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Hey, thanks and welcome Triplecast! Surprises me why we previously never got a poster in here named after the infamous NBC Olympic Triplecast from Barcelona 1992, but again, welcome! :) I'll get to my thoughts on what you submitted tomorrow after I re-read it.

The BBC broke down again what their plans as the host broadcaster with each of its channels with additional details. Don't for those who are probrably want to escape all the London Olympic talk and have "the Olympics shoved down their throats" against their consent while seeking other things. BBC2 will largely be Olympic-free with regularly-scheduled primetime programming 7-10pm (except for during daily news bulletins on BBC1) with BBC4 will totally be such. BBC1 of course is the Olympic TV channel with coverage from 9am-11pm save for news during the Olympic off hours. Of course the BBC will show Olympic-related programming (like BBC1's Bert and Dickie, a drama about Olympic rowers starring Doctor Who's Matt Smith) and documentaries (a history of the Games called Faster, Higher, Stronger) and Olympic-themed episodes of shows like Eastenders and Ab Fab, though the BBC is criticized for "softening" before the Olympic assualt. Can't please everyone. Holby City will likely be shelved during this time. And Casualty will go to BBC2. Cultural Olympiad lacks the wide appeal.

http://www.dailymail...o=feeds-newsxml

Speaking of programming shifts for the Olympics, It's likely in Canada that, like with during Vancouver, the regularly-scheduled primetime programming on CTV will go to CTV Two (formerly Channel A back then) with Olympic Primetime hosted by Brian Williams taking over on CTV.

Latest news emerging out from Octagon Media South Africa is that it is very close to making public the 30 different deals and partners for exclusive free-to-air London Olympic TV and nonexclusive radio and mobile coverage in over 30 Sub-Saharan nations outside of South Africa. You can be sure that the likes of the Namibian Broadcasting Corproration. Further details are sure to emerge when everything's final.

http://www.mediaupda.../?IDStory=46489

Johnny Vaughn, who walked away from his annual 1 million pound contract at 95.8 FM Capital Radio as the breakfast DJ after eight years, to front a daily two-hour radio Olympic segment on Absolute Radio for the two Olympic weeks starting July 27.

http://www.guardian....-radio-olympics

There actually is a French version of the SuperSport channels transmitted through Sub-Saharan Africa, but it's not from SuperSport. Rather imported from France, But presently it's uncertain it will get involved with Canal+ backing off from being the pay-TV broadcaster in France, and SuperSport lacking any French language services.

I read a couple of weeks ago online that Uruguay's VTV will cover the London Olympics. Don't know if other TV channels there will get involved and share the coverage, if possible. Heard Monte Carlo TV but nothing now until it's official.

Olympic torch lighting ceremony in Olympia will get the webcast treatment for the first time.

http://greece.greekr...r-the-internet/

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Thanks for those Sky Sport NZ Olympic promos, Mattygs! They quickly became some of my favorite promos because you do get insights as to how the bodies react and cope in an Olympic sport and the strategies involved in them if you want to succeed.

A really good opinion article about how technology is shaping things for NBC and at the whole Olympics with the new media maturing. I very much agree with everything and what was discussed here on this thread. Basically, though improving, things could be better in some aspects. I plan to discuss this further and how NBC will use the Internet later.

http://www.itworld.c...cs-and-internet

Over in Japan, the private terrestrial TV channels portion of the Japanese Olympic consortium--Tokyo Broadcasting System, TV Asahi, Fuji TV, and TV Tokyo--announced it will create a special Olympic website for the minor sports (to the Japanese) live webcasts with interviews and match highlights, a first for them. For its portion, NHK will broadcast 580 hours on its terrestrial and satelitte TV channels along with its own Olympic website that will feature live web streams for the minor sports. All to boost the ad revenue and halt the Japanese's waning interest in the Olympics.

http://e.nikkei.com/...424D2404A09.htm

CCTV-5--the sports channel in the CCTV stable--has its own Olympic promo for London up. Confirmed CCTV channels are CCTV-1, CNTV, CCTV-5, CCTV-7, CCTV-HD, CCTV-3D. That's as far as I got without any subtitling. If anyone can translate the promo from much of the subtitles, it'll be appreciated. China National TV is the Internet news TV broadcaster, where a lot of the sports will be webcast.

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In keeping with how the IOC is utlizing social media to bring both athletes and fans together, the Athletes' Hub, with a dummy illustration in the upcoming story, is bound to be a major hit for London with some restrictions of course and, that inevitably, some Olympians will be more popular with followers than others.

http://www.wired.com...c-athletes-hub/

NEWTEC gets the Arab world in the Middle East and North Africa ready for the Olympics in HD for the first time.

http://www.newtec.eu...Hash=0bdd40a8dc

Further information about NHK's London plans with those 580 hours in their share: both ceremonies, judo, swimming, gymnastics, women's soccer, and the men's marathon will be included. Various sports' trials involving Japan, as already mentioned here, like swimming, gymnastics, field hockey, and track and field will get the NHK treatment leading up to it with live news and broadcastings as well as promotions.

http://www.nhk.or.jp.../k_e1203.htm#03

Sky Sport Italia encourages people to like the I-Race campaign to London as part of its Olympic run-off through SKY Sport's website or through Facebook with Yuri Chechi, Alessandro Del Piero, and Fiona May in these two promos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WAnkOhj_Q0

Look for Dejero+ to be used for newsgathering for the upcoming London Olympics with CTV/Bell Media since it worked so well in Vancouver

http://www.broadcast...wsgathering.php

CTV, or TSN rather, just released its new Believe promos on Chinese badminton player Lin Dan and Tara Whitten. But for some reason, they're not available in some areas like in the US. The Priscilla Lopes-Schelip one apparently was taken off the roster in the English realm but could very well return.

