Rio 2016 Summer Games on NBC, using Microsoft Azure, breaks streaming records

Azure, NBC Olympics, streaming

Steven Goulet, Azure Media Services principal program manager, helping NBC Olympics to deliver the Rio Olympics to the U.S.

Like the athletes who competed in the Rio Olympics, Microsoft’s robust team of Azure engineers worked hard to prepare for Rio from the time the Sochi Winter Games came to a close in 2014, when NBC Olympics first selected Azure as the cloud-based live encoding, hosting and streaming platform for the Olympics, writes Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft Cloud + Enterprise corporate vice president.

“With the chapter now closed on Rio 2016, NBC Olympics is reporting that Rio 2016 established ‘a new standard for event coverage,’” Numoto says on The Official Microsoft Blog.

Eric Black, CTO, digital, NBC Sports Group, said, “Rio 2016 shattered streaming records in the sports category, with over 3 billion minutes streamed. More than one-third of those who streamed the Games did so from connected TV devices. Our partnership with Microsoft Azure helped us extend our reach to more people and more devices via cloud streaming than ever before.”

To learn more, read Numoto’s post on The Official Microsoft Blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff