Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) was created by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in May 2001, marking a new era in the broadcasting of the Olympic Games. OBS was established to ensure the high standards of broadcasting were maintained over successive Olympic Games.
The IOC created OBS to serve as the Olympic Broadcast Organization or Host Broadcaster for all future Olympic Games. As the Host Broadcaster, OBS is chiefly responsible for providing the pictures and images of the Olympic Games as a service to all broadcast organisations who have purchased the television and radio rights to the Games.
The OBS obligations commenced with the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. In Beijing, a cooperative joint venture between OBS and the Local Organizing Committee (BOCOG) created Beijing Olympic Broadcasting (BOB), the on-site Host Broadcaster for the 2008 Games. BOB was responsible for the day-to-day operations in Beijing under the management of OBS.
The 2010 Vancouver Games marked the first time that the Host Broadcast was solely an OBS operation. In December 2006, OBS created Olympic Broadcasting Services Vancouver to serve as the on-site organization responsible for the Host Broadcasting function again under the supervision of OBS.
The 2012 London Games are also a complete OBS operation. Working from Madrid, OBS plans broadcast coverage for the Olympic Games. OBS has also created a local office in London, Olympic Broadcasting Services London (OBSL), to more efficiently coordinate those aspects of the operation which require direct contact, and close coordination with the Organising Committee.
The OBS main offices are located in Madrid, while the OBS Operational-Technical headquarters are in northern Madrid (Tres Cantos). In addition to this, the OBS Warehouse is located in Barajas approximately 15km from the OBS main offices. The OBS London office is based in Central London.