Sochi 2014 to use innovative TV technologies

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By Sochi Olympics

The 2014 Games in Sochi will be the first winter games to have individual events broadcast in Super Hi-Vision digital format, which has 16 times the resolution of HDTV with 22.2 surround sound.

The Olympic and Paralympic events will be filmed using brand new spidercams, rail cams, and cameras mounted on snowmobiles, filming will also be done from helicopters and airships. For the first time a team of Russian professionals will broadcast the sports events at world class level – 535 television specialists from 10 Russian regions will work on transmitting the national signal in Sochi.

In total around 11000 representatives of television or radio companies have broadcasting rights at the Sochi Games. A television audience of at least 3 billion will be watching the Games.

The Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), set up by the International Olympic Committee, is responsible for the international television signal for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and providing services to broadcasters. The International Olympic Committee holds all rights to television and radio broadcasting.

The OBS is the Host Broadcaster and will set up an international signal to be used by broadcasters from all sports venues based at the International and Gorki Broadcasting Centers which are part of the International and Gorki Media Centers. From here the signal will be transmitted to broadcasters on television networks all over the world.

The international television signal will be set up and operate directly at sports venues. The picture can be improved and mounted at the Main Media Center. Final editing can be done by broadcasters who have the right to broadcast the Games, both in Sochi and in the country in which it will be broadcast.

90 broadcasting companies hold rights to the Games, including sub-licensees and broadcasting unions, from 123 countries.

The Games will see the use of 120000 pieces of equipment, 10000 radio stations, 1600 video cameras, 5000 televisions and 20 video screens.

One of the most interesting technological solutions in filming the Games is the use of spidercams. These give an unusual level of freedom to the cameramen: the camera can be moved freely and fluidly in three dimensions and can show the events in as much detail as possible with unique angles which are not possible using other technologies.

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