Sochi Winter Games Wrap Up



In this joint webinar, Co-Founder and CEO Chris Baliey sits down with Co-Founder and President John Tkaczewski to look back at the role we played in the production of the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Chris and john discus FileCatalyst’s core fast file transfer technology, live “at home” production workflows, the challenges associated with live sports production, the real-life deployment used to overcome these challenges and finish the webinar with a question period.  

What & How

While covering events in multiple venues, NBC Sports Group needed to deliver video files digitally over a global 2 Gbps link to its headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, where it was edited. Archived footage used during the production also had to be moved from Stamford to Sochi for editorial purposes. The timely delivery of this content was critical.  NBC Sports Group also needed to ensure the reliability and security of every transfer. Sharing files effectively during the games was imperative, and this needed a solution that could accelerate and facilitate concurrent transfers.

To accelerate the global delivery process and meet the other specified objectives, NBC Sports Group used FileCatalyst’s accelerated and managed file transfer platform. From the opening to the closing ceremonies, FileCatalyst’s technology ensured that every transfer was fast, reliable and secure. The platform’s ability to deal with concurrent transfers and seamlessly transfer dynamic video files made for a streamlined process that saved significant time. With FileCatalyst, NBC Sports Group broke new ground in live sports production by overcoming the limits of concurrent transfers and solving the problems associated with dynamically changing MXF files.


Anyone who is covering live sports events, or any media & broadcast workflow, should be sure to view this video as it shows viewers a real-life deployment scenario of FileCatalyst, and how it can benefit any live production workflow.