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Amagi to provide UHD cloud playout for NBC Sports’ Olympics coverage

NBCUniversal has selected Amagi to provide UHD playout for its production of next month’s Olympic Games from Tokyo.

NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, will deploy Amagi’s cloud playout platform, Amagi CLOUDPORT, and live sports/news automation solution, Amagi LIVE, to create Olympic Channel’s live coverage in UHD. The Amagi CLOUDPORT architecture supports HEVC playout and mezzanine quality UHD encoding specifically designed for global sports events. 

Key features of the playout and automation solution include compute-efficient architecture, containerised and componentised architecture, and rich graphics with DVE effects.

Srinivasan KA, co-founder, Amagi, said: “NBC Olympics, along with NBC Sports Group, are together setting a shining example of how sports broadcasters can put the power of cloud technologies to create unparalleled experience for the viewers as well as those involved in managing broadcast operations. Amagi is delighted to be their cloud technology partner and create new milestones in live sports broadcast on a global scale through innovation, superior quality and reliability.”

Anil Abraham, Director, Systems Architecture, said: “Amagi’s support for JPEG-XS, SMPTE 2110, and AMWA NMOS along with a cloud native software architecture combines to give NBC Olympics a powerful solution for UHD playout. It is a game changing combination that allows for the flexibility of cloud based remote control with the low video latencies expected for sports.”