NTV+ teams up with Elemental, Broadcom for 4K test

Russian pay TV broadcaster NTV+ has used the Sochi Winter Olympics to test broadcast transmissions in 4K. NTV+ broadcast coverage of the opening ceremony in the ultra HD format in partnership with technology providers Broadcom and Elemental. The broadcaster used the Elemental Live encoding platform and a decoder based on Broadcom’s chipset to test broadcast […]

Sochi events generate big online video peak

The opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics drove more than 1Tbps of online video traffic across global CDN provider Akamai’s network, the company has revealed. Other Olympics events have also generated peak traffic volumes, said Akamai The combination of cross-country skiing and biathlon drove 1.3Tbps on February 7, while figure skating and snowboarding combined […]

Eutelsat sees strong bookings for Winter Olympics

Eutelsat has said that 5,000 hours of transmissions have been booked by TV channels and service providers on its satellites for coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Eutelsat is providing coverage via Eutelsat 16A, Eutelsat 7A and Eutelsat 3D, which offer single-hop reach between Europe, Russia, North Africa and the Middle East.

Cyfrowy Polsat adds TVP Sport HD

Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has added TVP Sport HD from the country’s public broadcaster to its line-up ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics. The service will be available to existing Cyfrowy Polsat subscribers with the Sport HD package. The package is available as an upgrade for Family Max HD package customers and comprises […]

RTR taps Megafon for CDN ahead of Sochi

Russian state broadcaster RTR has tapped telecom operator Megafon to provide CDN services for internet video coverage of the Winter Olympics from Sochi. Megafon operates a network of cities covering Russia’s major cities, with a capacity of about 250Gbps. RTR’s deputy director of IT Alexey Skvortsov said RTR intended to deliver HD-quality video to every […]

Russian win for Elemental

Russia’s Channel One has chosen video technology provider Elemental’s video processing platform for its coverage of the forthcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi. Elemental systems will process nine channels of Channel One/Perviy Kanal Olympics programming for delivery of video over IP networks to multiple devices. Channel One/Perviy Kanal is the primary content distributor for the host […]

BBC details digital Winter Olympics plan

The BBC has unveiled plans to air “the most complete digital coverage of a Winter Olympics Game to date,” with more than 650 hours of live action from Sochi 2014 to be offered online through six HD streams. Announcing its plans for the Russian games, the BBC said it aimed to build on the digital […]