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Rio 2016: Globosat’s SporTV Captivates Olympic Fans in Brazil

The challenge posed by SporTV to broadcast the Rio 2016 Olympic Games resulted in unprecedented coverage aired globally on TV and impressive figures that reflected the success achieved. With 16 commented and narrated channels on Brazilian pay-TV and 56 internet broadcasted channels, more than 4,000 hours were broadcasted.  More

Deltatre Powers Digital Coverage at Rio Olympics for France Télévisions, Globo, TV 2, and Others

By Carrie Bowden French national public broadcaster France Télévisions, Brazil TV and Pay-TV market leaders Globo and Globosat, and Norway’s largest commercial television broadcaster TV2 tapped deltatre to power their digital coverage for the Rio 2016 Olympics. In addition, Radio Televisión Española (RTVE), Scandinavian broadcaster Viasat, and Canadian rightsholder CBC also utilized delatre for their digital […]  More

Live From Rio 2016: Photo Galleries From Behind the Scenes

The Sports Video Group team was on hand at the 2016 Rio Olympics for 20 days, and we used much of that time shooting photos and videos behind the scenes of as many events as possible. There are probably very few people (if any) who managed to visit every site and see almost every sport during […]  More

Live From Rio 2016: NBC Olympics Tech Leaders Reflect on the Massive, Successful Production Effort

The 2016 Rio Olympics have come to a close, and the NBC Olympics machine, for the most part, is being dismantled (a much smaller technical presence will remain onsite for the 2016 Paralympics). The end of the Games also begins the evaluation of what worked, how operations can be improved, and how the entire Olympics production […]  More

Rio Ratings Roundup: NBC’s ‘TAD’ Represents Second-Highest Audience Ever for Non-U.S. Summer Games, Trailing London 2012

NBC Olympics’ Total Audience Delivery (TAD) – which averages minute viewing across broadcast, cable, and digital – for the 15 nights of the 2016 Rio Olympics averaged 27.5 million viewers. That ranks as the second-highest average audience on record for the primetime competition coverage for any non-domestic Summer Games, trailing only the 2012 London Olympics […]  More

Rio 2016: Radio Televisión Española, Viasat Tap deltatre for Digital Coverage

Radio Televisión Española (RTVE) has appointed global sport media services company deltatre to build and design RTVE’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games website, smartphone, and tablet apps. Scandinavian broadcaster Viasat also has appointed deltatre to step up their Olympic digital coverage with the built and support of their Olympic Games’ desktop website at http://stats.viasatsport.se.  More

Stamford Spotlight, Part 1: Inside NBC Olympics’ Largest ‘At-Home’ Production Ever

This is Part 1 of SVG’s four-part series on NBC Olympics’ at-home operation in Stamford, CT. Make sure to check out Part 2, a look at the studios and control rooms; Part 3, on the “Off-Tube Factory” commentary operation; and Part 4, on the Streaming Factory setup. The Rio 2016 Games mark NBC Olympics’ largest “at-home” […]  More

Stamford Spotlight, Part 2: Inside NBC’s Array of At-Home Studios and Control Rooms for Rio

This is Part 2 of SVG’s four-part series on NBC Olympics’ at-home operation in Stamford, CT. Make sure to check out Part 1, an overview of the operation as a whole; Part 3, focused on the “Off-Tube Factory” commentary operation; and Part 4, on the Streaming Factory setup. NBC Olympics’ epic at-home–production effort encapsulates eight […]  More

Live From Rio 2016: Panasonic Plays Key Role for Ceremonies, Olympic News Channel Ops

Panasonic’s Imaging Network Business Division (INBD) is once again on hand at an Olympic Games, providing important technologies and support to the Opening Ceremony (projectors and switcher used in the staging and production were all provided by Panasonic) as well as a massive technical deployment of equipment in use by OBS for athlete interviews, press conferences, and […]  More

