NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has opted for Harmonic to provide MediaGrid shared storage systems and Spectrum™ MediaDeck integrated media servers for its production of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, which take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, from 9 to 25 February. The announcement was made on 8 February by Jim Miles, director, Digital Workflow Systems NBC Olympics and Tim Warren, senior vice president, Video Business at Harmonic.
NBC Olympics will use Harmonic solutions for a variety of production applications, including broadcast, on-demand, digital, news operations and long-term archive. Harmonic Spectrum MediaDeck media servers deployed by NBC Olympics in PyeongChang will enable on-the-fly capture and proxy generation for all incoming materials. Harmonic MediaGrid shared storage systems located inside NBC’s studios at the International Broadcast Center in PyeongChang, as well as at NBC Olympics’ headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, will provide centralised shared storage with tremendous bandwidth and capacity.
Warren said, “For over a decade, Harmonic’s media servers and shared storage systems have been a cornerstone of our content acquisition and production workflow during the Olympics,” said Miles. “During NBC Olympics’ coverage of the PyeongChang Games, Harmonic equipment will enable us to deliver more content from the host city to multiple linear television channels than any previous Winter Games.”