Microsoft Azure to help deliver the 2016 Olympics

Microsoft have announced that it has partnered up with the broadcaster, NBC, so its Azure cloud platform can help to deliver the cross-platform multi-streaming coverage of the 2016 Olympics games. Reported by Telecoms.com

Azure cloud platform will be able to help NBC to deliver more than 4,500 hours of coverage from the Olympic games in Rio de Janerio throughout August. Although according to Microsoft, they will be providing cloud encoding and hosting, video workflows for the NBC Olympics production of the games, and they will assist with live and the on demand multi-platform streaming coverage.

NBC app will host all of the content and it will be available on most of the devices and platforms which include Android, iOS, Amazon Fire TV, any devices that are running Windows 10 this includes Xbox and PC’s, Macs and also the US’s biggest selling smart TV set top box, Roku.

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“We always strive to deliver more content real time to more channels and devices around the world” said Scott Guthrie, the executive vice president of the cloud and enterprise group at Microsoft.

“During the Sochi Olympic games, NBC Olympics had more than one million concurrent live viewers watching a collective average of 600,000 hours of coverage per day. We are planning for even greater viewing numbers for Rio, and are excited to power the experience again using Microsoft Azure”.

“The Rio Olympics have nearly three times as many events per day as the Sochi games” said by Rick Cordella, the senior vice president and general manager, Digital Media, NBC Sports Group.

“With the Azure Cloud platform, Microsoft is partnering with us to deliver the secure, scalable cloud we depend on to bring the games to millions of viewers on which ever device they prefer, via end-to-end live streaming entirely in the cloud”

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The agreement is in addition to NBC’s plans on to delivery more than 80 hours of content through the virtual reality headsets, after they signed an agreement with Samsung to bring the next generation of viewing experience to mobile users with the Galaxy Gear VR and the compatible accompanying handset.