Advanced Television

31% of Americans want Olympics on Netflix

July 20, 2016

Ahead of the 2016 Olympic games, Snell Advanced Media (SAM), found that almost one in three Americans (31 per cent) would like to watch the Olympics on Netflix if it was available to them, though more than half of Americans (56 per cent) will watch at home via their live cable or satellite TV this year.

Given the openness of American viewers to accessing Olympic content on multiple platforms, broadcasters must look to capture viewers’ attention through new technologies and formats such as 4K and HDR content.

The study, conducted with third-party research firm YouGov, revealed not only the varied channels American viewers would like to see Olympic content expanded to, but which events broadcasters should focus on delivering quality 4K content around now and in the future.

More than 28 million Americans (19 per cent) will watch more than 10 hours of Olympics coverage this year. Americans indicated sports in general are important for them to view live, with nearly 45 per cent likely to watch a championship or final sports game live; almost double that of those likely to watch an awards show live (25 per cent)

  • However, nearly half of Americans (48 per cent) are unsure of how much Olympics coverage they will watch this year, indicating NBC and its affiliates must do more to promote long-term viewing

Cutting the Cord – As broadcast trends shift towards more OTT delivered content, cord-cutting Americans want options for accessing Olympics content. To further capture attention, Olympic broadcasters should consider expanding the availability of content. If available to them,

  • One-third (31 per cent) would like to watch on Netflix
  • One in six (17 per cent) would like to watch on Amazon
  • One in seven (15 per cent) would like to watch on a dedicated streaming channel (Apple TV, Roku, etc.)
  • One in eight (13 per cent) would like to watch on Hulu
  • One in ten (10 per cent) would like to watch on HBOGo

“As part of SAM’s overall strategy, it’s critical we regularly survey consumer sentiment to ensure we stay ahead of the technology curve. It was evident in our research that the Olympics have captured the excitement of Americans. Consumers want additional viewing options and broadcasters can’t deny the changing climate– especially compared to the landscape during the previous games in London. With more opportunity to access live content, OTT services, and mobile video than four years ago, Americans need to see broadcasters willing and able to adapt to the new normal,” said Neil Maycock, EVP & General Manager, Media Software Solutions at SAM.

Seeing Gold in 4K – After much speculation, Americans with 4K ready TVs will have the ability to watch their hometown heroes win gold in 4K – but only for select events and sports. The top 5 Olympic events Americans want to watch live are:

  • Opening ceremony – 46 per cent
  • Gymnastics – 38 per cent
  • Closing ceremony – 38 per cent
  • Swimming – 33 per cent
  • Track & Field – 23 per cent

“For a long time it seemed Americans wouldn’t have access to any 4K content during this year’s summer games,” Maycock added. “However, NBC was able to work up a solution and will now be offering select events in ultra-high definition. With such a global stage and all eyes towards American broadcasters at one point, showing viewers and the rest of the world that we’re ready to play in such a sophisticated format is the right move. With 4K during the Olympics, they are capturing viewer’s attention and paving the way towards taking the next step in navigating this new media landscape all over the world.”


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