Photo Gallery: NBC Olympics’ At-Home Operation in Stamford, CT

The Rio 2016 Games mark NBC Olympics’ largest “at-home” operation to date, with more than 1,100 people supporting the production from its Sports Production Operations Center (SPOC) in Stamford, CT. Although the Peacock used an at-home production model at 30 Rock in New York for the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics (and, to lesser […]  More

Live From Rio 2016: Bexel’s Craig Schiller on the Future of Big-Event Production

The Bexel team is in Brazil supporting a number of clients with an equipment complement comprising nine production flypacks, 50 camera chains, approximately 100 ENG camera packages (with plenty of lenses as well), graphics systems, RF gear, fiber connectivity kit, and camera-support gear. To Craig Schiller, SVP, global sales and technical services, Bexel Global Broadcast Solutions, it […]  More

Stamford Spotlight, Part 4: NBC Olympics’ Streaming Factory Evolves With Viewing Habits

This is Part Four of SVG’s four-part series on NBC Olympics’ ‘at-home’ operation in Stamford, CT. Make sure to check out Part 1, an overview of the operation as a whole; Part 2, focused on the studios and control rooms; and Part 3, on the “Off-Tube Factory” commentary operation. NBC Olympics’ Streaming Factory, a novelty […]  More

Rio 2016: Products Deployed Reflect How Sports Audio Is Changing

Broadcast audio at the 2016 Rio Olympics demonstrates the rapid uptake of IP-based audio transport in the industry. Much of that is taking place out of sight, in the domain of intercoms and other back-channel communications. But the efficiencies and cost-effectiveness of IP will be more broadly apparent in the near future.  More

Live From Rio 2016: Golf Channel EP Molly Solomon Relishes Golf’s Return to Games

For the first time since 1904, golf has made its triumphant return to the Summer Olympic Games, and NBC Olympics and Golf Channel are giving the sport the royal treatment. Molly Solomon, executive producer for Golf Channel, reflects on the success of the event so far and compares preparations for this tournament  with those for a traditional major […]  More

Live From Rio 2016: Swimming, Golf, Equestrian, Rugby, and Handball Photo Galleries

SVG is on the scene in Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics and doing our best to visit as many venues as possible to document some of the specialty cameras, production professionals, and more that are making this year’s Games a compelling showcase of Olympic legends and rising stars. And we mean the production professionals who make […]  More

Rio Ratings Roundup: Usain Bolt, Justin Rose Drive Big Sunday Audience for NBC, Golf Channel

Viewership for NBC’s Sunday night broadcast featuring Usain Bolt’s historic victory in the 100 meters, peaked at 34.9 million between 9:15-9:30 p.m. ET/PT, as Bolt sprinted to his third-consecutive 100-meter Olympic gold. Sunday’s primetime Rio Olympics coverage posted a Total Audience Delivery (which accounts for average minute viewing across broadcast, cable, and digital) average of 28.1 […]  More

Live From Rio 2016: SRG SSR Takes Remote Production From Switzerland to New Level

Switzerland’s SRG SSR, the joint central production and broadcasting association for the nation, is using the 2016 Rio Olympics to take its remote-production efforts to another level from the 2014 Sochi Olympics. In 2014, an SRG SSR team controlled studio cameras in Olympic Park from the International Broadcast Center (IBC). For this Games, two studios […]  More

Rio 2016: NBC Olympics’ Live Streaming Tops One Billion Minutes

NBC Olympics’ exclusive and unprecedented multiplatform coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics continues to dominate the competition. On Wednesday, NBC Olympics’ live streaming for Rio 2016 topped one billion minutes (1.05 billion) – the first time the threshold has ever been crossed for an Olympics.   More

Rio Ratings Roundup: Despite Lagging Primetime Numbers, NBC Sees Solid ‘Total Audience Delivery’

While Rio 2016 Olympics primetime ratings are down compared to London 2012, NBC’s Rio viewership is about much more than just the primetime linear television feed on it’s broadcast network. The network is focusing on it its Total Audience Delivery metric (average minute viewing across broadcast, cable, and digital) in an effort to better reflect its […]  More

