NBC Selects Omneon for Winter OIympics Support

Omneon has been chosen to support NBC’s coverage of the XXI Olympic Winter Games taking place in Vancouver, next month.

Omneon’s MediaGrid active storage system located at the NBC Highlights Factory at the Olympics site has been integrated with the EVS XT[2] production server to provide quick access to a large amount of HD content. The MediaGria product is also being teamed with Omneon’s ProXchange for transcoding of edited content, which will flow via Omneon’s ProCast CDN content distribution system to NBC’s main facility in New York. A second MediaGrid system there will serve as the access point for all of the network’s new media delivery outlets.

“The footprint of digital media is expanding every day, and the impact of new media outlets has been significant, giving viewers a new way of interacting not only with media, but also with surrounding content in so many different ways,” said David Mazza, NBC Olympics senior vice president of engineering. “Our Omneon- and EVS-based digital infrastructure is critical to rapid delivery of our Internet, mobile, and VOD content. The remarkably fast transcoding and delivery capabilities of the Omneon platform will allow us to create, process, and deliver media clips for multiplatform distribution with great speed and reliability.”

NBC Olympics is providing coverage of more than 400 hours of live events from the Winter Games. More than 1,000 hours of coverage will be made available for on-demand access also.