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I'd be happy to help you out with that one. I have bits and pieces of Lake Placid, Sarajevo, and Los Angeles, but always looking for more. And I still have VCRs in my possession, so maybe we can work something out.

Pretty sure I remember you making a similar post after Beijing. I know you're on the other side of the planet from me, but we'll definitely have to talk after London.

As for DVDs.. I'm always hesitant to rely on hard drives because as much as there's the theory that DVDs stop working, the same can be said of hard drives, and I've had more than a couple fail on me. So I almost feel safer burning to DVD (or in this case, Blu-ray). Let's hope I'm right about that one.

Actually there is no storage solution that is completely reliable. That's why you have to keep backups of everything... and it's much easier (and cheaper) to backup drives than hundreds of discs. Discs are becoming more and more obsolete anyway.

I have a large olympic collection (including ceremonies, competition and news reports etc) that I've built over the years. For example, I documented the whole Sydney 2000 experience from a local perspective and have done something similar for each Games since, as well as obtaining past ceremonies... Originally from VHS tapes, then DVD and in recent years HD recordings in H.264 format. All now in iTunes nicely tagged and chaptered with custom artwork for each Games. Great for streaming to Apple TV and other devices... If anyone wants the artwork for their own collections, PM me ;)

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Not sure if it'll be in this week or next but according to Roger Mosey at the BBC they'll be a 72-page guide to the BBC coverage in the Radio Times.

... which I suspect will be much easier to read than their website schedule where you seemingly have to click on every session to find out what will be broadcast each day.

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Actually there is no storage solution that is completely reliable. That's why you have to keep backups of everything... and it's much easier (and cheaper) to backup drives than hundreds of discs. Discs are becoming more and more obsolete anyway.

I have a large olympic collection (including ceremonies, competition and news reports etc) that I've built over the years. For example, I documented the whole Sydney 2000 experience from a local perspective and have done something similar for each Games since, as well as obtaining past ceremonies... Originally from VHS tapes, then DVD and in recent years HD recordings in H.264 format. All now in iTunes nicely tagged and chaptered with custom artwork for each Games. Great for streaming to Apple TV and other devices... If anyone wants the artwork for their own collections, PM me ;)

Am definitely keen on your Sydney coverage. Would you be interested in making a copy for me? PM me if you are.

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Does anybody knows if the official idents of the Olympic Broadcast System are arround? I remember the Vancouver one appeared one or two weeks before the opening ceremony.

Those were some of the last previous ones (Sydney's my favorite overall)

And my favorite WOG one...

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I'd be happy to help you out with that one. I have bits and pieces of Lake Placid, Sarajevo, and Los Angeles, but always looking for more. And I still have VCRs in my possession, so maybe we can work something out.

Thanks, we'll all have to talk after the Games.

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Actually there is no storage solution that is completely reliable. That's why you have to keep backups of everything... and it's much easier (and cheaper) to backup drives than hundreds of discs. Discs are becoming more and more obsolete anyway.

I have a large olympic collection (including ceremonies, competition and news reports etc) that I've built over the years. For example, I documented the whole Sydney 2000 experience from a local perspective and have done something similar for each Games since, as well as obtaining past ceremonies... Originally from VHS tapes, then DVD and in recent years HD recordings in H.264 format. All now in iTunes nicely tagged and chaptered with custom artwork for each Games. Great for streaming to Apple TV and other devices... If anyone wants the artwork for their own collections, PM me ;)

Tried sending you a PM about your Sydney coverage.

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Actually there is no storage solution that is completely reliable. That's why you have to keep backups of everything... and it's much easier (and cheaper) to backup drives than hundreds of discs. Discs are becoming more and more obsolete anyway.

I have a large olympic collection (including ceremonies, competition and news reports etc) that I've built over the years. For example, I documented the whole Sydney 2000 experience from a local perspective and have done something similar for each Games since, as well as obtaining past ceremonies... Originally from VHS tapes, then DVD and in recent years HD recordings in H.264 format. All now in iTunes nicely tagged and chaptered with custom artwork for each Games. Great for streaming to Apple TV and other devices... If anyone wants the artwork for their own collections, PM me ;)

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"The member andrew_syd cannot receive any new messages" :(

Sorry try again. Didn't know there's a limit of 3 messages for a free account now... It's been a while since I've been active on these forums!

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Wow, just got home, turned on the TV, and it started tuning in a new digital station - an Olympics test channel for the Nine Network - it's showing footage from Vancouver now. Seems to be their 3D test channel (though I don't have the TV glasses).

Yep, the Games hype is sure ramping up here now!

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Wow, just got home, turned on the TV, and it started tuning in a new digital station - an Olympics test channel for the Nine Network - it's showing footage from Vancouver now. Seems to be their 3D test channel (though I don't have the TV glasses).

Yep, the Games hype is sure ramping up here now!

