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UK Channel 4's Sochi Paralympic trailer is online, with a slightly different approach from 2012.

http://paralympics.channel4.com/competitions/sochi-2014-winter-paralympics/video/highlights/videoid=1238969/index.html#channel-4s-winter-paralympics-trailer

They aim to air 150 hours of coverage

http://paralympics.channel4.com/competitions/sochi-2014-winter-paralympics/news/newsid=1238900/index.html#schedule-watch-the-sochi-paralympics-on-c4

(sadly, C4 abandoned Red Button some years ago, so not so many opportunities for broadcast TV alternatives).

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Love the slogan.

C4 coverage will begin most days at 6am on C4, switching to More4 around 12.30pm (as C4 also air the Cheltenham Festival that week). There will also be two extra channels available "digitally", but they haven't confirmed what they mean by that.

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In Canada, CBC will air approximately 65 hours of TV coverage + 350 hours for online streaming.

The partners include Radio-Canada, Sportsnet and Yahoo Sports.

Opening Ceremonies will air on Friday March 7 at 2PM EST on CBC TV.

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NBC will have an unprecedented 52 hours of coverage including 27 hours of LIVE coverage

The opening ceremony will be LIVE on NBCSN at 11am ET with a replay on NBC the next day at 1pm

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Odd as Clare balding was talking about going but doesn't look like she is now on the coverage. Presumably this is the horse racing clash?

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Yes, the Cheltenham Festival airs for four days in the middle of the games. I'm surprised though C4 aren't using her just for the ceremonies - sadly Jon Snow has that job again - seems though she is also fronting Crufts during the opening weekend.

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ABC TV announced as Australian broadcaster for Sochi 2014

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

By Gary Anderson


February 26 - The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC TV) has been announced as the official broadcaster for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.


This year represents the third consecutive Paralympic Winter Games that will be covered by ABC TV, who will provide live coverage of the Opening Ceremony on March 8, starting at 3:00am (AEDST) along with daily half-hour highlights programmes on ABC1 at 10.30am and nightly repeats at 6pm on the same channel.


ABC will also provide live streaming of all Alpine skiing events along with selected cross-country, biathlon and ice sledge hockey events on its Grandstand website, as well making all daily highlights packages available to watch on iView.


ABC's broadcast will be presented by Amanda Shalala and Darren Boyd, as well as special guests from the Australian Paralympic Movement.


"We are pleased to again have the ABC as our broadcast partner as we work to bring the Paralympic Winter Games to all Australians," said Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) President Glenn Tasker.


"Much like the Winter Olympics, the Paralympic Winter Games appeal to the athlete and daredevil in all of us and we look forward to Australians tuning in to continue their interest in Sochi and of course, support our Paralympic team.


"The ABC has a deep connection with the Paralympic Movement, having covered a number of Paralympics now including the very successful coverage of the London 2012 Games.


"We are very excited by what the ABC is offering in terms of their Sochi coverage, and we are confident the ABC team in Russia will deliver an outstanding product to give Australians watching at home a great viewer experience."


Australia will send nine athletes and two guides to Sochi, where they will be looking to improve on their 16th place finish on the medal table at Vancouver 2010.


Among them will be snowboarder Ben Tudhope, 14, who will become the youngest ever athlete to represent Australia in Sochi and he will be joined by Alpine skiers Cameron Rahles-Rahbula and Jessica Gallagher, who claimed bronze medals last time out.


Commenting on the broadcast deal with ABC TV, APC chief executive Jason Hellwig said: "We're excited to again have Amanda and Darren bring the Paralympic Games to Australians.


"We saw them on the London 2012 coverage, they have a strong affiliation with the Paralympic Games and together with members of our team and our Movement will bring great expertise and commentary for the viewers back in Australia.


"A key strategic goal for the APC is to increase media coverage of the Paralympic Games and Australia's Paralympians over the next four years and we are pleased to again be working with the ABC to share the performances of our Winter team with everyone at home."



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The only coverage on NBC is the sled hockey final and a review show on March 22nd - everything else is relegated to the paid NBCSN channel.

NBC is also airing a one-hour highlight of the Opening Ceremony on Saturday March 8th at 1PM EST.

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New Zealand only has a team of three but TVNZlive will stream their events as they happen and of free to view as highlights on Attitude the popular show highlighting peopld in NZ living with disabilities.

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Hey, folks in Canada, how's your coverage of the Paralympics so far? Oh wait, that's right, your coverage is tape delayed. Yea, that's a shame, you guys would love it south of the border where we're getting the Opening Ceremony LIVE. :D:P:D

Looks like NBC is covering the Ceremony from their studios in Stamford. Not sure if the event coverage will be done from site or from the studio.

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Hey, folks in Canada, how's your coverage of the Paralympics so far? Oh wait, that's right, your coverage is tape delayed. Yea, that's a shame, you guys would love it south of the border where we're getting the Opening Ceremony LIVE. :D:P:D

Looks like NBC is covering the Ceremony from their studios in Stamford. Not sure if the event coverage will be done from site or from the studio.

