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Panasonic Turning Vancouver Into First All-HD Winter Games

November 19, 2009: Panasonic, the official audio and visual equipment  Olympic partner for the 2010 Winter Games, said it would deliver enough high-definition equipment to the venue to make the Vancouver the first Olympic Winter Games to be broadcast completely in HD format. Cost for the equipment was not disclosed

The 2008 Olympics in Beijing was the first Summer Games to be broadcast completely in HD format.

Panasonic said it is working with the International Olympic Committee, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and Olympic Broadcasting Services Vancouver to supply its HD video equipment to the competition venues and broadcasting locations. All international video signals for the 2010 Games will be produced and distributed in HD format from the International Broadcasting Center to rights-holding broadcasters around the world.

The HD video signals will also be used for the first time for display on the LED large screen display systems in the competition venues and BC Place Stadium, where the opening and closing ceremonies will take place. In cooperation with VANOC and Bell, a premier national partner and the exclusive telecommunications partner for the 2010 Winter Games, Panasonic will also provide an HD video conference system as a means to link the two Athletes' Villages in Vancouver and Whistler.

In addition, Panasonic will support a "safe and secure Olympic operation" by providing high-quality picture and high-sensitivity surveillance camera systems for the indoor and outdoor Olympic facilities, the surrounding areas and highways.

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