Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Delayed Olympics to be most profitable ever for NBCU, claims CEO

The upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games are set to be the most profitable in history for NBCUniversal, the Comcast-owned broadcaster’s CEO has said. Speaking at the Credit Suisse 23rd Annual Communications Conference, NBCU chief exec Jeff Shell said that the company is “pretty optimistic about both the ratings and the economics of the Olympics and advertisers […]

Amagi to provide UHD cloud playout for NBC Sports’ Olympics coverage

NBCUniversal has selected Amagi to provide UHD playout for its production of next month’s Olympic Games from Tokyo. NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, will deploy Amagi’s cloud playout platform, Amagi CLOUDPORT, and live sports/news automation solution, Amagi LIVE, to create Olympic Channel’s live coverage in UHD. The Amagi CLOUDPORT architecture supports […]

NBCUniversal selects MediaKind for Olympics video contribution and distribution solutions

NBC has picked MediaKind to provide video contribution and distribution solutions for its production and coverage of next month’s Olympic Games. Announced by NBC Olympics VP of transmission engineering and operations Christopher Connolly and Mediakind CEO Matt McConnell, the vendor will provide a range of its video processing and modular receiver technologies to support NBC […]

Tokyo Olympics must go ahead says organising committee president

The president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games organising committee has ruled out  cancelling or postponing the games for a second time.  Calls for the games to be postponed have ramped up ahead of the scheduled start date of July 23. With host city Tokyo under a state of emergency until at least June 20, […]

Olympics in further doubt as Japan mulls lockdown extensions

Fresh doubt has been cast over the upcoming Tokyo Olympics as the Japanese government reportedly considers extending its state of emergency. While Japan was one of the strongest responders to the Covid-19 pandemic, a recent wave of infections led the government to announce a state of emergency on April 25 across a number of prefectures […]

Olympics could be cancelled, admits Japan state official

Cancelling the Olympics still remains a possibility, a Japanese state official has warned.  Speaking to local TV in the country, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) secretary general Toshihiro Nikai said that the event could be cancelled should Japan’s Covid-19 situation worsen. He said: “If it becomes impossible, then it should be called off, what is the […]

Japanese government brands Olympic cancellation claims ‘categorically untrue’

The Japanese government has batted away suggestions that the Tokyo Olympics are unlikely to go ahead. A number of stories emerged last week suggesting that the organising committee and Japanese government had privately conceded that the event was doomed, but the government has come out fighting and has said that this is “categorically untrue.” One […]

London Olympics organiser says Tokyo Games ‘unlikely to go ahead’

The delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics are unlikely to go ahead, Sir Keith Mills has said. Mills, the deputy chairman of the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Games, aired his concerns in an interview with BBC’s Radio 5 Live. He said that the organisers should be “making plans for a cancellation.” Tokyo, the host city […]

Olympics and Paralympics get new date

The Tokyo Olympics have officially been rescheduled to July 23-August 8 2021.  Meanwhile the Paralympic Games will take place from August 24-September 5. Still being referred to as the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the tournament was officially postponed last week because of the coronavirus pandemic. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the new dates are exactly one year after […]