EVS Broadcast Equipment

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EVS Broadcast Equipment SA
Public: EuronextEVS
IndustryBroadcast Technology
FounderPierre L'hoest, Laurent Minguet
Revenue131,400,000 € (2014)[1]
Number of employees
486 (February 2013[2])

EVS Broadcast Equipment SA is a Belgian company that manufactures live outside broadcast digital video production systems. Their XT-VIA production video servers enable the creation, editing, exchange and playout of audio and video feeds.

Tapeless television production[edit]

The programming of the television networks consists primarily of broadcasting prerecorded images which, until very recently, were stored on tapes. But linear editing (or editing on tape) is being replaced by digital media or non-linear editing. Today, digital technology on hard disk (non-linear, by definition) is the common alternative. There has been clear confirmation of a migration towards this technology for some years,[citation needed] even though it will still take another 5 to 6 years or so for the hard disk penetration rate to increase from 30% to 70%.[citation needed] Television stations began migrating to tapeless interoperable computer platforms beginning in the late 1990s. Video recorders are rarely used nowadays for live productions. EVS type digital media servers are the norm in live broadcasting.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][failed verification]

Company history[edit]

EVS was co-founded in 1994 by Pierre Lhoest and Laurent Minguet.[10] Three years later, the company invested 30% of its capital in private funds, roundabout EUR 4 million.

In 1998, EVS was listed for the first time on the stock exchange with an initial EUR 14.8 quotation[11] per share (at comparable levels)[12] and was valued at EUR 204 million. In that same year, EVS acquired VSE, a hardware subcontractor managed by Michel Counson. In that transaction, VSE received EVS shares for an approximate EUR 4.5 million value.

Since then, EVS has become a major broadcast actor focusing on digital recording technologies for live sport TV production. EVS core products are primarily used in outbroadcasting vans (OB vans) and allow high-quality respectively slow-motion image replay. EVS has revolutionised the professional digital recording by being the first to introduce a hard disk drive in that field, instead of the traditional magnetic tape recording, a business led at that time by Sony and Panasonic.[citation needed]

After establishing itself in outbroadcasting sport production, EVS started using their high value servers to address TV studio production with a full range of products from 2002. That strategic move contributed to a +40% uplift in 2012.[13] Additionally, EVS founded XDC in 2004, a pioneer in high definition cinema broadcasting, which was restructured within the Dcinex Group. EVS sold its stake in Dcinex in 2014.[14]

In 2001, Laurent Minguet stepped down from his position as a director. Three years later, he gave up his position.

From his side, Pierre L'hoest decided to leave[15] his role as a CEO and director following the board of directors meeting held on September 15 of 2011. In a transitional period, EVS was managed by its board of directors.

In 2012, EVS appoints Joop JANSSEN as CEO.[16]

On 10 October 2014, the Board of Directors and Joop Janssen mutually agreed to end the term of the office and duties of Joop Janssen. Muriel De Lathouwer, a member of the Board of Directors of EVS, chairing the Strategy Committee, is appointed as the President of the Executive Committee on an interim basis.[17]

On 5 January 2015, EVS announced that it has acquired the Scalable Video System GmbH (SVS) developing IT-based vision mixers and Dyvi Live SA (company based in Brussels and distributing the products of SVS under the name DYVI).[18]

On 19 February 2015, EVS Broadcast Equipment appoints Muriel De Lathouwer as Managing Director & CEO[19]

On July 17 2018, The Board of Directors and Muriel De Lathouwer mutually agreed to end the term of the office and duties of Muriel De Lathouwer [20]

On September 9 2019, EVS annnounced the appointment of Serge Van Herck as the new CEO of the company. [21]


  • XT-VIA: this video server allows broadcasters to record, control and play clips, ingesting synchronously multiple feeds.
  • Dyvi : IT-based, software-driven switcher offering live production switching without the limits of M/E's or keyers
  • Xeebra : Video refereeing system with AI-driven offside line technology certified by FIFA [22]
  • X-One : Unified live production system
  • Multicam (LSM): this is the controller software for the XT line of servers. Combined with its remote controller, it allows instant replays and slow-motion effects, widely used in sport broadcast.
  • XS: this is the production server for studio environment.
  • IPDirector : this is a software used to control the XT3 server offering several features as metadata management, rough cut editing and playlist management.
  • Xedio: a modular application suite intended for broadcast professionals which handles the acquisition, production, media management and the playout of news. It includes a non-linear editing system, CleanEdit, which can work virtually.
  • C-Cast: The tool delivers instant additional content to viewers on second screen media platforms.
  • Epsio: The tool allows to insert graphics overlays in real-time or in instant replays.
  • OpenCube family: MXF server that offers MXF file generation for streamlined tapeless workflows, XFReader (MXF reader) and XFConverter (MXF conversion).


EVS headquarters (administration, production and development) are located in Liège in Belgium.

4 additional development centers are found in:

EVS has also sales and support offices in: London, Los Angeles, New York, Dubai, Mexico, Paris, Munich, Madrid, Brescia, Beijing, Hong Kong, Sydney and Mumbai.


  1. ^ "EVS Reports 2014 Results" (PDF). EVS (Press release). 19 February 2015.
  2. ^ [1], Q1 2013. EVS.
  3. ^ EVS at heart of Olympics host broadcast, Broadcast Engineering, 28 November 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  4. ^ EVS wins London Olympics contract Archived 2012-03-30 at the Wayback Machine, TVB Europe. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  5. ^ Olympics 2012: NBC To Broadcast London Games in 3D, "The Hollywood Reporter", The 1 November 2012
  6. ^ EVS SportNet at the Heart of the NBC Olympic Coverage[permanent dead link] "BroadcastPapers.com", 2004
  7. ^ Harmonic to Provide MediaGrid™ Shared Storage Systems and ProMedia™ Carbon Transcoding for NBC Olympics’ Production of the London Games Archived 2012-05-10 at the Wayback Machine "Harmonic", April 14, 2012
  8. ^ EVS serves up Olympic replay, playback for multiple clients
  9. ^ "403 HD OBVans - An Overview on the Installed Hardware". Archived from the original on 13 January 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  10. ^ Extrait moniteur Belges 1994-03-16 / 049 EVS BROADCAST EQUIPEMENT Code 452.080.178
  11. ^ La non décision de la Buba, L’Echo, 23 octobre1998.
  12. ^ EVS se coupe en 5 pour l’actionnaire, La Libre, 25 février 2005
  13. ^ Résultats 2012 d'EVS, LCI, 30 août 2012
  14. ^ EVS Broadcast Equipment sells its stake in dcinex to Ymagis SA
  15. ^ Une nouvelle ère s'ouvre pour EVS Lecho 01-10-2011 Belgium
  16. ^ EVS Broadcast Equipment appoints Joop JANSSEN as CEO "Yahoo Finance"
  17. ^ EVS Broadcast Equipment announces departure of Joop Janssen, Managing Director and CEO
  19. ^ EVS Broadcast Equipment appoints Muriel De Lathouwer as Managing Director & CEO
  20. ^ "EVS Broadcast Equipment announces departure of Muriel De Lathouwer, Managing Director & CEO". finance.yahoo.com. 17 July 2018.
  21. ^ https://www.lecho.be/entreprises/technologie/evs-se-trouve-un-nouveau-ceo/10160613.html
  22. ^ "FIFA certificates EVS' Xeebra virtual offside line system". tmbroadcast.com. 29 November 2019.