Caracol TV's Olympic page just hit Facebook: http://www.facebook....picosCaracolTV/

That new NOS Summersports 2012 app will be made available for Windows 7 and for iPhones

http://www.totaaltv...._Windows_7.html

The new additional VRT channel will be Canvas, and it will hit on May 14. This Canvas will not just have news, current affairs, and documentaries, but also ample coverage of the Flemish language coverage of the London Olympics, among other things.

http://translate.goo...%26prmd%3Dimvns

Chungwah Telecom and ELTA TV aim to boost subscribers, like many of such subscribers worldwide, with the upcoming Olympics as a promotional mechanism for its more complete digital TV service and high-quality, on-demand HD and digital Olympic programming in Taiwan

http://focustaiwan.t...ID=201205020048

Nippon TV is part of the Japan Consortium too.

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Likely turns out that Paraguay's SNT Canal 9 has acquired the nation's free-to-air TV broadcast rights to the 2012 London Olympics. Very little info on this article.

http://www.televisio...olimpiadas-2012

Terra, the largest digital media outlet in Latin America, announces today its free and innovative Internet and mobile Olympic coverage for the 17 Latin American countries (excluding Brazil). 4750 live hours total through 36 streaming channels, one for each sport and all operating simultaneously, with 3D and real-time info included. With a crew of 220, including 84 of them working right at the London Olympic venues, there will be 200 sqm studio inside the London IBC for Terra, the only Internet Olympic provider to have that. Though Brazil is excluded from this, Terra's Olympic coverage will be in three languages--Spanish, English, and Portuguese--and on-demand. Presenters like Freddy Suarez and Aaron Brown will be on hand to anchor the action, live action, and live interviews with the athletes, coaches, specialists, and former athletes. Emilio Fernando Alonso and Javier Tejado Garay, among others, are also involved with strong use of blogs, columns, Facebook and Twitter involved with Terra. Coca-Cola, Banamex, Ford, Telmex, Nike, Visa, and Proctor & Gamble are your Mexico Terra sponsors. So for all in those nations who want more comprehensive Olympic coverage than what's to be offered on free-to-air TV, look no further.

http://translate.goo...%26prmd%3Dimvns

We don't know as of yet what other cable TV channels of the SBS family will get involved with SBS proper for the 2012 Olympics. But we can perhaps make sure bets that, with the help of Wikipedia's SBS entry, SBS Plus, SBS ESPN, SBS CNBC, and SBS Golf, all part of SBS Medianet, could very well get involved.

We've noticed no soccer commenators were announced for either FOXTEL or for the Nine Network in each of their Olympic coverage. Since there's some synergy between the two, you probrably could expect someone from the FOX Sports Australia networks, particularly the ones reporting on the A-League like Simon Hill, could do this, let alone those from SBS like Craig Foster and Les Murray. Then again with neither the Olyroos nor the Mathildas qualified out of the Asian Qualification for London, it was felt that wouldn't make sense to announce that and bring the sportscasters anyway. Neither would ever dare attempt to bring their New Zealand counterparts from SKY Sport/PRIME to do it for them. Oh no! What I think would likely happen, especially on FOXTEL's front with one of its channels devoted for it, is that it imports the host BBC soccer commentary teams. They could opt for the default OBSL English commentary supplied, but the Beeb perhaps gets the nod.

Over at RUV in Iceland, a few Icelandic Olympic hopefuls Asadis Hjelmsdottir, Ragna Ingolfsdottir, and Kari Steinn Karlsson are with co-host Sigmund Gudmunsson discussing their Olympic hopes on the RUV TV show Kastljos

http://www.ruv.is/fr...olympiufararnir

You know, it's kinda interesting that so far, and it doesn't look like it will happen, that SKY Sport New Zealand and PRIME TV will offer any Maori language coverage of the London 2012 Olympics. I thought if any time Maori was going to happen, this will be the Olympics to do it, especially with SKY offering 5 channels as part of the Olympic TV rights moved from TVNZ. Did those two ever tried to strike a deal with Maori TV in providing Olympic coverage in NZ's other official language? Surely, as there will be plenty of Maori Olympic athletes to watch down there in various sports. In addition to this, are both entities going to produce Olympic coverage for the Pacific Islands media rights holders like TVNZ previously did or are those nations on their own?

MCOT in Thailand is the owner of Modernine TV. Modernine TV, as the first television channel in the country's history, is going to broadcast the London Olympics live. It hopes to boost its advertising rates at that point during the second quarter.

http://mcot.listedco...MCOT-PST-EN.pdf

FOXTEL and NOS are doing it. So why not obviously the BBC in releasing its BBC Sport app for the Olympics and other sports. Though in this case, the BBC is making the London Olympics available with Sony on the PS3, Sony Bravia TVs, and some streaming Blu-Ray players that are hitting later. As if you didn't already have an incentive over in the UK to buy any of that stuff that you previously did. I wish I could.

http://www.engadget....avia-tvs-plays/

Another look at how the BBC's website is going all out in its online Olympic coverage from here to then and how it will deal with that massive traffic of which it has experience in.

http://www.fiercecon...rage/2012-05-08

Some of that Olympic-related programming on the BBC that it has currently will make its American premiere on BBC America as part of that network's Summer of London celebration.

http://tvbythenumber...-london/133164/

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All five Taiwan's terrestrial TV networks--China Television, Formosa Television, Taiwan Television, Chinese Television System, and Taiwan Public TV--announced it will share the HD and digital coverage of the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games in time for Taiwan's digital TV conversion on July 1.

http://focustaiwan.t...ID=201204190044

Popular Latvian long and triple jumper Ineta Radevica discusses her thoughts about London 2012 on this LTV7 Olympic promo from last year. She's considered as one of Latvia's top Olympic medal hopes. LTV7 does the games while LTV1 airs both ceremonies.

