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An early start to this topic. I'm sure Durban sandshark will kep us all informed as well:

Tokyo's Games win ups ante for $200m rights package deal

ALL three Australian commercial networks have stepped back into the race for the next Olympic Games TV rights package, amid speculation of a three-Games, $200 million rights deal.

The announcement of Tokyo as the 2020 Olympics host boosted International Olympic Committee hopes for an inflated Australian rights deal, after local interest in the timezone-unfriendly Rio 2016 Games was weak. Previously, the IOC rejected a $90m bid for those Games and told broadcasters it wanted to repackage Australian rights as one deal encompassing the Rio 2016 Games, the 2018 winter Games in South Korea's Pyeong-chang and the 2020 Games. Negotiations were delayed until the announcement of the 2020 host, with Tokyo's victory over Istanbul and Madrid the best result for Asian and Australian TV markets.

An Olympics source suggested Australian networks should now "have to get busy and open their chequebooks". The source said: "We understand the networks have all had tough times and we were prepared to wait. Now the Olympic brand is going through the roof, particularly if you look at the US rights deal."

Perhaps unsurprisingly, however, the Australian networks have attempted to talk down the value of the rights, pillorying suggestions the package could push to the $150m-$200m mark.

"You spend $50m on each Games and you'll lose a lot of money," said one network executive. "Rio at $50m, we'd decline."

Seven, Nine or Ten will not commit publicly to bidding but all are currently assessing the numbers. The events remain appealing -- at the right price -- with Ten open about its need for blockbuster events and the prospect of another long-term sports deal likely to boost Nine's coming float. Media understands both Kerry and Ryan Stokes have made representations to the IOC for Seven.

In the face of claims it is not interested in the Olympics, Nine sent a news reporter to Buenos Aires to cover last week's IOC session. Nine is also expected to be sending the largest Australian news team to the Sochi Winter Games in February.

And Network Ten has also upscaled its planned production of the coming 2014 winter Olympics in a sign it wants to remain an Olympic broadcaster. It is understood it had originally planned to host its exclusive coverage of the Russian event from specially constructed Melbourne studios. That plan is now off, with Ten intending to send a large proportion of its broadcast team, which will total 180, to Sochi to reinforce its commitment to the event.

Ten won a rare one-off deal for rights to Sochi 2014 for less than $10m, in what is regarded as a "fire sale" price.

At least two free-to-air networks have also discussed possible collaborations with Foxtel on delivering the summer Games in Rio and Tokyo. Most recently, Nine and Foxtel shared costs on London 2012 and Vancouver 2010.

A major concern is what the free-to-air broadcast environment will look like when the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 come around and the complications of placing present values on future digital rights. One executive told Media, perhaps disingenuously: "(It's) seven years away. I haven't thought that far out."

Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Games Federation is yet to begin negotiations for a local broadcaster for its Gold Coast 2018 event.

Commonwealth Games Federation CEO Michael Hooper was relaxed, having had some "tentative discussions" with broadcasters. "In fairness to our Glasgow 2014 colleagues, they're still in the market," he said.

The broadcast rights for Glasgow have already met budget and the 2014 Games will be carried in more countries than ever before. Ten will broadcast the Glasgow Games next July.

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I wish the ABC had the money to table an Olympics broadcasting bid. Their coverage of the 2012 Paralympics was infinitely superior to Nine's Olympics coverage. I can't stand Eddie Maguire.

But for the three commercial networks, I have an attachment to Seven doing the Olympics - partly due to their coverage of Sydney 2000. They did that, and the following Olympics, extremely well.

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Get ready for my first ever contribution to this very embryonic thread! :D

NHK definitely is going 8K TV with its coverage plans of the 2020 Olympics! Surely the commercial Japanese networks that are part of the consortium with NHK will do that as well. By then, 4-8K will become perhaps standard with News Corp's SKY divisions BSkyB, Sky Italia, and Sky Deutschland all eagerly wanting to work on 4K.


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IOC awards 2018-2024 broadcast rights in Japan

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded its broadcast partner Japan Consortium the broadcast rights in Japan for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang and the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020 in Tokyo, as well as the broadcast rights for the 2022 and 2024 Olympic Games, the host cities of which have yet to be elected. The Japan Consortium has also acquired the right to broadcast the third Summer Youth Olympic Games, in Buenos Aires in 2018.

