NBC Olympics Selects Cisco Videoscape for 2104 Sochi Winter Games

Cisco has been selected to provide video hardware and cloud software components from its Videoscape TV services delivery platform to NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, to support transcoding and content management during its production of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, from February 6-February 23. The announcement was made today by Craig Lau, Vice President, Information Technology, NBC Olympics, and Joe Cozzolino, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Cisco Service Provider Video Infrastructure.

Adding Cisco’s new cloud software components will provide NBC Olympics with a simple, agile, and elastic cloud architecture that supports the streaming of live and cloud-enabled on-demand Olympics sports content for on-site production in Sochi.

Key Cisco hardware and software components include: Videoscape Acquisition Suite, Videoscape Media Suite, Videoscape Distribution Suite (VDS), and Videoscape clients, including set-top boxes and HTML5-based soft clients.

“Cisco is proud to support NBC Olympics with an all-IP cloud video solution for its in-studio production of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games,” says Cozzolino. “We value our long-standing relationship with NBC Olympics and look forward to yet another exciting Winter Games where NBC Olympics will undoubtedly outdo itself in providing the most compelling content to its viewers.”

Cisco is a trusted partner who we have marked many milestones with, collaborating on IP video contribution and multiscreen delivery, and now cloud-based infrastructure,” says Lau. “We are excited about the benefits and options cloud-powered video services bring us, including added agility, portability, flexibility and scalability of our networks, to meet the demands, with much less engineering and prep time. As we approach our eighth consecutive Olympic Games together, we know we can rely on Cisco to bring it all together, and help us exceed our goals to deliver a seamless production on location in Sochi.”

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