NEP Norway is part of NEP Group and one of the world’s largest providers of outsourced production solutions, producing year-round coverage of the hugely popular trotting racing. Trotting is a form of harnessed horse racing in which the jockey is pulled in a two-wheeled cart. It`s one of the oldest organised sports in Norway, with its origins in the 1700s where workhorses would be raced on frozen lakes for entertainment and competition and the first organised race taking place in 1832. The races have been broadcast live in Norway on their own TV racing channel since 2000. There are around 4500 races and 520 events taking place annually, with up to 15 races a day transmitted live .The sport has become big business, with over 3.2billion NOK spent gambling on the races annually*.
NEP has always been a pioneer in the use of remote production techniques and the Norwegian trotting production system has evolved significantly over the years. Originally the races were covered by a small number of 3 camera SD OB vehicles at each event and a single 15Mb/s MPEG 2 backhaul IP connection. The IP-contribution system was one of the first of its kind in the world when deployed in 2001.
*Figures from Norwegian Trotting Association website.
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