Year-Round Olympic TV Channel? Here’s What We Want

Jul 30, 2014

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Olympic TV year roundThough the idea is a long way from reality, we are already so excited about the prospect of a year-round Olympic TV channel. Olympic leaders and supporters recently gathered in Switzerland to discuss ‘Olympic Agenda 2020,’ International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach’s plan for Olympic reform.Olympic Agenda 2020 has three main themes: credibility, sustainability, and youth. The proposed year-round Olympic television channel focuses mainly on the last one: youth. The IOC believes the channel has “the potential to greatly increase the presence of sports and the promotion of the Olympic values year-round and worldwide,” especially among younger demographics.

This project is still in the very early stages of planning, but we can’t help but imagine what could be in store. Here’s what we’re hoping for:

Olympic trials and team training

Making it to the Olympic trials is a huge accomplishment, and we’d love to see the athletes who don’t quite make the team. The trials could be as exciting as the games themselves. Plus, it could be a great way to get to know up-and-coming athletes from year to year. This would give an Olympic TV channel plenty of content to pull from year-round.

Infrastructure construction and city preparation

Sneak peaks inside the Olympic Villages, stadium construction drama, and more! It’s a huge undertaking for a country to host the Olympics so it would definitely be interesting to see how the different cities handle the development and construction. Wouldn’t you have loved to see Sochi’s journey? Maybe it would help keep countries on track and make for a few less…surprises…

Coverage of cities’ bidding process

Recently, many countries have been reluctant to host the Olympics. There were even concerns that nobody would volunteer to host the 2022 Winter Olympics after several cities withdrew their bids. The bidding process would certainly make for interesting Olympics news.

The channel would be a curated selection of digital content, moderated by the International Olympic Committee. The IOC would create original content, but also ask for contributions from National Olympic committees, broadcasters and sponsors as well. What would you most like to see on this new channel?

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  • Andrew Ryback Reply
    2018-03-07 21:55:41

    We're glad you found this to be useful, Margaux. Let us know if there's anything we can help with.

  • Margaux Ford Reply
    2018-03-07 05:57:06

    I appreciate the tips on hiring a production staffing company to have more time to focus on the creative aspects of the project. Hiring a production crew is a tedious task, and can take up much of your time. We're currently working on a huge production, and I'll share this article with my boss so he'll consider on delegating the recruitment to a staffing company. I like that you mentioned that staffing company can ensure to have the right team onboard for the project. Thanks!

  • Robert McWilliams Reply
    2017-10-31 19:05:18

    Todd:I have an ad agency in addition to our production company. We put one of our clients on OTT two months ago up in Nevada. Seems to be working!Thanks again for the work earlier this month.Rob

  • Nicole Rohde Reply
    2017-05-27 22:28:45

    Hey Andrew, Any word as to whether or not the Jokers will be back for Comic Con this year? Please let me know. Thanks!!!

  • Aaron Estabrook Reply
    2017-02-23 16:26:57

    I'll be tuning in for sure!

  • David Patton Reply
    2015-01-16 13:16:02

    Interesting blog post Andrew. For those who are nearly ready to cut the cord, but still want access to key channels such as ESPN, I'd recommend checking out Dish Network's new service, Sling TV. It provides access to a handful of channels for $20/month.https://gigaom.com/2015/01/15/sling-tv-details-price-devices-networks-resolution-bandwidth/

  • Andrew Ryback Reply
    2015-01-13 14:44:19

    Go for it! I'll admit that I was a little apprehensive about pulling the plug at first, but honestly, the transition away from DirecTV has been seamless. The only missing link is live sports, but there are a few work arounds depending on what sports you watch. Good luck!

  • Gregory Hart Reply
    2015-01-13 06:35:00

    While I am part of the 55 year old demographic that still has TV boxes and does TV viewing, I do my viewing using DVRs and networked PCs playing video files from an in-home server. I too have noticed that I view a handful of shows on a regular basis and have found various other sources for these shows. And now it has gotten to the point to where I am seriously considering ending my very long relationship with DirecTV and going streaming. Working in the TV industry also helped to open eyes to this as well. This transition from "old" TV is coming and the networks (Les Moonves, I am looking at you!) had better plan for it.

  • Gary Reply
    2013-08-08 09:44:39

    You've left out a HUGE part of this story by not mentioning Howard Stern's effect on the Sharknado buzz! #siris-ly

  • Marybeth Harrison Reply
    2013-08-07 14:46:29

    I can almost hear the theme song from Jaws as I read your post!