Tokyo 2020 Olympics

All-time-low viewership for NBC’s Olympics coverage

NBCUniversal’s approach of splitting its Tokyo 2020 Olympics coverage across its linear channels and digital platforms has resulted in disastrous ratings for the broadcaster. The Comcast-owned broadcaster announced an average audience of 15.5 million primetime viewers on its NBC channel and digital platforms Peacock and NBC Sports. This was the smallest audience for NBC since […]

275 million Olympics viewers across Europe for Discovery

Discovery recorded almost three-quarter of a billion streaming minutes over the first week of the Olympics, the broadcaster has said. Discovery said that the amount of content consumed on discovery+ and Eurosport subscription streaming services was up nearly 18 times more than by the same stage of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. In addition, […]

Tokyo Olympics chief refuses to rule out cancelling games on eve of event 

Days ahead of the Olympics, the boss of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee has not ruled out cancelling the games. Speaking at a press conference, committee chief Toshiro Muto said that “We will continue discussions if there is a spike in cases,” and that the body will keep an eye on infection numbers.  While Japan […]

Discovery showcases ‘Cube’ studio ahead of Olympic Games

Discovery has demonstrated its technical production ahead of the upcoming Olympic Games. The US media giant acquired the European rights to the Olympics in a €1.3 billion deal in June 2015, and the Tokyo 2020 games represent the first summer games of this deal. With the delayed Olympics starting on July 23, Discovery has showcased […]

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 […]