Live From Rio 2016: Inside Riedel Communications’ Massive Presence

Riedel Communications once again is at the center of every Olympic event, as well as plenty of the events surrounding the Olympics, thanks to an agreement with the Rio 2016 Local Organizing Committee (LOC). Under the deal, the company is providing a wide range of technologies and services for the Games, and it has 150 engineers onsite to […]  More

Rio 2016: RAI Utilizes Brainstorm Virtual Studio Systems To Boost Olympics Programming

Italian public broadcaster Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI) will use six of Brainstorm’s eStudio virtual studio applications to enhance its coverage at Rio 2016 with Augmented Reality applications and smart data displayed at different locations. RAI has deployed numerous staff and equipment on-site, including two Brainstorm powered Virtual Reality studios to provide the program output both to […]  More

Live From Rio 2016: Sotiris Salamouris Says OBS Team Exceeding Expectations In Massive Production Effort

As the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics nears the end of their first week, for the team at Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), the challenge now is to keep the massive production effort (the OBS team alone is more than 7,100 people strong) moving smoothly. Sotiris Salamouris, chief technology officer, OBS, spent some time talking with SVG […]  More

Dega Selects Imagine Communications’ Platinum IP3 Router for Rio Production Hub

­Imagine Communications has supplied Dega Broadcast Systems with a fully configured Platinum IP3 router.  It will serve as the central point of control for the on-site facilities Dega is building for the BBC in Rio de Janeiro for the summer games. Dega, a UK-based systems integration specialist, is using additional infrastructure products from Imagine Communications, […]  More

Akamai Microsite Illustrates Real-Time Rio Olympics Video-Traffic Data

This month’s Rio Olympics may be the most-watched online event in history thanks to improvements in Internet connectivity, ubiquity of connected devices and rising consumer demand and expectations for online video content. Working with more than 50 broadcasters worldwide to live stream the games, Akamai is sharing observations on data and trends around games-related video traffic […]  More

Live From Rio 2016: Rowing Coverage Takes to the Skies; EVS Takes to the Waves

The rowing competition, one of the first sports to get under way, started early on Saturday with a morning full of scull heats and demonstrated why rowing is one of the more challenging sports productions: the coverage features a wide variety of specialty cameras, including a point-to-point cable system spanning 2 km across Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.  More

Live From Rio 2016: Olympic Broadcasting Services Thinks Bigger Than Ever

Since 2001, Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) has been at the center of Olympics host-broadcasting efforts, responsible for delivering the images and sounds of the Games to viewers (via rightsholders) around the globe. Among its responsibilities: tackling the massive project of designing, building, maintaining, and ultimately dismantling the International Broadcast Center (IBC); doing the same at […]  More

2016 Rio Olympics Venue Preview: Inside NBC’s Plans To Cover the Games

With 306 events played across 42 disciplines in 37 venues around Brazil, NBC Olympics has its work cut out over the next two weeks. Although the Peacock will rely heavily on OBS-produced feeds of live competition from every venue, it has targeted 22 venues for additional resources ranging from one unilateral camera to a full production deployment comprising a […]  More

Live From Rio 2016: NBC Lays Out 4K/UHD Broadcast Schedule

NBC Olympics’ comprehensive coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro will include distribution of 4K/UHD coverage to cable, satellite, telco, and other partners. The 4K/UHD coverage of the Opening Ceremony, which will be produced by NBC Olympics, will also feature high dynamic range (HDR), and the 4K coverage will be made available on […]  More

NBCSN U.S. Women’s Soccer Ratings Climb 107% vs. London Games

NBCSN averaged 1.3 million viewers for the U.S. women’s soccer team’s 2-0 victory over New Zealand yesterday on the opening day of soccer competition at the Rio Olympics – topping by 107% the viewership for the team’s 2012 London Olympics opener (629,000 viewers for U.S.-France).  More

