Thomson will hope to put a dent in EVS's dominance of the outside broadcast slow-motion market when it releases a new instant replay controller and media server later this year.

Announced at IBC, the K2 Dyno controller works with the Thomson K2 Summit production client server. It has been designed to help producers capture live sporting events in HD and instantly play back crucial action at variable speeds for on-air analysis.

“Up until now, the only choice the industry had for high-quality slow-motion and instant replay was expensive proprietary systems,” explained Thomson broadcast solutions systems senior vice-president Jeff Rosica.

“K2 Dyno and K2 Summit will make slow-motion instant replay more accessible and affordable for more production truck operators and stadiums.”

EVS systems, used on coverage of Wimbledon, Euro 2008 and the Tour de France, are the current popular choice for sport slo-mo. They usually come with a six-figure price tag.

The K2 Summit production client with internal storage bundled with the K2 Dyno replay controller will cost from Euro 76,500 (£60,740). The K2 Summit production client will begin shipping in the fourth quarter of 2008.

The K2 controller's user interface includes the Thomson Grass Valley T-bar, switcher-quality buttons and a touch-screen LCD.