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Grass Valley Makes Record-Breaking Sale of LDX 86N 4K UHD Cameras to ES Broadcast at IBC 2019

MONTREAL, September 25, 2019 — Grass Valley today announces that UK broadcast equipment supplier, rental house and systems integrator, ES Broadcast, has made the single biggest purchase of its LDX 86N 4K UHD cameras to date. The Watford-based company has invested in 151 cameras and 15 Kahuna production switchers to prepare for major sporting events in 2020 and to meet increasing demand for UHD.

The new LDX 86N cameras will form the largest component of ES Broadcast's fleet of UHD equipment and will be available to clients in Europe and the US. The cameras deliver native 4K UHD and 3G/HD image capture, while optional IP outputs provide ES Broadcast's clients with a seamless migration path from SDI to IP.

Ben Murphy, managing director, ES Broadcast commented: "This is the latest evolution of our longstanding partnership with Grass Valley — we have a strong working relationship with them and real confidence in the quality of their solutions. The LDX 86N is one of the most advanced cameras on the market. We already have a significant fleet of UHD cameras, and this is our next phase of development."

"Demand for UHD is increasing and our aim at ES Broadcast is to be an enabler of the new technology evolution. The market is now reaching a point where there is a critical mass of UHD projects," added Alan Henry, commercial director, ES Broadcast. "We are really comfortable with the performance and reliability of the Grass Valley cameras and switchers. They're truly world-class. Their addition to our extensive fleet means we have the increased bandwidth necessary to meet the rapidly growing UHD uptake from our clients."

Grass Valley's President, Tim Shoulders, commented, "A commitment of this scale simply cannot be made without strong collaboration between our customer and us. ES Broadcast's clearly defined needs were the catalyst and we used an "all hands on deck" approach to ensure we were able to meet them. It's gratifying to see this commitment recognized by our customer and we're excited once again to support ES Broadcast as they continue to thrive."

The addition of 12 Kahuna 9600 switchers — one with 6 M/Es, nine with 4 M/Es and two with 2 M/Es — and three 2 M/E Kahuna 6400 switchers to ES Broadcast's equipment roster delivers seamless multiformat capability, the flexibility to input and output any resolution and handle SDI, IP or hybrid SDI/IP environments.

"We are very proud that ES Broadcast has once again turned to Grass Valley solutions as it drives into the next phase of growth. This is the largest single purchase of LDX 86N cameras worldwide and reiterates our ability to deliver the stunning images and future-ready capability that our customers demand," said Tim Banks, vice president, sales, EMEA, Grass Valley.


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About Grass Valley

Grass Valley's end-to-end ecosystem of reliable, open standards-based solutions helps content creators, broadcasters and media organizations to produce brilliant content and build successful media businesses. Our award-winning technology and trusted industry expertise empower our customers to create captivating experiences that connect people anywhere, on any device, through the magic of media.

As the industry's R&D powerhouse, with the most comprehensive suite of solutions for compelling live content, we are the trusted partner to many of the biggest and most creative names in the media and entertainment business.

We help our customers transition to IP and cloud-based infrastructures to enable flexible, scalable and smart workflows. Our advanced solutions enable the production of rich, high quality content that brings the viewer closer to the action; engages them with the story and connects them with each other. Headquartered in Montreal, Grass Valley has been in the broadcast business for 60 years and is part of St. Louis-based Belden Inc. For more information, visit

About ES Broadcast

ES Broadcast specialises in service provision to the broadcast and live production sectors. The company is an international reseller of professional broadcast equipment for some of the biggest brands in the industry. Its rental arm is a leading provider of live production equipment and owns one of the largest UHD rental fleets in the world, comprised of market-leading technology. The company also boasts a vast amount of experience in systems integration, and has delivered projects as diverse as OB trucks, studios, portable production units and esports arenas.

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Bénédicte Fauveau

Media Relations Specialist