NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, is to use Microsoft Azure to assist with live and on-demand multi-platform streaming coverage of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil between 5 and 21 August.
Microsoft Azure will provide streaming services for NBCUniversal and NBCOlympics.com’s record 4,500 hours of online content, making it easier for viewers to find relevant content and recommendations on any device.
“During the Sochi Olympic Games, NBC Olympics had more than one million concurrent live viewers watching a collective average of 600,000 hours of coverage per day,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the cloud and enterprise group at Microsoft. “We are planning for even greater viewing numbers for Rio, and are excited to power the experience again using Microsoft Azure.”
NBC Olympics previously used Microsoft Azure to stream content for the sochi Olympic Games in winter 2014.
“The Rio Olympics have nearly three times as many events per day as the Sochi Games,” said Rick Cordella, senior vice president and general manager of digital media at NBC Sports Group. “With the Azure cloud platform, Microsoft is partnering with us to deliver the secure, scalable cloud we depend on to bring the games to millions of viewers on whichever device they prefer, via end-to-end live streaming entirely in the cloud.”
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