Yeah I noticed this too. I believe the transmission started yesterday. Looking forward to recording the 3D stuff too, even if I'm not that much of a 3D fan.

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Been busy over the weekend and onto Monday, when I didn't have time to return to this sooner than I would like. Today was originally an off-day for me, but I elected to work later today. I'm doing this modest (by my standards here on this thread) post now to assure my writing and then go back full out tomorrow. Because of this, I'll reserve the recording thoughts then. I will say though, for now, I don't have a computer as of yet.

Belteleradiocompany's Belarus 1 and Belarus 2 announced yesterday it will broadcast the London 2012 Summer Olympics starting with the preliminary men's soccer matches on July 26 with at 16:35 Belarus time (4:35pm) on Belarus 1 with Mexico vs. South Korea and then Belarus 1 does its share later with Belarus taking on New Zealand at 21:35 (9:35). But it will be Belarus 2 that take care of the bulk of the Olympics with wide-ranging sports going up to 18-19 hours a day with a priority towards competitions involving the Belarussian Olympians. Belarus 2 will also show the Opening Ceremony live

http://www.tvr.by/en...07.2012&id=1671

Costa Rica's Repretel Channels 4 and 6 will share the London Olympics coverage of a total of 210 hours. Channel 4 is the designated Olympic channel going from 4am-6pm with no interruption using 11 simultaneous signals. After 6pm, it will show a one-hour highlight show. Channel 6, Repretel's showcase channel and broadcaster of both ceremonies, will air its share by emphasizing the Costa Rican athletes' competitions. Naturally the Ticos will get heavy promotion but also basketball, volleyball, and tennis will get solid coverage. All will get sophisticated news, reporting, technical equipment with the HD treatment. Channel 11 comes in yesterday with a half-hour program series at 5:30 entitled A Day With... promoting and profiling Costa Rican Olympians. Repretel has been airing a series of brief pre-Olympic segments in the lead up to London called Olympic Flame

http://translate.goo...ved=0CFMQ7gEwAA

Maltese Olympic fans can get access to Games as the Medditerreanean island nation send its four Olympians--Nicola Muscat, Rachid Chouhal, Diane Borg, and William Chetcuti--by watching live on Eurosport on Malta's Melita's satelitte TV service (Channel 621). No official word if state broadcaster TVM will show something. You would think it will given it had just broadcasted all the games of EURO 2012, most of them in HD and on TVM 2. Melita could show it among its 5 Melita Sports channels for more extensive coverage.

http://www.melita.co...2012-on-tvm-hd/

RTS Sport's 2012 Olympic website for the French Swiss community. No coverage details yet: http://www.rts.ch/sp...s/2012/JO_2012/

NRK's 2012 Olympic website, now with an official address: http://www.nrk.no/sport/london_2012/

RTBF's La Une will air the Opening Ceremony next Friday for Belgium's French language coverage with Vincent Langendries and Pierre Robert presenting it all live: http://www.rtbf.be/l...b070638bb802a90

TV Khabar and El Arna together will present at least 200 hours of live coverage of the 2012 London Olympics to Kazakhstan. Funny the headlines says to "get sick of us"!

http://translate.goo...VCWlNmXGGQqmpyA

Dave Gordon still defends his massive BBC Olympic staff for London:

http://www.huffingto...l?utm_hp_ref=uk

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Does anybody knows if the official idents of the Olympic Broadcast System are arround? I remember the Vancouver one appeared one or two weeks before the opening ceremony.

...

And my favorite WOG one...

I agree about Turin - gorgeous opening. Not seen anything of the London version yet.

In other news tonight at 9pm C4 will debut their "Meet the Superhumans" promo for the Paralympics not just on their own channels but also on their main rivals too, with the ad airing simultaneously on 78 channels including the C4 network, ITV, C5, all UKTV channels, Eurosport and Sky1.

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The BBC today announced it has signed a deal with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for rights to cover the next four Olympic Games up until 2020.

The present deal expired after London 2012.

The new deal includes exclusive television, radio and digital rights.

"As the host of the London 2012 Olympic Games and the birthplace of many Olympic sports, the UK is a very important nation for the Olympic Movement," said Jacques Rogge, President of the IOC.

"The BBC is a world-renowned media organisation with which we are proud to have worked for many decades, including for the upcoming Olympic Games.

"We are delighted that the BBC will continue as our partner beyond London 2012, providing fantastic free coverage of the Olympic Games to the widest possible audience in the UK across a variety of media platforms."

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http://www.insidethe...deal-until-2020

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Maybe a bad sign for those of us in the US that were hoping NBCs live online coverage included the ceremonies. They have changed the online listing page on NBCOlympics.com to reflect each day's live streams and the is nothing listed for next Friday. I was looking forward to avoiding Bob Costas and all his smarminess.