ESPN Deploys Largest Olympics Effort Ever in Rio, Including Five On-Site Sets

ESPN will present extensive coverage of Rio 2016 across the world delivering over 2,800 hours of content in Latin America and the Caribbean, where ESPN holds rights, and extensive news and information in the U.S. and around the world, on television and digital platforms. Rio 2016 is ESPN’s largest Olympic effort with more than 850 […]  More

Google To Enhance Search Experience for NBC Olympics During Rio Games

NBC Olympics and Google are partnering to provide fans with an in-depth Olympic search experience during the Rio Olympics.  This effort begins today and concludes at the end of the Games. The collaboration centers on the Google Search results for Olympic-related searches in the United States. When people head to Google seeking information about the Olympic Games, […]  More

Just in Time for Rio, NBC Sports App Adds Xbox, Samsung as Authenticated Platforms

In time for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – is now available on the Xbox streaming platform and select Samsung devices for authenticated pay TV subscribers via TV Everywhere. In addition to Xbox and select Samsung device […]  More

Rio 2016: LiveU Set to Power 15,000+ Live-Video Sessions at Summer Games

LiveU is providing over 80 international broadcasters with equipment to cover the Summer Olympics in Rio. The company is expecting approximately 15,000+ live video sessions to take place during the Olympics using its technology. LiveU is a live streaming solution for global news and sports broadcasters and online content creators, as the technology provides a high-quality stream, […]  More

FUJIFILM To Provide On-Site Technical Support in Rio

The Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM will provide full on‐site technical support for Fujinon lenses in Rio de Janeiro from July 29th through August 22nd. Engineers from the Fujifilm’s American, European and Japanese branches will be on hand and within service agent “Camera 2’s Rio” facility.  More

NBC Olympics Partners Up With Facebook, Instagram in Rio

NBC Olympics, Facebook and Instagram have inked a content partnership for the Rio 2016 Olympics that will serve the platforms’ U.S. audiences and will fuel buzz around NBC Olympics’ 6,755 hours of programming. This is the third consecutive Games in which NBC Olympics and Facebook have collaborated, although it’s the first time the partnership also […]  More

Olympic Channel to Launch on August 21

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced the new Olympic Channel, a mutli-platform destination for year-round Olympics coverage, will launch on August 21, following the Closing Ceremonies of the Rio Olympic Games.  More

‘We Are Ready and Rio Is Ready’: NBC Preps for Biggest Olympic Games Ever

In two weeks, the sports world will turn its focus to Rio de Janeiro. And, although the region has been plagued by concerns over venue readiness, disease, and crime — not unlike most Olympic Games in recent memory — NBC Olympics remains committed to capturing the iconic moments, telling the heartwarming stories, and delivering more […]  More

NBC Olympics Heads to Rio With Social-Media Influencers in Tow

Prior to the 2016 Rio Olympics, NBC Olympics is teaming up with social-media personalities spanning the lifestyle, comedy, fashion, beauty, fitness, and food industries to create Olympic-related content for their followers. The influencers’ social-media accounts total more than 120 million followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Vine. In addition, NBC Olympics will hold its first-ever “Social-Media […]  More

NBCUniversal to Present 6,755 Hours of Rio Olympics Programming

The networks and digital platforms of NBCUniversal will present an unprecedented 6,755 hours of programming for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this August. NBC will broadcast 260.5 hours of Olympic programming, including coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, swimming, gymnastics, track and field, and many more of the […]  More

Virtual Reality To Debut at Olympics in Rio; NBC To Stream VR Content via Samsung Devices

Virtual reality will make its Olympics debut this summer, as Olympics Broadcast Services (OBS) will produce 85 hours of VR programming on a one-day delay at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games. The VR content will be supplied to NBC Olympics, which will deliver the coverage exclusively to authenticated users of compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphones together with […]  More

Rio Games: NBC Olympics To Distribute Delayed 4K/UHD Coverage; Opening Ceremony To Feature HDR

