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That ever popular Beijing's Some Olympic TV Updates now has a Vancouver remix for all of us to enjoy! Let's start with, who else?, our hosts from north of the US border. If you been reading the pre

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...And CTV BC still kept coming with those Olympic promos immediately in the afterglow! "Blkjock81" did a nice arrangement using the CTV 2010 B

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NBCU Sets Nov. 4 'Countdown To Vancouver'Comprehensive Programming, Promotional Initiative Marks 100 Days Until Winter Olympics

Mike Reynolds -- Multichannel News, 10/26/2009 12:01:00 AM

http://www.multichannel.com/article/366269..._Vancouver_.php

The countdown begins in earnest Nov. 4 when NBC's Today show features Olympic athletes and demonstrations. The Jay Leno Show, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon will all feature Olympic athletes during the 100 days leading to the start of the Vancouver Games. MSNBC, CNBC and The Weather Channel will also feature Olympic-related content in the 100-day countdown, as will NBC's 235 stations and affiliates.

At 8 p.m. (ET) on Nov. 4, NBCU will install a "Countdown to Vancouver" primetime roadblock across all its services, including USA Network, Bravo and Syfy, featuring Vancouver Olympic hopefuls.

Throughout the 100 day-period, NBCOlympics.com and UniversalSports.com will feature a "Countdown to Vancouver" clock in addition to content that builds on NBC Olympics digital success from the Beijing Games when more than 50 million fans used its mobile, video-on-demand and online platforms. For Vancouver, Olympics fans will again find comprehensive round-the-clock coverage on-line and on mobile. In an encore, NBCOlympics.com on MSN will be powered again by Microsoft's Silverlight technology to present HD quality video and offer DVR-style controls and enhanced navigation.

Additionally, Winter Olympic proponents will be connected to the Games with features like "Olympic Pulse," spotlighting tweets and blogs from athletes and NBC Olympic experts and social tools integrated within the video player. The mobile platforms will be significantly enhanced, including targeted alerts, as well as a custom smartphone application. Users will be able to embed an NBC Olympics widget.

The Countdown to Vancouver programming on Universal Sports will debut Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. with a one-hour Vancouver Olympics preview show.

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The IOC awarded ELTA Technology Co. Ltd. the broadcast and exhibition rights within Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) for the Vancouver Winter Olympics and the inaugural 2010 Youth Summer Games in Singapore. ELTA will provide exclusive content of those games on all media platforms on free-to-air and subscription television, internet, radio, and cell phones. I don't know exactly what was the coverage like of past Winter Olympics in Taiwan, but I can assume that, since Taiwan was never a power (defintiely won't be in Vancouver), it is safe to assume it no more than a daily highlights package, ceremonies excepted, for a few hours with a special emphasis on the Taiwanese Winter Olympians (and those from China, if possible). What is clear is this is unprecedented extensive Winter Olympics coverage for Taiwan with events going to its entirety.

Wikipedia notes that DR1, DR2, and TV2 in Denmark will cover the Vinter-OL 2010 in Vancouver for Denmark. Don't know more details, but they'll emerge soon enough.

A similar deal was struck with the IOC and International Media Company, an organization involved with Caribbean media outlets and the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Yes, that too will be even more extensive than what was shown of the Winter Olympics there in the past. 22 nations in that region, almost all of them Commonwealth nations and territories, are involved--Jamaica, Belize, Anguilla, Guyana, Bermuda, Bahamas, Suriname, Turks & Caicos, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada, Dominica, Barbados, Montserrat, Cayman Islands, St. Lucia, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, British Virgin Islands, and St. Thomas. This deal involves a combination of the respective free-to-air television partners in those markets with more extensive coverage coming from IMC's SportsMax channels servicing them. There Olympic sports and Olympianism are to be heavily promoted on the 16 days.

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FOXTEL released more specific info on their Vancouver plans for Australians with added features on their website. Some additional info to be aware of since I last wrote aboput FOXTEL's coverage plans:

-Curling will also appear on the Cypress, Whistler, and Vancouver channels, making it appear on all four channels

-Ice hockey makes additional appearances on Vancouver (makes sense since it's played in Vancouver proper)

-Vancouver is blue, Whistler is orange, Cypress is green, and Creekside is red

-access to LIVE broadcast through FOXTEL

-two encore presentation days of post-gold medal competition replays are featured

-every interactive channels with info on every sport and event, stats, athlete profiles, and other special features

-every Aussie athlete and every gold medal event LIVE and IN FULL

-HD versions of those channels will sport 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound in beautiful 1080i, record up to 30 hours of HD on FOXTEL HDiQ2, pause and rewind HD, record up to two channels at once or record one channel while watching one

