NBC SPORTS SELECTS IP AND SDI TECHNOLOGY FOR ITS PRODUCTION OF 2022 OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES
XXIV Olympic Winter Games Take Place February 2–20, 2022, Across Networks of NBCUniversal
NBC Sports Utilizes Grass Valley Range of IP and SDI Solutions for its Production of Olympic Winter Games
STAMFORD, CONN. – Feb. 16, 2022 – NBC Sports has selected Grass Valley to provide a range of IP and SDI solutions for its production of the XXIV Olympic Winter Games from Beijing, China, February 2–20, 2022. The announcement was made today by Todd Donovan, Vice-President Engineering Technology, NBC Olympics, and Sydney Lovely, CTO, Grass Valley.
NBCUniversal provides coverage of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games from Feb. 2-20, featuring a Winter Olympics-record 2,800+ hours of coverage across NBC, Peacock, USA Network, CNBC, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app. The Opening Ceremony was presented on Friday, Feb. 4, live in the morning and again in primetime on NBC and Peacock. Similar to recent Winter Games, NBC’s primetime Olympic coverage began the night before the Opening Ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 3. Coverage began on Wednesday, Feb. 2, on USA Network and Peacock. NBCUniversal is presenting its 18th Olympic Games, 12th consecutive overall, and sixth straight Winter Games, all the most by any U.S. media company.
NBC Sports has been using a suite of IP and SDI routers and Densité signal management products for the last seven Olympic and Paralympic Games. To manage the intercontinental scale and complexity of a production of this size, Grass Valley’s IP technology, including its Dynamic System Orchestrator, will power NBC Sports’ coverage of the Winter Games, including remote production from its International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. NBC Sports maximizes the benefits of the IP technology through this unique configuration, control and monitoring solution specifically designed for the dynamic orchestration of broadcast media networks across SDI, hybrid or pure IP. NBC Sports’ solutions pair with the provider’s IP technology providing agile and responsive processing in the demanding environment of live sports production.
“The capabilities of Grass Valley’s suite of products, reflecting meaningful input from NBC Sports, has provided incredible flexibility to satisfy our Olympic production needs at the competition venues, International Broadcast Center in Beijing and at our headquarters in Stamford, Conn.,” said Donovan. “This flexibility has been especially critical due to the unusually short turnaround between the Summer Games in Tokyo and these Winter Games.”
“Today's media landscape is more dynamic and vibrant than ever, and viewers want experiences that are immersive and as good as being there,” said Lovely. “With so many eyes watching, providing NBC Sports with best-in-class technology and solutions that enable them to meet continually evolving consumption demands are critical.”
ABOUT NBC SPORTS
NBC Sports connects people to the moments that matter most and serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company presents premier content across linear platforms NBC, USA Network, Golf Channel, and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, as well numerous digital sites, including Peacock. It also consists of NBC Sports Next, a subdivision of NBC Sports and home to all NBCUniversal digital applications in sports and technology within its three groups: Youth & Recreational Sports, Golf, and Betting & Gaming. NBC Sports possesses an unparalleled collection of media rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the NFL, NASCAR, INDYCAR, PGA TOUR, The R&A, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, Tour de France, Roland-Garros, and many more.
About Grass Valley
We love live! Grass Valley is the leading technology provider for the live media and entertainment market. We work with 90% of the world’s major media brands, powering their media centers, mobile production units, 24-hour newsrooms, and sports streaming platforms. As the number one trusted partner in media technology, we enable content owners and service providers to create and deliver compelling live experiences in the most efficient way.
Whether it’s IP-native cameras or state-of-the-art cloud production platforms, we’re at the forefront of groundbreaking live media innovation. We continue to pioneer market-leading advances based on cloud and software efficiency to transform live content for the streaming era today and in the future.
Headquartered in Montreal, Grass Valley has been engaged in the media technology business for over 60 years. grassvalley.com.
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