Apparently it's not enough to just have the real deal on hand, standing at one end, where it was moved after being on the grass infield during the opening ceremony.
The screens constantly carrying close-ups of the cauldron are reminiscent of the fake fireplace that NBC used on its sets for broadcasts from the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. Trying to lend studio segments a warm and cozy feel, the network set up a screen that showed video of a fire, replete with wafting smoke.
See the cauldron here: http://yfrog.com/esk7sjdwj
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