NBC Olympics relies on Tandberg AVC encoders

TANDBERG
Television has been selected to provide TANDBERG MPEG-4 AVC video processing
solutions to NBC during the network’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
This is the first Olympics where MPEG-4 AVC will be used for HD content
contribution and NBC will deploy a variety of TANDBERG Television products at
the International Broadcast Center (IBC) in Beijing
and in the US
including HD encoders, professional receiver/decoders, multiplexers,
modulators, IP adapters and other control equipment.
“Preparing
for this major event required us to make very careful equipment, vendor and
solution choices,” said Dave Mazza, Senior Vice President, NBC Olympics
Engineering. “Selecting TANDBERG Television for this project was easy.
Their rock solid contribution and distribution products and the expertise of
their team members allow us to continually raise the bar and provide our viewer’s
with exceptional picture quality.”
NBC’s HD
coverage, sent to the United
States via NBC’s contribution network, will
be encoded by TANDBERG Television EN8090 HD MPEG-4 AVC encoders. The raw video
and audio feeds captured at the events will be transported from the IBC to the
NBC studios for US Distribution, before post-production. The contribution feeds
sent from NBC Universal to its cable affiliates will be compressed by TANDBERG
Television encoders and delivered via MPEG-2 to the cable head-ends.
“NBC
will offer the most in-depth Olympic coverage in history, and we are honored to
support them as they embark on this unprecedented project,” said Eric
Cooney President and CEO of TANDBERG Television. “We look forward to
working with NBC to deliver an outstanding broadcast of the Beijing Olympic
Games to millions of viewers across the US.”