The Japan Consortium, which includes NHK (the Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and the Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association, has acquired the broadcast rights across all media platforms, including free-to-air television, subscription television, internet and mobile.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “We are delighted that we will continue to work with our broadcast partner, the Japan Consortium, until at least 2024. They have a proven track record in broadcasting the Games to the widest possible audience, which is the cornerstone of the IOC’s broadcast philosophy. The IOC redistributes over 90 per cent of its revenues for the benefit of the wider Olympic Movement, and the funding generated by this agreement will support sport around the world, future organisers of the Games, including Tokyo 2020, and ultimately the athletes themselves.”

IOC Vice-President and member of the IOC’s TV Rights and New Media Commission Zaiqing Yu said: “The Japan Consortium has provided excellent coverage of the Games, and we are happy that, as a result of this agreement, Japanese sports fans will be able to enjoy first-class coverage of the Games on their media platform of choice until 2024.”

NHK President Katsuto Momii said: “We, as the Japan Consortium, were able to acquire the broadcast rights to four Summer and Winter Games this time. Above all, the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, which will be the first Summer Games to be held in Japan for 56 years, will draw particularly high interest for the public. They are not merely a sports festival; they bring enormous significance for the future of Japan. NHK is devoted to spreading the excitement of the Olympic Games and to delivering inspiring Games through the most advanced technology, including free-to-air television, radio, digital services and 8K (SHV) from one end of the country to the other, and, in cooperation with JBA, will respond to the interest of the public audience.”

JBA President Hiroshi Inoue said: “We are pleased to announce that we, as the Japan Consortium, have acquired the media rights for four Olympic Games, including Tokyo 2020. We are convinced that the Japan Consortium, composed of the public broadcaster NHK and commercial broadcasters, will serve as the best system to convey the Olympic Games to the Japanese audience to the maximum extent. In particular, as for the 2020 Olympic Games held in our local city of Tokyo, coverage of the Games will be on an even larger scale compared to past Games. We will now set out for thorough preparation, taking all possible measures for the Games. The Japan Consortium has long worked with the IOC to spread the philosophy of Olympism — ‘to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity’. Now, with this long-term agreement, we have built a stable relationship with the IOC, which will enable us to convey the brilliance of Olympism more widely, deeply and constantly.”



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Japan wants 5G up and running in Tokyo for 2020 Olympics

The Japanese government has announced that it expect state-of-the-art 5G mobile technology to be in place for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Mobile operator NTT Docomo has been conducting research on 5G since 2010 and in May six major Asian and Western players created a consortium. (Fujitsu, NEC, Samsung, Ericsson, Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent. Field tests are planned for 2015, with results to be shared starting a year later. Les Echos writes that the government's Olympic target will help Japan keep up with South Korea, which aims to invest USD 1.5 billion in 5G by 2020 and has signed an agreements to partner the EU and China in this area. The European Commission is expected to publish a tender for 5G standards research in November.


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Kyodo appointed host news agency for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

TOKYO, Sept. 25, Kyodo

The International Olympic Committee has appointed Kyodo News as the host national news agency for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the IOC informed Kyodo in a recent letter.

It is the second time that Kyodo has been appointed as the host national news agency, following the Nagano Winter Olympic Games in 1998.

The IOC has also invited Kyodo to establish a National Olympic Photo Pool, or NOPP, for the Tokyo Olympics, Lawrence F. Probst III, chairman of the IOC Press Commission, said in the letter.


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Sweden's recently-retired popular sprinter and hurdler Sanna Kallur, "a dream to recruit" says Discovery Sweden's boss Emir Osmanbegovic, joins the Eurosport team covering and analyzing track and field starting with the World Track and Field Championships in August in London on Eurosport and then the Malmo Games on Kanal 5 later that month and will be present doing the same as part of Kanal 5/Kanal 11/Eurosport Sweden's sportscasting team flanked by the experienced commentators Jonas Karlsson and Tommy Åström over for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Her best shot at Olympic glory came in Beijing at the 110m hurdles as one of Sweden's finest hopes for a medal, but she crashed and fell right from the start in the final. You may recall that her twin sister Jenny, who also dealt with injuries in her own track career that prompted a bit premature retirement, was part of Viasat Sweden's Rio 2016 broadcast team covering the same sports there. Wonder if they get together just to try to mess with the viewer or the commentators. Equally interesting is that both were born in New York City so that birthright automatically US citizens too--their dad played for the New York Rangers at the time and their English is thickly-Swedish accented unlike lots of Swedes:


