TV system used in olympic game?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by peter, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. peter

    peter Guest

    TV stations from many countries will cover the olympic game. But some setup
    allows very limited number of cameras. E.g. cameras that runs along a track
    with the athelete. In those cases, which TV stations gets to put their
    camera there?

    Or perhaps one video production company is contracted by the olympics to
    shoot everything and then send the signals to all the TV stations?

    If that is the case, then what system, NTSC, SECAM, or PAL, is used by this
    production company?
    Would some TV stations have to suffer a conversion (e.g. PAL to NTSC)?
    peter, Jul 26, 2008
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  2. "peter" wrote ...
    For as long as I can remember, Olympic TV coverage
    has been managed by a co-op company made up of the
    major broadcasters on the planet. The co-op runs all
    the cameras that cover the action (including the specialty
    shots such as the traveling cameras, etc.).

    Various world broadcasters then have access to all the
    camera feeds and can switch them, record them, put their
    own graphics (in their own language) over them, etc. The
    individual broadcasters additionally have their own studios
    and cameras they use for their local reporters who appear
    on-screen, and perhaps their own "bumper-shot" and/or
    "color" cameras for individualiation.
    The Olympics have been produced in digital HD since 2
    or 4 years ago, IIRC. [ I don't care about sports, or the
    Olympics, nor do I watch TV, so maybe somebody who
    does can offer more expert information.]
    That has been an issue for decades (as conversion has
    improved). But since HD is higher definition than NTSC
    or PAL, (and since down-conversion from HD to NTSC
    or PAL or SECAM) is done every day by every little
    10-watt "mom-n-pop" TV station, it's not big deal anymore.
    Richard Crowley, Jul 26, 2008
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  3. peter

    MG Guest

    BOB (Beijing Olympic Broadcasting) produces the world feed. Generally the
    host country is responsible for providing this coverage.

    OBS (Olympic Broadcasting Services) is an organization of the IOC that makes
    sure coverage is appropriate.

    Rightsholders are then free to use and augment the world feed as they wish
    and can afford. There is no co-op of major broadcasters, sorry, Richard.

    And yes, all HD, and conversion happens.

    MG, Jul 27, 2008
  4. peter

    Jörg Marx Guest

    Jörg Marx, Jul 27, 2008
  5. "MG" wrote ...
    Thanks, MG. As I said, my interest in the Olympics and
    sports in general is lower than my interest in the organic
    chemistry of the paint on my house. I had some knowledge
    of the technology, but paid little attention to the politics and
    business aspects.

    OTOH, I have bought equipment in the past from various
    Olympic operations, since it is used only for a few months,
    and then liquidated as "used".
    Richard Crowley, Jul 30, 2008
  6. peter

    MG Guest

    Frankly, I'm not all that interested in it myself :)-), but I worked with a
    lot of the same people on World Cup 94, and got a very thorough education on
    how they run it. From what I read, the technology may have changed, but not
    their business model.

    That operation in 94 took in an unbelievable amount of money. I can't even
    imagine the dollar figures these days.

    MG, Jul 31, 2008
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