iTVManager enabled NBC to deliver IP Television services including HDTV and DVR during the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
November 19, 2008
Minerva was selected to provide the IPTV platform used by NBC during the network's coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics (Beijing, China August 8-24). The announcement was made today by Craig Lau, Vice President, Information Technology, NBC Olympics and Mauro Bonomi, CEO of Minerva Networks.
Minerva's iTVManager software was used to deliver IPTV services. The service was used to record and view video delivered over the NBC private broadband network. The service consisted of three video channels one in high-definition and two in standard definition, transmitted at 16MB and 5MB respectively.
"Minerva was extremely proud to play a role in NBC's coverage of the Beijing Olympics," stated Mr. Bonomi. "IPTV technology has made great progress in the past few years and it can now be used effectively in such a critical environment as the Olympics."
"The IPTV service was invaluable to NBC," said Craig Lau, Vice President of Information Technology, NBC Olympics. "Minerva iTVManager gave us the capabilities we needed to seamlessly deliver video over our private data network - enabling record and playback of material as needed."
NBC, "America's Olympic Network," owns the exclusive U.S. media rights to the Olympic Games, television's most powerful property, through 2012, which includes Beijing in 2008, Vancouver in 2010 and London in 2012. From August 8-24, 2008 NBC Universal will present an unprecedented 3,600 hours of coverage, highlighted by NBC in primetime with live swimming, gymnastics and beach volleyball. In August 2004, 203 million viewers watched as the networks of NBC Universal-NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA, Bravo, Telemundo, and NBC's HD affiliates-offered a then record 1,210 hours of Olympic coverage from Athens. For additional information, go to NBCOlympics.com, a year-round destination for fans of Olympic sports, featuring news, Beijing previews, athlete features, expert blogs, photos, Olympic video from the NBC archives and social tools enabling users
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