NHK's got a yearlong Olympic-themed drama slated for 2019 spanning between Japan's first Summer Olympics participation in Stockholm in 1912 to hosting in Tokyo in 1964 with the economy, politics, and the two world wars rearing their heads around the characters:


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Still lots of time ahead before the world truly focuses on Tokyo 2020. But that surely won't stop the likes of Eurosport in promoting and planning ahead in its multiyear Olympic rights contract as the burning Olympic flame blazes its trail through every Olymic sports stop with this really cool commercial just put up a month ago:


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You gotta easily think with the Olympics staying in Asia, this time of course Tokyo hosting the Summer Olympics, that NBC Sports Network will reprise having the Olympics covered 24 hours a day as the major US Olympic TV Channel for several more days than what it did for Pyeongchang because of, obviously, much more events to cover. Maybe it would do this starting with the first full day of official competition until close to the final day.

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On 5/1/2018 at 7:44 PM, Durban Sandshark said:

You gotta easily think with the Olympics staying in Asia, this time of course Tokyo hosting the Summer Olympics, that NBC Sports Network will reprise having the Olympics covered 24 hours a day as the major US Olympic TV Channel for several more days than what it did for Pyeongchang because of, obviously, much more events to cover. Maybe it would do this starting with the first full day of official competition until close to the final day.

Zero chance that happens.  If you think, you'd realize why it's not that easy.  NBCSN is heavily committed to NASCAR that time of year.  In 2016, that resulted in a couple of races being shifted to CNBC and USA so NBCSN could show the Olympics.  This time around, those races will occur in the middle of the afternoon here in the US, so they won't conflict with live Olympic events (and NBC will probably push so that no night races are held during the Olympics) and NBCSN is clear to show them, just like they had a few soccer matches and a couple of other events during PyeongChang.

That aside, 1 thing I think we can count on.. at least 1 network will have Olympic coverage 24 hours a day through the duration of the Olympics.  It just may not always be NBCSN.  Tokyo is 12 hours offset from Rio which makes time conversions easy.  That means that the competition day in Tokyo equates to around 8pm-11am Eastern Time here in the states.  If NBC reprises their usual afternoon coverage window (although that's not a sure thing since unlike Rio and London, it won't be live), that's 10am-5pm.  And then CNBC will have their block from 5pm-8pm.  So that covers the afternoon here when it's the middle of the night in Japan and frees NBCSN up to show live coverage of other sports while other networks are covering the Olympics.

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On 7/3/2018 at 10:24 PM, cosmo45 said:

NBC surely got a busy schedule with other major sporting events. They should give more good updates, highlights, broadcasts, and recaps of important event s of the Olympics.

NBCUniversal to provide record 6,755 hours from Rio Olympics

I don't know, did they give enough good updates, highlights, broadcasts, and recaps of important events from Rio when there was 6,755 hours of coverage?   That's 281 DAYS of coverage right there.  For an event lasting less than 3 weeks.  What exactly should they do more of?

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Bold. Athletic. Fluid. Dynamic. And moving. NBC Sports just now puts up the new Tokyo 2020 broadcast logo. Check it out. Gets and does more action than the stationary Sochi.ru 2014 Olympic logo. Said to best "embodies what it takes to be an Olympic athlete" You can simultaneously see the running and jumping along with perhaps subtle nods to a Shinto temple, a pagoda, and Mount Fuji with a dash of futurism the city is definitely known for. Do know for sure it's loads more--IN THE THOUSANDS!--coverage than when NBC last visited Tokyo in October 10-24, 1964 as the first time the Peacock tasted Olympic TV broadcasting when the innovations of the day were via satellite with the Syncom 3 and color TV (15 hours overall in daily highlights form with the competition entirely in b&w a few hours after the Olympic competition was over for the day likely during primetime hours or for the next day with footage flown trans-Pacific with the OC live via satellite in color). Under the #TokyoOlympics hashtag



Also puts forth its first of what surely will be many promos in all of its various platforms during the next two years during its promotional blitz showcasing Team USA as the 2-year American Summer Olympic calendar officially begins... 