Band Sports' lengthy promo for its coverage of the 2012 London Summer Olympics. It features as the centerpiece of it a classic double decker London omnibus. And a few of its Brazilian Olympic sponsors. In fact there will be two 1961-style buses fro Bandsports, one back in Brazil and another in London. More details will come next time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9Xv9Lo8zXU

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Unless somebody else uploads the those CTV/TSN Believe Olympic promos that can be clicked on for Americans without having the territorial restrictions, it will not make any sense for me to do that here. I mean, I can. But these things quickly became an important part of this immensely popular thread here. But I do have one that is actually not part of the Believe promos on CTV Olympics' You Tube Channel. Gordon Pinsent's back with this TSN Believe promo with Italy finally getting its turn to be fully profiled. With famous Italian fencer Valentina Vezzali as the centerpiece of the promo along with the love for soccer. I was expecting swimmer Frederica Pellegrini to get the honor, but I guess she's too well known even for the Italian-Canadian community. Don't forget Poland, Portugal, and The Philippines have yet to get theirs. Since it's not expected for Canada to have a major slew of medals in the Summer Olympics like in the Winter, CTV won't assualt Canadians with a lot of them and instead focus more on the global aspects as "Believe" strikes worldwide. Whether TSN will air some fencing and feature her is another matter entirely. Oh yeah, notably no sponsor tacked at the end like for Bell or HBC this time.

Down in Sao Paulo, Brazil early last month, BandSports made known of its coverage plans with a nighttime gathering at its headquarters that has one of its two double-decker ominbuses prominently outside. The buses will serve a purpose more than just being a London artifact: the one in London will serve as a moving studio and an interview lounge for athletes, coaches, and other guests through the streets of London, traveling through the streets and important points of the city, soaking the atmosphere all in. Meanwhile, the other one in Brazil will go through the major cities' streets to gather the reaction and thoughts from the Brazilian public. Now why didn't the likes of NBC thought of that? BandSports will have its announcer and commentating team announced with the likes of Marcelo Negrao and Fofao on hand for beach volleyball, former Brazilian national team coach Lula Ferriera doing basketball, and Oliveria Andrade as your anchor--you have already seen several of these other sportscasters in the last BandSports video here. Still awaiting on ESPN Brasil's plans.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIcilVvBkeA

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Finally some additional official German Olympic TV developments for London from Das Erste and ZDF in addition to all that I gave you at times with the start of the Olympic torch relay that having started. ZDF, coinciding with its unveiling of its new-look website, this time will broadcast the Opening Ceremony live from London with Wolf-Dieter Poschmann as the host with Rudi Cerne and Michael Stonebreaker also present. ARD's Tom Bartels will cover the Closing Ceremony. With ZDF and ARD alternating days of Olympic coverage, both will cover a combined 260 hours on TV with an additional 600 hours of live online streaming, mobile phones, smart phones, tablet apps, and HBB TV for up to 60 live hours daily. Amount of streams will total up to six parallel for up to 900 hours on sportsschau.de/olympia and zdfsport.de in addition to whatever ARD and ZDF will have live on TV with synergy provided in lieu of the four digital TV channels previously in the last two Summer Olympics used as mentioned earlier. Interstingly, ZDF commentators will call the action from ARD's feed and vice versa. Both will have an Olympic EPG on their respective websites and time shifting on the streams will be involved with highlights. Commentators will be made public at a later time. If I read that right--my German is very rusty--both will have 60 hours each a day alternating. All nice, but the hours could be a little better out of Germany.

You know, with all of the trend going on worldwide with pay-TV operators becoming as integral to the Olympic broadcasting as much as the Internet streamings with its offering of more comprehensive Olympic programming like FOXTEL, Supersport, SporTV, Sky Sport NZ, NTV, Dolce Sport, Sportsmax, ELTA, I-Cable, ESPN Star Sports Asia, and SKY Italia, if you know about Sky Deutschland in Germany, you'd think in one of the most powerful economies in the world, it would do something like acquiring the Olympics as more comprehensive than what ZDF and ARD may do. Alas, doesn't look like it will do the Olympics.

http://www.zdf.de/ZD...RD-und-ZDF.html

http://www.ndr.de/un...ngndr10273.html

Was hoping that Waneek Horn-Miller will be the water polo analyst for the Canadian Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium if the Canadian women qualified out of one of those tournaments and join Gerry Dobson and George Gross Jr. But even the Canadian men failed to qualify for London, so I guess it's just as well and wouldn't mean as much. Nor do I see her teaming up with any of RDS' team like Alain Usereau back in Montreal, never mind that she's from there--remember the intense standoff near Montreal over two decades ago.

Several of the commentators there already are doing their rehearsals in CTV's first Summer Olympics in 20 years in Toronto for several months. Donovan Bailey, for example, might very well have a studio role during the track and field competition for CTV, similar to what he had four years ago in Beijing.

If you noticed on the RUV video from Kasltjos on the Olympians, it had a prelude with all of Iceland's greatest Summer Olympis moments since it first participated up to Vala Flosadottir and the silver medalist men's handball team in Beijing.

Starting to appear like i-Cable's Fantastic TV will not be hit the airwaves in time for London as a free-to-air channel. And Hong Kong still hasn't got a free-to-air broadcaster.

http://7thspace.com/...rts_events.html

Telecentro Canal 13 in the Dominican Republic broadcasted the 2008 Summer Olympics from Beijing with RNN, and the coverage was structured like it typically is with any Latin American nation not named Brazil, Mexico, or Argentina--in daily blocks, not wall-to-wall. Don't know yet if those are going to do it again for London.

