Ulla Arends (NDR) and Horst D¸nchem (ZDF) on the Lawo mc290.
London, UK (August 7, 2012)—Lawo systems are being used by numerous European broadcasters during the Olympic Summer Games in London.
From the opening ceremony and encompassing a wide range of sports activities, including basketball, football, athletics, badminton, handball, gymnastics, table tennis, canoe/kayak, cycling, and beach volleyball, Lawo mc256, mc266, mc290, crystal, and sapphire consoles, plus Nova73 HD routing systems have been employed behind the scenes.
German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF both deliver from the control room in the IBC (International Broadcast Center) and rely on Lawo technology. Audio is mixed in ARD and ZDF's Mobile Production Unit on a mc290 and a mc256 and added to the broadcast output in the HD control room. A redundantly designed Nova73 HD serves as the router.
ARD Radio's equipment arsenal includes a mc256 mixing console and three crystals. Meanwhile, YLE, the Finnish broadcaster, and SVT, the Swedish national broadcaster, are also Lawo-equipped with a mc266MKII console, various sapphire radio and production consoles, and a Nova73 HD. Sapphires and crystals are also used in the London control rooms of Estonian broadcaster ERR. Similarly, Austria's ORF is in London and putting a mc266 MKII mixing console through its paces.
Lawo systems are also helping to share the sports excitement throughout Asia, North America, and Australia. Asian customers who integrated mc2 consoles in their broadcast activities include Korea's KBS. Furthermore, Australian Channel 9/Foxtel is using various mc266 and sapphire consoles as part of their efforts. CTV from Canada, as well, is utilizing sapphires for parts of their sports coverage.
Last but not least, the vast majority of the OB vans in use at the venues for production of national and international feeds are equipped with Lawo mc266 consoles.
Philipp Lawo, CEO, Lawo commented, "We're very proud of the fact that among our various customers, there are more than 50 Lawo consoles in the UK and that customers from Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America are utilizing Lawo technology as part of their broadcast operations."