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NBC Tokyo 2020's wordmark broadcast logo was designed by Los Angeles-based branding firm Maceon intended through its design "to honor Japanese traditions – including distinct line forms of the Japanese written language; embrace Tokyo’s modern spirit, and embody the energy of NBC Olympics’ presentation" that more specifically highlights and desires "[its] branding goal was to develop a logo that honored the rich culture of Japan, while also exploring the vibrant union of art, technology, fashion and pop culture that defines Tokyo today,” with plans for diverse array of forms and color palettes used whenever the situation calls for it in adaptable ways. Given the significance and meaning while knowing more behind the design like the caligraphy-like wordmark (something I should've made note of earlier), I like it even more:


Last month in September a couple weeks ago, the OBS and Worldwide Olympic Sponsor Alibaba.com announce a partnership that will see the two develop a groundbreaking Olympic broadcasting cloud platform system under the Alibaba Cloud network called OBS Cloud making its Olympic debut for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Figured cloud systems will integrate its way onto the Olympic program in some way as clouds are deemed the future in computers. The cloud allows, among other things, for OBS to store its video and audio Olympic broadcasting assets while hosts rights broadcasters can move them out or allow them to stay for storage. More details and thoughts are coming next time:  








Seven Network through Seven West Media down under says it will do better than in the past with its screening and streaming Australian coverage of the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Paralympics as opposed to displaying its very limited 1-hour TV highlights coverage for the Rio 2016 Summer Paralympics after taking over the Aussie TV rights from ABC:


In case you couldn't directly link to the promo from me the first time around...


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Seven Network in Sydney announces its historic all-encompassing 3500 hours of Tokyo 2020 coverage screened on its digital TV channels and across 52 live event streams on 7PLUS and numerous ultra high definition live channels--across all Australian time zones--with some host 8K live screenings across Australia, an Aussie TV first for the nation and in Australian sports broadcasting. Road to Tokyo starts next year after 7's successful coverage ratings for Rio 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018, hitting #1 in every market for the network. Done by Chief revenue officer and director of Olympics at Seven Kurt Burnette and Chief revenue officer and director of Olympics at Seven Kurt Burnette


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Pyeongchang 2018 was successful for NBC with the ratings despite the time zone differential last February. NBC Sports' Mark Lazarus announces in a morsel that NBC's Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 broadcast coverage will be the "most live" Olympics ever in American television ever with the 13-hour time zone difference, particularly during primetime and late night with a lot of sports going on. With the scheduling pending with the international sports federations, swimming will be live in Tokyo (just like in Beijing just over a decade ago) and gymnastics nearly so but conducted in a package format and quick turnaround. NBC plans to heighten and attract American viewers to the Tokyo mystique throughout the coverage:


The report from Asahi Shinbun indicating FINA reluctantly allowing the Tokyo 2020 swimming finals start in the midmorning slot instead of the evening, kowtowing to NBC pressure for US TV primetime attraction:


Getting very "scary" with Hong Kong's TVB and other TV networks there seemingly financially unable to pay the rights fee for the upcoming two Summer Olympics in Tokyo and Paris when it's facing a staggering HK$546 million (US$70 million) fee that's more than double what TVB paid for Rio (US$17 million). Been reading past editions of this and you'll notice trouble with Hong Kong's Olympic broadcasting fees, rights, and coverage. Even TVB took a red bath of US$15 million for its Rio 2016 coverage rights due to production costs despite even "bringing up considerable ad revenue" that made the network have cold feet. Of course, there's still time--20 months--to perhaps get the price reduced and negotiate a coverage deal like with several of these channels including the pay-TV side like now-defunct LeSports to join forces like what TVB and now-defunct ATV unprecedently did for London 2012:


Seven Network's press release on that network's general plans for its Tokyo 2020 with its all-encompassing multiplatform coverage with 3500 hours in total utilizing 8KTV and 7plus' Olympic Hub aiming to be the most audience watched Australian Olympics ever:


NHK will use the new JPEG XS compression standard with the already implemented TICO (JPEG XS) for 8K over 12G-SDI and 10GbE that  they will use both to help move material around during the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics:


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NBCUniversal’s new free OTT platform to host 2020 Olympics

To clarify the word "free".. the service is available to existing pay TV customers at no additional cost (similar to the current limitations of access to live video during the Games).  Otherwise, you can subscribe to the service for $12 month.  Needless to say, this is extremely good news for cord cutters with regards to the Olympics.  The option is now very much there to purchase the entirety of the Olympics for a relatively small price without having to go through another service to get it.  That the service is ad-supported.. remains to be seen how that will affect the coverage versus what we'd had in the past.

