It’s not just the athletes that have broken records at the XXIII Winter Olympics in PyeongChang - the technology has set new standards too.
There are 92 nations taking part in the Winter Games with more than 3,000 athletes competing in more than 100 events as well as record-breaking drone performances, unique VR experiences and advances in 5G transmissions.
Drones flew simultaneously at the opening ceremony. Intel kicked off the Winter Olympics in style, by setting a new Guinness World Record with the largest number of unmanned aerial vehicles airborne at the same time. The impressive light show wowed audiences with the drones forming the Olympic rings and a snowboarding athlete.
The Shooting Star drones are the first of a kind, and purpose build for intricate light shows.
Employees working on ORF Austria’s coverage, which includes a team of reporters who are using a small hand held camera, or a helmet camera as they ski down the slopes minutes before the Olympic race commences providing viewers at home with a unique account of the courses conditions with live commentary.
Events delivered in VR, which is being used to give fans a front-row view of the action of the games in real time. Intel has deployed its True VR system for the games enabling panoramic, stereoscopic camera pods to create a realistic view from anywhere in the stadium, slopes or ice.
NBC Olympics will allow viewers to become immersed in the action with VR for more than 50 hours of live coverage. Each night of the games will feature a short clip from curling to bobsledding.
Peak number of viewers streaming footage of the Games, as of 14 February, according to research by Akamai.
Streaming options include several paid live-TV streaming services that offer subscription packages with NBC and its affiliated channels including Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV and Sony’s Playstation Vue.
NBC has also partnered with BuzzFeed to develop short video coverage from the Olympics to be delivered via Snapchat, using Snapchat’s new live streaming video feature to stream two-to-six minute video segments from the action.
Languages spoken in Eurosport’s coverage of the Games, which is being delivered to 50 nations.
Eurosport’s ambitious delivery of the winter games will result in an estimated customer reach of in excess of 700 million.
The Discovery-owned channel is the first to hold the rights for Europe and will stream all action on Eurosport Player, its main digital streaming service.
Transmission speed increase of South Korea’s 5G network compared with 4G.
The games are showcasing the first 5G wireless network operating system, enabling super-fast transmission and opportunities for artificial intelligence, drones, self-driving vehicles and robots.
As part of the PyeongChang rollout, miniature 5G cameras have been attached the bobsleds to stream live video from the perspective of the athletes. As well, the 360-degree videos of figure skating events will enable viewers to stop the action to view twists and turns from various angles.
Perhaps the most advanced and impressive use of 5G are the self-driving shuttle buses which use 5G to navigate the roads with interior video screens showing live coverage of the events.