Winter sports are in the air, despite faulty US coverage of the same. Over in Europe, Eurosport has introduced its first iPhone apps, launching live mobile coverage of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.
(Remember when mobile coverage was a joke? Would that have changed without Apple iPhone?)
So – to the deal: “British Eurosport and British Eurosport 2 will be available on iPhone and iPod touch. Users subscribe for either £2.39 a month or £23.99 a year and can watch the channels by downloadling the Eurosport Player application, which is free.” (That’s according to New Media Age).
NBC has dumped the Microsoft Silverlight video streaming technology it used to webstream its Olympics coverage, moving to adopt the more ubiquitous Adobe Flash.
It seems sports fans trying to access the Olympics coverage were annoyed at the choice of Silverlight. “While 40 million US visitors to NBCOlympics.com didn’t have Silverlight installed, Adobe Flash is already installed on some 98 per cent of Internet-connected computers,” says Valleywag. Continue reading →
The BBC has published details of the web video traffic it experienced during the Beijing Olympics.
The statistics are impressive. “You may have noticed over the last few weeks that the Olympics has invaded our screens, websites, phones and life as never before,” wrote BBC chief technical architect, John O’Donovan on the BBC blog.
“The access to information and content has been unprecedented, and I thought you might be interested in some of the areas where we used some Olympics special sauce.” Continue reading →
Reuters reports: “As China hoped, the world did tune in for the start of the Beijing Olympics with various polls on Monday estimating about one billion people, or 15 percent of the world’s population, watched the opening ceremony.”
What made a difference: 842 million of the Chinese population watched the event, creating a global viewing audience of c.one billion souls. Continue reading →
The Art of Peace Foundation has announced that its newly-released compilation, ‘Songs for Tibet’ is now the top-selling rock download on iTunes across the world.
“With the Beijing Olympics just days away, this album sends a clear statement to Tibet and the Dalai Lama that the world is with them and supports their dreams for fundamental human rights and autonomy,” said Executive Director of The Art of Peace Foundation, Michael Wohl.
A video for the project by Mark Pellington titled “Songs for Tibet – Freedom is Expression” is available on YouTube, Continue reading →
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced it will launch an online YouTube channel to broadcast Beijing 2008 Olympic Game footage into 77 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, including India, Nigeria and Indonesia.
The channel launches on August 6. It will be available here. Viewers in the countries in which the service is available (places in which no exclusive arrangement has been made with local broadcasters) will be able to watch a selection of Olympic clips.
Olympics 2008 coverage continues to emerge as a key online play for content delivery companies – now Adobe has thrown its hat into the ring, revealing a deal with CCTV.com to offer online sporting event coverage in China.
Adobe and CCTV.com will offer online coverage of the Beijing Olympics to sports fans in China and Macau through a dedicated online channel for the event. The online broadcast system’s based on Adobe Flash and Flex technology. Continue reading →
In an exclusive partnership with Microsoft, NBC Universal will offer what it claims to be the single most ambitious digital event coverage ever including 2,200 hours of live competition encompassing 25 sports on NBCOlympics.com, with thousands more available on demand.
NBC Olympics Mobile will present the comprehensive coverage of the event, including mobile TV broadcasts, news text and video alerts.