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Panasonic Brings Olympics Into Homes Worldwide

DVCPRO50 VTRs and camcorders are official video recording format (August 19, 2004)

Broadcast to more than 3.9 billion people, the Athens Olympic Games is one of the worlds most watched sporting events, and Panasonic is playing a key role in bringing the Games to television viewers around the world. Athens Olympic Broadcasting (AOB), the host broadcaster, is using Panasonic DVCPRO50 50Mbps 4:2:2 VTRs and camcorders as its official video recording format.

AOB is utilizing over 100 Panasonic DVCPRO50 VTRs, including the AJ-SD955 and AJ-SD930 editing decks with variable slow-motion playback, at the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC), while 200 professional cameras and camcorders are in use in the field at Olympic Games venues. These include 100 AJ-SDX900 16:9/4:3 switchable DVCPRO50 camcorders capable of shooting 24 frames per second and recording full 48-kHz/16-bit digital audio on all four channels.

Panasonic has also equipped AOB with 1,600 broadcast-quality monitors, including 1,100 LCD displays (such as the 14 BT-LS1400). The monitors are being used by editors and technical operators in the IBCs editing suites and transmission center.

Panasonic has supplied the AOB with 40 advanced DVD-RAM video recorders. The DVD-RAM Video Recorders can record 16 hours in EP mode on a 9.4 GB double-sided disc, while a progressive scan component terminal optimizes the resolution for both PAL and NTSC sources when connected to a plasma panel/LCD TV or LCD projector.

The combination of Panasonic DVCPRO50 VTRs and camcorders, digital cameras, DVD-RAM recorders and monitors is helping the AOB provide world broadcasters with 3,800 hours of live and recorded pictures from Olympic Games venues all around Athens and Greece.

In addition to the AOB, many world broadcasters are using Panasonic HDTV and DVCPRO-format broadcast equipment to shoot additional images, live interviews with athletes or interesting features about Athens and the Games. Panasonics new solid-state memory broadcast system, DVCPRO P2, is being tested by AOB and Beijing TV Station, China.

Panasonic is providing extensive engineering support to service the world broadcasters around the clock during the Games.

Panasonic has supplied broadcast video equipment and maintenance support to the host broadcaster during the Seoul 88, Barcelona 92, Atlanta 96, Nagano 98, Sydney 2000, and the 2002 Salt Lake Games.

For more information on Panasonics broadcast video equipment and the Olympics visit our website at

About Panasonic
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., best known for its Panasonic brand name, is a worldwide leader in audio visual equipment. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated sales of US $71.92 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004. Matsushita's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, New York (NYSE:MC), Euronext Amsterdam and Frankfurt stock exchanges. In the U.S., Panasonic broadcast equipment is marketed by Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co.

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