PyeongChang 2018: NBC Olympics selects SES satellite distribution for 4K HDR production of Winter Games

NBC Olympics, a division of NBC Sports Group, has selected SES to provide 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) satellite distribution for its production of the Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The announcement was made by David Mazza, CTO & SVP, NBC Olympics and Steve Corda, Vice President, North America Media Platform, SES. 

SES will use its satellite platform to distribute the NBC Olympics HDR feed to their affiliates throughout the US, utilising the SES-1 satellite located at 101 degrees West. As part of the implementation, SES has provided preconfigured satellite receivers to the affiliates that will be receiving the HDR feed. SES’s 4K platform provides multichannel video program distributors (MVPDs) in the United States access to the world’s largest bouquet of linear 4K programming.

“NBC Olympics is pleased to work with SES to offer 4K HDR coverage of the PyeongChang Games to our valued distribution partners,” said Mazza.  “The HDR feed distributed by SES, and presented by Xfinity, will complement our HDR Video On-Demand offering available to MVPDs and satellite providers across the United States.” 

“We are pleased that NBC has entrusted SES again, similar to the 2016 Summer Olympics, to help deliver the 4K programming for these Olympic Winter Games,” added Corda.  

“Our 4K platform provides MVPDs throughout the Americas access to the world’s largest selection of linear 4K programming.” 

NBC Olympics will distribute 4K HDR coverage, provided by Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) and Japan’s NHK, to US distribution partners who will individually choose how they will make the content available to their customers. 

NBC’s 4K HDR coverage of PyeongChang 2018 will be made available on delay, and will include 4K footage from the opening ceremony, hockey, figure skating, short track speed skating, ski jumping and snowboard big air competitions. Up to four events from the previous day’s competition will be provided daily from Feb. 10-26. 

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