-Channels are as follows: (standard) Whistler Channel 188, Creekside Channel 189, Vancouver Channel 190, Cypress Channel 191 (HD) Whistler 196, Creekside 197, Vancouver 198, Cypress 199

FOXTEL's Vancouver 2010 webpage

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ARD, aka Das Erste, announces its first sportscasters of its Vancouver TV roster that will support studio anchor presenters in Vancouver on ARD's Olympia-Sendestudio Michael Antwerps, Gerhard Delling, and Claus Liefen. Monica Lierhaus has been ill for sever months and can't participate this time. Among those include Katarina Witt, Franziska Schenk (speed skating), Valeska Homburg (ski jumping, luge/skeleton, bobsledding, nordic combined), Rene Kindermann (nordic combined, cross country skiing, biathlon), Wolfgang Nadvornik (bobsled, alpine skiing, luge/skeleton), Rico Gross, Dieter Thomas, Markus Weismeier, and Peter Schlickenreider. Waldemar Hartmann conducts his show after ARD's Olympic coverage days--remember it alternates with ZDF on Olympic days--at the Deutschland House in Vancouver talking with German medalists and athletes. ARD and ZDF will get the Winter Olympics often on German primetime TV.

Eurosport's coverage has yet to be made public in terms of hours, but like with Asics during Beijing the pan-European sports network struck a deal with Milka for Olympic coverage this winter until March. Under this deal Eurosport will air a TV series involving a five-member all-ladies Milka alpine ski team including Maria Riesch, Tina Maze, and Sarka Zahrobska with behind-the scenes coverage up until the end of the Games.

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ARD, aka Das Erste, announces its first sportscasters of its Vancouver TV roster that will support studio anchor presenters in Vancouver on ARD's Olympia-Sendestudio Michael Antwerps, Gerhard Delling, and Claus Liefen. Monica Lierhaus has been ill for sever months and can't participate this time. Among those include Katarina Witt, Franziska Schenk (speed skating), Valeska Homburg (ski jumping, luge/skeleton, bobsledding, nordic combined), Rene Kindermann (nordic combined, cross country skiing, biathlon), Wolfgang Nadvornik (bobsled, alpine skiing, luge/skeleton), Rico Gross, Dieter Thomas, Markus Weismeier, and Peter Schlickenreider. Waldemar Hartmann conducts his show after ARD's Olympic coverage days--remember it alternates with ZDF on Olympic days--at the Deutschland House in Vancouver talking with German medalists and athletes. ARD and ZDF will get the Winter Olympics often on German primetime TV.

Eurosport's coverage has yet to be made public in terms of hours, but like with Asics during Beijing the pan-European sports network struck a deal with Milka for Olympic coverage this winter until March. Under this deal Eurosport will air a TV series involving a five-member all-ladies Milka alpine ski team including Maria Riesch, Tina Maze, and Sarka Zahrobska with behind-the scenes coverage up until the end of the Games.

Sorry, I have to correct a few names here: It's Michael Antwerpes, Claus Lufen, Ricco Groß (quadruple Olympic gold medallist in biathlon), Dieter Thoma (Olympic gold medallist in ski jumping), Markus Wasmeier (double Olympic gold medallist in alpine skiing) and Peter Schlickenrieder (Olympic silver medallist in cross-country skiing).

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NRK announces their Olympic TV plans on the 100 day mark...and we're still waiting for SVT and DR/TV2 to release theirs. What makes NRK's unique is the fact that their coverage starts two days prior to the Opening Ceremony on February 10. I would expect the Canadian Official Host Olympic Media Broadcast Consortium of CTVglobemedia-Rogers to conduct under that nature--Canada's the hosts after all. But Norway's the first to do this outside of them. On February 10 and 11, it's just OL-Studio in Vancouver on NRK1 for a half hour on 22.30-23.00. The 12th brings 50 minutes of the men's ski jump qualification highlights and then a 35-minute short documentary on Ole Einar Bjorndalan at 22.25 before the Opening Ceremony airs live on 3.00. NRK2 joins in on that day at 18.45-20.00 with live ski jumping qualification. Most of the coverage will come on NRK1 beginning with OL-Morgen and live stuff on both appears in boldtype. Much of the stuff takes place live on European prime time, so many people can see them live.

NRK Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic TV Program Guide

Finally, we in the US will get more interactive Olympic TV on our screens instead of just the Internet plus on-demand.

