NBC Sports Broadcasts of 2016 Rio Olymics With Harmonic Systems

Harmonic Spectrum™ MediaDeck server systems and MediaGrid shared storage enabled rapid, remote highlights creation for broadcast and multiplatform coverage of 2016 Rio Olympics.

Looking for dense reliable Storage

NBC Olympics planned comprehensive coverage of the Rio 2016 Summer Games via broadcasts across the NBC Universal family of networks and streaming media channels offered via the network’s website and mobile app.
To create this massive volume of content — and to do so cost-effectively — NBC Olympics needed a dense, reliable storage infrastructure capable of capturing, storing and making media available to an array of parallel workflows and many simultaneous users working from a variety of remote sites.

LOOKING FOR DENSE RELIABLE STORAGE

NBC Olympics planned comprehensive coverage of the Rio 2016 Summer Games via broadcasts across the NBC Universal family of networks and streaming media channels offered via the network’s website and mobile app.
To create this massive volume of content — and to do so cost-effectively — NBC Olympics needed a dense, reliable storage infrastructure capable of capturing, storing and making media available to an array of parallel workflows and many simultaneous users working from a variety of remote sites.
The Play-by-Play
Harmonic Spectrum™ MediaDeck media servers deployed in Rio facilitated on-the-fly capture and proxy generation for all incoming materials. Harmonic MediaGrid shared storage systems in Rio and at NBC Olympics’ headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, provided centralized shared storage with tremendous bandwidth and capacity.
Together these systems supported an Avid MediaCentral asset management portal used in concurrent production workflows to access content efficiently and to generate a record-breaking amount of linear and nonlinear content from Rio 2016.
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NBC gets results

Harmonic Spectrum media servers and MediaGrid storage, combined with the asset management portal, were used to support network production including daytime, prime time and late night shows; cable production by 10 different NBCUniversal channels and various specialty sport channels; digital-only productions; the Gold Zone, a collection of the best live action of the moment; a hyperfocused gymnastics program; and all web, mobile, live streaming, STB, TV everywhere and XFINITY MVPD delivery.
Over the course of 17 days, NBC Olympics used its Harmonic MediaGrid shared storage infrastructure to record and store 9,267 hours of content, a new record for the network’s coverage of the Games.

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the results

"Through every iteration of the games, I’m amazed at the level at which we are producing content and at the massive amount of content consumed,"

Darryl Jefferson | VP of Post & Digital Workflows, NBC Sports & Olympics

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