Winter Olympics

Eurosport to offer VR Winter Olympics coverage

Eurosport is due to make more than 50 hours of live Virtual Reality (VR) coverage of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics available through a dedicated app. The Winter Olympics Eurosport VR app will offer live immersive coverage of a range of sports including alpine skiing, curling, figure skating, ice hockey, short track, ski jumping, skeleton, and […]

NBC to provide live VR coverage of Winter Olympics

US TV network NBC is to provide over 50 hours of live virtual reality coverage of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in partnership with Intel. NBC will use Intel’s True VR technology to deliver VR coverage of the games to authenticated users with Windows Mixed Reality headsets, Samsung Gear VR, and both Google Cardboard and Google […]

Eurosport unveils ‘fully digital’ 2018 Olympics plan

Eurosport has unveiled plans for what it claims will be the first “fully digital” Olympics for Europe, the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games. The Discovery-owned broadcaster said that it will make more than 4,000 hours of coverage available across devices on its Eurosport Player service – spanning 100 events and including 900 hours of live action. […]

Discovery appoints technology execs ahead of 2018 Olympics

Discovery has made two senior appointments to its technology team in a bid to make the 2018 Winter Olympics “accessible to more viewers across more screens”. Former Sky News Arabia chief technology officer (CTO), Dominic Baillie, has been named CTO for Olympics and sports – a newly created role at Discovery that he will take […]

MTG boosted by Winter Olympics

Modern Times Group (MTG) achieved record free-TV audience share in Sweden during the Winter Olympics, with the games also helping the subscriber intake for Viaplay reach an all-time high.  Announcing its first quarter results, the European broadcasting firm said that its free TV audience share during the Winter Games reached 60% in Sweden in what was […]

NTV+ teams up with Elemental, Broadcom for 4K test

Russian pay TV broadcaster NTV+ has used the Sochi Winter Olympics to test broadcast transmissions in 4K. NTV+ broadcast coverage of the opening ceremony in the ultra HD format in partnership with technology providers Broadcom and Elemental. The broadcaster used the Elemental Live encoding platform and a decoder based on Broadcom’s chipset to test broadcast […]

Sochi events generate big online video peak

The opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics drove more than 1Tbps of online video traffic across global CDN provider Akamai’s network, the company has revealed. Other Olympics events have also generated peak traffic volumes, said Akamai The combination of cross-country skiing and biathlon drove 1.3Tbps on February 7, while figure skating and snowboarding combined […]

Eutelsat sees strong bookings for Winter Olympics

Eutelsat has said that 5,000 hours of transmissions have been booked by TV channels and service providers on its satellites for coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Eutelsat is providing coverage via Eutelsat 16A, Eutelsat 7A and Eutelsat 3D, which offer single-hop reach between Europe, Russia, North Africa and the Middle East.

Cyfrowy Polsat adds TVP Sport HD

Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has added TVP Sport HD from the country’s public broadcaster to its line-up ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics. The service will be available to existing Cyfrowy Polsat subscribers with the Sport HD package. The package is available as an upgrade for Family Max HD package customers and comprises […]

RTR taps Megafon for CDN ahead of Sochi

Russian state broadcaster RTR has tapped telecom operator Megafon to provide CDN services for internet video coverage of the Winter Olympics from Sochi. Megafon operates a network of cities covering Russia’s major cities, with a capacity of about 250Gbps. RTR’s deputy director of IT Alexey Skvortsov said RTR intended to deliver HD-quality video to every […]