(But will it be available in Spanish too for the Telemundo viewers?) Sounds like we're also getting an Olympic news channel, so that put us on par with other nations' TV channels' Olympic coverage in that regard.

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Here's this from NBC Universal as well with some reminders:

NBC UNIVERSAL READIES FOR 2010 VANCOUVER OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES WITH AFFILIATE MARKETING CAMPAIGNS,

MULTIPLATFORM CONTENT OFFERINGS

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. – November 5, 2009 – NBC Universal announced today a comprehensive affiliate marketing campaign for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games (February 12-28, 2010), designed to deliver multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) and their subscribers specialized, customizable campaign packages and multiplatform offerings to support the unprecedented Winter Olympic-themed programming. The announcement was made today by Brian Hunt, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Sales Strategy, TV Networks Distribution, NBC Universal.

"As the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games approach, NBC Universal is committed to delivering an effective multiplatform strategy to drive awareness and engage viewers on a local and national level," said Hunt. "The Olympics bring the opportunity for viewers to experience all of the adrenaline and excitement of the largest winter sports competition, with access in their homes or on the go."

NBC Universal's all encompassing business to business and consumer campaigns include Awareness, HD, FOD, Broadband, Multiplatform, and iTV. Subscribers will stay connected to the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games wherever they go, and can expect extensive TV coverage on the networks of NBC Universal. They need not miss a minute of sport coverage, which includes alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsled, cross-country, curling, figure skating, ice hockey and snowboarding.

MVPDs will have access to robust multiplatform coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, and the supporting customizable marketing campaigns featuring quality print, online and on-air materials, available at www.nbcunetworks.com.

AWARENESS CAMPAIGN: NBC Universal will deliver Olympic programming on the networks of NBC Universal.

DIGITAL SERVICES OFFERINGS:

HD Coverage: For the first time, every sport venue will be covered in stunning HD, with HD coverage available on the networks of NBC Universal.

On Demand: NBC Universal is making gravity-defying highlights and full event rewinds available On Demand.

· Pre-Games: Beginning December 2009, viewers can access more than 20, 5-7 minute length clips available in HD.

· In Games: NBCU will offer more than 100 highlight clips, approximately 10 per day, in addition to five daily full-length event replays.

Interactive TV (iTV): Customers will have access to features including medal counts, athlete bios and team USA reports.

The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games will run throughout 17 unforgettable days and nights, covering every sport, medal, champion and riveting moment.

For more information on the Vancouver Olympic Games, please visit www.nbcolympics.com. To connect to all of NBC Universal's multiplatform, on and off-air Olympics marketing resources visit www.nbcunetworks.com.

About TV Networks Distribution, NBC Universal:

TV Networks Distribution, a division of NBC Universal, drives the distribution, marketing and local ad sales for the company's top-rated content portfolio to all multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), and includes USA Network, CNBC, Syfy, MSNBC, Bravo, Oxygen, mun2, CNBC World, Chiller, Sleuth, Universal HD and HD simulcasts. A key revenue-generator, the division oversees: distribution of the Olympics on cable; retransmission consent for NBC and Telemundo owned stations; and NBC Universal's content delivery on broadband, linear and set-top box platforms with services that include video-on-demand, pay-per-view and set-top box interactive features.

Oh yeah, ORF 1 will cover the Winter Olympics from the ORF family, but I'm awaiting if ORF Sport Plus will get involved, or will it be in a menu style like with Beijing.

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Nine today announced its commentary team for the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in February.

Spearheading Nine’s coverage of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be Eddie McGuire and Ken Sutcliffe. McGuire will host the prime-time coverage from Vancouver, with Sutcliffe hosting the daily live coverage. Weekend Today's Leila McKinnon and Cameron Williams will provide regular result updates throughout the day.

McGuire and McKinnon will commentate on both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Nine claims it is the biggest free-to-air broadcast of the Olympic Winter Games ever seen in Australia.

For 17 days Nine will broadcast over 130 hours from the Games in Vancouver, including downhill skiing, acrobatic aerials, moguls, luge, bobsleigh, speed skating, figure skating and more.

Three-time Olympic coach and commentator Belinda Noonan will team with commentator Warren Smith for the figure skating competition.

Australia’s first gold medallist at an Olympic Winter Games, Steven Bradbury, will return to the sport that made him famous when he calls the short track speed skating competition.

Three-time Olympic speed skater Carla Zijlstra will be the commentator on the men’s and women’s speed skating competitions, supported by Olympic and AFL broadcaster Dwayne Russell.

At Cypress Mountain, Olympic gold medallist Alisa Camplin will join McGuire to call the aerials competition that made her a household name in 2002.