From Singapore to its neighbors Malaysia, of which it formerly was a part of, ESPN Star Sports Asia announced yesterday that all of its 15 Olympic channels on ESPN Star Sports will appear on ASTRO. Look for this to expand through West to Southeast Asia.

http://thestar.com.m...5520&sec=sports

TVR has a half-hour show promoting Romania's London Olympians on TVR 1 premiering May 16 hosted by Alina Alexoi called Romania Olympics

http://tv.rol.ro/pro...impica_2012.htm

We are still awaiting what networks and channels Russia will officially have to cover the London Olympics broadcast, being the strong sports nation that it is. Last time in Beijing it was most conducted by the VGTRK Russia Networks: Russia 1, Russia 2, Sport 1, and NTV Plus (presumably NTV Plus Sport) with news info on Channel One (Perviy Kanal) and Vesti. I would expect multiple channels to be involved.

BBC--5000+ hours

NBC/NBC Sports Network/MSNBC/NBCOlympics.com/CNBC/Bravo/Telemundo--4000-5000+ hours

CTV/TSN/TSN2/Rogers Sportsnet/OLN/RDS/RDS INFO/V/OMNI/ATN--5000+ hours

FOXTEL--3200 hours

Terra Networks--4760 hours

Nine Network--300 hours

SVT--600 hours (TV--SVT1, SVT2, SVT24), 1100 hours (online on SVT Play)

ARD/ZDF--260 hours (TV), 900 hours (online)

SKY Sport Italia--2000 hours

ESPN Stars Sports Asia--3600 hours

Eurosport--400 hours

YLE (YLE TV2/FST5)--480 hours

TVP/TVP2/TVP Sport/TVP.pl/TVP INFO/TVP HD--800 hours

NHK--580 hours

France Televisions--220 hours (TV)

Sportsmax--370 hours

TyC Sports--392(?) hours

MediaCorp (Channel5/OKTA/VUE)--532(?) hours

RAI--200 hours

Canal 13 (Chile)--100 hours

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Finally some additional official German Olympic TV developments for London from Das Erste and ZDF in addition to all that I gave you at times with the start of the Olympic torch relay that having started. ZDF, coinciding with its unveiling of its new-look website, this time will broadcast the Opening Ceremony live from London with Wolf-Dieter Poschmann as the host with Rudi Cerne and Michael Stonebreaker also present. ARD's Tom Bartels will cover the Closing Ceremony. With ZDF and ARD alternating days of Olympic coverage, both will cover a combined 260 hours on TV with an additional 600 hours of live online streaming, mobile phones, smart phones, tablet apps, and HBB TV for up to 60 live hours daily. Amount of streams will total up to six parallel for up to 900 hours on sportsschau.de/olympia and zdfsport.de in addition to whatever ARD and ZDF will have live on TV with synergy provided in lieu of the four digital TV channels previously in the last two Summer Olympics used as mentioned earlier. Interstingly, ZDF commentators will call the action from ARD's feed and vice versa. Both will have an Olympic EPG on their respective websites and time shifting on the streams will be involved with highlights. Commentators will be made public at a later time. If I read that right--my German is very rusty--both will have 60 hours each a day alternating. All nice, but the hours could be a little better out of Germany.

if you know about Sky Deutschland in Germany, you'd think in one of the most powerful economies in the world, it would do something like acquiring the Olympics as more comprehensive than what ZDF and ARD may do. Alas, doesn't look like it will do the Olympics.

http://www.zdf.de/ZD...RD-und-ZDF.html

http://www.ndr.de/un...ngndr10273.html

ARD/ZDF--260 hours (TV), 900 hours (online)

well, we wouldn't accept when Olympics are shown on PayTV live only or when it is shown on private TV-channels with a lot of commercials during the broadcast...

I wonder about your remark: the hours could be a little better out of Germany - I am watching Olympic Games since Sarajevo 1984 on ARD and ZDF and you can be sure that the channel, which is responsible for the broadcast of the day (the two channel alternate from one day to another) is showing the Olympics from the start of the events until the end of the events - interrupted by the main-news nothing else.

The channel is of course focussing on events, in which German athletes are performing - the online broadcast in the internet is on one hand filing this "gap" and I suppose the online broadcast shows the events, which are not shown on TV, when events are parallel.

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NBC/NBC Sports Network/MSNBC/NBCOlympics.com/CNBC/Bravo/Telemundo--4000-5000+ hours

I have a feeling that the final (and these days very unofficial) number is going to be north of 5,000. From what we've heard, the live streaming should be around 3,500 hours, up from 2,200 in Beijing. Add in extra tonnage from NBC Sports Network and hopefully the return of the NBC Olympic Basketball and Soccer channels and we could be looking at a lot more than 1,500 hours of TV coverage from London. Even with everything that didn't get covered online from Beijing, it was hard to conceive of another big increase in hours, but it looks like it's going to happen. Can't wait for the "NBC announces unprecedented coverage of the London Olympics" announcement coming in the next few weeks!

Also on the subject of NBC, they're on the verge of another significant talent hire.. reportedly Michelle Beadle is going to be leaving ESPN to come to NBC, likely to eventually become a host of Access Hollywood. In the mean time, she would have an assignment to be determined for NBC in London.

