NBC Sports counts on Grass Valley’s IP and SDI solutions to cover Beijing Winter Olympics

NBC Sports has recently chosen Grass Valley to provide IP and SDI solutions for its production of the XXIV Olympic Winter Games from Beijing, China. The announcement was made today by Todd Donovan, Vice-President Engineering Technology, NBC Olympics, and Sydney Lovely, CTO, Grass Valley.

NBCUniversal offers coverage of the 2022 Winter Olympics across NBC, Peacock, USA Network, CNBC, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app. The production will bring in a record 2,800-plus hours of coverage. 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 has been able to maximize the benefits of IP technology through this configuration, control and monitoring solution designed specifically for dynamic orchestration of broadcast media networks over SDI, hybrid or pure IP.

“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 Todd 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 Sydney 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.”

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