A LANDMARK WINTER OLYMPICS The delayed Summer Olympics in Tokyo meant Olympic Words by Neal Romanek
Broadcasting Services had to scramble to get Beijing up and running. But the successful Winter Games met expectations, with tech milestones including an entirely UHD HDR broadcast
CTO of Olympic Broadcasting Services, who has helped capture and transmit the Olympics since 2001. “China is far more technically advanced now. There have been leaps forward – and you can see it everywhere. The introduction of mobile is extremely high, sometimes higher than other developed nations.” As a result, the expectations were on another level for this Olympic presentation, and they didn’t disappoint. The Beijing Games were the first Winter Olympics to be entirely shot and presented in UHD HDR – and widely deploy 5G networks for broadcast contribution. It also enabled remote access for affiliates in new, more flexible ways. These landmarks would have been impressive for any Olympics
he last time the Olympics were in Beijing was summer 2008 – and in technological terms that’s a long time ago. Apple had only recently launched a fancy mobile phone with a somewhat promising future. The remarkable advancement for those Summer Games was that they were the first entirely in HD. Those 2008 Games were a chance for China to be seen by the world as a high-tech, highly modernised country. For the 2022 Beijing Winter
Olympics 14 years later, China needed no such introduction.
RETURN TO BEIJING “It was almost like being in a different country,” says Sotiris Salamouris,
Total hours of Olympic coverage 6000+
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