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Michelle Beadle, soon to be out of ESPN2's Sportsnation, could be a part of the NBC Sports Network's Olympic coverage as a studio host.

http://tucsoncitizen...o-cbs-coverage/

For the Philippines, it will also be AKTV on IBC 13, TV5's sports channel, who will go for the London Olympics along with Solar Sports. London-born Half-Brit Derek Ramsay is going to be an ambassador there for AKTV with his love for sports.

http://manila-bullet...d/#.T60bFFLMLCs

This was how the BBC through the BBC news Channel, BBC Radio 5 Live, and its BBC online platforms, covered the Olympia Torch lighting ceremony, as made public on Roger Mosey's blog.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...rch_blog_1.html

Many Latin American nations have yet to make public their Olympic broadcasting details. But we can know that DIRECTV plans to offer "innovative transmission" through its DIRECTV Sports channel(s) and exclusive. Like BandSports, it will use one of those world-famous London buses that will serve as a mobile studio for production and broadcasting.

http://masguau.com/2...an-en-colombia/

http://translate.goo...%26prmd%3Dimvns

CNET Australia's Derek Fung reports about that not just 2GB 780 AM will not act as the only Australian radio station covering the 2012 London Olympics--it will act as the only Australian commercial radio broadcast doing it. However, 2GB's broadcast will get simulcast on sister Fairfax-owned radio stations 3AW in Melbourne, Brisbane's 4BC, and Perth's 6PR, among them along 60 other regional radio stations involved. ABC Radio is doing its part too with the national broadcaster starting its coverage 5:30pm AEST on the analogue front and a dedicated digital radio station called ABC Games.

http://www.cnet.com....e-339337693.htm

And this is how ABC Grandstand will provide radio coverage of the London Summer Olympics with details from its press release

http://www.bbmlive.c...there-live.html

We'll very likely see Dutch sportscaster Mart Smeets hosting NOS' Olympic coverage in London.

Nine Network's new brief Olympic TV broadcaster ID showcasing the Olympic rings and colo(u)rs moving through the nine globes

Acer aspires in its partnership with Eurosport in the former's ICONIA tablets and ASPIRE laptops to have Eurosport embedded in its machines to get its 16 hours of daily coverage in over 20 languages.

http://www.aib.org.u...-olympic-games/

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I wonder about your remark: the hours could be a little better out of Germany - I am watching Olympic Games since Sarajevo 1984 on ARD and ZDF and you can be sure that the channel, which is responsible for the broadcast of the day (the two channel alternate from one day to another) is showing the Olympics from the start of the events until the end of the events - interrupted by the main-news nothing else.

The channel is of course focussing on events, in which German athletes are performing - the online broadcast in the internet is on one hand filing this "hole" and I suppose the online broadcast shows the events, which are not shown on TV, when events are parallel.

Frankly, I never watched a complete day-to-day Olympic coverage of what ZDF and ARD do. My info is based on past TV schedules where it seems it would bounce around or chop up events instead of going straight through from beginning to end, unless it's a relatively fast event like swimming, rowing, and track and field to fit into the programming. It seemed to me that both broadcasters would have several events going on to show (except for the digital channels) during one extended time slot for example. Only interrupted by Tagesschau. Again, I may be wrong on all this and how it's done. Coverage no doubt will be German-centric, something I should've mentioned on that post. As for the more hours, I was making comparisions alluding to that how could a broadcast entities like SVT with its 600 hours and 1100 online for Sweden, SKY Italia with 2000, and even Terra with 4760 all online and Germany's can't be comparable at least online? Perhaps despite being sports lovers, Germans probrably aren't really into all of the Olympic sports unless one of their own is in it (with some exceptions like basketball and handball). Could be wrong here too.

Quaker2000, I do think NBC will hit 5000+ hours.

Sorry, I mean Quaker2001. I too can't wait for the official announcement. And that from Canada's...

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Frankly, I never watched a complete day-to-day Olympic coverage of what ZDF and ARD do. My info is based on past TV schedules where it seems it would bounce around or chop up events instead of going straight through from beginning to end, unless it's a relatively fast event like swimming, rowing, and track and field to fit into the programming. It seemed to me that both broadcasters would have several events going on to show (except for the digital channels) during one extended time slot for example. Only interrupted by Tagesschau. Again, I may be wrong on all this and how it's done. Coverage no doubt will be German-centric, something I should've mentioned on that post. As for the more hours, I was making comparisions alluding to that how could a broadcast entities like SVT with its 600 hours and 1100 online for Sweden, SKY Italia with 2000, and even Terra with 4760 all online and Germany's can't be comparable at least online? Perhaps despite being sports lovers, Germans probrably aren't really into all of the Olympic sports unless one of their own is in it (with some exceptions like basketball and handball). Could be wrong here too.

well, its a mixture out of everything - the German TV-channels are focussing on the sports, which are liked most by the Germans (which doesn't depend on how good German athletes are preforming well, only) - these sports are shown from the begin of the event to the end (interrupted by sports, in which a German athlete performed well or something other interesting happens).

This year it will be the first time that the internet websites of the two channels will show events in a live stream and I am quite sure that the events are shown, which are not shown live on TV.

Well, London 2012 will be the first time that I won't depend on the broadcast of ARD and ZDF only, since I will be the whole time in London myself, which is much better. TV or media are not able to show the atmosphere in a venue.

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mhh, I just got into my mind how I can put it the best way:

ARD and ZDF are trying to broadcast Olympics like the beholder of the program are in the hosting city themselves - the sports like athletics, swimming and gymnastics are picked out like you want to get tickets for these events - then the next level of sports are shown around these top events - and then the next level of sports - etc. etc. At the same time when a German athlete performed well in a competition a short summary is shown - later the result will be shown in an extended version.

Furthermore the channels are focussing on the host city and on the hosting country - documentaries are shown about China, Beijing were shown in 2008, about Greece and Athens in 2004, about Australia and Sydney in 2000...

