As a nation of sports lovers, the Olympic Games provides viewing gold for Australian audiences.
17 August 2016
As a nation of sports lovers, the Olympic Games provides viewing gold for Australian audiences. From the broadcast of the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games when television (the 'new technology') entered our homes for the first time; through to the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, when 8.7 million Australians tuned in.
The Sydney 2000 Olympic Games was also at the forefront of providing online access to information about the games. The Sydney Olympics website received over 230 million page visits over a 17 day period. The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games was the first digital games with multi-platform internet and mobile broadcasting. In recent years we have seen the trial of 3D and virtual reality broadcasting. It will be interesting to see where technology takes us in the next four years.
With the games of the Rio 2016 Olympics coming to a close, we look at some key moments in the past sixty years of Olympic Games broadcasting.