The goal of any media process chain is to get the picture from origin – the output of the camera – to destination – the viewer’s screen – in as near perfect condition as possible. Whatever the content and genre, the technology’s service to the program-maker is to ensure the audience accurately sees what they created.
Using lessons learned from its bubble experience during the 2020 pandemic season, the National Basketball Association (NBA) continues to reimagine how it broadcasts games to its viewers while also carefully returning to traditional production workflows that have served its TV coverage well. However, there’s no doubt that various REMI methods are allowing teams to produce NBA content with fewer production personnel and fewer technical assets located onsite.
The Olympic movement can always be relied on to push the broadcasting barrier. Most innovations in its history have been incremental such as the move to color or HD and latterly UHD. Its host broadcast division Olympic Broadcast Services (OBS) is arguably in the midst of the most sweeping set of changes ever in transitioning its entire production fabric to IP and cloud in order to meet the goals of sustainability, flexible production, huge content demands and new formats and immersive presentation. BroadcastBridge examines this including a virtualised OB van project being tested at the Winter Games.
“It’s great for all of us, the fact that we can have the two biggest events in all of sports in the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics really on top of each other. It’s a great opportunity. And as I said to the team and as you and I have talked, if we can’t get excited for that, we are probably in the wrong business, so I think it’s fantastic.” NBC Sports Chairman, Pete Bevacqua.
“We’ll start off in Beijing, we’ll have that great opening week of Beijing in the Winter Games, and then smack dab in the middle of the Winter Olympics we have the Super Bowl. And I think we’ll be able to talk about the Olympics during the Super Bowl, we’ll be able to talk about the Super Bowl and the lead up to it during the Olympics.” Pete Bevacqua, NBC Sports Chairman.
With this year’s Super Bowl LVI telecast coming smack dab in the middle of the Winter Olympics, NBC Sports crews will have their hands full. Having to navigate both high profile events on the same day, NBC is calling it the “one of the greatest days in the history of television sports [production]” and a “Once In A Lifetime” event.
In the last article in this series, we looked at how optimizing workflows improves reliability, and enhances agility and responsiveness. In this article, we investigate advanced monitoring systems to improve data analysis and aid optimization.
Optimization gained from transitioning to the cloud isn’t just about saving money, it also embraces improving reliability, enhancing agility and responsiveness, and providing better visibility into overall operations.