The Sochi Winter Olympics opens today, and in its coverage of the games’ Curling events, BBC Sport has chosen the tOG Sports Lite System from RT Software. BBC Sport required a telestration solution for the coverage, and RT Software aims to provide flexibility to commentators with tOG Sports Lite.
The solutions offers a dedicated operator interface for initial set-up and a custom designed pundit interface output via a 24-inch touchscreen. Commentators Steve Cram and Jackie Lockhart, former Olympics Curling champion, will be able to ‘draw’ telestration directly over incoming viewing feed from OBS, acting as a visual aid to the viewing public.
“We consulted with Jackie and Steve and listened to their feedback regarding which telestration tools they felt would be useful during each game,” said Lee Otterway, account manager at RT Software. “Based on this expert feedback, we have put together a selection of standard drawing tools already available within tOG Sports, plus some custom built tools, implemented specifically for this project.”
BBC Sport Producer, Peter Small added: “Olympic curling has specific graphic requirements which have been met by tOG Sports. The product will aid the talents’ commentary, in particular their ability to explain the mechanics of the sport to the viewer.”
The HP Z820 with 24-inch touchscreen monitor will be used for the duration of the Winter Olympics, and was shipped out to OB provider Presteigne Charter weeks in advance with the rest of the broadcast infrastructure it is providing BBC Sport.