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Agreed on the cord cutters who actually enjoy the Olympics. Regarding the ads...I do hope they won't interrupt the coverage at hand and frustrate people to no end when they pop up. Just keep it at the beginning prior to the start of the events. One thing if it's on-demand after the live presentation though and hopefully make it seemless. Been thinking lately about what kind of role with their rapidly-growing importance and influence of streaming services would play in the Olympics. And I knew NBCUniversal would be more than capable o setting up their own in moving on from Hulu. Would like for this new NBC streaming service platform to have American subscribers access past NBC Olympic coverages dating back to Seoul if not the original Tokyo Olympics in 1964, assuming it can't get the rights to non-NBC Olympic broadcasts like Los Angeles 1984. Be very interesting if it did. Surely other advanced nations' broadcast rights holders will follow suit with similar down the line as we will get further details about the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics presentation in this when we get closer.

Another article on NBCUniversal's new free OTT platform that also mentions hosting the 2020 Olympics from Variety for those who could get to Sports Pro Media:



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Really interesting there's a tremendous push to broadcast the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics on 8K while 4K has yet to be implemented commonly worldwide in significant markets in critical mass style. Not even in the USA. We already know Japan's NHK is certainly doing this. But so is even Italy's RAI surprisingly enough. You would expect all-powerful and all-influential NBC to at least consider it. Broadcasters holding major sports TV events worldwide already have experimental plans to show them in the 4K format partly with the hope consumers will buy 4KTVs--with even CBS using 8K cameras for Super Bowl 53 and will be the case for these events in that later. Perhaps NBC would use the 8K cameras but downgrade the conversion for broadcast in Tokyo. More than likely by Paris 2024 or Beijing 2022. Not to mention 5G mobile technology being firmly implemented by then to use for broadcasters in major sports events to transform the spectator experience as well:



Track and field athletes certainly won't be the only Olympic athletes eventually to have their biomechanics 3D-mapped and analyzed in real time by broadcasting experts with the help of Intel and Alibaba through a cloud in how they perform and compete against each other to enhance the OBS coverage. I think track and field in five events like sprinting and high jump was chosen for Tokyo 2020 since it's a prime Olympic event and easier in the technology's beginning to analyze as opposed to other Olympic sports like swimming, judo, and volleyball: 


NTT is looking at developing a 3D holographic capture and display service, Kirari! For Arena as an “immersive telepresence” plucking the Olympic action from the venues to deliver it in 3D elsewhere. NTT is also producing a drone-based, 5G-enabled 8K virtual reality innovation to also make viewers feel they're at the venue. Mitsubishi Electric is planning free-floating holograms--no headset required. All about better immersion with the Olympic experience through tech:


Sony and Panasonic are both planning to shell out 8KTV technology with NHK in time for Tokyo 2020 with some experimental 8K footage already produced from Rio of course in a modest amount. Surely Japan has some 8KTVs already on the market. Still expensive and precious few but prices will come down there as we get closer and closer to Tokyo 2020 as Sony, according to Nikkei, will sell its first 8KTV sets next year. Japan is always of the mainstream when it comes to technology:     


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SportsMax and Digicel in the Caribbean started broadcasting with the IOC at the 500-day mark yesterday over 700 hours of exclusive year-round Olympic-related content, both in linear and digital programming, under the Olympic Channel banner with original programming and live sporting events as well as additional Olympic-related content that highlights locally relevant stories created by both parties to the 22 Caribbean nations and territories involved in the Sportsmax/Digicel deal. One of the objectives is to engage younger and newer viewers into the Olympic movement:


At the same time Tokyo 2020 organizers made public its pictograms inspired by the first ones in Tokyo 1964 back-to-the-future style, Eurosport shows off its manga-inspired TV-ready Tokyo 2020 branding identity logo:



The IOC, says President Thomas Bach, is a fan of the combination of 5G and cloud technology with Alibaba, Intel, and Samsung involved will transform the Olympic Games and benefit fans, spectators, venues, organizers and athletes at the Barcelona Mobile World Congress at the keynote address. Partly because innovative technology like clouds can accomplish more with less resources used. Even says sports, in this case the Olympics, were the original social network in bringing people worldwide together. Upbeat in that Olympic Channel consumers in the mobile realm are 80% 35 and under. We can easily imagine Tokyo 2020 with Japan's technological innovations over the decades will surpass Pyeongchang as "the most watched Olympics ever". Athletes' POV coverage is likely to expand to more events:


