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Live from Tokyo Olympics: Table Tennis at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Photo Gallery

Table tennis has come a long way from its late 19th century origins as an after-dinner game played by upper-class English families. More than a century later, table tennis has a greater number of recreational players than any other sport and Olympic-level competition is a breathtaking spectacle. Table tennis made its Olympic debut at the […]  More

NBC Stamford Spotlight, Part 2: Extra Year of Prep Boosts NBC Olympics’ At-Home Operation

Since launching in 2013, NBC’s Sports Production Operations Center (SPOC) in Stamford, CT, has used each Olympic Games as an opportunity to take a substantial technological leap forward. With the pandemic-mandated extra 12 months of preparation for this year’s Tokyo Games, NBC’s Stamford engineering team kicked its innovation efforts into hyperdrive.  More

NBC Stamford Spotlight, Part 1: Stateside Olympics Effort Deploys Army of Studios, Control Rooms, Trucks, ‘Family & Friends’ Unit

NBC Sports is going all out for its coverage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics overseas, but, for this large-scale effort, the stateside team in Stamford, CT, is pitching in with plenty of resources. Stamford is playing its largest role in an Olympics production to date: the two-week event calls for five simultaneous studios and control […]  More

NBC Stamford Spotlight, Part 3: Inside the ‘Off-Tube Factory’ Remote Commentary Workflow

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the U.S., sports networks audibled and kept on-air talent away from the venue. This is customary for an international event like the Olympics, but the decision also satisfied safety concerns and streamlined operations. In Stamford, NBC Sports developed the largest iteration of its Off-Tube Factory to add remote commentary […]  More

Live From Tokyo Olympics: NBC, Ross Video Take Primetime AR to New Level

The NBC Olympics efforts around HDR are taking augmented reality to a new level. NBC’s graphics-design team and Ross Video’s Rocket Surgery Virtual Productions team have worked closely to bring new realism to AR elements integrated into the primetime set on the terrace of the Hilton Tokyo Odaiba.  More

Live From Tokyo Olympics: Chip Adams on Venue Operations and the Move to Fiber

NBC Olympics venue operations are always challenged by everything from weather to venue changes and even little things like traveling from the IBC to venues and from venue to venue. This year, those challenges expanded a bit with the arrival of UHD, HDR, and immersive audio. But, fortunately, some changes on the OBS front made […]  More

Live From Tokyo Olympics: Men’s Basketball from Saitama Super Arena Photo Gallery

The Tokyo Olympics men’s basketball events are being held at the Saitama Super Arena which can hold 35,000 fans, making it the second largest arena in the world. Of course, the vast majority of those seats are empty this year but the TV coverage is rich with plenty of cameras to capture all the angles.  More

Live From Tokyo Olympics: Diving at the Tokyo Aquatics Center Photo Gallery

The events at the Tokyo Aquatics Center shift into diving mode during the second week, complete with dive cams, cable cams, handhelds, and underwater cameras. More than ever viewers are able to see what happens both above and below the water to see what it takes to be an Olympic medalist in diving.  More

Live From Tokyo Olympics: France TV’s Frederick Gaillard on a French Virtual Studio First

France Télévisions has 190 people, 10 ENG crews, seven edit suites and unique studio set-up where they have a prime location overlooking Tokyo Bay. What makes it unique? All the talent is back in Paris and green-screened into the set, which is located at the France House, about a mile from the IBC.  More

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