Cricket and AFL commentator James Brayshaw and Michael Kennedy, former international moguls competitor and dual Winter Olympics coach, will call the thrills and spills of the moguls competition. Kennedy, who is CEO for Ski and Snowboard Australia, will also team up with McGuire to call the ski cross competition.

Jay Onley, a three-time Australian snowboard champion and former world number three, will team up with Brayshaw to call the action from the snowboard competition.

Up the mountain at Whistler, Phil Liggett, arguably the world’s finest sports caller, will head up Nine’s coverage of the alpine skiing. Renowned as the voice of the Tour de France, the eight-time Olympic commentator will be joined Steven Lee, a three-time Olympian, to call the slalom, giant slalom, downhill, super combined and Super G.

Luge, skeleton and bobsleigh are three of the most dangerous and high-energy events at the Winter Olympics. Roger White, the first and only Australian male to compete in the luge, at the Winter Games in Lillehammer in 1994, will team up with Andrew Voss to call these three daredevil events.

Nine Network Head of Sport, Steve Crawley, said on the announcement of Nine’s Olympic Winter Games team: “This is an outstanding group of talented presenters, commentators and reporters set to bring Australian viewers all the action and excitement of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.

“Nine is committed to providing more than 130 hours of exceptional coverage across 17 days of elite competition.”

Oh No! Not Eddie Maguire!!!!!

Aaaaarggghhh

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Oh No! Not Eddie Maguire!!!!!

Aaaaarggghhh

I heard he's not the top candidate for many Australians for the Nine Network as the anchor host for primetime and that Sutcliffe is better quality-wise. I also heard Sutcliffe was disappointed in not getting the primetime gig. Probrably for your sake, let's hope McGuire won't be the anchor for London.

Also, Alisa Camplin is definitely going to be provide commentary on the aerials on FOXTEL's much more extensive coverage. Is it safe to say that many, aside from Camplin, of the commentator team on Nine will do theirs for FOXTEL?

Nothing for (ice) hockey? At least get the commentators for the gold medal game, the final event of the winter Olympics. You think those AFL sportscasters will take care of that.

Pretty much what I expected from 9 in their coverage. Can't get any worse than what 7 did, and Channel Nine has more TV hours of Winter Olympics coverage than what 7 ever did (not counting C7 Sport), the biggest free-to-air Winter Olympics coverage in Australia. Like to see the promos and the TV opener from them

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I heard he's not the top candidate for many Australians for the Nine Network as the anchor host for primetime and that Sutcliffe is better quality-wise. I also heard Sutcliffe was disappointed in not getting the primetime gig. Probrably for your sake, let's hope McGuire won't be the anchor for London.

Also, Alisa Camplin is definitely going to be provide commentary on the aerials on FOXTEL's much more extensive coverage. Is it safe to say that many, aside from Camplin, of the commentator team on Nine will do theirs for FOXTEL?

Nothing for (ice) hockey? At least get the commentators for the gold medal game, the final event of the winter Olympics. You think those AFL sportscasters will take care of that.

Pretty much what I expected from 9 in their coverage. Can't get any worse than what 7 did, and Channel Nine has more TV hours of Winter Olympics coverage than what 7 ever did (not counting C7 Sport), the biggest free-to-air Winter Olympics coverage in Australia. Like to see the promos and the TV opener from them

Oh, I'm sure Eddie will anchor London as well - that's what's so annoying about him - the sheer ubiquity of him on Channel 9. Not as bad as it was, but still ....

I'm happy to see Phil Liggett doing calls (alpine). I can't remember, has he done the WOGs for us before? Whatever, he's a bit of an institution here comes SOGs time with his cycling calls. He'll add some continuity and tradition to the Nine coverage.

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Overexposure inevitably warrants a backlash. So Eddie's bound to get it soon with Vancouver from the public--and he's got a couple of game shows!

Today, I paid my little daily visit to CTVOlympics, and I spotted CTV finally has set up its own store for its merchandise that Hudson Bay already has done. Now you can get those Believe t-shirts, jackets, toques, and caps the Canadian Vancouver Olympic hopefuls were sporting at the end of those Do You Believe TV promos that were previously unavailable to the general public. Now they are, having responding to the high demand for the gear. Also, along with a copy of the Olympic Games 2010 book, lo and behold, you can now too pre-order for a limited edition DVD or blu-ray set of CTV's production of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Some griped about CBC's and Morningstar's Torino 2006: Canada's Quest For Success multi-DVD set regarding the how the content was assembled (like how both ceremonies got short shrift on the DVDs). This one will be five hours more in content but one less disc than in the Torino one. So it's possible to have 5 hours each in 5 discs. Considering there are differences with standard and Blu-Ray, I expect there will be some blu-ray exclusive content to fill the capacity that will get announced. Both ceremonies will each be in their entireties. My question becomes will there be a French language audio soundtrack along with the English with the interviews and Canadian gold medal performances in their full coverage? Will the discs get little more global for the Olympic coverage than with Torino's? Time will tell...