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In other news tonight at 9pm C4 will debut their "Meet the Superhumans" promo for the Paralympics not just on their own channels but also on their main rivals too, with the ad airing simultaneously on 78 channels including the C4 network, ITV, C5, all UKTV channels, Eurosport and Sky1.

And what an ad it is...

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Maybe a bad sign for those of us in the US that were hoping NBCs live online coverage included the ceremonies. They have changed the online listing page on NBCOlympics.com to reflect each day's live streams and the is nothing listed for next Friday. I was looking forward to avoiding Bob Costas and all his smarminess.

I would like to think that's a mistake on NBC's part, but I'm not that optimistic. That's a shame.. I took off from work that afternoon assuming I'd have the Opening Ceremony to watch live online, commentator-less and commercial free. Fail on the part of NBC here.

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PRIME New Zealand officially announces its Olympic TV plans in its first ever Summer Olympics coverage today with, which is not surprising as we heard this proposal much earlier, nothing but the London Olympics almost all day (23.5 hours) except for when PRIME News: First at 5:30 comes on. Bulk of the team will be based back in Auckland with primetime host anchor Eric Young also doing the PRIME News: First at 5:30. Melodie Robinson does the midday portion from 8am-3pm. Scotty Stevenson comes in after her and gets that half-hour PRIME News break before returning up until 7:30 with The Crowd Goes Wild crew of Andrew Mulligan and James McOnie in London with Mark Richardson and Hayley Holt staying in Auckland for a half-hour of fun, silliness, and humour. Eric Young comes in from the primetime at 8pm with Clint Brown taking you into the late night from 10:30pm-8am.

http://www.throng.co...-olympic-games/

Don't worry all you Kiwi soccer fans, PRIME hasn't forgotten about the New Zealand men's and women's soccer teams games before the Opening Ceremony. SKY Sport NZ surely hasn't.

https://skytv.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1409/~/prime's-free-to-air-coverage-of-london-2012-olympic-games

Across the Tasman Sea, another piece on FOXTEL and the Nine Network sharing the Australian London Olympic TV coverage in everything save for swimming. This coming from The Australian. Last time in Vancouver, FOXTEL blasted Nine's coverage as "a calamity". This time with some experience together, they patched things up in the interviening years now acting like "mates" to pool their resources and allotments to improve the coverage overall. No mention of Eddie McGuire in this one. Interesting. We know here that Karl Stefanovic will host the primetime evening portion on Nine. Leila McKinnon and Cameron Williams host Nine's coverage over breakfast before Mark Nicholas hosts a two-hour highlights program from 9am, which will be repeated in the afternoon. It also explains why FOXTEL declined the 3D portion of the coverage from Nine

http://www.theaustra...d-1226420461317

FOXTEL's Olympic mobile app is now up and running: http://www.mediaspy....pic-tablet-app/

Sports Illustrated's South African edition not only includes in its Olympic preview with a day-by-day guide of the day's events with details on Team South Africa but also the 40-page Olympic TV guide from SuperSport and maybe from SABC too. Wish I could get that.

http://www.bizcommun...6/39/78598.html

Speaking of SuperSport, Haile Gebreselassie talks how "breaktaking" Usain Bolt's now-legendary blowout performance in the men's 100m final four years ago in Beijing was to him as a fellow Olympic legend in this SuperSport Olympic promo.

There are other SuperSport Olympic promos other than this one, the only one on YouTube so far.

--Gebreselassie has another one admiring the first great Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila conquering Rome in the marathon.

--Penny Heyns, South Africa's first post-aparthied Olympic champ and former SuperSport Olympic host back in Athens 2004, reminisces about Ethiopia's Derulu Tulu and South Africa's Elena Meyer sharing a victory lap with their flags after Tulu's win in the women's 10,000m back in Barcelona 1992 in the spirit of a unified and reconciled Africa with South Africa back into the sporting arena after years of being an international pariah for its aparthied policies

--Zimababwean gold medalist swimmer Kirsty Coventry admires Gebreselassie

--Oscar Pistorius comes in twice with his memories of Muhammed Ali lighting the torch in Atlanta and Derek Redmond's inspiring finish in Barcelona

--Nadia Comeneci on the Nigerian women's 4x100m relay team celebrating bronze in Barcelona

--Mark Spitz remembers being in awe of Michael Phelps breaking Spitz's Olympic record of 7 golds with 8 in Beijing

--Daniel Amokachi from the 1996 gold medal Nigerian soccer team talks about Carl Lewis succeeding in his mission of equaling Jesse Owens's four gold record in LA 1984

You can watch these others on SuperSport's Olympic video portal: http://www.superspor.../olympics/video

SuperSport's soundtrack to these promos is Coldplay's "Fix You"

