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Thursday, February 8th, 2018
HOW TO STREAM THE XXIII OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES: NBC OLYMPICS PRESENTS MORE DIGITAL CONTENT ON MORE PLATFORMS THAN EVER BEFORE
Enhanced Streaming Experience Available for Coverage of Alpine Skiing, Figure Skating and Primetime Shows; Features Include Alternative Camera Angles, Behind-The-Scenes Views and Live Leaderboards
Video Content Presented Across Unprecedented Number of Platforms Including: NBCOlympics.com, the NBC Sports app, the NBC SPORTS SCORES app, Snapchat, and Uber
All Streaming Powered by NBC Sports’ Playmaker Media
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – February 8, 2018 – NBC Olympics will present more digital content across more platforms than ever before during the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from PyeongChang, South Korea, including 1,800 hours of live streaming coverage, enhanced streaming options for alpine skiing, figure skating and primetime show coverage, digital exclusive programming, live clips on Snapchat, highlights on Uber, and more.
As previously announced, PyeongChang will be the first Winter Games to offer live streaming of the NBC broadcast network, including primetime and primetime-plus programming, and the first live stream of an Olympics Opening Ceremony. Digital coverage will include live streaming of all competition on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app across desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs for authenticated users; TV simul-stream coverage of five television networks; streaming on connected TVs, a Winter Games first; and an enhanced viewing experience for select sports. In addition, Olympic fans will be able to access three digital-only programs, live streams of practices, and an active news desk that will regularly publish Olympic updates throughout each day.
Following is a summary of NBC Olympics’ digital coverage of the 2018 PyeongChang Games.
One of the most exciting digital innovations for the PyeongChang Games is the new enhanced experience for viewers streaming alpine skiing, figure skating, and primetime show coverage. NBC Olympics will present alternative camera views, behind-the-scenes content, fact cards featuring Olympic trivia, live leaderboards and a Team USA tracker, as well as interactive key moments. Through the interactive key moments tool, a marker will appear at the bottom of the stream, indicating the beginning of a performance, run, game, or match if a fan joins coverage in-progress.
Behind-the-scenes content will be displayed in a minimized screen beside the main livestream feed, providing viewers with a look inside the starting gate for alpine skiing, the warm up area for figure skating and more. Fans will be able to see the look on athletes faces seconds before they hit the slopes, or watch as a figure skater anxiously anticipates a competitor’s score. The fact cards feature animated headshots of select athletes, as well as biographical information and fun facts. The Team USA tracker will let fans know exactly when the next U.S. athlete is competing, making it even easier to cheer on Team USA.
NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app, which are powered by NBC Sports’ Playmaker Media, will deliver more than 1,800 hours of live-event and TV simul-stream coverage for the PyeongChang Olympics — including all competition sessions across all 15 sports and 102 medal events — for authenticated pay TV subscribers via TV Everywhere. The record streaming coverage will be available on desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and, for the first time for a Winter Games, connected TVs. NBC Olympics streamed 1,000 hours of coverage for the 2014 Winter Olympics, which was the first time that all Winter Olympic competition was streamed live.
NBC Olympics will stream the coverage that airs on all five NBCUniversal Olympic networks — broadcast network NBC and cable channels NBCSN, CNBC and USA, as well as the 24/7 news and highlights coverage airing on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. Each network’s TV coverage will also include athlete features, segments on the host city and country, and interviews with newsmakers and medal-winning athletes.
Every second of competition will once again be streamed by NBC Olympics online, even if certain events are not being televised at the same time.
The NBC Sports app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Comcast X1, and select Samsung devices.
Following are additional Olympic streaming elements:
- In a Winter Games first, NBC broadcast network content will be live streamed, including the daytime, primetime and primetime-plus shows.
- For the first time, NBCUniversal will stream live an Olympics Opening Ceremony. The live coverage from PyeongChang will begin tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 9 at 6 a.m. ET on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app, and will feature the pageantry and the Parade of Nations with world feed graphics and the event’s natural sound (without commentators).
- Users will be able to stream 30 minutes of coverage prior to authentication on their first visit, and 5 minutes each subsequent day.
- PyeongChang will be the first Winter Games in which streaming coverage will be available for connected TVs. All Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10, Comcast X1, and select Samsung authenticated pay TV customers will be able to watch NBC Olympics’ 1,800 hours of streaming coverage on the NBC Sports app via TV Everywhere.
- NBC Olympics will offer fans streams to practice sessions for select sports, including figure skating.
- In addition to live streaming, com and the NBC Sports app will offer extensive video-on-demand coverage, including athlete profiles and features, full-event replays and short-form highlights.
