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 […]

Portuguese Olympic video portal launch

The Portuguese Olympic Committee has teamed up with local internet portal SAPO to launch a video content portal dedicated to the games. The canalcop.sapo.pt portal will provide video and other content, focusing on Portugal’s participation in the Rio Olympics. Other content on the service will include the history of the Portuguese Olympic movement, exclusive interviews […]

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 […]

Discovery sub-licenses Olympics to ORF

Discovery has inked a deal with ORF that sees the Austrian pubcaster sub-license Olympics TV rights from the US channels giant. Discovery snagged European rights to the Olympics between 2018-2024 in a US$1.45 billion deal last year. It has since been striking deals with free-to-air channels,including the BBC in the UK, for the rights. The deal with ORF […]

NBC to provide 4K Olympics coverage

NBC Olympics will provide distribution partners with 4K, Ultra HD coverage of the Rio Olympics this summer. NBC said it will deliver 4K, UHD coverage to cable, satellite and telco providers and other partner on a one day delay. This UHD footage will include the Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, swimming, track and field, judo, […]

Discovery licenses Olympic rights in Netherlands

Discovery Communications has licensed the Dutch rights to the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games to pubcaster NOS. The linear TV and multiplatform sub-licence agreement means both events will air on Dutch free TV. A stipulation of Discovery’s acquisition of the European rights to the Olympic Games last year was that it must ensure the most […]

Discovery names Olympics team

Discovery Communications has made a series of appointments to support its delivery of coverage of the Olympic Games via its Eurosport unit. Discovery secured TV and multiplatform rights to the games in Europe for the 2018-24 period in June. Former Eurosport CEO Jean-Thierry Augustin will head up commercialisation of the Olympics as president, sports development […]