Well, this year it will be London and the UK

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Guess what? Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation got outbid for the London Olympic broadcasting rights to MTV. No, not that MTV or even the Hungarian public broadcasting corporation, but by Maharaja Television (MTV) and its radio portion MBC. In Beijing Rupavahini went with daily half-hour highlights at least twice a day with The Eye doing more extensive coverage.

http://sportspromedia.com/news/olympic_broadcasters_announced_in_sri_lanka/

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BTW, the Olympics section on ESPN has been fantastic reporting the leadup to the Games for Team USA:

http://espn.go.com/blog/olympics

I'll check that out soon.

Telemundo brings forth its most ambitious and extensive Spanish-language coverage of the Summer Olympics in the NBC Universal/Comcast family since being a part of it all in 2004 with 170 hours of coverage. Was expecting more TV hours out of like more in the 200+ territory. Maybe they'll be some online coverage with a multiple language option.

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/05/14/nbc-universal-announces-its-most-extensive-spanish-language-olympic-coverage-ever/134120/

Peruvians are fearful that the Olympic TV coverage America Television Canal 4 is doing from London will be deeply disappointing. And that Canal 4 will just offer a daily highlights show and not even show weekend Olympic programming even the highlights. The following is one example. That worked fine decades ago for many nations but the coverage is much more comprehensive as the TV programming evolved. If it turns out to be true, you gotta feel for the Peruvians. But...there is Terra that will satisfy the Olympic junkies down there!

http://www.forosperu.net/showthread.php?p=7533420

Next issue of Vanity Fair coming soon will feature members of Team USA in it. The cover will have Ryan Lochte, Serena Williams, and a member of They Who Must Not Be Named.

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BBC has announced the full lineup. I am so excited just by seeing the TV schedule and presenters list. Basically it will be nothing but Olympics on TV for 2 weeks!!

http://www.bbc.co.uk...apacks/bbc2012/

http://www.bbc.co.uk...ympics/18070768

Comprehensive coverage on BBC TV

As host nation broadcaster for the London 2012 Olympic Games, the BBC holds TV, radio, online, mobile and iPlayer rights in the UK. The flagship Olympic channels will be BBC One and BBC Three, as well as BBC Two (when BBC One switches to news), BBC HD and BBC One HD.

These channels will cover all of the key live action and top stories from the Games, as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Coverage of every Olympic sport from every venue will also be available via BBC Red Button and bbc.co.uk/sport.

Please note: all transmission times are subject to change.

The Olympics 27 July – 12 August

Live coverage on BBC Red Button and bbc.co.uk/sport

9.00am-12midnight

Every Olympic sport from every venue through up to 24 simultaneous, HD-quality, live Olympic streams. 24 channels are also available to cable and satellite viewers through the BBC Red Button.

BBC One

Olympic Breakfast

6.00am-9.00am BBC One/BBC One HD A combination of Hazel Irvine and Bill Turnbull or Chris Hollins and Sian Williams start the day with a look at the main stories from the day before and the highlights from the day ahead, also incorporating national and regional news and weather.

Olympics 2012

9.00am-11.30am BBC One/BBC One HD Mishal Husain brings the first of the day’s live action from the athletics, rowing and swimming heats. Venue presentation from Matt Baker, Clare Balding, Jonathan Edwards, Jake Humphrey and John Inverdale.

Olympics 2012

11.30am-1.45pm BBC One/BBC One HD The live action continues into the afternoon with Matt Baker, Clare Balding or Hazel Irvine. The focus will remain on the athletics, rowing and swimming heats plus other events including the men’s triathlon.

Olympics 2012

1.45pm-4.00pm BBC One/BBC One HD Clare Balding, Jake Humphrey or Hazel Irvine takes on the baton, focusing on the conclusion of events such as the cycling road races, tennis finals, equestrian and diving.

Olympics 2012

4.00pm-7.00pm BBC One/BBC One HD As we head towards the evening, Sue Barker brings us the action from the track cycling, gymnastics, tennis and equestrian.

Olympics 2012

7.00pm-10.35pm BBC One/BBC One HD Gary Lineker takes us through the evening and into the night with action from the competition finals including the athletics and swimming.

Olympics Tonight

10.40pm-midnight BBC One/BBC One HD Gabby Logan, in the company of star guests from the world of sport and beyond, focuses on the stories and personalities that have dominated the day and looks at the sport still in progress.

Olympic Sportsday

00.15am-1.00am BBC One/BBC One HD Dan Walker rounds up the main stories from the day’s action.

BBC Two

Olympics 2012

1.00pm-1.45pm; 6.00pm-7.00pm; 10.00pm-10.40pm BBC Two

Coverage switches from BBC One to BBC Two during the main BBC News bulletins.

BBC Three

Olympics 2012

9.00am-7.00pm BBC Three

Manish Bhasin, Rishi Persad or Sonali Shah will complement BBC One with some of the best action on offer from the 26 sports at the Games.

Olympics 2012

7.00pm-11.00pm BBC Three

Jake Humphrey presents the best of the live action from the football, hockey, boxing and basketball.

BBC News

BBC News: BBC One (1.00pm-1.45pm;

6.00pm-7.00pm; 10.00pm-10.40pm); BBC News Channel (including daily Olympics highlights programmes at 6.30pm, 10.30pm and 00.30pm) and bbc.co.uk/news

BBC News will be bringing you all of the stories from inside and outside of the Olympic venues, 24 hours a day, on the usual BBC One bulletins, the BBC News Channel and bbc.co.uk/news.

Ceremonies (opening and closing)

TV: Huw Edwards, Hazel Irvine, Trevor Nelson. Radio: John Murray.

Archery

TV: Eddie Butler, Liz Mynott.

