NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Leyard to provide fine pitch LED video walls for its production of the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, from Feb. 9-25, 2018.
As part of the deal, Leyard will provide multiple LED video walls for NBC’s broadcast sets in PyeongChang, South Korea.
“We’re incredibly excited about the Leyard technology we will be using for our coverage of the PyeongChang Games,” said Michael Sheehan, coordinating director of NBC Olympics, in the announcement.
“As was the case with NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Rio Games, Leyard displays will help us take our world-class scenic design to a higher level both visually and artistically.”
The Leyard Tech at 2018 Winter Olympics
Adam Schmidt, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Leyard International, said in the announcement that company officials “are thrilled to be selected by NBC Olympics for their coverage of the 2018 Winter Games,” promising “Leyard video walls will provide a stunning and dynamic visual backdrop to NBC’s coverage.”
The Leyard TWS Series is a family of ultra-fine pitch LED video wall displays with a 27-inch diagonal, all-in-one design that fits a broad range of fine pitch broadcast environments including convex curved or traditional video wall in large or small spaces.
Technology is no stranger to the Olympic village, including at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, where the athletes made video calls using SunBrite 84-inch displays.
Even after Olympic venues are done hosting the world’s best athletes for a few weeks, they still can get up close and personal with the latest technological innovations, such as at the velodrome in London, which is home to Daktronics displays almost four years after the world was watching everything that went on inside the building.
We’re guessing AV integrators and manufacturers already know this answer, but those of us on the outside looking in have to wonder what technology will dominate Olympics coverage and the athletes’ Olympic experience after brain stimulation, underwater cameras and surveillance balloons played key roles in helping athletes prepare in 2016.
As for what to expect in Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympics, some believe it could be the most high-tech Games of all time.