NBC Olympics has confirmed plans to distribute portions of its Rio Olympics coverage in 4K/UHD to cable, satellite, telco providers, and other partners. The 4K/UHD coverage will not be delivered live but rather will be made available on one-day delay. In addition, the 4K content will be downconverted from the original 8K feed produced by Olympic Broadcast Services […]  More

NBC Olympics Taps RTS to Provide Broadcast Intercom in Rio

NBC Olympics, a division of NBC Sports Group, has selected RTS to provide broadcast intercom systems and support for its production of the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. The announcement was made today by John Pastore, director of broadcast communications, NBC Sports & Olympics, and Ralph Strader, director, global product management, RTS.  More

SES, Eurovision Partner to Broadcast the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Worldwide

SES has signed a capacity agreement with Eurovision to broadcast the Rio 2016 Olympics to sports fans around the world. As part of the agreement, Eurovision will lease several transponders on the NSS-806 satellite between July and August 2016 to enable broadcasters across the globe to provide extensive coverage of the Olympics in Rio and distribution […]  More

NBC Olympics Selects Cisco IP Video and Networking Solutions for Production

NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Cisco to provide Internet Protocol (IP) video contribution and distribution solutions, along with networking and security solutions for its production of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, which take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to 21, 2016.  More

NBC Olympics Selects EMC and Presidio to Provide Data Storage

NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected EMC Corporation and Presidio to support media workflows for its production of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, which take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 – August 21, 2016. The announcement was made by Timothy Canary, Vice President Engineering, NBC Sports […]  More

NAB 2016: Audio-Technica Mics and Headphones Specified by NBC Olympics

NBC Olympics has selected Audio-Technica to provide microphones, broadcast headsets and monitor headphones for its production of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, which take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this summer. Audio-Technica products will capture and monitor the audio aspects of the games, from the sounds of the competition itself to the related […]  More

2016 Rio Olympics: NBC Selects Linear Acoustic for Audio Upmixing

NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Linear Acoustic to provide audio upmixing and technical support for its production of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, which take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 – August 21. The announcement was made today by Karl Malone, Director, Sound Design, […]  More

2016 Rio Olympics: Lawo’s Virtual Studio Manager Added to NBC’s Broadcast Plans

NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Lawo to provide the company’s VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) Broadcast Control and Monitoring solution for its production of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, which take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 – August 21. The production will also utilize Lawo’s […]  More

2016 Rio Olympics: NBC Taps Ericsson for Video Contribution, Distribution

NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Ericsson to provide video contribution and distribution solutions for its production of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, which take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 – August 21, 2016. The announcement was made today by David Mazza, Senior Vice President, […]  More

NBC Olympics To Deploy More Than 70 Canon Lenses in Rio

NBC Olympic has selected Canon U.S.A. to provide a wide variety of HDTV Field, Portable and Studio lenses for its production of the Rio Olympics. Over 70 Canon broadcast lenses will be used during coverage including the DIGISUPER 95 TELE long-zoom field lens featuring a focal length of 1178mm (2356mm with 2x Extender); the DIGISUPER 27 studio […]  More

NBC Olympics Taps Spectra Logic for Archive, Disaster Recovery Services

NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Spectra Logic to provide video archive and disaster recovery services for its production of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 – August 21. The announcement was made today by Darryl Jefferson, Vice […]  More

NBC Olympics Chooses FileCatalyst for Rio 2016 Video-File Delivery

NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected FileCatalyst to provide digital file delivery software for its production of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, which take place in Rio de Janeiro August 5 to 21. The announcement was made by Jim Miles, Director, Digital Workflow Systems, NBC Olympics, and Chris Bailey, […]  More

LiveU Reports More Than 300 IP-bonding Units Will Cover 2016 Rio Olympics

As the world prepares for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, LiveU continues to be the preferred provider of IP-based live video transmission solutions for broadcasters and online streaming customers around the globe.  LiveU’s bonded cellular technology for live video acquisition, management, and distribution is especially well-suited to provide solutions for the challenging […]  More