Olympic Broadcasting Services Beijing effort, by the numbers

For the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, the Olympic Broadcasting Services will utilize a workforce of over 4,300 to produce 6,000 plus hours of content which will be distributed to rights holders around the world. 

Those hours represent a 7% increase in content from the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics with a variety of new tools at its disposal. 

For the first time at a Winter Olympics, OBS will feature a fully native UHD HDR production with 5.1.4 immersive audio. This will use an IP-based core system for the production workflow, similar to the 2020 Summer Olympics.

For coverage of curling, OBS will also trial a virtualized OB van in partnership with Alibaba and Intel.

By the Numbers

  • 6,000+ estimated hours of content produced by OBS
  • 900 estimated hours of sports and Ceremonies
  • 41 HD contribution multilateral feeds
  • 31 UHD contribution multilateral feeds
  • 43 HD distribution feeds
  • 36 UHD distribution feeds
  • 660+ camera systems
  • 148 specialty cameras
  • 38 high-speed slow motion (HSSM) cameras
  • 13 railcam systems
  • 11 cablecam systems
  • 10 multi-camera replay systems
  • 33 Virtual Reality cameras (15 Live + 18 ENG)
  • 25 ENG kits
  • 1,624 microphones
  • 15 Outside Broadcast (OB) vans
  • 9 Datacentre production units
  • 1 Fly-away system
  • 8,684 km of cabling
  • 38 broadcast organizations with individual space at the International Broadcast Centre
  • 16 broadcast organizations with individual space at the Zhangjiakou Mountain Broadcast Centre

Photo and data via Olympic Broadcasting Services.