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Get ready for the winter Olympic version of Visa's Go World campaign that started in Beijing 2008. This time look for regionalized versions in Canada, Russia, Japan, and Latin America. Hope for those commercials appear on You Tube soon afterwards.

www.indiantelevision.com/mam/headlines/y2k9/nov/novmam30.php

103 is the number of television networks worldwide accredited for Vancouver. This of course includes sister networks of anchor ones.

Another article reporting the simulation preparations the CTV Olympic media team is conducting in Toronto for Vancouver, "the most comprehensive coverage seen in this country", this one from the Toronto Star reveals more high-tech media innovations for the coverage with breathtaking views of the lovely Vancouver skyline following truckloads of equipment ready for the opening of the Vancouver Convention Centre's IBC later in the fall. Overall, 4500 hours of the Vancouver Winter Olympics will be broadcast among 10 TV channels, two radio stations, and two websites (English and French on the last one) in Canada.

FOXTEL in Australia has Vancouver native Michael Buble acting as its Official Olympic Ambassador for its coverage in Australia with him educating Aussies about Canada in its extensive marketing and promotional campaign. This includes an exclusive special on FOXTEL entitled Michael Buble's Canada as part of series of Canadian content on FOXTEL as part of the onslaught of Canadian-oriented programming leading up to Vancouver.

Channel 9 also announced, which wasn't mentioned in what Sir Roltel brought forth, Grant Hackett, Giaan Rooney, Whistler-based Tony Jones, Tim Sheridan, and Tim Gilbert all will be on the ground in Vancouver. Today's Cameron Williams will be involved with updates and news that will cross to live medals events when warranted.

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SKY Italia and RAI announced their Vancouver Olympic broadcast plans last week (hope I got it right):

-2000 hours in total on 5 SKY Italia Sports channels with 450 hours of it live, compared to the 165 on RAI in 2006, unprecedented in the world in one language

-one channel will be in HD and stereo surround sound on Channel 5

-viewers will select what he or she wishes to watch at any moment thanks to Mosiac Olympic Interactive green button on remotes

-the best Italian athletes coverage will be alerted for viewers on the Green and Blue Alerts

-2000 hours of coverage will include in-depth pre and post match analysis

-Francesca Mazzalai, John Bruno, and Eleonora Cottarelli are involved in the Olympic coverage as presenters and interviewers

-SKY SPORTS 24, the sister sports news channel, will have its own studio at the IBC updating viwers on the latest Olympic news

-RAI will transmit 118 hours of the Winter Olympics, same as it usually is, but will be restricted since the places for the public national network in the commentary booths are only for figure and speed skating sports, other sports like curling, skiing, and ice hockey will be called through "pipelining" (RAI announcers calling the events in the home studios in Rome on TV monitors)

-three venues for Sky Italia Sports studios: Whistler, Vancouver, and Creekside

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Some additional info regarding SKY Italia's Vancouver coverage.

-all of the coverage from the 5 SKY Italia Olympic channels will be entirely on HD

-a rumble on the remote indicates when there's a medal comp or an Italian athlete involved on the Blue (Azurri) and Green Alerts

-replays of events that were missed and viewers can pause live TV like TiVo or just revisit them

-SKY Sport24 will have a direct link on Channel 200 for news

-SKY Channel 206, which began on the 100-day countdown, is the channel for reference and for live coverage of all competition with a particular focus on the athletes, Channel 207 is particularly home to alpine skiing, Channel 208 is the primary home for nordic skiing, Channel 209 is where it's at for all the skating events (figure, speed, and short track), Channel 210 is devoted to largely ice hockey

-the now requisite detailed info on events, results, medals on the stats--Azzurri deals with where the Italian Winter Olympians fared and the medal count for Italy

-more alerts like the Gold alert to notify on another channel when a gold medal event is taking place by pressing the OK button on the remote, among the the new alerts to remind viewers about their fav athlete or event

-for alpine skiing, viewers can have the option of going "head-to-head" with skiiers next to each other on the screen

