Fox Sports, EVS Announce Major Deal at 2022 NAB Show

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LIÈGE, Belgium—Fox Sports has announced a major deal to deploy the MediaInfra Strada Routing and Control solution by EVS. 

The deal was announced by Kevin Callahan, vice president of field operations and engineering at Fox Sports on the EVS booth during the 2022 NAB Show.

The solution will be used by the Fox Sports production team in order to perform critical routing and control operations at various large-scale live events. The MediaInfra Strada solution will be delivered to Qatar in October 2022 ahead of the FIFA Men’s World Cup that will take place in November 2022. It will then make its way to the USA for the live production of Super Bowl LVII in Arizona in February 2023, to be later deployed across the globe for other prestigious competitions such as the Woman’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and the 17th edition of the UEFA Euro in Germany.

Commenting on the deal, Kevin Callahan said: “This was a straightforward decision for us since the MediaInfra Strada solution meets all our needs in terms of our orchestration, signal processing and manipulation requirements for events of such scale. EVS presented us with everything we were looking for.”

Peter Schut, senior vice president of media infrastructure at EVS added that “Today’s announcement is a key milestone in the growth of EVS’ Media Infrastructure offering. It further strengthens our position in the U.S. market and is a testimony to the dedication put in by our team to guarantee robust and reliable workflows that can be tailored to any production environment.”

Launched in June 2021, EVS’ MediaInfra Strada solution is designed to solve all routing challenges in any production environment. Built on an IP backbone and leveraging EVS’ field-proven Cerebrum and Neuron product lines, the routing and control solution enables a seamless transition to full IP infrastructures, while continuing to offer SDI support. From a user perspective, the difference between handling SDI sources or IP streams goes unnoticed since all the underlying complexities are completely abstracted by the solution’s user-friendly graphical interfaces, EVS reported. 

The company reported that the MediaInfra Strada installation delivered by EVS is entirely tailored to the requirements of Fox Sports. To ensure the efficient and reliable real-time processing and compression of all video/audio streams, Fox Sports has also chosen to deploy EVS’ Neuron Compress and Convert modules.  

“We were impressed with the flexibility demonstrated by MediaInfra Strada,” Callahan said. “Our team is looking forward to working with a solution that can easily be reconfigured ahead of each event to properly address all our different workflow scenarios that await us. The over-arching control system, Cerebrum, also makes it an incredibly powerful and dynamic solution that we can customize in a way that works best for us.”

EVS’ MediaInfra Strada solution is currently on show at the 2022 NAB Show, in the North Hall, on the EVS booth 2625.

George Winslow

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.