Beijing, China (July 22, 2008)--Clear-Com products will used by 13 of China's leading broadcasters in 14 OB vans, including two belonging to China Beijing TV (BTV), during this year's Beijing Olympic Games.
"Broadcasters' communication requirements for Olympic coverage are extremely stringent and challenging, as it is a non-stop environment where nothing can be left to chance," comments Matt Danilowicz, managing director of Clear-Com. "We are honored that 13 broadcasters have placed their trust in Clear-Com, and we believe it speaks volumes about Clear-Com and its 40-year history of reliability and innovation. We are very proud to be so heavily involved in such a prestigious event as the Beijing Olympics."
The typical OB van setup will feature Clear-Com's 32-port Eclipse digital matrix system and I-Series control panels with built-in microphone headset connections and four display key modules along with a keypad.
"I think live sports coverage is perhaps the most demanding broadcast challenge there is," says Danilowicz. "When you are talking about a live broadcast, especially during such a high-caliber event as the Olympics, you need to be in constant contact with each of the moving parts. That means the people in the venue, in the control room, in the studio itself, as well as the on-air talent. It's crucial that the communication link be up, running and functioning in a full tolerant mission critical fashion at all times."
In addition to Clear-Com's Eclipse Digital Matrix frames, many of the broadcasters have opted to add FreeSpeak10 digital wireless beltpacks to provide fully integrated communications for the production teams that move throughout the broadcast centers and sporting stadiums.