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EBU Chooses Quantel for Torino 2006 Winter Olympics

Quantel server-based production technology for its sports highlights production (November 21, 2005)

The EBU has once again chosen Quantel server-based production technology for its sports highlights production, this time at the Torino 2006 Winter Olympics. This follows the EBUs success with Quantel sQ server-based systems at both the 2004 Summer Games and the Euro 2004 football championships in Portugal.

For the Torino Olympics, the EBU has selected two of Quantels recently introduced Newsbox systems to implement and manage the production of daily news reports and highlights at the games, which take place between 10 and 26 February 2006 in Italy.

Two 60 minute daily reports will be produced on the Newsboxes and distributed to all the EBUs 74 members spread through 54 countries in Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East, as well as to an additional 48 Associates in 29 further countries.

?Any major international event is potentially a massive organisational and technological nightmare no two event requirements are ever the same, said Norman Rouse, Quantel Group Marketing Manager. ?The totally integrated production concept that Quantel has pioneered removes one very major worry from any event managers list - the Newsbox ?news system in a box concept is as close to plug-and play, worry-free broadcasting as is reasonably possible.

The Newsboxes will be the Newsbox Four and Newsbox Five models, each handling the production of highlights for different disciplines within the Games, and providing the security of 100% system redundancy that near-live event coverage by its nature ideally requires. Each Newsbox is a complete, self-contained system with 110 hours of storage of broadcast and co-located browse material, QRecord and QPlay automation, and a number of sQ View and sQ Cut applications for selection and editing of material.

?Our previous experience with Quantel systems in covering large sporting events played an important role in our decision about which system would this time enable us to give our members the quality and efficiency of service they expect from the EBU, said Fernando Pardo,  Head of the EBUs Sports Operations Group. ?In addition, since last summer Quantel has made further major developments to its sQ technology which made it even more attractive to us. We think we will be supplying our members and associates with the best coverage yet seen from a major event at Torino. 

About Quantel
Quantel is dedicated to creating new tools for the new digital age, covering everything from terrestrial and satellite television to broadband internet, DVD and d-cinema. Quantel systems combine industry-leading performance with total scalability in both hardware and software across post production, graphics, digital intermediate, news and sports production for multiple resolution, team-working environments.

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