NEP Connect Seeks Undead In Old Haunt

Milton Keynes, UK


December 13, 2016

NEP Connect (formerly known as SIS LIVE) provided connectivity and streaming services for production company North One Television’s support of W, the premier entertainment channel of UKTV for its broadcast of “Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live”.

The show aired over five nights from October 27 to October 31.

W’s entertainment show included hilarious sleepovers, terrifying tasks, gripping ghost stories, and edge-of-the-seat paranormal investigations hosted by Christine Lampard, with Matt Richardson and Jamie East.

The objective was to deliver an ambitious new, live entertainment show from Britain’s spookiest hotel during Halloween. Liaising with outside broadcaster CTV, NEP Connect provided robust, reliable and resilient pictures, audio, and comms from a village hotel famous for its ghostly goings on. The challenge for NEP Connect over five evenings, including a daily companion show at 6pm on W, was to provide pictures, audio, and comms from spook-central to a less spooky central London transmission suite.

Following planning meetings at North One Television’s production office in London, followed by a location survey in Kent to arrange suitable parking and satellite visibility from a rural farm, NEP Connect supplied a dual antenna satellite truck that uplinked five feeds to NEP Connect’s MCR in Salford. NEP Connect then provided live streaming facilities for three separate 24-hour YouTube streams from night vision cameras, totalling 360 hours of streamed coverage over the five days of the event. The connectivity also enabled viewers to contact UKTV’s social media team to vote for celebrities to perform certain tasks, as well as a bit of ghost spotting.

“NEP Connect has an exceptional record of delivering robust connectivity to multiple platforms for live events and we enjoyed working together on Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live.”

David Meynell, managing director, NEP Connect, said, “We have a long-standing and successful relationship with North One and were happy that whenever celebrities experienced paranormal activity, our satellite uplink and network operations centre teams would guarantee resilient and robust connectivity. So, when it comes to connectivity, ‘Who you gonna call?’”

NEP Connect’s combined satellite and fibre infrastructure is unrivalled in the UK. NEP Connect recently formally launched Anylive®, a fully managed, rapidly growing fibre network that already connects more than 100 sport and entertainment venues in the UK and increasingly overseas.

North One Television Head of Production Robert Gough said, “We value NEP Connect’s ability to deliver our media content via their resilient infrastructure. NEP Connect has an exceptional record of delivering robust connectivity to multiple platforms for live events and we enjoyed working together on Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live.”


For media inquiries, contact Susan Matis


About NEP Connect

NEP Connect, an NEP Broadcast Services Company, has been delivering critical media content since 1989. The company’s rapidly growing international fibre network, Anylive®, connects over 220+ locations including broadcasters, major switching centres, channel aggregators, sports and entertainment venues.  NEP Connect operates two Network Operation Centres located in the UK, co-located with NEP Connect teleports, which supply extensive satellite facilities to complete the connectivity offering.  The company provides a full range of broadcast services from UHD to low bit rate streaming with data and audio transmission services also available.  This comprehensive fibre and satellite infrastructure forms a cohesive and robust portfolio, broadcasting over 200 hours of live transmissions worldwide every day supporting multiple contracted and occasional use events.

Recent News

Finance Director Samantha Harrison Joins Board of Non-Executive Directors at Rise

Milton Keynes, UK


Finance Director Samantha Harrison has been appointed to the Non-Executive Directors (NED) board at Rise, a distinguished advocacy group for gender diversity in broadcast media technology.

read more

NEP Connect’s Helen Jeffrey, International Sales Director Shortlisted for 2023 Rise Award

Milton Keynes


NEP Connect's Helen Jeffrey, International Sales Director, has proudly been shortlisted for this year's Rise Awards alongside three of her colleagues across the NEP Group network.

read more

NEP Connect Builds Out ITV’s Fleet of Eco-Friendly News Vehicles

Milton Keynes, U.K.


Equipped with NEP Connect’s industry-leading connectivity solutions, 16 hybrid and battery-powered vehicles are now serving ITV’s regional, national and major event news coverage

read more

NEP sponsors the Broadcast Awards 2023



NEP had the honour of being an official sponsor for the greatly anticipated Broadcast Awards 2023 with NEP Connect’s Managing Director David Meynell presenting the Best Sports Programme Award, also sponsored by NEP. Celebrating the very best in British programming and channels. The awards recognise and reward the UK’s most ground-breaking content, creators and channels across the television industry.

read more