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2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics in HDTV!

In the US - NBC HD, USA HD, CNBC HD, MSNBC HD, Universal HD - 1080i & DD5.1

In Canada - CTV HD, V HD, Omni HD, TSN HD, Rogers Sportsnet HD, APTN HD - 1080i & DD



Please be sure to include the HD channel (NBC, CTV, etc.), call letters if OTA (WNBC, KNBC, etc.), and source (Comcast, Bell TV, etc.) you are viewing with all critical comments.
 

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Tonight's opening ceremonies are overshadowed by today's tragic death of Georgian luge athlete, Nodar Kumaritashvili.


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Joint Statement from IOC, VANOC and FIL


Feb 12, 2010


It is with great regret that we confirm the death of the Georgian luge athlete, Nodar Kumaritashvili, during the final training session at the Whistler Sliding Centre, this morning.


Mr Kumaritashvili died after crashing on the last corner of the course during training. Doctors were unable to revive the athlete, who died in hospital.


“Our first thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of the athlete. The whole Olympic Family is struck by this tragedy, which clearly casts a shadow over these Games”, said the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge.


“We are deeply struck by this tragedy and join the IOC in extending our condolences to the family, friends and teammates of this athlete, who came to Vancouver to follow his Olympic dream”, said John Furlong, the CEO of VANOC, the Games Organising Committee.


For the International Luge Federation, President Josef Fendt said: “This is a terrible accident. This is the gravest thing that can happen in sport, and our thoughts and those of the ‘luge family’, are naturally with those touched by this event.”


An investigation is underway into the circumstances of the accident. Training was suspended and technical officials are now trying to establish the causes.
 

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The Opening Ceremony broadcast is up on NBC HD, WDIV-DT OTA Detroit. Bob Costas said the Ceremony will be dedicated to Nodar Kumaritashvili, and his loss will be referenced tonight.
 

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Watching on NBC HD right now. There have been enough accidents on this particular luge course (according to Brian Williams) that they should very seriously consider shutting it down. The actual competition starts tomorrow and how moriid it would be to have TV cameras and reporters flocking to see if something tragic happens again.


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XXI Olympic Winter Games coverage offers number of firsts


By Michael Grotticelli


Albeit a scaled-down version of its Summer Olympics Games production, NBC Universal will once again use a massive amount of HD production and distribution equipment to broadcast the first Winter Olympics to be presented entirely in HDTV: Let the XXI Olympic Winter Games begin.


All of the major vendors of broadcast production equipment, who have been there before, have helped in one way or another to implement NBC’s Dave Mazza’s vision, which he developed after years of trial and error and lots of success (the Summer Games from China offered some of the most stunning sports stadium images ever). He’s now senior vice president of engineering at the NBC Olympics division, and he’s overseen the implementation of a myriad of video servers, cameras routers, production switchers, intercoms and more. Somehow, he and the network’s engineering and production teams make it all work, since its first Winter Games broadcast in 1972 from Sapporo City, Hokkaido, in Japan.


Aside from the sport itself, the Winter Games should celebrate the technical feats in abundance. It couldn't be done without a move to file-based workflows (at least in post) that is made up of literally thousands of robust, high-quality and reliable hardware and software platforms.


A number of firsts


In addition to HDTV (with 5.1 surround-sound audio), this year’s roughly three-week production will provide lots of first: the most total hours ever for a Winter Olympics (more than the last two Winter Olympics combined) and the most live hours ever for a Winter Games.


Over the span of 17 days (Feb. 12-28), including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies to be held in the 60,000-seat BC Place Stadium, the network will present more than 835 hours of coverage (nearly 50 hours per day), which will all be processed through Grass Valley routers and servers at NBCU’s New York City headquarters. Avid and Harris servers on-site will handle much of the file-based material, with file-sharing support from Omneon and EVS.


The more than 835 total hours of coverage will include every one of the 15 Winter Olympic sports being staged, which will appear on six NBC Universal platforms: NBC, USA, MSNBC, CNBC and Universal HD, and online at http://NBCOlympics.com/ .


Beginning at noon (EST) Feb. 14, USA Network will feature approximately 80 hours of live coverage, both men and women’s competitions, six hockey games and nine curling matches, including the women's bronze medal contest. MSNBC will televise more than 30 hockey and curling contests (approximately 120 hours). This includes Team USA on numerous occasions throughout the games, as well as late night replays of earlier live broadcasts. CNBC will feature the first Olympic puck drops in Vancouver Feb. 13 (Sweden vs. Switzerland) live. For the following 14 days, CNBC will cover at least 24 hockey games — up to the men's bronze medal game — and 18 curling matches, including both the men's and women's gold medal contests (for a total of 100 hours).


Journalists and editors from NBCU’s Washington DC news bureau will use several Grass Valley EDIUS systems on laptops in Vancouver to produce content and send it back to Washington, D.C., for play-to-air. Content will also be stored on a Blue Order archive system. Throughout the Olympic Games, Universal Sports and Universal Sports HD will provide coverage, highlights and analysis from Vancouver of all of the sporting events. With two daily programs, a highlights and recap show and a roundtable discussion featuring journalists from around the globe. Besides broadcasting to homes, viewers can watch select events in 3-D at participating Canadian Cineplex theaters.
 

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watching via WNBC-DT on Comcast, and it's lookin and sounding good.


That segment they had on the canadian/US relationship was really good. I was young when 9/11 happened so I didnt know about operation yellow ribbon.
 

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Watching on FIOS NY, it's out of synch.
 

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Watching on FIOS NY, it's out of synch.

Are we to assume you're watching WNBC-DT on FiOS?
 

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Are we to assume you're watching WNBC-DT on FiOS?

Yes, sorry about that, took it for granted...
 

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WNBC-DT on Time Warner Cable. The practice run for the 170m sky jumpers looked/sounded great (the 'woosh' as the skiers were gaining speed on the ramp was cool; great mike!
), an appetizer of things to come I hope. The pre-taped segments look OK but they make me want to throw-up with their needless filler and padding. Thank God I have an HDTV with PIP so I can watch something else while the NBC Sports people waste their airtime bolsting Team USA. Let's get it on people!
 

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Yes, sorry about that, took it for granted...

Please be sure to include the HD channel (NBC, CTV, etc.), call letters if OTA (WNBC, KNBC, etc.), and source (Comcast, Bell TV, etc.) you are viewing with all critical comments.


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WNBC-DT on Time Warner Cable. The practice run for the 170m sky jumpers looked/sounded great (the 'woosh' as the skiers were gaining speed on the ramp was cool; great mike!
), an appetizer of things to come I hope. The pre-taped segments look OK but they make me want to throw-up with their needless filler and padding. Thank God I have an HDTV with PIP so I can watch something else while the NBC Sports people waste their airtime bolsting Team USA. Let's get it on people!

I'm also watching WNBC-DT on TWC.. totally agree about the audio, that's awesome.


1 thing I'm a big fan of is the graphics package. Looks clean and crisp. And thank you NBC for tonight down the network bug.
 

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Watching on (WNBC DT) FIOS NY, it's out of synch.

The synch issue is ok now
 
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