FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
4 DAYS UNTIL THE LAUNCH OF “OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA”
“BY THE NUMBERS”
Programming Begins This Saturday, July 15, at 6 a.m. ET, with Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA Launch Special, Hosted by Mike Tirico
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 11, 2017 – Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA — a partnership between the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee, and NBCUniversal — launches in four days, this Saturday, July 15.
Kicking off programming for the new TV channel, which complements the global digital platform and allows Olympic fans to connect to Olympic Sports, athletes, and stories all year round, is a 30-minute Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA Launch Special hosted by NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico, who was named NBC’s primetime Olympic host earlier this year. The special will premiere this Saturday, July 15 at 6 a.m. ET, with several encore presentations throughout the week. Click here for more information on the launch special, and here for more information on the first weekend of programming.
Following are some key metrics and fun facts about the new Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA:
4 Olympic medalists participating in a roundtable discussion on the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA Launch Special: Shaun White, Kelly Clark, Gus Kenworthy, and moderator Tara Lipinski.
4 Original programs featured in the first weekend of coverage: Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA Launch Show, Against All Odds, Gold Medal Entourage, and Heroes of the Future.
7 Sports featured during the first weekend of coverage: diving, open water swimming , synchronized swimming, triathlon, track and field, volleyball, and water polo.
9 Distributors carrying Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA at launch: Altice, AT&T DirecTV, Comcast, Spectrum, DirecTV Now, Fubo, Hulu, Sony PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.
11 Countries or territories in which the events on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will be held during the first two weeks of its launch: including Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, Morocco, Russia, and the United States.
12 Commentators providing coverage for the first weekend of events.
15 Olympic Games NBC Sports has broadcast, most of any media company.
18 Events featured during the first weekend of coverage from competitions around the world, including the FINA World Aquatics Championships (open water swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo), IAAF Diamond League Track and Field, FIVB World Grand Prix Women’s Volleyball, ITU World Triathlon Series, and World Para Track and Field Championships.
35+ Million homes Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will be in at launch
212 Days until primetime coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games begins on NBC
2032 Year through which NBC Sports Group’s Olympic rights extend
ABOUT OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA is a partnership between the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee, and NBCUniversal. The new TV network will offer fans year-round programming of Olympic Sports from around the world, highlighting their favorite American athletes and teams. Programming will emphasize live events from a broad portfolio of summer and winter Olympic Sports. It will also include Olympic-themed original content produced by all three parties, such as original programs produced by filmmakers from around the world commissioned by the global Olympic Channel; rich archival footage from the IOC’s and NBCU’s libraries of Olympic features and documentaries; and original Team USA programming produced by the USOC that provides authentic, wide-ranging and athlete-focused coverage of the Olympic Movement in the United States. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will be live streamed on OlympicChannel.com, the Olympic Channel app, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app. Select replays and highlights will be available on these digital platforms as well as TeamUSA.org.
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