NAB 2016: The technology set-up for NBCUniversal’s coverage of the Rio Olympics is continuing to emerge via NAB, with kit from Harmonic, Ericsson and Calrec set to feature.
NBC Olympics, the division of the NBC Sports Group that is responsible for the production of the Brazil games, will use Ericsson video processing technology and modular receivers for contribution and distribution, Calrec consoles for audio mixing and Harmonic’s storage and servers.
Harmonic is supplying its MediaGrid shared storage system and its Spectrum MediaDeck integrated media servers in 10 locations, in both Brazil and the US, to allow some work to be done remotely.
The local MediaDecks will simultaneously record up to 60 incoming venue feeds as XDCAM-HD at 50 Mbps and as a H.264 low-resolution proxy. Each proxy will then be replicated on a 960-TB MediaGrid connected via two 10-Gigabit circuits to a second MediaGrid of the same size installed in Stamford.
A similar set-up was used for coverage of the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi.
Calrec has supplied four Artemis and three Summa audio mixing consoles for Rio. Three of the 40-fader Artemis consoles will be stationed at NBC fly-pack venues to provide coverage of basketball, cycling, triathlon, marathon, volleyball, and diving. The fourth will be based in Audio Control Room X in the compound within the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Rio.
Along with its MPEG compression technology, Ericsson will also supply engineers for onsite support and equipment and system set up.
NBCUniversal (NBCU) paid the International Olympic Committee (IOC) $7.65bn in 2014 for the US broadcast rights for the Olympic Games. The contract contract runs through to 2032.