Olympic Channel pockets PyeongChang streaming deal

IOC's OTT service to stream the Games across India and the sub-continent.

Olympic Channel pockets PyeongChang streaming deal

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that its Olympic Channel will live stream the upcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea across India and the sub-continent.

Transmissions will be aired in Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and will mark the first time that the Olympic Channel will provide live coverage of the Games on its global digital platform on olympicchannel.com and mobile apps for Android and iOS. 

Additionally, the IOC said it will work with Indian mobile network operator Reliance- Jio to provide live coverage on its JioTV app. Meanwhile, the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) has picked up free-to-air rights for PyeongChang 2018 in Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

“This is an important step for the Olympic Channel as it broadcasts live Olympic Games coverage for the first time ever on the digital platform,” said Timo Lumme, managing director of IOC television and marketing services. “Through the Olympic Channel and the additional broadcast on Reliance-Jio's and the relevant ABU members' platforms, we are able to offer comprehensive coverage across the region and ensure fans will be able to follow all the action from PyeongChang 2018.”

PyeongChang 2018 gets underway on Friday, and is scheduled to run for two weeks until 25th February.