-it's actually Giovanni Bruno, not John, other people involved as reporters for SKY are Alberto Tomba and Kristian Ghedina (alpine skiing), Gabriella Paruzzi (cross country skiing), and Barbera Pusar-Foli and Maurizio Magaglio (figure skating) among others. SKY Italia will actually have a fourth studio in Milan for the games that will take over from Vancouver at night when Italy is at 14.00 with a recount of the day's events, news, and reairing of the events. Starting November 12 on Channel 206, Francesca Mazzalai hosts a program every Thursday at 21.30 Italy time leading up to Vancouver called in Italian "Golden Goal Olympics"

-SKY will also bring forth unprecedented coverage of the Paralympic Games in Vancouver featuring six hours a day focusing largely on the Italians with a dedicated channel and entirely in HD

TV promo shown on RAI and SKY

Surely, new promos will hit YouTube

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I'm sure NBC will follow its tradition and announce all its plans on January 12th, one month prior to the Games.

I presume so too BTHarner. It always seem that way for NBC to generate interest. MSNBC and CNBC are locks. Expect Telemundo to join in at the party. Don't know about USA since it apparently left sports altogether with losing the rights to the US Open. Oxygen could take part and have a daily ice skating show during the Vancouver Winter Olympics (that USA did during Torino), since the sport earns a large female fan viewer base. We'll see, but the time frame that NBC operates under to get everything about their Olympics plans, using your projection, is obviously much shorter than with the summer. Negotiations are going as we write this.

Back north of the border with the ambitious undertaking the CTVglobemedia-Rogers Media family has ever taken. We know for sure that APTN will air their portion of the Games in Aboriginal Canadian languages--about two hours worth, according to the press release that arrived in February. I sensed that Inuit, Mohawk, and Cree will be included. Turns out they will all be there added. But, more importantly, we also know what the complete language roster will be on APTN, ATN, OMNI. If you seriously follow Canada's multicultural patterns, Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese), Hindu, Italian, Portuguese, Punjab, Tamil, and Urdu were locks there too for the later two. In all, 22 languages will be broadcasted up in Canada for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games to reflect Canada's diversity with 13 out of them broadcasting the Opening Ceremony. Each language will be paired to the sport that best appeals to their repsective communities, and there will be rookie sportscasters out to cover the sports. Unfortunately, German, Spanish, Dutch, Korean, Japanese, Filipino, and Arabic aren't among them, That's a shame, especially in multicultural cities like Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, especially each with growing Latin and Korean populations. I surely can see Korean language coverage for short track on ATN, if it so wished. Those languages were dicussed in the plans, but in the case of Spanish, OMNI and ATN feel it's better suited for the London Olympics in 2012. So the languages selected were based on the community numbers both outlets serve and reflected in the TV schedule, what the media outlets know best about their communities, and "leveraging the existing talent, writers, and producers for the coverage of the Games". Therefore, if you're Spanish-speaking in Canada, unless Bell TV, Shaw Direct, and Rogers Cable decide to get some Spanish-language channels onto their rosters in a matter of months (don't really expect Telemundo hitting Canada by then if at all though it would be nice), you're out of luck. Monday is the day those plans are to be unvieled.

Meanwhile, the Canada's Official Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium bought 39 Hitachi SK HD1000 studio/field cameras that will be utilized for both CTV's Vancouver IBC studio and to various venues for primarily (but not limited to) hockey, figure skating, curling, and both ceremonies. After the Vancouver Games, these cameras will be deployed to replace aging TV cameras, add HD news, and facilitate HD upgrading. Thses same cameras will get the London 2012 treatment.

Next time, I'll look at NBC's Olympic issues including a possible takeover.

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I expect it will be the usual suspects for the BBC - which I will be more than happy with. Sue Barker, Hazel Irvine and Clare Balding sharing host duties with Sue at the figure skate/short track arena and the other two split between mountain and vancouver. Not that I will get to see anything being based in Vancouver myself!

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I expect it will be the usual suspects for the BBC - which I will be more than happy with. Sue Barker, Hazel Irvine and Clare Balding sharing host duties with Sue at the figure skate/short track arena and the other two split between mountain and vancouver. Not that I will get to see anything being based in Vancouver myself!

On top of that, the Beeb has yet to confirm its Vancouver plans (or RTE Ireland for that matter), but they will come soon enough. From what I gathered at UKproxyserver.co.uk though, BBC One and BBC Two will cover a total of 250 hours live from Vancouver during the Olympics while there will be over an additional 1000 hours of coverage available live via interactive televison (the red button on the remotes there) and online with BBC iPlayer. But there's no guarantee what will get covered until the BBC schedule is revealed as there are plenty of considerations and many sports worthy to be added to it.