Athletics

TV: Steve Cram, Paul Dickenson, Jonathan Edwards, Brendan Foster, Colin Jackson, Michael Johnson, Phil Jones, Denise Lewis, Steve Trew.Radio: Kriss Akabusi, Steve Backley, Darren Campbell, Mike Costello, Allison Curbishley, Sonja McLaughlan, Katharine Merry

Badminton

TV: Gail Emms, David Mercer.

Basketball

TV: John Amaechi, Mike Carlson. Radio: Fabulous Flournoy, Chris Mitchell.

Beach volleyball

TV: Matt Chilton, Ed Leigh.

Boxing

TV: Ron McIntosh, Jim Neilly, Lucy O'Connor, Richie Woodhall. Radio:Steve Bunce, Darren Fletcher.

Canoeing

TV: Andrew Cotter, Paul Dickenson, Helen Reeves. Radio: Alistair Bruce-Ball, Martin Cross, Anna Hemmings.

Cycling

TV: Chris Boardman, Jill Douglas, Ed Leigh, Hugh Porter, Jamie Staff.Radio: Simon Brotherton, Matt Dawson, Rob Hayles.

Diving

TV: Bob Ballard, Leon Taylor.

Equestrian

TV: Andy Austin, Judy Harvey, Ian Stark, Michael Tucker. Radio: Pippa Funnell, Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes, John Hunt.

Fencing

TV: Karim Bashir, Graham Bell.

Football

TV: Steve Bower, Mark Bright, Garth Crooks, Martin Fisher, Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson, Alistair Mann, Guy Mowbray, Jacqui Oatley, Jonathan Pearce, Jo Potter, John Roder, Robbie Savage, Sue Smith, Lucy Ward, Faye White, Steve Wilson. Radio: Ian Dennis, Dion Dublin, Mike Ingham, John Murray, Jen O'Neill.

Gymnastics

TV: Matt Baker, Mitch Fenner, Christine Still. Radio: Craig Heap, Alison Mitchell.

Handball

TV: Paul Bray.

Hockey

TV: Mel Clewlow, Barry Davies, Sean Kerly. Radio: Mel Clewlow, Alistair Eykyn, Sean Kerly.

Judo

TV: Nicola Fairbrother, Nick Mullins.

Modern pentathlon

TV: Steph Cook, Eleanor Oldroyd. Radio: Pippa Funnell, Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes, John Hunt.

Rowing

TV: Garry Herbert, Sir Steve Redgrave, Daniel Topolski. Radio: James Cracknell, Martin Cross, Alan Green.

Sailing

TV: Leigh McMillan, Shirley Robertson, Richard Simmonds, Rob Walker.Radio: Juliette Ferrington, Pippa Wilson.

Shooting

TV: David Oates.

Swimming

TV: Sharron Davies, Mark Foster, Andy Jameson, Adrian Moorhouse.Radio: Bob Ballard, Steve Parry, Karen Pickering.

Synchronised swimming

TV: Andrea Holland, Eleanor Oldroyd.

Table tennis

TV: Ian Marshall, Matthew Syed.

Taekwondo

TV: John Cullen, Nick Mullins. Radio: Jonathan Overend.

Tennis

TV: Tracey Austin, Chris Bradnum, Andrew Castle, Andrew Cotter, Tim Henman, John Lloyd, Sam Smith, Virginia Wade. Radio: Iain Carter, Annabel Croft, Jonathan Overend.

Triathlon

TV: Matt Chilton, Steve Trew. Radio: Alistair Bruce-Ball, James Cracknell.

Volleyball

TV: Jonathan Legard.

Water polo

TV: Nigel Adderley, Lisa Knights.

Weightlifting

TV: Colin Bryce, Non Evans, Jim Neilly.

Wrestling

TV: Colin Bryce, Non Evans.

Presenters, news correspondents and reporters

Programme presenters: Matt Baker, Clare Balding, Sue Barker, Manish Bhasin, Chris Hollins, Jake Humphrey, Mishal Husain, John Inverdale, Hazel Irvine, Gabby Logan, Gary Lineker, Rishi Persad, Sonali Shah, Bill Turnbull, Dan Walker, Sian Williams.

News correspondents: David Bond, Sally Nugent, James Pearce, Dan Roan, Andy Swiss, Joe Wilson.

Feature reporters: Tina Daheley, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Leon Mann, Jason Mohammad, Ore Oduba, Sir Matthew Pinsent, Garry Richardson, Helen Skelton, Michael Vaughan, Reggie Yates.

Edited by kevzz

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Courtesy of John Ourand and Richard Deitsch on Twitter, some new details about NBC's Olympics coverage...

First off, according to Ourand, NBC says Olympic programming details for NBC and NBC Sports Network "will be released shortly."

We now have an hours breakdown of 3 of the cable nets (in addition to Telemundo which was announced yesterday)..

MSNBC - 155.5 hours (various sports/events).. Kelly Tilghman of Golf Channel will be a host for them

CNBC - 73 hours (mostly boxing)

Bravo - 56 hours (mostly tennis).. host will be Pat O'Brien

NBCSN's coverage will debut on Wednesday, July 25th at 10:30am ET with coverage of the Great Britain-New Zealand women's soccer game

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1 correction from my previous post.. that GBR-NZL soccer game will be on MSNBC, not NBCSN. Presumably NBCSN will have the USA-France game that day which begins an hour later.

Some more info (as reported by the AP) .. MSNBC's daily window is from 9am to 6am with more on the weekends. It's also noted that CNBC's 2nd window each day will be from 5pm to 8pm (their usual Olympic slot), but that will be on tape except on the weekends. The afternoon boxing session each day begins at 8:30am ET, so presumably that's being shown live (so I would assume).

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MSNBC's coverage will actually air from 9am-6pm (not 6am).

