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Newsbox to play role for EBU in Torino

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will use Quantel server-based production technology for its sports highlights production at the Torino 2006 Winter Olympics.

For the Torino Olympics, the EBU has selected two Quantel Newsbox systems to implement and manage the production of daily news reports and highlights at the games, Feb. 10-26, 2006.

Two 60-minute reports will be produced daily on the Newsboxes and distributed to all of the EBU’s 74 members spread through 54 countries in Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East, as well as to an additional 48 associates in 29 other countries.

The EBU will use the Newsbox Four and Newsbox Five models, each handling the production of highlights for different events within the games and providing total system redundancy, which near-live event coverage requires. Each Newsbox is a complete, self-contained system with 110 hours of storage of broadcast and co-located browse material, QRecord and QPlay automation and a number of sQ View and sQ Cut applications for selection and editing of material.

The EBU has previous experience with Quantel at major sporting events, using the sQ server-based system for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games and the Euro 2004 soccer championships in Portugal.

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