This is a short week for me here. So this post will act as the one for this week, as there will be much more in the next one.

Michael Buble commentating Olympic ice hockey in Vancouver on Australian TV? Never saw that coming! LOL!

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I need to update on the info regarding the ATN, APTN, and OMNI channels: Bangla (ATN Bangla), Hindi (ATN), Gujarati (ATN Gujarati), Tamil (ATN-Jaya TV), Punjab (ATN-Alpha Punjabi and ATN-MH1), Urdu (ATN-ARY Digital), Cantonese and Mandarin (OMNI2, OMNI BC, OMNI Edmonton, OMNI Calgary), Italian, Portuguese, Polish, and Ukrainian (OMNI 1), and Punjab (OMNI BC)

FOXTEL last week announced their their complete Vancouver 2010 sportscasting team with some very interesting choices. We previously dealt with Michael Buble's inclusion calling for the ice hockey. Will that be highly remembered long after the Games are over, despite part-owning the WHL's Vancouver Giants? Anyway, the roster also includes MTV Australia VJ Ruby Rose, presently considered one of the hottest and sexiest It-Girls down under, commentating over at the snowboarding venue that will be on the Creekside channel. No surprise there's sharing of the team with Nine with Stephen Bradbury, Alisa Camplin, Jay Onley, Carla Zijilstra, Roger White, Nigel Kennedy, Steve Lee, and Belinda Noonan. Unfortunately, talks with Sarah Murdoch to be the premier presenter for FOXTEL fell through, perhaps because to her time constraints, more money, or loss of interest. Steve Liebermann heads the primetime Australian coverage at the FOXTEL studios in Vancouver's IBC. Yes, Matt Shirvington and Tiffany Cherry will be there too. More detailed info on the team can be found here. Why is Ruby Rose on there? I didn't know about her until this announcement. She is attractive and done some modeling. Oddly, when she got the VJ job, MTV Australia axed a lot of its music programming, restricting her to fillers between episodes like Pimp My Ride. An irreverent look into the decision suggests the matter. Unless Ruby is a hardcore fan and FOXTEL wants to draw a young audience to the games, I hope she's getting educated on the snowboarding. How will the sharing would work with Nine and FOXTEL on the different coverages? All in all, an unusual mix, something that best describes Australia.

Meanwhile in Latvia, Latvija Televijze announces that LTV7, the more youth and sports-oriented television channel will air the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics all 24 hours a day. Nothing but that--host broadcaster CTV can't do that, leaving everything but two hours of news. Its coverage will deal with winter sports that are of major interest to Latvians like ice hockey, bobsledding, luge, skeleton, figure skating, and biathlon. Peppering this coverage on LTV7 will come in the form of Olympic news updates and an Olympic Education program. LTV1 meanwhile will take care of airing both Olympic ceremonies wil daily Olympic newscasts. From Latvia's vantage point, much of the competition will go on air live in primetime coming at Vancouver's daytime hours. Latvijas Mobilas Telefona and Nordea are primary sponsors of the LTV coverage and will supply the live Internet broadband coverage.

Jacob Hard over at SVT surely will be reporting from Vancouver, when SVT in Sweden announces their Olympic television plans.

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No surprise that Bell Canada got the cell phone media rights to the access of the 4500 hours galore of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics within Canada, particularly with the Samsung OMNIA II, the official cell phone of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Watching with the option of two player cams during the hockey games on a cell phone are to be very interesting.

http://www.ctvolympics.ca/news-centre/newsid=19985.html

CTV commits a first for Olympic television: the torch relay throughout Canada is covered every day, streamed live every day through an innovative Olympic Torch Cam. More next time.

Bob Costas, Jim Lampley, and Al Michaels are all definitely to be onboard in Vancouver as part of NBC's Vancouver broadcast team. I can see Chris Collinsworth. Dan Patrick expects to "do some stuff". Eric Flaim I can see back. Bill Clement is a certainty, likely reprising his role as studio hockey analyst for the Olympic hockey games with Cammi Granato coming in for the women's ice hockey with him. Hopefully, the guys at NBC would take a good hard look at what CTV/RDS/V are doing with their Team Canada hockey coverage plans and grant the same respect to not just Team USA but also to Team Canada on the NBC networks. We know for sure a rinkside reporter will be on hand for both media outlets. But how about hiring a number of current and former NHL coaches for the NBC coverage too?

