NBC Olympics taps AT&T, Ericsson and Cisco for Olympic Winter Games

Sports and technology
NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected AT&T, Tektronix, Ericsson and Cisco, to boost customer experience at the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, from February 8 – February 25.

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Ericsson will provide encoding and satellite receiver technologies to support NBC Olympics video distribution to millions of viewers. Ericsson’s specialist engineers will assist with the equipment and system set up, and will also be on site 24/7 to provide multi-site support throughout the event.

The Ericsson media processing platform will HD content over a combination of both fiber and satellite.

“Ericsson’s reliability and expertise within the compression industry, made them an easy choice to once again support NBC Olympics production of the 2018 Olympic Winter and Paralympic Games,” said Christopher Connolly, senior director of Transmission Engineering and Operations.

Ericsson solution includes its AVP 2000 contribution encoders and its RX8200 Advanced Modular Receivers.

NBC Olympics has selected Cisco to provide IP video contribution and distribution solutions, along with networking and security solutions for its production.

“With Cisco’s help, our network operations center in PyeongChang mimics our facilities in Stamford, Connecticut, and helps our teams deliver compelling, interactive sports coverage to our viewers, no matter where or when they are watching,” said Dan Robertson, vice president, Olympics Information Technology, NBC Olympics.

NBC Olympics will use AT&T Global Video Services to deliver HD coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The AT&T communications services will help route the excitement in PyeongChang back to viewers watching coverage produced by NBC Olympics.

NBC Olympics has selected Tektronix to provide audio and video test monitoring, as well as network monitoring, for its production of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games.

Charlie Dunn, general manager, Video Product Line, Tektronix, said NBC Olympics will use Tektronix WFM7200, WVR7200, WFM5200, and WVR5200 Waveform Monitors, SPG8000A Master Sync and Master Clock Reference Generators to support its coverage of the PyeongChang Games.

The equipment will be used to monitor and test the quality of video and audio content used in NBC Olympics’ production, post production, transmission and distribution workflows in NBC facilities. For HDR/4K applications, NBC will use WFM8300 Waveform Monitors. NBC will also depend on the Tektronix Sentry products for monitoring of the transport streams involved in its production.

NBC Olympics has selected SMT to provide real-time, final results and timing interfaces for its production of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. SMT will deliver TV graphics interfaces for NBC Olympics’ Chyron Mosaic systems in its sports coverage.


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