Last year’s Tokyo Olympics have been described as the first “streaming Games” after becoming the most-watched Games on digital platforms.
Timo Lumme, managing director, IOC Television and Marketing Services, said: “Beijing 2008 was perhaps the first digital Games, London 2012 was the first social media Games, and Tokyo 2020 is the first streaming Olympic Games.”
While TV remained the dominant platform, with 21.3 billion hours of Tokyo 2020 coverage consumed via TV, last summer’s event saw an upsurge of 74 per cent in digital unique viewers compared to Rio 26, reveals the IOC’s Marketing Report Tokyo 2020.
Video views on digital platforms rose by 139 per cent compared to the previous Summer Olympics.
The report suggests 3.05 billion people watched the Games, with 23 billon hours of content consumed via both TV and digital platforms.
Tokyo 2020 was the first Games to be fully produced natively in Ultra High Definition High Dynamic Range.
Olympic Broadcasting Services produced 3,300 hours of UHD/HDR coverage, and 10,200 hours of content in total.
In Europe, 1.3 billion minutes of content were consumed across Discovery’s digital platforms, with over 175 million viewing the broadcaster’s coverage on TV and digital – 13 times more than PyeongChang 2018.
The BBC broadcast more hours of coverage than ever before, with a total of 36.4 million viewers for its content. Across its digital platforms, including BBC iPlayer, the Corporation reported a record-breaking 104 million requests.
In France, viewers spent an average of 7.53 hours each watching the Games.
The full IOC Marketing Report Tokyo 2020 is available here.