TOBO turns to Panasonic for Winter Games

The host broadcaster of the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, the Torino Olympic Broadcasting Organization (TOBO), is using an extensive array of Panasonic equipment for the International Broadcast Center and venues.

Together with contracted broadcasting companies covering the games the complement includes 200 DVCPRO VTRs, 100 cameras and camcorders and 600 LCD monitors. Panasonic’s DVCPRO P2 solid-state memory as well as DVCPRO HD and DVCPRO50 recording equipment is being used as well. TOBO’s official video recording format for the games is the Panasonic DVCPRO 50.

This year’s Olympics are the first to be completely digital, and the DVCPRO P2 solid-state memory system, which has no moving parts, is particularly well-suited for the Winter Games because of the potential for harsh weather conditions.

Panasonic is providing 25 Astrovision giant outdoor video screens at various Olympic venues, including the Stadio Olympico, where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies are being held. The company also is providing 25 RAMSA audio systems, featuring line–array speakers that have been developed to cope with extreme conditions and minimize sound leakage. The line array speakers are being used for the first time at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

In addition, Panasonic is providing 8800 color televisions and monitors, including 200 plasma TVs, for the Main Press Center, the International Broadcast Center, the Media and Olympic Villages.

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