ChyronHego, Harmonic and Calrec kit all part of NBC’s set-up
NBC Olympics, part of the NBC Sports Group, has begun revealing which bits of technology it will use to produce and broadcast coverage of the Winter Olympics which gets underway on Friday (9 February) in PyeongChang.
For graphics, the US-based broadcaster will use 30 ChyronHego Lyric systems with half deployed at its headquarters in Connecticut, and the remaining used at its production facility at the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in PyeongChang. ChyronHego’s Live Compositor and PRIME Clips products will also be used.
For audio mixing, Calrec Audio has supplied a Summa console (pictured) for the prime-time audio control room in the IBC and a 56-fader Artemis Ray as its primary console at the sliding venues in the mountain resort of Alpensia. The latter will be used for coverage of bobsled and luge events.
In addition, a 72-fader Artemis Ray will serve as the primary console at the speed-skating venue and indoor venues in the coastal city of Gangneung. A Calrec RP1 remote production system and a compact Brio console will support operations at the coastal studio, giving NBC Olympics the ability to control the production remotely from control rooms in Connecticut.
When it comes to shared storage and media servers, NBC Olympics will use MediaGrid and Spectrum MediaDeck from Harmonic.
The kit will be used for a variety of production applications, including broadcast, on-demand, digital, news operations and long-term archive.
The Spectrum MediaDeck media servers in PyeongChang will enable on-the-fly capture and proxy generation for all incoming materials while MediaGrid shared storage systems located inside NBC’s studios at IBC, as well as in Connecticut, will provide centralised shared storage.
Ericsson will also be involved with NBC Olympics, providing a range of its encoding and satellite receiver technologies to video distribution to viewers. Ericsson’s engineers will assist with the equipment and system set up, and will also be on site 24/7 to provide support.
The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games runs from 8-25 February, starting with tonight’s opening ceremony.