Since early July, NOS has produced a series of documentaries in the leadup to its Dutch broadcast of the London Olympic Games every Thursday on Nederland 3. Each of the docs have a different filmmaker. The subjects in question involve judoka Edith Bosch, gymnast Epke Zonderland, windsurfer (and now flagbearer) Dorian Van Rissjelberghe, and more Dutch women who won gold in swimming, water polo, and field hockey.

http://forum.fok.nl/...+MEER+WEERGEVEN

Tautvydas Meškonis and Saulius Nalivaika will co-host the Opening Ceremonies live from London for Lietuvos Televizija.

http://www.lrt.lt/te...yniu_atidarymas

Andrius Tapinas and LRT sports host Asta Žukaitė co-host "Londonaida", a special program everyday following the LT news show Panorama that details all the goings in sports in the leadup to the London Olympics and of the latest news involving the Lithuanian Olympic Team. Though it's going to send some people to London (14 in total), Lietuvos Televizija's studio will be back in Palanga. And the Brits will send 600kg of studio and technical equipment to them in London. Did I mention that LRT will broadcast 260 hours of the Olympics for Lithuania, its final one apparently, much of it in basketball? All of it on LT1.

http://www.lrt.lt/te...720/_londoniada_

http://translate.goo...ved=0CDIQ7gEwAA

RTP Olympic Channel HD is going to be up and running during the London Olympics on ZON: http://diariodigital...?id_news=582720

http://translate.goo...ved=0CCcQ7gEwAA

SVT's Olympic TV and Internet channel schedule is now available: http://www.svt.se/os...atum=2012-07-25

The breakdown on how SVT will do its final Olympics on its channels (SVT1, SVT24, and Kunsktkanalen) for each Olympic day with its team of André Pops, Marie Lehmann, Yvette Hermundstad, Kajsa Bergqvist, Anders Gärderud, Jacob Hård, Jonas Karlsson, Chris Härenstam, and Mats Nyström. In all of its 600 TV hours and 1000 hours in the Internet realm.

http://www.svt.se/os...r-os-i-london-4

The drawn-out drama over Hong Kong's FTA Olympic coverage is finally over: Both ATV and TVB struck a deal and will be the official Hong Kong terrestrial TV broadcasters for the Olympics after purchasing some coverage from i-CABLE. Both ATV and TVB will jointly produce their own Olympic packages with over 200 hours with their own promotions, including both ceremonies. We still don't know how many hours of coverage i-CABLE itself will make.

http://www.thestanda...1654&con_type=1

http://www.i-cableco...?newsroomid=575

Move over TVC Deportes. Televisa in Mexico gets more comprehensive with its sports coverage with the creation of Televisa Deportes Networks. It too will get into the Olympic act with TDN, TDN HD, and Univision. The TDN personalities in London are Francisco Javier Gonzalez, Alejandro Centeno, Veronica Sosa, Ivar Sisniega, Karen Moran and Carolina Manzano as these commentators will evaluate every detail through the "London, period."

The team will be joined by experts in the disciplines as Estela de la Torre, Jose Samano, Javier Diaz and Eduardo Rueda, who broadcast from the Olympic Park, North Greenwich Arena, Wembley Stadium and Hampton Court Palace, among other venues, with the revered Francisco Javier Gonzalez.. TDN Olympic broadcasting will go from 3am-5pm Mexico City time.

http://translate.goo...ved=0CGAQ7gEwAQ

Bell in Canada brings forth yesterday from Montreal the most comprehensive Olympic coverage with live and on-demand content on PCs, tablets, smartphones, and TVs to Canadians with Bell Mobile TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Mosaic Channel, Bell Internet, a scheduler, and social media Make It Epic function. Well, it does largely own the Olympic broadcast consortium up there.

http://www.sacbee.co...ans-closer.html

All with its own marketing campaign for the Olympics: http://www.newsbell.ca/

TVES announced last week it will show 10 hours of the Olympics daily to Venezuela out of the 11 transmission signals from London and maybe with teleSUR. TVES will also have a studio in London.

http://translate.goo...ved=0CFsQ7gEwAA

The Beeb's new live interactive video player will feature over 2500 hours of live competitive Olympic action in HD through all of its 24 streams that you can completely control. With live stats, rewind option, stats, chapter markers, and other info.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...ympics/18883345

It's possible that over 38 million Brits will watch at least some portion of the Olympics on TV or online. Makes you who's going to attempt to almost all of the stuff online through its 24 streams. Who among the Brits will have Olympic parties during the Opening Ceremonies?

http://www.digitalsp...ames-on-tv.html

Nine Network's additional promo for the Australian free-to-air TV coverage for London. Here, London is the star of this promo. Also narrated by Eddie McGuire at the taxis.

There has been a plethora of magazines lately, mostly in the sports/fitness variety, I have been seeing in newsstands here featuring American Olympic stars in the last few weeks. They range from Ryan Lochte to Natalie Coughlan to Michael Phelps to Candance Parker, among others. Furthermore ESPN The Magazine has their annual Body Issue hitting very soon in time for the Olympics that stars several from the 2012 US Olympic Team. Sports Illustrated's Olympic issue is hitting at the same time for London this week. I got some ideas who's got the cover--always an American. But I need to see it later to find out. What about you outside the US?

