With Rio 2016 looming on the horizon, Mr. Yiannis Exarchos (CEO of OBS) affirms that “enabl[ing] hundreds of millions of people and particularly younger people to come closer to the Olympic experience in a way that has not been possible before” is certainly the driving force behind OBS operation and the development of digital applications will be a core part of the coverage.

“For us, Rio will be the first real multi screen experience Games. And we will try to facilitate the RHB’s into really entering into today’s digital broadcasting world by those different applications.”

On 16 and 17 February 2015, the Olympic Museum brought together a select group of international experts in Lausanne, Switzerland for a two-day preview event ahead of the official inauguration of its new exhibition devoted to Olympic broadcasting, “The Olympic Games: Behind the Screen.”

It was the occasion for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to present its 10-year restoration and digitization programme and to explore Olympic films and Olympic broadcasting.

This two-day event provided a platform for fruitful debate about Olympic broadcasting and its future prospects. OBS is confident that digital screens will usher a new era of interactivity and develop further the Olympic experience.

The event was attended by IOC President Thomas Bach and IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge. Among the experts invited to host panel discussions were Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) CEO Yiannis Exarchos and Jim Owens, curator of the exhibition and a long-time OBS consultant.

You can watch Mr. Exarchos’ talk about the storytelling and the future of broadcasting below.

Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) was created by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2001 in order to serve as the Host Broadcaster organization for all Olympic Games, Olympic Winter Games and Youth Olympic Games.

The Host Broadcaster is responsible for delivering the pictures and sounds of the Olympic Games to billions of viewers around the world. It produces and transmits unbiased live radio and television coverage of every sport from every venue. This feed is called the International Signal or the World Feed.

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Yiannis Exarchos, CEO of OBS, at the Rio 2016™ Committee headquarters (Photo: Rio 2016™)

In this role, OBS is responsible for developing a consistent approach across Olympic operations while at the same time optimizing resources to continually improve the efficiency of the Host Broadcast operation.

OBS does so to ensure that all IOC contractual obligations are fulfilled and the Games’ Rights Holding Broadcasters (RHBs) are satisfied with the overall television production of the Olympic Games.

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VR (Virtual reality)

Virtual reality is arriving in the mainstream and the Olympic Games are no exception. For the first time, Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) will be broadcasting high-definition images of the opening and closing ceremony in virtual reality, as well as one event per day.

In the run-up to the Games, Samsung has released a 360-degree virtual reality film, Vanuatu Dreams, which can be experienced using the Korean company’s VR glasses. The three-minute film follows two beach volleyball players from the Pacific island of Vanuatu, Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu, in their bid for qualification for Rio 2016.