Olympic Games


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 […]

BBC taps Arqiva for extended Olympics coverage

The BBC is tapping transmission services provider Arqiva’s UK digital-terrestrial capacity to extend its coverage of the Rio Olympic Games. Under the latest agreement between the pair, Arqiva will carry an additional eight DTT service via its COM8 multiplex, helping the BBC bring over 3,000 hours of live coverage of the games to UK viewers. […]

Olympics viewers set for second-screening

Close to two third of UK viewers of the Olympics on TV will use an internet-connected device at the same time, according to research by marketing technology outfit RadiumOne. Based on an online survey of 1,000 adults by Mindover, 64% of viewers will use a second-screen device, with online activity unrelated to the Olympics accounting […]

MTG to cover Olympics in virtual reality and UHD

Modern Times Group (MTG)’s Viasat is to provide coverage of the Olympic Games in virtual reality and Ultra HD. The Swedish broadcaster said that it would be the fist Nordic region broadcaster to make live sports available in the 360° virtual reality format, as well as the first broadcaster in Europe to make coverage of […]

NBC and Samsung to broadcast VR Olympics coverage

NBC Olympics is due to broadcast 85-hours of virtual reality (VR) content from the Rio 2016 games in partnership with Samsung. NBC Sports app users, with compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphones and Samsung Gear VR headsets, will be able to access the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS)-supplied VR coverage. The VR output will include footage from the […]

KDDI taps Intelsat Epic NG for Olympics contribution

  Japanese telco KDDI is using Intelsat’s new high-throughput Epic NG platform to provide regionalised video contribution and backhaul services at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Intelsat will support KDDI’s contribution services for a Tier 1 global media customer via a regionalised C-band beam from Intelsat 29e at 310° East, enabling transmission […]

BBC and Discovery strike Olympics deal

UK public broadcaster the BBC and US-listed channel operator Discovery have inked a sports rights deal that will see the pair share rights to the next four Olympic Games. The agreement will see the BBC sub-license pay TV rights to the next two Games to Discovery, and Discovery sub-license free-TV rights to the subsequent two […]