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I would like to think that's a mistake on NBC's part, but I'm not that optimistic. That's a shame.. I took off from work that afternoon assuming I'd have the Opening Ceremony to watch live online, commentator-less and commercial free. Fail on the part of NBC here.

I wouldn't be surprised if NBC considers the ceremonies to be "entertainment events" and therefore sees no real value in streaming them live. There's no doubt that the buzz about Beijing's opening ceremony led to the huge ratings for the taped broadcast.

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I wouldn't be surprised if NBC considers the ceremonies to be "entertainment events" and therefore sees no real value in streaming them live. There's no doubt that the buzz about Beijing's opening ceremony led to the huge ratings for the taped broadcast.

I wouldn't be surprised if NBC considers the ceremonies to be "entertainment events" and therefore sees no real value in streaming them live. There's no doubt that the buzz about Beijing's opening ceremony led to the huge ratings for the taped broadcast.

Agree with everyone else that the ceremonies probably won't be streamed live. The closing ceremonies aren't listed either. However, note that nothing is listed on Friday 7/27. Earlier on 7/27, there is a ranking round scheduled for archery which isn't included in the online listings. Its scheduled to start at 4:00AM with the women's at 8:00AM. Now if we see an updated listing with the archery ranking round and no opening ceremonies, then that would be pretty conclusive.

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Agree with everyone else that the ceremonies probably won't be streamed live. The closing ceremonies aren't listed either. However, note that nothing is listed on Friday 7/27. Earlier on 7/27, there is a ranking round scheduled for archery which isn't included in the online listings. Its scheduled to start at 4:00AM with the women's at 8:00AM. Now if we see an updated listing with the archery ranking round and no opening ceremonies, then that would be pretty conclusive.

Add me to the list of those who don't believe NBC will allow the live streaming of the Opening Ceremony. The Peacock knows that for many people, especially those who aren't really sports fans, that they will turn on to the Olympics just for the Opening Ceremony's pagentry; it is the apex of the Olympic for anybody. Surely, we know some footage will get omitted and some nations will get less TV time (you'll notice that when it comes back form the commercial breaks, Bob Costas will speak briefly about each nation and the flagbearers will be shown and ID'ed). When it finally gets online after this embargo, will we get the option of having venue audio like the BBC is expected to have for viewers on ther Red Button?

While we're at it, I'm curious as to which broadcasters will have the pre-Opening Ceremony show? With only a few exceptions like perhaps the BBC (as host broadcaster) and maybe the Canadian Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium (taking the lead from what the CBC did four years ago on its streams), most broadcasters won't televise it. From its TV schedule, not even NBC will do that. If it's just online, that's OK. Will that be shown live? Furthermore, except online, NBC definitely is not showing the London Olympic broadcast intro on its telecasts from its several networks.

Anyone watching the Olympic Torch relay online on the BBC? How do you think the BBC is doing this? I haven't seen it yet because A) I'm busy a lot and B) I never get around to actually doing so. But I will later today and take a look at it. Has anyone (or know anyone who does) been recording this torch relay from online?

I can easily picture what the opening montage of shots will be for NBC's broadcast of the London Olympics as it plays the famous "Bugler's Dream". Everything aerial: The rolling Scottish hills, white cliffs of Dover, large, lush English countrysides, English moors, Welsh houses, sheep runng through the large grass, and, of course, the shots of London Bridge, Parliament Building with Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey--all along the Thames River as it climaxes in the music before showing the NBC Olympic logo. Like to know about the NBC intro montage it will do and what themes it'll convey.

Bit of a struggle to discover what ERT's and Nova Sports' Olympic TV plans are from Greece. If the unvieling of the Greek Olympic uniforms are an indicator, Greece will come in rather late and deep into the last 30-day period, as it seems to be the case with a lot of European nations following EURO 2012 and the Tour De France. I discovered that ERT has four Internet channels--ERT WebSport 1-3 and its sports radio station stream of ERT Sport Radio 101.8 FM. Meanwhile NovaSports has channels from eight channels: NovaSports 1-4, NovaSports News Channel (formerly NovaSports 5), NovaSports 6-7, and NovaSports HD. A sign that NovaSports is getting into the Olympics lies on NovaSports 1 and 3 are showing The Road To London and the London 2012: Hopes, Ambitions, and Expectations series showing Track and Field (Athletics), Sailing, and Gymnastics is on NovaSports 4. NovaSports does have its own webstreaming channels. But will ERT and NovaSports share theirs for the Olympics? Or maybe will ERT get an expansion with temp ERT WebSport streams for the Olympics.

