Olympic Games

EBU and WBD alliance secures European Olympics rights from 2026-2032

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that all media rights in Europe for the four Olympic Games in the 2026-2032 period have been awarded to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Warner Bros. Discovery.  The EBU and WBD presented a joint bid to acquire all media rights across 49 territories in Europe – for […]

Canal+ reportedly selling Olympics rights to Discovery

Canal+ is selling its broadcast rights to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games to Discovery for transmission on Eurosport, according to French sports daily L’Équipe. According to the sports paper, Canal+-owner Vivendi has decided to sell its pay TV rights to the competition to avoid paying expensive production costs and creating additional channels to air the […]

Discovery sub-licences 2022/2024 Olympic rights to France Televisions

Discovery, via its Eurosport subsidiary, and France Télévisions have announced a partnership that will see the two broadcasters present complementary coverage of the Olympic Games in France, including for Beijing 2022 and Paris 2024, the first Summer edition of the Games to be hosted by France for a century. Under the partnership, France Télévisions will sub-license […]

Discovery signs TIM as first Olympics ‘official mobile broadcaster’

Discovery has teamed with Telecom Italia (TIM) in what the pair describe as a a ‘first of its kind’ Olympic Games partnership focused on mobile TV. Discovery says that the TIM agreement is the first of a new kind of digitally-focused deal that will offer exclusive and differentiated content to mobile operators across Europe. An […]

BeIN Media signs Olympics deal with IOC

Middle East free and pay TV broadcaster BeIN Media Group has formalised its deal with the International Olympic Committee to be the exclusive broadcaster in the MENA region for the next four Olympic Games, starting with the 23rd Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The pair have formally signed a deal agreed last year that see […]

SES sees record uptake for Rio Olympic Games

Satellite operator SES has seen record uptake of its satellite capacity for the Rio Olympics as compared to previous Games. The operator said that a total of 23,000 hours of capacity has been booked on four SES satellites — NSS-806, SES-4, NSS-7 and SES-3 – enabling broadcasts of coverage in the Americas, Europe, Asia and […]

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 […]