Olympic Broadcasts

The Olympic Games is a global event which attracts the attention of people all over the world. As technology has progressed, there have been numerous ways for the Olympics to be broadcast into people’s homes.


During the early years of the modern Olympics, there were limitations for broadcasting formats. Recording moving images was not a viable option. Instead, broadcasters relied solely on sound. Radio was the dominant method of relaying the results of the Games to the general public. The BBC was one of the biggest organisations in this regard. In the 21st century, the radio is still used by people who want to know about Olympic developments. This is particularly true for those who drive.


The very first televised Olympics occurred in 1936. However, this was a closed circuit system and limited to several viewing halls in Berlin. In 1948 the BBC covered the Games on television for the first time. The coverage could only be picked up in London.

Eventually, broadcasting techniques improved, and the number of households with television sets increased. This allowed for a much larger audience to watch the events live. The United States did not cover the Games until 1960.

With the advent of satellite technology, television companies were able to send footage of Olympic sports much more easily. They can also now broadcast a continuous live feed, as well as provide expert commentary and on-screen graphics.

The Internet

It is not just the big television companies that can now broadcast footage of the Olympics. Anyone with a smartphone can now record and live stream the games. Uploading high definition videos to the internet is easy to do. There are various apps that allow users to share their videos with others. During the 2012 games, there was a surge in the number of people who recorded their own footage of this sporting event.