RTP has a program coming up called Olympic Ambitions, a festival saluting Portugal's 2012 Olympians and Paralympians with singing, music, artistry, acrobatics, interaction, dance, and fun in their sendoff at the Atlantic Pavillion in Lisbon. Hosted by Catarina Furtado and José Carlos Malate.

http://www.rtp.pt/programa/tv/p28878

http://translate.goo...ved=0CFYQ7gEwAA

RTP also has Olympic Heroes on RTP 1. RTP2 has The Olympic Series going on now. On what we got as the RTP schedule is that RTP2 will do the bulk of the sports schedule with RTP1, except for the live soccer involving Spain and Brazil, its Olympic programming will come late at night from 1-6am with handball, volleyball, and soccer. RTP2 has the late night re-airing of the Opening Ceremony that Friday night. RTP2's daily Olympic programming blocks are 9:30am-1pm, 2-4pm, 5:30-7 (or 7:45) pm, and 1:50/2:30-7am. The first three RTP2 blocks are live. Problem is, it doesn't say what will be exactly on RTP2's schedule. Still don't what RTP Informacao will do with its Olympic portion.

RTBF's French Belgian Olympic coverage from La Une and La Deux will have Vincent Langendries, Benjamin Deceuninck, Pierre Robert, Manu Debièvre, Frank Peterkenne, and Pierre-Yves Deprez commentating the various Olympic sports, likely in London instead of in RTBF's Brussels studios. Maybe a one or two of them. Live French-Belgian Olympic coverage will come on La Deux from 9am-6:25/6:35pm and again on 7:20-10:35pm and for the late night review show on 10:50 or 10:55pm. Like with RTP, we don't know from the website what sports will be shown on its programming blocks. But you can be certain Blegian Olympians will be prominent in them. La Une has the Olympic magazine show called London Village with Hervé Gilbert, Anne-Laure Macq and Eby Brouzakis at 6:30pm.

If you take a look at ORF's Olympic plans, yeah it's got the ORF Sport's Olympic Countdown Show, Gesprache Olympiateilnehmer In Rot-Weiss-Rot,

and the Golden Moments of the Olympic Games. But that's not really what I want to show you--already mentioned. On July 7, ORF2's Sport host Bernard Stohr had as one of its feature stories Olympic marathoner Tamira Paszek on 19:55 and later with swimmer Dinko Jukic and an Olympic beach volleyball preview. ORF1 broadcasted an Austrian Olympic Team farewell party at Studio 44 hosted by Rainier Paraisek for its 70+-strong team to London under its Sport Am Sonntag show, also chronicled on ORF2's Sport. ORF Sport also have a History Olympia Blitzlichter. ORF1 premieres on the 22th the 30-minute Olympia: Traum and Wirklichkeit and 5 Rings For A Better World. Both will later shown on ORF Sport. Then in the last few days before the Olympics start, ORF Sport will show the documentaries Olympic Stars each from Beijing and Athens.

As for the actual London Olympics goes, everythings starts from London with the Olympia Countdown preview show at the ORF Olympia studio in London on ORF1 on July 26 at 11:15. ORF is not televising any of the preliminary soccer matches before the Opening Ceremony. Of the two ORF channels, ORF1 is showing the bulk of the 330 Olympic TV hours. On the next day, it's Feuer und Flamme: The History of the Olympic Games on 20:15 and then at 21:15 the Olympia Studio for 40 minutes before the Opening Ceremony. Live coverage generally begins from 9am-1am with the Olympia Studio show for five minutes coming in twice a day. In ORF Sport+'s portion, its live coverage will come in during the late afternoon/nighttime hours and culminating with Olympic Spirit (on the first day of competition). ORF1 is going take more of the individual sports with ORF Sport+ doing the team sports. Both will cover those type of events though.

TRT's 2012 Olympic Games promo in Turkey. Kinda makes a big deal at the end over that it's going to be on 5.1 surround sound stereo like Turkey never really had before on the Olympics. Like the miniature-like (forgot the actual term for it) time-release shots of London.

A documentary on Jamaican superstar sprinter Usain Bolt is making the rounds in the days before to the Olympics across European Olympic broadcasters like in Belgium, France, and Sweden.

Delayed for two weeks but here's the coverage details from the Arab States Broadcasting Union:

Multilateral TV channels, in addition to one Olympic News Channel with a total of 2200 hours of coverage offered with:

--English commentary for an average of 225 hours/day

--Arabic commentary for an average of 100 hours/day

--Two daily international highlights (one hour duration each)

--One 1-hour daily Arabic summary

--One daily studio program

All multilateral coverage is in HD and available on

--Eutelsat W2A @ 10 degrees East in Ku-Band

--AsiaSat 5 @ 100.50 degrees East in C-Band

Ten unilateral bookable channels: 8 HD + 2 SD on Eutelsat W2A @ 10 degrees East in Ku-Band

Three SD selected channels will, as well, be retransmitted on MENOS-ASBU network.

