July 13, 2024
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Raman Abrol

With the 2024 Paris Olympics just around the corner, sports enthusiasts are anticipating a spectacular summer of athleticism and competition. However, how they plan to watch has shifted dramatically in the four years since the last games. As streaming services dominate the viewing landscape, a recent surveyconducted by Amdocs explores the key trends shaping Olympic viewing preferences.

In a survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers, Amdocs’ findings revealed an impressive 82% increase in streaming interest, highlighting that the transition from traditional cable to digital platforms is gaining momentum. In 2021, only 28% of consumers opted for streaming; this number has surged to 51% for the 2024 Games. This is good news for Peacock, since NBCUniversal’s OTT service will live-stream all 329 medal events, providing over 5,000 hours of coverage.

This trend shows a clear preference for streaming’s flexibility and convenience.  As a result, cable providers are adapting by offering streaming plans that bundle popular services like Peacock, Netflix, and Apple TV. This strategic move not only caters to the growing streaming demand, but also addresses cost concerns for a significant portion of Gen Z viewers.

A New Playing Field for Younger Audiences

The younger demographic, particularly Gen Z, is driving demand for new, immersive experiences, such as multiview features that will let users watch four events at once. Nearly 50% of Gen Z respondents indicated that the opportunity to bet on Olympic events increased their interest in watching the games. Additionally, 34% of Gen Z viewers expressed excitement about celebrity commentators like Snoop Dogg, Peyton Manning, Kelly Clarkson, and Jimmy Fallon.

These findings highlight a shift towards interactive and engaging content that goes beyond traditional sports broadcasting. By incorporating elements such as live betting and celebrity endorsements, streaming platforms can enhance viewer engagement and create a more dynamic viewing experience.

Cost Concerns: A Critical Factor

While streaming has become the preferred method for watching the Olympics, cost remains a significant concern. The survey revealed that 26% of Gen Z viewers cited streaming costs as their biggest concern, up from 14% in 2021. This represents an 86% increase in cost-related worries. 

Interestingly, cost is not only a concern for younger viewers. More than half (53%) of all consumers, regardless of age, indicated that the cost is the most important factor when selecting a provider for sports viewing. This underscores the need for affordable and flexible options that cater to budget-conscious viewers.

Winning Viewer Loyalty: The Evolving Streaming Landscape

These findings highlight how the evolving landscape of streaming, driven by intense competition and the quest for profitability, is reshaping consumer expectations. Today’s tech-savvy viewers now perceive value from their service and content providers through an emphasis on personalized, cost-effective, and immersive experiences. By offering platforms that deliver unique, context-rich interactions, content providers can enhance user engagement and foster long-term loyalty.

With streaming taking center stage at the 2024 Paris Olympics, viewers have made it clear that they expect more flexible, engaging, and cost-effective ways to enjoy the games. As the industry continues to innovate, the future of Olympic viewing looks promising, with new opportunities for interaction and personalization on the horizon.

For sports enthusiasts eager to dive into the action, embracing these trends will ensure they stay ahead of the curve to fully experience the excitement of the Paris 2024 Olympics. So, get ready to stream, engage, and immerse yourself in one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year.