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Norkring selects Nevion solutions to enable coverage of live elite football in Sweden

Nevion, a leader in transporting media from the camera to the home, today announced that Norkring, a Norwegian Media Service Provider, has selected its network management solution and media gateways for a new football (soccer) contribution network in Sweden. Nevion’s VideoIPath management system and TVG450 JPEG 2000 media gateways will be used to transport high quality live coverage from 32 Swedish football stadiums to broadcasters including TV4 and CMore over an IP contribution network.

The project is a result of Norkring signing a multi-year agreement with the Swedish Football League (SEF) to deliver football from Sweden’s Allsvenskan and Superettan leagues.

Nevion’s media service management system, VideoIPath enables Norkring to set up occasional-use services easily and rapidly through automated provisioning, as well as monitor the network and services effectively – providing the best quality of experience to viewers at all times.

Nevion’s TVG450 media gateway solution is already in use within Norkring’s Norway-based workflow to transmit live handball, ice hockey and football coverage, making it a logical choice for the new network infrastructure in Sweden.

“Our JPEG 2000 compression technology is ideally suited for applications such as live sports contribution as it is gentle on the signal, meaning picture quality remains high,” said Geir Bryn-Jensen, CEO at Nevion. “We’re pleased that Norkring has chosen to join the rapidly growing list of service providers who have selected VideoIPath to manage their media networks.”

Nevion’s TVG450 media gateway is a compact, efficient and cost-effective solution for professional video transport over IP networks. It offers visually lossless compression that is resilient to multi-generation encoding or decoding of SD, HD, 3G or stereoscopic 3D. Built-in Quality of Service (QoS) and advanced error concealment provide flawless end-to-end operation.

VideoIPath combines network inventory and monitoring capabilities, with network provisioning and advance reservation – all essential for managing services effectively. VideoIPath features such as an easy-to-use GUI and multi-tenanting, enables non-specialists to take control of their connection requirements like never before.

Nevion was recently awarded a Technical and Engineering Emmy® award for its role in the standardization and productization of JPEG 2000 (J2K) interoperability. The company will showcase its latest network and broadcast infrastructure solutions on stand SU2615 at NAB 2015 in Las Vegas.