A unified team of Arab commentators, TV technicians and directors has been set up from all Arab countries to ensure the above-mentioned coverage.

http://www.asbu.net/...tid=802〈=en

ABSU Multilateral TV 2012 Olympic Broadcast Plans With Arabic Commentary:

http://www.asbu.net/...-Arabic2003.xls

ASBU Multilateral TV 2012 Olympic Broadcast Plans With English Commentary:

http://www.asbu.net/...hCommentary.xls

OSN's 2012 London Olympic TV schedule. The fun begins with Great Britain taking on New Zealand in soccer live on OSN Sports 1 HD and OSN Olympics Play 9. You have to click on the dates and then the events. OSN manages to get highlights of the Olympic archery seedings round before the Opening Ceremony that day, but not EVERY event will be shown on OSN even if it's delayed.

http://www.osn.com/s...ules_en_gb.aspx

Nikolaj, I just think that's so cool for TV2 to have its studios on that houseboat parked at one of the more beautiful scenes in London in St. Katherine's Docks with the London Tower Bridge nearby! :) That'll bring out some people to turn out, particularly of the Danish persuasion. Just so happened back then that I was reading about those said docks when I read the news. Yeah, I would think NBC would be a bit jealous in that. Haven't seen TV2's OL schedule (sendeplan) yet. Neither has DR.

Yesterday Turkey's TRT announced it signed an agreement with TIVIBU to have the Olympics shown, along with TRTSPOR and TRT 6 HD, with 6 new special Olympic-specific channels that allows Turkish Olympic fans to watch them live and on-demand on TV, online, tablets, and smartphones under the TTNET Home and Mobile platforms in HD. Since TRT obviously can't cover the entire Olympics themselves with just focusing on TRTSpor 6 and maybe TRT 1, TRTSpor 6's contributions will be included as part of this with Turkish commentary and dubbing.

http://translate.goo...ved=0CCcQ7gEwAA

Going to bring some of my thoughts for now about the CTV Olympics (or CTV/TSN/Rogers Sportsnet/OLN/RDS/RDS2/V/OMNI/ATN) coverage plans with some help from CanadianSports in that I will call Canadian Olympic media Part 1. After looking at the schedule from the website called the Bell Viewers Guide, I had to think the Consortium could have added more events into the mix. Out of the English portion alone, it's got enough, though I think another network would not hurt like having TSN2 or Sportsnet One coming in for several hours a day if not everyday during the Olympics. For example, the only thing it got going on Wednesday up there is the Canada-Japan women's soccer match on both TSN, Rogers Sportsnet, and RDS. Could CTV have that too since Canada is in it? A few more matches would not hurt on that day like Team GB and New Zealand to open things up but those networks have other comittments to turn to. Not having any men's soccer games at all before the Opening Ceremonies or only one preliminary group game is just wrong IMO. Brazil, Spain, and Italy are popular in Canada, why could they show them more. So there it's even more disappointing. OMNI, RDS, RDS2, and V are showing some soccer though.

Would like to know what will be going on with the Olympic Preview show before the live showing of the Opening Ceremony. Perhaps just a standard preview looking at how Team Canada will fare in London. But will there footage of the pre-Opening Ceremony and go into that? Is that going to be restricted to online? On the schedule TSN is showing the OC live and then let TSN2 show the encore presentation on primetime. RDS2 shows it again in French during that too. Noticed the only other langauge used in this, as opposed to 12 in Vancouver is Cantonese Chinese on OMNI. No ATN in this specific endeavor. And, in the specific case of the OC, ATN probrably feels, like with the completely-out-this-time APTN, there isn't much of an incentive to do it with this one not in Canada--never mind the large South Asian community in London. But yes ATN will be there in select Summer Olympics sports that are of interest to them.

Seems that outside of the Canadian women, it's not giving the sport of basketball plenty of TV love. Not even the United States men, a huge TV draw worldwide during the Olympics, can get this in Canada. You would assume almost all of their group games would be played. But that illustrated how basketball, though growing in popularity and has passionate fans, is still not high in the sports ladder in Canada.