As for CNBC, it doesn't look like they will have live boxing during the week. Or two windows for that matter. They will have 3 hours (5-8pm ET) each weekday for a total of 30 hours. Plus 6 live hours on each Saturday/Sunday for a total of 36 hours. That = 76 hours, 3 more than they had even announced (which means one weekend date will only have 3 hours of coverage). Fred Roggin will host their coverage.

Bravo will broadcast the tennis like a Grand Slam with coverage from early morning to mid-afternoon ET from Wimbledon.

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Oh great, why in the hell would Donovan Bailey jeopardize his CTV studio analyst job for track and field on this disturbing act. If any of us were in this situation after recently getting a new job, we wouldn't last long. But Bailey is one of the important stars among the Canadian Olympic Consortium team, so they'll stand by him...on a very short leash. Don't expect much to happen to him. I'm sure the bosses there were not pleased about this and told him so.

http://canadiansport...-drunk-driving/

NBC's 2-minute+ promo on the basics of its London Olympic coverage this summer released two days ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOIv7XaAN10

Another article about how TVP plans to cover the London Olympics, which the majority of it is really more about TVP's coverage of the upcoming EURO 2012 that Poland is co-hosting with the Ukraine. It's already made note here by me that TVP will broadcast them through TVP1, TVP2, TVP Sport, TVP Info, and TVP HD in over 800 hours with Internet streaming at sport.tvp.pl. It can now be confirmed that TV Polska will send a 40-person team with the rest of them, 150 in all, will stay put back in Warsaw.

http://www.microsoft...zysk-w-londynie

From Sky NZ channels 131-135, Sky subscribers down in NZ will get live action with in-depth interviews with New Zealand's Olympians and winning medal highlights on 5 Olympic channels with a sixth devoted to 24-hour Olympic news. Stephen McIvor and Lavina Good leads the commerntary team with them hosting both ceremonies. At the London Olympic Aquatics Centre John McBeth will cover swimming in his seventh Olympics. Other notable Sky Sport Olympic members include Nigel Avery (weightlifting), Rebecca Bailey (cycling), and John Radonovich (field hockey like Black Stix games). The comedic tandem from The Crowd Goes Wild will be there too starring Andrew Mulligan and James McOnie.

Additional channels will be available through MY Sky HDi and My SKY HD+ if Kiwis have an HD access ticket and an HD-ready TV. As for Prime, it will have live extensive Olympic action free-to-air with the latest Olympic news on PRIME News and The Crowd Goes Wild. With SKY TV, viewers can acquire access to PRIME's free-to-air coverage and highlights through iSky. SKY Sport's coverage starts with the Silver Ferns meets Team GB in women's soccer on July 25 from Cardiff, Wales.

http://www.stuff.co....overage-details

This is how the Beeb will get digital on the London Olympics and even incorporate BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, and BBC 5 Live Olympic Extra radio commentary along with the BBC TV commentaries to compliment them as an option. Usual staples to digital TV will be present with the TiVo (and the old and no longer existing Replay TV) pause and rewind live TV feature in this too with seemless live data, stats, and info.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...ympics/18071080

Four years ago as the host Olympic broadcasting network, CCTV had several channels in its array to broadcast them that included CCTV-1, CCTV-2, CCTV-5, CCTV-HD, a soccer channel, an Olympic tennis channel, and for Beijing. Not this time. CCTV's London Olympic coverage will be limited down to the likes of CCTV-5, CCTV-1, CCTV-2, CCTV-HD, and CCTV-3D, for all of its large amount of channels, CCTV reduces its share. Enter CNTV (China Network Television). It was already well-announced that CNTV will get involved in this for the online material and was already involved in Beijing with CCTV, thereby shattering the CCTV sports monopoly. On Monday in Shanghai, CNTV announced its wide-ranging access to the London Olympics on online, apps for iPads and other tablets and mobile phones and TVs. Jin Xiaoxin announced CNTV will broadcast live 5600 hours of Olympic action, which includes the 4300 online-only hours of events that CCTV won't touch because of its limited range of channels involved in the London Olympics. CCTV and CNTV will join forces with a staff of 500 reporters to London. Also, CNTV has some special Olympic programming plans up its sleeve during the 100-day countdown.

http://www.chinadail...nt_15288109.htm

Very little insight and news here about how Nine and FOXTEL can operate their first Summer Olympics together after the Vancouver Winter Olympics and the Commonwealth Games and will they withstand the criticism and scrutiny from critics and viewers alike. But you do get a nice little history lesson on the Australian TV networks that did the Summer Olympics since 1960. I could use that too. Pressure's on for quality coverage.

http://www.theroar.c...-and-foxtel-go/

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MSNBC's coverage will actually air from 9am-6pm (not 6am).

As for CNBC, it doesn't look like they will have live boxing during the week. Or two windows for that matter. They will have 3 hours (5-8pm ET) each weekday for a total of 30 hours. Plus 6 live hours on each Saturday/Sunday for a total of 36 hours. That = 76 hours, 3 more than they had even announced (which means one weekend date will only have 3 hours of coverage). Fred Roggin will host their coverage.

I actually made the same error on MSNBC on another site from copying and pasting from another site and didn't catch this one either. Oh well.

But while we're talking about typos, you might want to re-check your math. 30+36 is 66, not 76. Also, in looking at the schedule, there's only 1 boxing session on the final Saturday and Sunday of the Olympics, so it probably doesn't mean 36 weekend hours, probably closer to 30.

In looking at the numbers again, I'm trying to figure out where all the hours are coming from. Not all of the boxing sessions are 3 hours long. If I added this up right, the total amount of boxing competition across 28 sessions is 71.5 hours. So if the plan is to go 5pm-8pm every not plus go live on the weekends, I don't know how that math is going to work out. I guess we'll find out.

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