon the longstanding relationship between ESPN and Grass Valley that spans three decades.

Grass Valley is supplying ESPN with three Ignite Automated Production Systems and three Kayenne Video Production Centres with K2 Summit 3G servers for Digital Centre 2. Additionally, 40 LDX WorldCam camera systems will replace the current LDK models in ESPN’s existing Digital Centre 1 facility. A fourth Ignite system was also purchased for ESPN’s new SEC (Southeastern Conference) Network, a 24/7 sports network that will launch in August 2014 in Charlotte, NC.

“ESPN’s new Digital Centre 2 will be at the forefront of broadcasting and will utilise the most innovative technologies,” said Kevin Stolworthy, Senior Vice President, ESPN Technology. “Having worked with Grass Valley for many years, we know that it provides us with the workflow and future-proof solutions required to deliver the high-quality content our millions of fans expect.”