I expect come the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas early next month--man, we're almost at the end of the decade, would you believe it?--NBC Universal/Comcast (tenative name for now by me pending FTC approval) might announce further plans for Vancouver 2010 like--I'm strictly speculating here--iPod coverage plans, greater details on the online coverage and its presentation, Telemundo's Spanish language coverage, and any multi-language plans (French, Chinese, Korean, Japanese), more video on demand details (we'll really get into it now the United States is fully digital on TV).

With 13 languages utilized in Canada to cover both ceremonies in Vancouver, how will those 11 outside English and French, be programmed to air both live in their TV programming spots. I don't know if Canadian TVs have in their remotes language options like the SAP button here in the US, like an alternate French language audio. Which language will get priority for live coverage? This is geared toward more for the OMNI channels and APTN. (ATN cable channels are separate by language for the most part as noted by me on the last post) Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese likely would. So would Portuguese and Italian. Would they all be taped delayed, packaged (read: butchered), and programmed at the time slots designated for the languages? All this because I'm still learning about those channels from here in the US.

CTV is at it again with new "Believe in 2010" promos but at a slower pace than when first brought out. The latest one features

. The French version is Imagine, but no French language counterpart to "Believe" apparently exists.

More details of NRK's Vancouver plans emerged: 16 days of coverage on both NRK1 and NRK2 (as you probrably noticed) for a total of 500 hours, broadcasting between the two 32 hours daily of live competition, replays, interviews, and Olympic news--all in HD. This is the amount of unprecendented sports coverage for Norway that not even the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics carried. It's conducted like this largely because a couple of popular events for Norwegians are going on simulatenously like ice hockey and ski jumping, both of which like biathlon, alpine skiing, and cross country skiing garner huge TV ratings in Norway. Instead of jumping back and forth as it would previously done. Both NRK channels will air both in their entireties. A personnel of 90 people will hole up at the Vancouver IBC for the duration of the Games.

Since the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics, OTI dealt with the Olympics TV rights of Latin America. Now that streak is over as ESPN managed to score a deal with the IOC for the 2010 and 2012 broadcast rights of the Olympic Games for South America (excluding Brazil). ESPN has a free-to-air and radio deal for Vancouver and London in Argentina that includes minimal television hour garauntees, likely will be sold to a commercial TV network there (not state-run Channel 7). More comprehensive pay-TV and satelitte TV platform coverage goes to Argentina, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, and Colombia. That means you will see ESPN create specific channels just for the wall-to-wall Olympic coverage. In Venezuela, it's satelitte-only. None of these nations will likely win a medal, but the deal is reported to be around US $10 million for two years.

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The most recent info I have on France Televisions' JO D'Hiver 2010 Vancouver is here. I just Googled it and stopped on a blog.

-France 3 apparently has exclusivity of both ceremonies' live broadcasts with each getting a replay the next morning

-for 90 minutes from 10:30-noon, there's the highlights from the previous day of competition

-France 2 & 3 will alternate each for a live hour of coverage daily though France 3 will actually go for 35 minutes every day of competition

-France 2 from February 13 to February 28, except for the 14th and the 21st, will air a daily one hour magazine Vancouver 2010 show at 18h

-The most interesting thing about the coverage is not all that but of the fact that France 2 will air the live bulk coverage during the first week of the Vancouver Winter Olympics at 11pm to 7am and France 3 will take over in that same time slot for the second week.

Is Canal Plus getting involved for the supplemental coverage? Sounds like they will but no official confirmation yet.

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The most recent info I have on France Televisions' JO D'Hiver 2010 Vancouver is here. I just Googled it and stopped on a blog.

-France 3 apparently has exclusivity of both ceremonies' live broadcasts with each getting a replay the next morning

-for 90 minutes from 10:30-noon, there's the highlights from the previous day of competition

-France 2 & 3 will alternate each for a live hour of coverage daily though France 3 will actually go for 35 minutes every day of competition

-France 2 from February 13 to February 28, except for the 14th and the 21st, will air a daily one hour magazine Vancouver 2010 show at 18h

-The most interesting thing about the coverage is not all that but of the fact that France 2 will air the live bulk coverage during the first week of the Vancouver Winter Olympics at 11pm to 7am and France 3 will take over in that same time slot for the second week.

Is Canal Plus getting involved for the supplemental coverage? Sounds like they will but no official confirmation yet.

As for each games (summer or winter), France Televisions realised a global coverage and good daily resume.

France TV has already its event's website ready : http://jo-vancouver-2010.francetv.fr/.

And as they did for Beijing, it will be possible to follow online live all the events on several channels.

If I am not wrong, Canal Plus is never involved in the Winter Games.

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