AT&T, Cisco, Ericsson and other vendors tout NBC Olympics partnerships

As vendors get ready, several pay TV providers and virtual MVPDs are gearing up for the games. (NBC Sports)

NBC’s coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, is about to begin, and vendor partners are coming out of the woodwork to tout their solutions picked to be part of the production.

NBC Olympics will use AT&T’s Global Video Services to deliver HD coverage of the games.

Cisco will provide IP video contribution and distribution solutions, along with networking and security solutions for the production.

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Ericsson will provide encoding and satellite receiver technologies to support NBC Olympics video distribution. Ericsson’s specialist engineers will help with equipment and system setup, and will stick around to provide support throughout the event.

Harmonic said NBC is using its Spectrum MediaDeck media servers for proxy generation of incoming materials and its MediaGrid shared storage systems for bandwidth and capacity.

NBC is using ChyronHego’s 30 Lyric systems to cover the games in order to maintain a lot of staff at its headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, and NBC is using the ChyronHego Live Compositor systems to produce additional programming and digital content.

Calrec Audio will supply a Summa console for the prime-time audio control room in NBC's production compound at the International Broadcast Centre in PyeongChang. NBC is using a 56-fader Artemis Ray as its console at the venues in the mountain resort of Alpensia and a 72-fader Artemis Ray as the console at the speed-skating venue and indoor venues at the coastal city of Gangneung.

NBC has tapped Lawo to provide VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) Broadcast Control and Monitoring solutions, as well as IP Commentary systems, V__pro8 video processors and V__remote4 IP remote production units.

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At the same time, several pay TV providers and virtual MVPDs are gearing up for the games.

Hulu is updating its UI to allow users to select their favorites from the 15 Winter Olympic sports in order to provide a customized Olympic Winter Games experience.

FuboTV, in addition to offering 2,400 hours of Olympic programming, including coverage of all competition sessions, on-demand, is launching a sports navigation bar to include a breakdown of Olympic programming, sorted by sport.

Comcast X1 customers will have access to 50 Olympics Virtual Channels, daily summaries and on-demand access to select Olympics programming in 4K HDR with Dolby Atmos.