Cisco is to provide an Internet Protocol (IP) video network for TV broadcaster NBC's all-HD coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic winter games which run from 12 to 28 February.
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Cisco will supply an end-to-end IP video system from video production to content management and distribution. The deal includes a private network, Cisco IP video infrastructure and medianet technology.
It will let NBC staff edit games content in real-time in multiple international and domestic locations, and will allow gigabyte-sized files to be transmitted between locations and then delivered to TVs, PCs and mobile devices.
Cisco said NBC's analysts and bloggers will use its Flip video cameras to shoot on-the-fly video of the event and local scenes.
NBC will also test Cisco's Media Data Center and Unified Computing System products to support production and video-archiving.
Using a file-based workflow for shot selection, NBC editors will select shots and send them to post production editing even before an event is finished.
Viewers will be able to use PCs and laptops to access video that they can play back on demand and ask for highlights, rewinds, encores and scoring results. They will also be able to watch video and view results on their mobile devices.
A quality of service (QoS) network component will give priority to real-time footage, the company said.