Winter Olympics

Streaming success for Discovery in Beijing

Viewership of Discovery’s coverage of the ongoing Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics has already surpassed the 2018 games within one week. Like with the 2020 Tokyo games, Discovery has used Beijing to increase engagement on discovery+ along with Eurosport digital services. The company has also highlighted strong overall linear viewership of the games across Europe.  Discovery […]

NBCU streams Winter Olympics coverage in 8K VR

NBCUniversal has launched the NBC Olympics VR by Xfinity app. The app will see NBCU stream more than 150 hours of live and on demand interactive virtual reality coverage of the ongoing Beijing Winter Olympic Games in 8K resolution. The app was developed in collaboration with product and technical teams across NBCU and Comcast.  The […]

Peacock to stream Winter Olympics live

NBCUniversal streaming service Peacock is to live-stream the 2022 Winter Olympics in the US, delivering all of NBCUniversal’s coverage of the XXIV Olympic Winter Games from Beijing, China on the service’s premium tier. Peacock will present live streaming coverage of every event of the Winter Olympics, inclusive of all events airing on broadcast and cable […]

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 […]