The International Olympic Committee said today that its web-video portal will go live on August 21, after the Closing Ceremony of the Rio Games. Dubbed the Olympic Channel, the free platform will feature original programming, live sports, news and highlights all year round. Original programming will include shortform and longform content focusing on elite athletes, their quest for success and sport around the world. It initially will be offered in English only, with subtitles in nine languages. The new-media destination will be available worldwide online and via the app. The IOC also has staked a social media footprint for the Olympic Channel on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Spike plans to spend a lot more time at the bar. The cable net has greenlighted a 30-episode Season 5 of its reality series Bar Rescue along with 10 additional Back to the Bar specials. Spike also announced a pilot for an untitled late-night talk show featuring Bar Rescue star Jon Taffer and produced by 3 Ball Entertainment.. Season 5 of Bar Rescue premieres August 7, with the specials airing throughout the season. The new season will see Taffer heading to bars in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Seattle and other U.S. cities.