NEP Group chooses Sony NXL-ME80 Media Edge Processors

SYDNEY, 9 July 2024 — NEP Group, the leading media services provider for sports and entertainment worldwide, has acquired multiple Sony NXL-ME80 media edge processors, the first product to include Sony’s new HEVC Ultra Low Latency encoding technology. This technology combines a high compression ratio, very low latency and the maintenance of the highest picture quality for remote and distributed live productions.

NEP New Zealand Technology Manager Sam Scally explained, “The NXL-ME80 media edge processors are high-quality, multi-channel encoders utilising Sony’s ultra-low latency compression which makes them ideal for live production applications. They work with both ST-2110 and SDI interfaces and we are successfully using them on a current remote hub project.”

For the project, NEP is transferring 16 streams from their main live cameras using two NXL-ME80 units on diverse 5Gb links utilising the -7 functionality at 45Mb per stream. The NXL-ME80 units are managed from the NEP hub at both ends.

Scally added, “The NXL-ME80s form part of a remote production system where we have 13 cricket venues around the country connected back to our Auckland CBD hub facility. We operate on links as low as 1Gb/s.”

The NXL-ME80 is part of the Sony Networked Live ecosystem which optimises live production by flexibly utilising on-premise, cloud, hardware or software resources to meet specific requirements. Acting as a gateway between LAN and WAN, the NXL-ME80’s advanced technology achieves ultra-low latency, high picture quality and low bit rate, resulting in efficient network bandwidth usage for remote production and video contribution, reducing network costs for transmission across multiple locations.

The NXL-ME80 enables NEP to reduce network costs for remote production and transmission across multiple locations while enhancing its live production capabilities.

Scally added, “The NXL-ME80 also supports multiple streams to cater to individual live production requirements efficiently. With the capability to convert and compress multiple video channels, content transmission with high picture quality is achievable, even with limited network bandwidth.”

In 4K mode, the NXL-ME80 can handle two channels and up to eight channels in HD mode. The selectable interface of SDI or ST2110 on the LAN side also helps easy installation.

The NXL-ME80 is ideal for remote production, enabling the connection of a camera to a venue’s control room. Multiple cameras situated at a venue can also transmit high-quality, ultra-low-latency and low bit rate video to a remote station, thus making remote production more accessible.

When looking for the NXL-ME80, Scally explained that NEP’s requirements were essentially for a high-quality encoder and decoder that could send signals across a small network pipe while working with a traditional broadcast environment using both SDI and 2110.

He said, “We have been very impressed with the quality of the NXL-ME80, as they enable us to transmit high quality images from remote locations with relatively low bandwidth.”

NEP is using its new NXL-ME80 units in a number of different environments, one of which is covering international and national cricket matches remotely.

Sam Scally concluded, “We are sending signals from cameras and third-party providers capturing cricket around the country with SDI out of our existing trucks. They are sent to an NXL-ME80 in our Auckland hub where they are decoded to SDI, then encapsulated to 2110. We are using the ME80s in conjunction with a Sony MLS-X1 switcher. By using this workflow, the NXL-ME80 gives us excellent picture quality and they have been very reliable.”


About Sony

With a diverse portfolio of businesses across electronics, music, film, gaming and telecommunications, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the world’s largest technology and entertainment company. Sony Australia Limited and Sony New Zealand Limited are wholly owned subsidiaries of the Sony Corporation of Japan, a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Committed to producing innovative and quality electronic products, the range includes BRAVIA TVs, Cyber-shot digital cameras, Handycam camcorders, α digital SLR cameras and Walkman audio players as well as professional broadcast and production equipment. For more information on Sony Australia, visit or for New Zealand visit

Product Information: For further Sony professional and broadcast and production product information or stockist details, readers can contact Sony Australia on 1300 720 071 or visit For Sony New Zealand call 09 488 6188 or visit

Related Articles

Broadcast Industry Network