MBC installs Grass Valley replay solution

Broadcaster aims to improve exclusive coverage of KSA's professional football league
Nick Barratt, MBC.
Nick Barratt, MBC.


MBC has invested in Grass Valley’s K2 Dyno Replay System to help it create engaging content, including program highlights and replays, for its coverage of KSA’s professional football league.

The K2 Dyno allows instant replay and includes a highlights generation system for HD, SD, 3G and UHD/4K with pan/zoom technology. It can also work with high-frame-rate productions with Grass Valley's LDX camera systems.

The solution’s AnySpeed technology provides smooth playback at any speed from zero to 200%, including speed transitions. This expands the ability offer commentary during replays, especially when footage is captured at 6X speed.

This marks the first in a series of projects MBC plans in Saudi Arabia and the UAE after winning the rights to broadcast the Saudi Arabian Football Federation for the next 10 years.

“We know viewers love watching these games, and we’re thrilled that Grass Valley’s K2 Dyno replay system will make the experience even more enjoyable,” said Nick Barratt, senior broadcast manager, MBC. “This technology provides the smoothest playback at speeds from zero to 200%, so we’ll be able to highlight the important plays as they happen. And after evaluating the replay options, this was much more cost-effective than other solutions on the market.”

The K2 Dyno replay system offers MBC more functionality because it works well with not only the station’s existing K2 media server, but also its on-air graphics system.

“This is a move that really will enhance MBC’s coverage of this popular sport,” noted Steve Stubelt, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Grass Valley. “MBC is an award-winning station that prides itself on broadcasts of unparalleled quality—the implementation of K2 Dyno is just another example of how they do that.”


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