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Discovery delivers Olympic Winter Games to more people on more screens across Europe in company's first Olympic Games production


With the closing of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Discovery has delivered on its commitment to engage more people, on more screens than ever before across Europe. Viewers embraced Discovery’s innovative production of the Olympic Games in record numbers, including the most immersive coverage, every minute live on digital, and the best experts analyzing the action in an Olympic-first – the ‘Eurosport cube’ augmented reality studio – earned Discovery and Eurosport record audiences across platforms. Approximately 58%** of the population watched on free-to-air and pay-TV in Discovery’s top ten markets across Europe, on its own channels, and those of its partner broadcasters, with a record breaking over 90% TV audience share achieved in Sweden and Norway. And a record breaking 76 million users enjoyed the Games online, on social and through the integrated Eurosport app, which includes free content and premium sport streaming service, the Eurosport Player. Discovery’s strong start with its inaugural Olympic Games boosts confidence and support for Tokyo 2020, its future Games, and year-round premium live sport coverage on its leading sport brand Eurosport. David Zaslav, Discovery Communications CEO, said, “Discovery is proud of the consumer response to Eurosport’s coverage of the Olympic Games, brought to life by innovative production, the latest technology and local stories for 48 countries in 22 languages. Much of what we set out to do in PyeongChang, never has been done before, highlighted by delivering every minute of the action in the first-ever digital Games across Europe.” For the first time, Discovery has captured a comprehensive picture of the reach of the Olympic Winter Games across Europe, aggregating data across all platforms using a new measurement methodology endorsed by the International Olympic Committee. The three metrics, which together capture Total Video, the new ‘TV’, across free-to-air, pay TV, online and social for the company’s own platforms and those of its partners. • 4.5 Billion Video Views – each individual program or video viewed • 1.7 Billion Hours of Video - every moment of the Games viewed (102,818,493,241 Minutes) • 386 Million Users – cumulated number of people viewing • 8.1 Million Engagement – interactions across all of Discovery’s digital and social media properties, incorporating the number of likes, shares and comments on all digital properties and social platforms • Digital-first delivery sees record-breaking reach of 76 million to engage new and younger audiences across Discovery’s integrated Eurosport App,, Eurosport Player and owned and operated social media platforms • 15 million people used the integrated Eurosport App and during the course of the Games • Eurosport Player achieved its best month ever in February, with daily video views up 166% compared to January 2018 and average daily unique viewers up by 147% compared to February 2017 Eurosport also partnered with 20 digital influencers with 21 million followers to create a mobile-first take on the Games for younger audiences. The influencers, drawn from seven European markets, travelled to South Korea to share the magic of the Games with millions of fans and followers. Outside of the sports arenas, Discovery has broken several of its own records in terms of audience reach in Europe. • Norway: TVNorge achieved its best share ever on Sunday, Feb 18 achieving an All Day Share of 56.5% On Sunday the women’s Cross Country 30 km broke Commercial TV Audience Records with a 93% Share • Sweden: Kanal 5 achieved its best ever Commercial Share on Feb 17 for Women’s Cross Country Skiing 4x10km of 88%, increasing to 91% amongst Men • Finland: TV5 achieved an audience of 1,02 million for the Men’s Sweden v Finland Ice Hockey on Feb 18 which was the channel’s best audience ever and largest audience of the week on all TV. Share of the match was 76.3% (All 25-54). • Germany: Eurosport 1 achieved its highest share in two years with 7% of all viewers during the Men’s Ice Hockey Final on Feb 25 in which Germany lost against the Olympic Athletes from Russia 3-4 • Poland: Eurosport achieved an average audience of 1 million and audience share of 7.9% during Men’s Ski Jumping on Feb 10 Across the 17 days, 23.5% (8.4 million) of all individuals in Poland watched the Olympic Winter Games on Eurosport’s channels *Eurosport is Home of the Olympics in Europe. Excludes France 2018-2020. Excludes Russia. Eurosport will be an Official Broadcaster in the UK 2018 and 2020. **TV Audience aged +3 or +4 depending on official data in each market. For the full media release, head to: