The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics are expected to reach an estimated cumulative global TV audience of 4.25 billion people according to the event’s organisers.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) says the combination of more broadcasters, increased levels of coverage and more live sport than any previous Games, makes it highly likely Tokyo 2020 will surpass the 4.1 billion cumulative viewers who watched the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
In total the Paralympic Games will be shown by more than 150 television, radio and online outlets in a record 177 territories.
Live coverage from 21 disciplines across 19 sports, more than ever before, will be made available to broadcasters by Olympic Broadcasting Services.
In the UK, Channel 4 has pledged to show more than 300 hours on traditional TV and make all 1,200 hours available across digital platforms.
NHK, Japan’s Paralympic broadcaster, is planning more than 540 hours of coverage planned – the most of any previous host nation broadcaster.
Alexis Schaefer, the IPC’s commercial, partnerships and broadcasting director, said: “With more live sport available to broadcasters than ever before, I am confident we will break all viewing records for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
“The role of broadcasters in screening the Games has never been more important given there are no international spectators and limited domestic crowds. But the increase in the number of broadcasters and their levels of coverage is testament to the appeal of the Paralympic Games and the elite sporting performances of Para athletes.”
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games run from 24th August to 5th September.