It was all of those things!
What's the Icelandic for schadenfreude?
Iceland might be unique in its TV landscape - being pretty rich with a few main channels for such a small population. And recently there's been a debate on Icelanders getting more free time
. So they can, I dunno, watch Eurovision a second time.
Other countries aren't quite as lucky!
The world has 7 billion people, and they live in 1.9bn households ... only 1.4bn households have a TV, let alone the internet. And it is the poorer households that tend not to have TV, and they also happen to be the bigger households. So around 2.5bn people don’t even have access to TV.
Unless of course, they all gather round someone else's TV, 10 people per set.
Which, according to the IOC, is what they did in 1992! The Olympics opening ceremonies could have been where the audience one-upmanship started:
Organizers began to attribute to the Games event audiences measured in millions in Mexico '68, and the figure has been rising dramatically ever since. Audience estimates of 600 million viewers (e.g. for the Opening Ceremony) for Mexico '68 was followed by 900 million for Munich '72, two billion for Los Angeles '84, three billion for Seoul '88 until it reached
which was readily attributed to Barcelona '92.
...the audience for this event would have had to reach 90 per cent in the developed countries [1,111,431,600, and] another 2,388,568,400 in developing countries, which would only have been possible if all 244,000,000 television sets were tuned into this event and the amount of viewers per television set was 9.7 people.
The ceremony was on from 12.30-4am
Chinese time. That is bloody impressive. Good on ya, China.
Even 25 years later, that chapter does show how the Olympics, especially events of national interest, can bring many people together to watch. Just not "3.5 billion"
But I'd like to believe that millions were watching this satellite HDTV test, or saw Des Lynam being broadcast by accident:
Last edited by sbahnhof 7 on 13 September 2017 7:25am