NBC OLYMPICS’ PRODUCTION OF THE 2014 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES IN SOCHI TO UTILIZE IDS FOR RESULTS/TIMING INTERFACES
Interfaces to enable NBC Olympics to integrate real-time results into its production during its coverage of 2014 Sochi Winter Games
NEW YORK – February 4, 2014 – IDS, a division of SMT, has again been selected to provide results and timing interfaces to NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, during its production of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, from February 6-23. The announcement was made today by Craig Lau, Vice President, Information Technology, NBC Olympics, and Rallis Pappas, President, IDS.
Lau said: “We are pleased to be working once again with IDS, and we are confident their experience and expertise in the presentation of real-time data will help us add new and intriguing dimensions for viewers watching the Games on the networks of NBCUniversal.”
The IDS support team will be responsible for delivering TV graphics interfaces for NBC Olympics’ Mosaic systems in its coverage of alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, figure skating, short track speed skating, speed skating, bobsled, luge, skeleton, ski jumping and the ski jumping portion of Nordic combined.
IDS’ Point-in-Time system will allow the production crew to go back to the precise point in a competition to simultaneously and seamlessly illustrate points being made by the announcers, for both live and taped coverage. With one click of a button, IDS’ software system can locate and connect NBC Olympics to a specific point in the competition, even from previous days, where reporters will be able to show how a race began, when a lead changed, where an athlete improved his or her performance and other similar key events. The tool will dramatically enhance NBC Olympics’ ability to tell the stories of individual athletes and teams and their triumphs and disappointments during the 2014 Winter Games.
“Our experienced team of nine on-site experts will help NBC Olympics deliver the best Winter Games presentation possible,” said IDS president Rallis Pappas. “We will serve as the heart of generating a wide range of data for the network’s use. Our efficiency and experience in working with NBC Olympics on previous Games and other sporting events will be a huge asset for us.”
IDS’ services over the course of 14 years for NBC Olympics have included graphics interfaces and web content as well as NBC’s digital asset management interface that helped the network receive an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Team Technical Remote” following the 2008 Games.
About NBC Olympics
A division of the NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal's Olympic coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history.
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IDS, a division of SMT, supports client operations during live sporting events with collection, storage, distribution and presentation of sports content for on-site signage/message displays, broadcast support, internet services, information systems and technical support. For more information about IDS/SMT, visit www.IDS-sports.com or www.SMT.com.