Japanese PM Shinzo Abe signs the bill with the go-ahead from the Diet sessions for public broadcaster NHK to provide simultaneous online streaming service coverage set to later this year in time for the Summer Olympics. Thanks to the rapid changes in technology like clouds preventing fears of not protecting the commercial Japanese TV networks. Like to see how the other members of the Japanese Olympic Consortium will develop their portion of Tokyo 2020:



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Progressively wondered if Doordarshan National Television by itself was ever capable of providing ample coverage with the trend of more commercial TV networks around the world doing this. Not to mention keeping up with the fees and being late with an agreement deals. Seems what they did was limited to begin with in comparison. A new era emerges in South Asian Olympic TV broadcasting coverage with pay-TV network Sony Pictures Network India taking over acquiring the rights for $12 million across the Indian subcontinent in all multiple media platforms all the way to Laussane 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games with the Olympic Channel and its digital channels included with SonyLIV, except for free-to-air networks in Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Makes we wonder will SPN may take the direction of several languages offered with Hindi and English. Coverage will be comprehensive also featuring highlights and replays of key events to supplement SPN’s coverage. Perhaps DD India can earn the free-to-air coverage and H/Ls unless SPN creates its own in time for Tokyo 2020:



No hammering the Tokyo 2020 Olympic broadcasting deals at the very last minute in Singapore with Dentsu this time. Struck early! Deal goes to 2022. The Games being held in Asia starting with this one post-Pyeongchang certainly has much to do with it. So heavy emphasis on Team Singapore like Joseph Schooling can commence:


Nastia Liukin confirms she will help cover Olympics gymnastics again for NBC at Tokyo next year:


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Cologne, Germany-based documentary label Autentic had a slate of Tokyo 2020-themed documentary projects hoping to be sold by its sales division for the MIFED convention at Cannes, France. Two involve skateboarding now on the Olympic program and another focusing on security and AI technology at the Olympic Games:


Tokyo will use 4 areas (Hibiya Park, Ueno Park in Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan University Minami-Osawa Campus for the Olympics and Chofu Station Plaza for the Paralympics) and several other locations have been selected in the Tohoku and Kumamoto regions in Kotadai Park in Miyagi and Kumamoto-jo Hall in Kumamoto that were devastated by the 2011 and 2016 earthquakes as multiple viewing areas for both the Olympics and Paralympics:


Great news for NBC with the Tokyo 2020 schedule just now up, and it's getting the swimming, track, and beach volleyball finals will all live air on American primetime despite being 16 hours across the Pacific with its way. By contrast, gymnastics, soccer and other sports will stick to traditional afternoon and evening start times that's more beneficial to European TV. Plus, there's going to be a couple of Super Saturdays and a Golden Sunday like one of the former on August 8 with 30 medal events back-to-back in men's gold medal basketball (tip-off at 11:30 a.m. at Saitama Super Arena Tokyo time), soccer, and baseball games before the Closing Ceremony the next Sunday. Another thing the NBC family of networks when covering Tokyo 2020 would like to drum up interest on.

Even with NBC forking out the largest amount of cash, the Tokyo 2020 organisers only consulted with the OBS in imagining the audiences in each sport and then factoring other aspects in devising the schedule:



Olympic Channel: now also available on the Roku platform and app:


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Denying that they, the Tokyo 2020 organizers, didn't act on the wishes of NBC's massive clout with the broadcasting seems silly not just to everybody here but elsewhere. Should expect widespread criticisms going their way over this. Find it interesting even the women's soccer gold medal final is set during the US primetime too (11am Tokyo time). And this is because the American women are expected to be there and likely win (should've done that in Rio 2016, won't discuss that here except I'm still angry at them). Considering the weather there when the temperature starts rising, I can understand that. But nighttime seems more preferable. Nine events in track-and-field athletics including men’s and women’s long jump and 400m hurdles, and basketball for both women and men because we know both USA teams will be there. 

Just hope the situation doesn't turn adverse or even tragic on the athletes' side:


A very strong sign that Sony Pictures Networks will showcase archery in its upcoming Tokyo 2020 broadcast along with preceding major archery events across the Indian subcontinent:  


Would you like some 5G along your upcoming 8KTV with that? Nice to see but...Be quite a while for that to happen with North America and Europe and the Pacific as it would in East Asia. Doubt those 5G 8KTV will hit here in time for Tokyo 2020 unless they're fast tracked with 5G being installed. Nor will the broadcasters be ready save for limited usage:    



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