Akamai highlights record-breaking Rio video traffic volumes

CDN provider Akamai says video traffic from the Rio Olympic Games on its network has now exceeded that from the entire London Olympics and Sochi Winter Olympics combined. “Akamai delivered more video data in the first eight days of Rio than it did for all 34 days of London and Sochi combined,” the company said. […]

Netflix hit by Olympics viewing

Netflix has taken a hit as US viewers opt for the Olympics over Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black and other content on the streaming service. Tech firm Procera measures traffic to Netflix and noted a 10% drop over the course of the opening weekend of the Games, currently being held in Brazil, which […]

BBC to offer virtual reality coverage of Olympics

The BBC is to offer up to 100 hours of live and on-demand virtual reality coverage of the Rio Olympic Games via its BBC Sport 360 app. Users of the service will need to download the standalone app and purchase a virtual reality viewer. The BBC said it would make 100 hours of VR content […]

eMarketer: 2.85bn people to stream Rio Olympics

Some 2.85 billion people worldwide are expected to stream the Rio Olympics, a 1.5 times increase on the 2012 London Games, according to eMarketer estimates. The research firm predicts that in the UK 160 million people will stream this summer’s Olympics, while in the US the figure will be 320 million – roughly twice the […]

Globo agrees Olympics content deal with Snapchat 

Brazilian broadcaster and Rio Olympics rights holder, Globo, has agreed to provide content to Snapchat as part of its coverage of the games. The deal marks the first time that Globo will offer exclusive sports coverage on social media and includes content from its free-to-air Globo channel and its multichannel sports brand SporTV. Snapchat will […]

Freesat to offer BBC Red Button Olympics coverage

UK TV platform Freesat will offer eight channels of live coverage of the Rio Olympics via the BBC Red Button service.  The free satellite TV service will provide access to the HD and SD Red Button coverage via the Freesat EPG. Freesat will also provide access to BBC Red Button+, an interactive service that provides […]

YouTube gears up for Olympics highlights and coverage

YouTube has partnered with broadcasters in more than 60 countries to provide official highlights of the Rio Olympic Games. The video site has deals in place with broadcasters in including the BBC in the UK, NHK in Japan and America Movil in Latin America excluding Brazil. A group of YouTube content creators – including popular […]

Digital Olympic Channel to launch post-Rio

A new digital-first Olympic Channel is due to launch on August 21 after the closing ceremony of this summer’s Rio Olympic games. The new platform will offer long and short-form original programming, live sports events, news and highlights in a bid to offer “additional exposure for sports and athletes all year round”. Available globally both […]

Telefónica sees solid TV growth as FX and debt take toll

Telefónica saw solid growth in pay TV customers in the second quarter, with the total number of TV subscribers now equivalent to almost half of fixed broadband lines. Telefónica had 8.422 million pay TV customers at the end of June, up 4.9% year-on-year and up from 8.365 million in March. Overall, pay TV customers now […]

Accedo sets up in Brazil

Accedo has set up operations in Brazil and has upped sales manager Paloma Santucci to country manager. Video app specialist Accedo said that formally establishing an entity in Brazil will help in “further strengthening its global position” and will enable it to provide local support for Brazilian customers such as LG, Telefonica and Rede Globo. “Since Accedo’s inception […]