09 August, 2004
Over 3.9 billion people are expected to watch the Athens Olympic Games, due to begin on Friday, on television.
According to an announcement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Saturday, television coverage of the Games is expected to break all records from all points of view.
More than 300 networks will be providing footage from Athens, while total coverage is expected to exceed 35,000 hours (meaning 2,000 hours a day).
To enable comparisons to be made, 29,600 hours had been broadcast from the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, while during the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992 the number had been limited to 20,000.
Source: Athens News Agency