Hehe, again I'm not jealous at all. :rolleyes:

I'm watching the OC live right now, the CBC webcast is great (HD, no commercial):

http://www.cbc.ca/sports-content/paralympics/video/live/#id=2308457963

Airing on CBC-TV nationally at 2PM - a full 3-hour replay (vs NBC which is only airing a one-hour show tomorrow afternoon).

Oh, and no cable subscription required, remember?

For those looking to watch in Primetime, Sportsnet is airing a full 3-hour encore at 6:30PM tonight.

Isn't NBCSN carrying live coverage in the US? It's a paid channel.

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The Opening Ceremony has just finished....Far better than the OWGs opening IMO...That huge icebreaker was amazing!

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The Opening Ceremony has just finished....Far better than the OWGs opening IMO...That huge icebreaker was amazing!

I also think this ceremony was better than the Olympic Opening! No idea how they suspended that giant icebreaker.

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Claro TV said in a Winter Olympics show that they would be broadcasting for Latin America, looks like this time is for Claro subscribers only cause they're not streaming this time.

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Hehe, again I'm not jealous at all. :rolleyes:

I'm watching the OC live right now, the CBC webcast is great (HD, no commercial):

http://www.cbc.ca/sports-content/paralympics/video/live/#id=2308457963

Airing on CBC-TV nationally at 2PM - a full 3-hour replay (vs NBC which is only airing a one-hour show tomorrow afternoon).

Oh, and no cable subscription required, remember?

For those looking to watch in Primetime, Sportsnet is airing a full 3-hour encore at 6:30PM tonight.

Isn't NBCSN carrying live coverage in the US? It's a paid channel.

Yes, NBCSN is covering many hours of LIVE coverage. Yes it is a paid channel. That's of little consequence though to anyone who has cable, like myself, so I can't say I'm all that sympathetic to those who get less content than I do if they choose not to pay for it.

And it is interesting how when the script is flipped and it's American viewers watching the webcast while Canadians get the TV coverage, there's all sorts of outrage. Yet when it happens in reverse (and yes, I know the Paralympics aren't as big as the Olympics), it's no big deal.

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CBC, outside of live programs, does individual feeds for every time zone, and I don't think they wanted to disrupt their daytime children's programming (they pre-empted it enough for the Olympics proper). At least we only needed to wait 2-3 hours rather than 8 if we wanted to see it on TV

The irony is apparent...

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Yes, NBCSN is covering many hours of LIVE coverage. Yes it is a paid channel. That's of little consequence though to anyone who has cable, like myself, so I can't say I'm all that sympathetic to those who get less content than I do if they choose not to pay for it.

And it is interesting how when the script is flipped and it's American viewers watching the webcast while Canadians get the TV coverage, there's all sorts of outrage. Yet when it happens in reverse (and yes, I know the Paralympics aren't as big as the Olympics), it's no big deal.

Whether or not you're sympathetic to cord cutters is irrelevant. Although I'm sure NBCSN has been great for Comcast.

No matter how you frame it, I still give kudos to CBC for embracing cross-platform coverage. Ubiquitous content is important for young adults/students. They are a key demographic for the Paralympic/Olympic movement, and these people are moving increasingly towards digital media/mobile streaming and away from the cable bill. The time difference this year has only exacerbated this trend. I'm part of that demographic. It's not just that they don't have cable. They live on campus, apartments; they have Netflix, Apple TV or Roku, they follow sports on their laptop/smartphone/tablet, they do Twitter/Instagram, they like to stream. To reach that demographic, CBC has done a great job. They made all of the live feeds and TV simulcasts open to everyone, they hired developers over the summer to push out apps for Android and Windows Phone (up until now, CBC had favoured iOS only). They had zero requirement for a login or authentication. And the deals they signed with Yahoo, YouTube and MSN are unprecedented.

No matter how you frame it; NBCSN hasn't been nearly as accessible. It came with a bill.

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Here's the full Opening Ceremony from the Paralympic Games' YouTube channel:

Heavily geoblocked of course, but I'm not bothered because UK Channel 4 catered OK (apart from the adverts- except the weird bit is, the few minutes of audio-described live coverage I managed to watch on the train home didn't have adverts).

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Heavily geoblocked of course, but I'm not bothered because UK Channel 4 catered OK (apart from the adverts- except the weird bit is, the few minutes of audio-described live coverage I managed to watch on the train home didn't have adverts).

I found this link for the media guide.

Looks like the IPC live streams on paralympic.org and YouTube are available in 30 countries, but not the US, UK or Australia due to exclusivity terms with those 3 broadcasters.

For Australia : ABC

UK : Channel 4

US : NBC / USOC

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Yes, NBCSN is covering many hours of LIVE coverage. Yes it is a paid channel. That's of little consequence though to anyone who has cable, like myself, so I can't say I'm all that sympathetic to those who get less content than I do if they choose not to pay for it.

And it is interesting how when the script is flipped and it's American viewers watching the webcast while Canadians get the TV coverage, there's all sorts of outrage. Yet when it happens in reverse (and yes, I know the Paralympics aren't as big as the Olympics), it's no big deal.

Well, the CBC doesn't have a tradition of providing horrendous Olympics coverage like other networks do, so we can cut them some slack this time around.

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