- NBC Olympics will provide more than 50 hours of live virtual reality coverage powered by Intel True VR during the Games to authenticated users with Windows Mixed Reality headsets, Samsung Gear VR, and both Google Cardboard and Google Daydream, with compatible iOS or Android devices via the NBC Sports VR app. It will mark the first time ever that VR will be available for a Winter Olympics and that Olympic VR programming will be live in the U.S on a wide range of devices and platforms. Click here for more information.
- NBC Olympics and Snap Inc. are partnering to bring the first-ever live-event coverage to Snapchat. In the premiere of Snapchat’s new “Live” feature, NBC Olympics will live stream a top moment each day on its Discover page to Snapchatters in the United States, beginning this Saturday, February 10.
Using a new video player experience, Snapchat’s Live will give Snapchatters access to a key Olympic moment during NBC’s live primetime broadcast each night on their mobile devices, whether it’s a crucial triple axel, make-or-break bobsled run, or high-flying snowboard trick. This Live feature will allow users to zoom in on different live angles and subscribe to receive notifications when NBC Olympics is about to go live on Snapchat. The first Live moment will be available during NBC’s primetime coverage this Saturday.
In addition, the Snap and NBC Olympics partnership will include custom Context Cards in “Our Stories,” with information from NBCOlympics.com curated by teams of editors at Snapchat. NBC Olympics will also debut two original shows on Snapchat Discover – Pipe Dreams and Chasing Gold – and will again work with BuzzFeed to co-produce daily Publisher Stories, after NBC’s successful partnership with BuzzFeed during the Rio Olympics. For more, click here.
- NBC Olympics is partnering with Uber to bring a custom in-ride video experience to U.S. Uber riders during the Games. Riders across the country will be able to access Olympic athlete interviews and highlights, curated each day of competition by NBC Olympics. Click here for more information.
- All live streaming, including non-linear feeds include commentary. That commentary, as well as full replays and most short-form video content, will be closed captioned in English.
- As a result of an agreement between the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and NBC Olympics, U.S. service members located on U.S. military bases worldwide can again watch Olympic live streaming coverage. This benefit is provided to current U.S. Military service members, including Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, including active duty, Guard, Reserve, and honorably-discharged veterans by Comcast NBCUniversal, and in partnership with local cable, satellite, MVPD, and telco providers. In addition, all virtual reality coverage (VR) of the Games will be available to US service members worldwide.
NBC Olympics will produce three digital-only programs, a social-focused video franchise, and a news desk that provides regular updates during the Games for NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.
Gold Zone, returning for its fourth Olympics, will again offer digital users a unique lean-back experience. Streaming daily from 12p-2p ET, the show will provide a condensed review of the recently concluded competition day, capturing all the best action and defining moments from PyeongChang.
The digital-exclusive version of Olympic Ice will offer a comprehensive post-competition review of figure skating news and highlights taking place all 11 days of figure skating competition.
Off the Post, a live hockey studio show following each day’s final game, will provide a full review of the men’s and women’s tournaments, with highlights, interviews, analysis, previews, and more.
Ever Wonder, NBC Sports Digital’s popular social-focused, short-form video series, will examine the curiosities of the Olympic Games, such as ‘Ever wonder how skeleton got its name? Wonder videos can be found here: http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/ever-wonder.
In addition, NBCOlympics.com will feature a digital news desk providing frequent PyeongChang Olympic update segments, with news and highlights from the day’s competition.
NBCOlympics.com will be the online Olympic hub for all news and results, detailed television and competition schedules, medal counts, dedicated sections on each of the 15 Olympic winter sports, and Team USA and international athlete bios, including original video profiles of select athletes. The site will also feature stories from NBCSports.com’s Olympic Talk blog.
NBCOlympics.com will be auto-localized by market, providing links to NBC affiliated stations that will allow easy access to locally-focused coverage in each user’s respective market. NBCOlympics.com is accessible on desktops and mobile devices.
NBC SPORTS SCORES APP
As a complement to the live streaming available on the NBC Sports app, the NBC SPORTS SCORES app will provide comprehensive real-time results across all 15 sports, up-to-date medal standings, video highlights, athlete bios, TV/Digital viewing guide information, and more. The app features enthusiasm ratings to help users identify the most exciting events at a given moment.
Launched in August 2016, NBC SPORTS SCORES acts as a complement to the thousands of live streams available on the NBC Sports app. The Scores app monitors the world for trending games and, with its powerful personalization and unique alerting capabilities, is able to tell fans when and where to watch that moment online and on TV for more than 25 leagues. The app is available on iOS and Android.