CTV Olympics still haven't confirmed their final list of broadcasters for the London Olympics like with basketball, as confirmed by CanadianSports when he talked with CTV, but I'm thinking it should be tomorrow since some of them have to get to London, or increasingly likely, stay in Toronto. A lack of a press release on that confirms this. Several of them should be in London or making their way at this time. There's supposedly an Olympic studio being built in Agincourt (if not Toronto proper) and call it off a monitor back in Toronto. Jim Van Horne was added for boxing and in equestrian (with Nancy Wetmore) and Rod Smith's doing the racing events. Can't imagine the BBC being used for basketball in Canada with all due respect to John Amaechi, one of Britain's best known basketball players and a very intelligent man. unless the Brit in question loves basketball and/or is calling British basketball games for TV. Oftentimes, a Brit announcer makes things better but for some sports it wouldn't fit as well. Jay Onrait last week announced on TSN SportsCentre he will be in London with Dan O'Toole back in Toronto. Anyway, I'll return to all this later, but for now I will link you with CanadianSports' entry blogs for London 2012 on Canadian TV:

CTV"]http://canadiansport...mmentators/]CTV Commentators[/url]

Canadian"]http://canadiansport...edule/]Canadian Olympic Soccer TV Schedule[/url]

Canadian Olympic Rowing TV Schedule

Canadian Olympic Basketball TV Schedule

Canadian Olympic Cycling TV Schedule

Canadian Olympic Equestrian TV Schedule

Canadian Olympic Gymnastics TV Schedule

Canadian Olympic Swimming TV Schedule

Canadian Olympic Weightlifting TV Schedule

Canadian"]http://canadiansport...edule/]Canadian Olympic Boxing TV Schedule[/url]

Canadian Olympic Tennis TV Schedule

Canadian Olympic Canoe/Kayak TV schedule

Canadian Olympic Diving TV Schedule

One thing I just saw was that Rogers Sportsnet will take its Sportsnet Connected act to London for two hours daily during the Olympics as Onrait is also there for TSN's SportsCentre also for two hours.

http://canadiansport...arting-july-27/

So is Lisa Laflamme and CTV National News. She'll also be the Opening Ceremony Co-Host for CTV. Perhaps this will be more of her liking in the Olympics. Would prefer Lloyd Robertson though:

http://bellmediapr.c...15346&yyyy=2012

Less than one week to go before the women's soccer kicks things off with Olympic Morning with Kara Lang, Gerry Dobson, Jason deVos, James Duthie, Jennifer Hedger, Claude Mailhot, Alain Crete, Jean Gounelle, and Patrick LeDuc: http://bellmediapr.c...15339&yyyy=2012

http://canadiansport...rt-in-one-week/

Was hoping for some stuff from Argentina's Channel 7 TV Publica but site's under construction. But I do have greater details on the Olympic coverage and who the personnel will be from RTVE in Spain.

http://translate.goo...ved=0CFcQ7gEwAA

BBC 2012 Olympic TV graphics that you in the UK will see will come from Vizrt:

http://www.tvbeurope...5B2FCF4D20B50FD

Both TVCG 1 and TVCG 2 in Montenegro are showing Olympic Legends during the anticipation of the Olympics. I'm thinking TVCG 2 will cater to the sports coverage like it did with Beijing and start things off with the (men's) soccer.

I don't understand. Nigeria is still so far the only non-South Africa Sub-Saharan African nation that manged to announce its deal in purchasing the media rights there from Octagon SA, which owns all the Olympic media in that area. Months ago, Octagon said it was very close in striking deals with numerous African nations in terms of the Olympic broadcast rights this year in London. I periodically do Google searches to discover any further updates and even visit Octagon's website, but nothing else has materialized. This is the last full week before the start of the Summer Olympic Games including the soccer. So it has one last business day before all the craziness takes place and have everything set. It should be done a few weeks ago. Maybe Octagon plans to do it on Friday.

AKTV on IBC 13 July TV schedule which does contain the Olympics, the Olympics Series and Countdown to London. Notice several events like even the Opening Ceremony (restricted to primetime) and some basketball and boxing are on tape delay when they air: http://www.interaksy...programgrid.pdf

Former swimmer Masimiliano Rosolino joins Fabio Caressa, Lia Capizzi, and Christina Chiuso at the London Acquatics Centre for Sky Sport Italia's swimming coverage. Diana Bianchedi will comment on the fencing. Sky Go will notify Italian viewers if a medal events is coming.

http://www.magazinet...ndra-promo.html

http://qn.quotidiano...olimpiadi.shtml

http://translate.goo...ved=0CC8Q7gEwAA

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Add me to the list of those who don't believe NBC will allow the live streaming of the Opening Ceremony. The Peacock knows that for many people, especially those who aren't really sports fans, that they will turn on to the Olympics just for the Opening Ceremony's pagentry; it is the apex of the Olympic for anybody. Surely, we know some footage will get omitted and some nations will get less TV time (you'll notice that when it comes back form the commercial breaks, Bob Costas will speak briefly about each nation and the flagbearers will be shown and ID'ed). When it finally gets online after this embargo, will we get the option of having venue audio like the BBC is expected to have for viewers on ther Red Button?

Earlier today, I sent a Tweet to Richard Sandomir, the sports TV columnist for the New York Times. I asked him if NBC was going back on their word to live stream everything. Here is his response:

it's always been about live streaming of sports but NBC press material could have been more open about tape-delays of ceremonies

Looks like I will have to rely on CTV and signing up for a British Proxy server next Friday to view the BBC's live stream.

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