Miranda to provide signal processing and monitoring equipment for NBC coverage of the Beijing Olympic GamesNew York, 2008-08-04
Miranda Technologies has been selected to provide signal processing and monitoring equipment to NBC during the network’s coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games from Beijing, China August 8-24. The announcement was made today by Dave Mazza, Senior Vice President, NBC Olympic Engineering, and Strath Goodship, CEO, Miranda Technologies.
NBC’s signal processing infrastructure at the Beijing Olympics will use more than 200 Densite frames to provide the full breadth of interfacing functions. Over 80 of the new XVP-1801/DAP-1781 signal processing card combinations will be used to deliver up/down/cross conversion plus high performance Dolby decoding/encoding
Primary monitoring and control during the network’s 3600 hours of coverage at Beijing will be performed using four Kaleido-X multi-image display systems, which offer exceptional picture quality and layout flexibility. To streamline signal quality control, Kaleido-X processors will integrate tightly with an iControl QC monitoring system. When an operator selects a video signal on the monitoring wall, it will be automatically routed to a wave form monitor embedded in the monitoring display for detailed analysis. The monitor wall will also automatically present the proc-amp control panel for the selected signal to enable rapid adjustment if required.
Mazza said: ‘The number of feeds being monitored in the IBC has grown dramatically since the last Olympic Games in order to satisfy all of our Remote Studio and New Media offerings. Viewers will be able to watch a huge variety of both Live Streams and clip-based content from all of the sports in Beijing. The growth was fueled by the needs of the Network and Cable broadcasts, the NBC Olympics.com web site, plus mobile phones, video on demand, EST, etc. There are over 80 feeds coming into the IBC and over 100 feeds going out to the USA. This has made it even more important to be able to closely and quickly monitor signals across our entire system. With the Kaleido-X and iControl QC system, we believe we’ve found the most intuitive monitoring method, which offers a tremendous level of control.’
Goodship said: ‘A high level of automation lies behind NBC’s signal processing and monitoring system. The signals are analyzed as they flow through Miranda’s hardware infrastructure, and operators are automatically alerted if they fall outside NBC’s pre-set signal parameters. Video and audio signals from across the installation can be accessed quickly over IP for highly effective confidence monitoring.
About NBC Olympics
NBC, “America's Olympic Network,” owns the exclusive U.S. media rights to the Olympic Games, television’s most powerful property, through 2012, which includes Beijing in 2008, Vancouver in 2010 and London in 2012. From August 8-24, 2008 NBC Universal will present an unprecedented 3,600 hours of coverage, highlighted by NBC in primetime with live swimming, gymnastics and beach volleyball. In August 2004, 203 million viewers watched as the networks of NBC Universal—NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA, Bravo, Telemundo, and NBC’s HD affiliates—offered a then record 1,210 hours of Olympic coverage from Athens. For additional information, go to NBCOlympics.com, a year-round destination for fans of Olympic sports, featuring news, Beijing previews, athlete features, expert blogs, photos, Olympic video from the NBC archives and social tools enabling users to build communities around their favorite sports, post comments and blogs.
Miranda Technologies Inc. (TSX: MT) develops, manufactures and markets high-performance hardware and software for the television broadcast industry. Its solutions are purchased by content creators, broadcasters, specialty channels and television service providers to enable and enhance the transition to a complex multi-channel digital and HD broadcast environment. This equipment allows customers to generate additional revenue while reducing costs through more efficient distribution and management of content as well as the automation of previously manual processes. Miranda employs approximately 400 people at its Montreal headquarters and in its facilities located in Wallingford (UK), Springfield (New Jersey, USA), Paris (France), Tokyo (Japan), Beijing (China) and Hong Kong. Miranda is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.miranda.com.